Category: Diary

Saving water on a sailboat

Saving water on a sailboat is not something I ever really thought about until I started to live on one. I am ashamed to admit that I have never been the worlds biggest eco-warrior. Sure, I dutifully did my recycling, I took my canvas bags to the supermarket and...
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Anchoring for idiots (by two idiots)

Life aboard has had some incredible ups recently, which I will of course rub in your faces sometime soon, but there is a dark side to sailing that you may not be familiar with. It’s name is anchoring. Anchors are famous sailing symbols. Their designs decorate bags and dresses,...
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A year out of work

As I write this the summer holidays have just started at the school I used to work at.  In my old life I would have woken up exhausted, after weeks of entertaining tired, hot and hyper children. I would have been emotionally drained from saying goodbye to children and...
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Sailing from Sicily to Greece

We found the perfect weather window and we were off. After a bilge pump boat hook exchange (our friends, Sailing Nomad, had a bilge pump related disaster hours before setting off on passage), we followed them out of Syracuse and into the deep blue. This was going to be...
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Leaving the marina for good

Marina di Ragusa to Portapalo We had an interesting few days before setting off on our first proper sail just Adam and I. Feel free to laugh at our mishaps in my last post. Or if you want a more uplifting story then read on! Everything was finally sorted...
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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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