The Helia Versus the Helia Evolution

Starry Horizons is a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44.  We are extremely happy with her, and having sailed 30,000 nm on her, we find her a very capable ocean cruiser. Why Refresh? As Fountaine Pajot has done with many of its models, about halfway through the production cycle they...

Our Second Pacific Crossing

After 15 days at sea (actually 15.16…) S/V Julia arrived in Hilo, Hawaii. Departing Oakland for the Pacific Ocean When we departed Oakland and headed out in San Francisco Bay, a thick fog hung over the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog was selective, above us and behind was clear...

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Review

6,000nm Helia Review Well, technically we hit 6,002 nm on Starry Horizons as we pulled into Regatta Pointe Marina but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, so for the purpose of this post, we will round down slightly. There are others out there with...

Miami Boat Show Overview

Behind the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the Miami Boat Show our second choice for favorite boat shows.  We’ve attended twice, once a few months after we placed the order for our boat, and once the year after that, when we sailed the boat to Miami in time to attend the...

Fountaine Pajot Sailing Channels

Before Starry Horizons was launched, we spent years dreaming about cruising. Back in the day, there weren’t nearly the number of sailing channels that there are now. In fact – La Vagabonde, undoubtably the most famous YouTube channel, started the same week we did!...