Category: Advice

Installing Your Lifeline Netting

Installing Your Lifeline Netting

This post is about how we added the lifeline netting on board Mahi.    Lifeline netting is an important safety feature on a sailboat when you have young children and/or pets on board.  Full disclosure- this was the first time we had put up netting on […]

Set a Deadline

Set a Deadline

When you are planning to cruise by sailboat, it is helpful to finally set a deadline.  From experience, I can easily say that if you do not set a deadline for taking off,  you and your boat will never leave the dock. With this in […]

Clean Water on a Sailboat

Clean Water on a Sailboat

Good tasting drinking water is something you take for granted on land.  On a cruising sailboat, the water on your boat may have sat in the tanks for some time, often in hot, humid climates.   It most likely will grow out mold, bacteria, and algae.  […]

Improving the Smell on Your Boat

Improving the Smell on Your Boat

When Joe and I were hunting for our cruising sailboat, one memory stands out.  We were viewing a 44-foot sailboat for sale, and when we went below, there was a scented candle burning.  “What smells are they trying to mask?” I whispered to Joe out […]

DIY: Foaming Dish/Hand Soap

DIY: Foaming Dish/Hand Soap

On a sailboat, where the closest store may be a long distance away, you learn to stretch your supplies.  This DIY life hack is great for both on land and sea, but especially helpful for offshore sail cruising.  An added bonus is this DIY will […]

Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

The holidays are upon us, so I thought I would share some of my favorite galley items.   Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these products, nor benefiting from my recommendation.   If you are looking for a gift for your […]

Changing Your Boat’s Name

Changing Your Boat’s Name

When you purchase a new boat, you need to decide if you want to keep the boat’s name, or change it to something new.  While we liked our sailboat’s former name,  Fortune Cookie, we made the decision to change it to Mahi.   What tipped […]

No-See-Ums

No-See-Ums

From an earlier post here, I mentioned that there were biting midges in the marina and beaches near Sarasota, FL where we are living aboard our boat.  They are commonly referred to as “no-see-ums” because they are too small to see until they actually bite […]

The Adventure Begins Slowly

The Adventure Begins Slowly

When you start your cruising journey, you picture white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees.  Drinks are optional.  However, if our first few days are anything to go by, we are not  there yet.  Quite the opposite, though we will probably look back on these […]

Laundry Aboard

Laundry Aboard

As we pack and prepare to move aboard, friends and family have been naturally curious about what exactly cruising will be like.  How will we cook, do laundry, provision, and all the little things that are much easier to do living on land. Let’s begin […]