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The Hokey Cokey boat….. in, out, in, out…

Apparently my writing isn’t as good as Sarah’s so I have gone for a more visual format. Continue reading The Hokey Cokey boat….. in, out, in, out…

Gib to Ceuta, a brief video blog

First pass at a video blog, featuring guest crew a few dolphins and lots of big ships. Enjoy!  Continue reading Gib to Ceuta, a brief video blog

Buying a boat – it’s all about compromise

We have come to learn that buying a boat is all about compromise. A centre cockpit boat generally has a large aft cabin with a queen size bed you can get out of either side, but the cockpit tends to be smaller; mass production boats such as Beneteau are lighter therefore better in the light winds of the Med and Caribbean but less than optimal in big seas; longer boats, more living space but higher marina fees and bigger sail area to handle when short-handed; and so it goes on. Of course, for us, price was also a big consideration.  Continue reading Buying a boat – it’s all about compromise

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Packing cases

Well, I am happy to report that today we have finalised renting the house out and are delighted that, not only do we have a fabulous tenant who is local to the area, but he also wants to continue with AirBnB which we have enjoyed doing over the last few months.

Check out his listing ‘Manor House, Linton-in-Craven’.

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Ten Top Tips – Steps to sailing off into the Blue Yonder

On Sunday morning we were looking at a map of the world and Ian mooted the possibility of us buying a yacht and sailing off round the world.  Clearly not expecting me to agree to this mad cap scheme, his face was a picture when he heard me agree.

So I have put together a list of Top Ten Tips as to the steps we took to help the plan come into fruition.


Boat under sail

1. Tell everybody you know what it is that you intend to do, then it’s more difficult to back out.

2. Start detailed research as to the type of yacht you want and need and compile a spreadsheet of all the features of ones you like.  Visit a few that seem to fit the bill and start eliminating the ones that don’t match up to your criteria.

2. Start downsizing some of the clutter of life.

3. Sort out what you will do with pets.  Either plan to take them or re-house them.   In our case we had a few hens who we sent on an extended holiday to kind farming friends.

4. Finally get round to finishing those household jobs and repairs that you have been putting up with and putting off. Continue reading Ten Top Tips – Steps to sailing off into the Blue Yonder