Category: Steps to Cruising

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 […]

Getting Closer Now…

Getting Closer Now…

We have been living back on our Taswell 43 sailboat for over 2 weeks now.  Love it, it is cozy, comfortable, and we are working away at all the needed jobs to do before we take off. I am happy to report that Mahi once […]

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.  […]

Refit Almost Done!

Refit Almost Done!

All of the refit work is winding down or being completed on board Mahi. The electrical work is wrapping up, lots of wiring upgrades, new breaker panel organization, plus new cabin fans added throughout the boat for added comfort in the tropics. I chose Caframo […]

To Home and Back

To Home and Back

The Mahi crew flew home to California for a quick trip to see the grandkids and take care of some last minute business.  It was good to see our home and visit for a week.   We wanted to wrap some things up before heading off […]

Boat Logo & Card

Boat Logo & Card

Boat cards have been around for a long time.  It is a way to stay connected with those you meet along the journey.   Many boats have boat stamps, too.   Because I love to design, I decided to draw up a new Mahi fish […]

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 […]

Haul Out and Halloween!

Haul Out and Halloween!

This last week was a busy one for the Mahi crew. Work with our various contractors continue- the rigger  (who is replacing our rigging), sailmaker (new sails), welder (building a custom radar/VHF/GPS pole mount), canvas/awning maker (making the full enclosure and sun awnings), and upholsterer […]

Re-rigging the Boat

Re-rigging the Boat

Since our boat had standing rigging that was 23 years old, we definitely needed to replace them before we could safely set off for the Bahamas. “Standing rigging” means all the stainless steelwires, lines or rods that ensure that the mast stays in place.  It […]