Building a boat is one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. You take some boring-looking bits of wood and, with your own two hands, you create something much greater than the sum of its parts. The satisfaction you get when you take it out on the water for the first time is indescribable. However, boat building can be difficult for many reasons: Some boats require … [Read more...]
SAILING / BOATING
Sailing is one of my greatest passions and I could easily spend an entire lifetime messing around on boats. As with everything else in life, I like to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in with the practical aspects of boating... You can find sailing and boating related content here!
Yes, you heard us right - our boat is for sale!!! I can't believe I'm saying this! Our beautiful, cosy, perfectly formed, floating home, of which we have so many priceless memories, will soon belong to someone else. 😢 There is a good reason for this: Rossella is pregnant and, after the baby is born, we plan to spend 1/3 of each year living aboard our boat as a family. [We … [Read more...]
Looking for information on boat solar panel installation? This post and my associated video explain the method I used to fit two large solar panels to a small sailing boat. Before getting stuck in to the details, let's consider the following question: Why should I fit solar panels to my boat? Having enough electrical power to meet your power requirements, without having to … [Read more...]
Underwater hull cleaning, for free, with a mask and snorkel? 'Impossible!..' Actually, it is possible, and in this post I will share with you how I keep my boat at sea 12 months per year, with no haul-outs! Being a boat owner can be an expensive business... Haul out prices and hourly charges where I keep my boat are extortionately high, and I am not in the habit of being … [Read more...]
In this post I'll show you how to paint under boat cradles when applying bottom paint. My video will take you through the entire process step-by-step. If you'd like to 'cut to the chase' and watch the video then just scroll further down the page! Rossella and I dreamt of owning a boat for years before we finally managed to achieve this goal. Every time I went offshore I would … [Read more...]