Category: Diary

The ups and downs of boat maintenance

When you say to someone you’re quitting work to sail the world they turn green with envy. I am pretty sure they imagine turquoise waters, beach BBQs and cocktails on the deck. Luckily, Adam and I had already had a big dose of the reality of owning a boat...
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‘Crew’sing to Greece-our first experience as crew

As most of you know, Adam and I jumped in feet first when we bought our sailboat Hot Chocolate. Sailing was always a dream, and as is all too often the case, it had stayed a dream. Until, that is, we had a mid life crisis and decided that...
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Taking Hot Chocolate out for a spin

I’m a little late in writing this one up but I think it’s a story worth telling, and definitely a story I want to remember in years to come, so I’m going to have a go at getting it down on ‘paper’. As you all know, Adam and I...
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Our first few months living aboard a sailboat

About a month ago we finally made the dream of living aboard a sailboat become a reality. The journey from making the decision to leap, to actually leaping, seemed painstakingly long at times but as is always the case, I look back now with rose tinted glasses. Or perhaps...
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Hot Chocolate, our Kadey Krogen 38

I’m sure you’re all bored of hearing me rabbit on so I thought I’d let Hot Chocolate, our Kadey Krogen 38, take centre stage with some pics of her in her current state! There’s a lot we want to do to make her more homely, but if we start...
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Visiting Syracuse’s archaeological park

Syracuse’s archaeological park Visiting Syracuse’s archaeological park is a must do when in Sicily. Just a five minute drive, or a half hour walk from the beautiful Ortygia lies Syracuse’s stunning ancient archaeological park and a visit here is well worth a few hours of your day. We visited...
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We bought a sailboat!

‘If you guys do this it will be one hell of an adventure. Lots won’t go to plan or be easy but the adversity mixed with the euphoric moments will all come together to make a story worth telling. Possibly even a story worth living for. A yacht is...
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The Next Chapter

When I imagined the dream it was full of adventure and sunsets and crystal clear waters. There were scary storms and tense repairs, there were mountain hikes and fishing successes. There were secluded beaches and palm trees and hammocks. There was not ice on the windows or scrubbing slime...
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My least favourite things about living on a boat

My least favourite things about living on a boat has been harder to write about than my favourite things, because I couldn’t find song material to base it on.  But fear not, my teenage years were not wasted and Adam is thrilled because it has meant he has got...
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