Month: July 2016

Water Water Everywhere…

We did not have a Watermaker for our Caribbean sabbatical. We learned to take showers with little more than a litre of water. We had little issue surviving for weeks at a time on our tank of 450 litres. So we […]

I-Toys err… Tools

What can you do with an iPad? EVERYTHING!


OK… You may lose all respect for us now (if you had any before)… But we are fizzy water-aholics. San Pelegrino is our drug of choice… But we would sink the boat if we tried to stock up for a 6 […]

To SSB… or Not

SSB was a decision that we had trouble with initially. I dutifully studied for my ham license (thank goodness they do not require morse code any longer). When it came to choosing a radio and installing it… I did my best to […]

Backup to Go Forward

There are many important systems on a boat… but there are few more important that an autopilot… especially on a short-handed cruising sailboat. Because of that… thanks to eBay… we have been able to purchase a duplicate of each component of […]

The Best Storage Solution EVER

We never throw out anything that could be useful. Hardware and marine stores are few and very far between while cruising… and everything on a boat breaks eventually. We used to spend inordinate amounts of time looking for stuff… until we […]

Always On

OK… we know we are spoiled. We were able to justify the purchase and installation of an Iridium Pilot… because we still have a business to run. There is ALMOST always one of the 66 Iridium LEO (low Earth Orbit) satellites within range […]

Stick Around

Rescue tape has definitely come to our rescue countless times. It is available from many different resellers… packaged in many different sizes/ways… with different names… in many different colours. PROVIDED THE SURFACE IS NOT WET… stretch it… touch tape to tape… and the […]

We never talk!

We are so lucky to be cruising at a time when technology is so advanced. There are so many ways to keep in touch with the world now. In recent years… WiFi was the best option to get web access while […]

Paper or Plastic?

Most boats are really a very small space. You wouldn’t believe that however if you are desperately looking for something. We try not to use paper towels if there is another option… but sometimes paper is the only choice. For 6.5 years we were frequently […]