Choosing a Dinghy for Your Cruising Boat

The dingy and its outboard engine are a vital part of the cruising life, shuttling us to and from the shore, to other boats, and carrying all manner of items for us, from groceries to scuba/snorkel gear etc.  Choosing the right combination has taken a lot of time and research...

Cruise RO Watermaker Review

While in the planning process of outfitting a blue water catamaran, we knew that it would be a multi-step process.  One of the most important steps that we took was to install a reverse osmosis watermaker.  We picked a Cruise RO watermaker, and five years later, we are...

New Boat Cards for Cruisers

There have been a number of times where we have been at boat shows or meeting people and talking about our life.  Back in the early days, we wished we had an easier way to exchange information other than just writing down emails on a spare scrap of paper.  Boat cards...

Man Overboard Prevention

This is a topic no one particularly likes to contemplate.  It’s great to be prepared for a man overboard scenario, and Amy and I have been trained to handle the boat if one of us goes overboard, we do focus more on prevention. Years ago, I was captaining one of the dinner...

Setting Up Electrical Systems on a Boat

Electricity.  It’s something we use every day, but it’s always been one of those mysteries of the world to me.  Volts, watts, hertz/frequency and many other terms all seem like they’re from a foreign language.  Sure, I took physics in high school...

Mantus Anchor Review

We’ve logged over 30,000 nm on our boat over the past five years, but even with all that sailing, we still have been stationary over 85% of our nights. And most of the time, that’s at anchor with our trusty Mantus Anchor. Why We Picked Mantus Since we are small...

Gill Foul Weather Gear Review

Every cruiser has a set of foulies for when the weather gets rough. After five years on the boat….what have we learned about foul weather gear? Our Gill Foulies We elected to go with the Gill OS1 jackets & pants given our offshore sailing plans. The gear fits great, and...

Gift Ideas for Cruisers & Sailors

Buying gifts for cruisers is hard – we have limited space and tend to live minimalist lifestyles. But, there are plenty of items out there that are great gifts for cruisers! For the Active Sailor Dyneema is incredibly useful around the boat, and though it’s expensive,...