Buying your first boat is a crazy, terrifying, exciting, frustrating and above all, expensive business.  Buying a used sailing boat is even worse.  There are so many traps to fall into, so many untruths to uncover, so many complicated procedures to follow.  We’ve just about managed to stumble our way through to boat ownership.  It’s the first step in our plan to sail around the world with our kids, and it has been an exhausting process.  Looking back, we’ve made lots of boat buying mistakes, but here are the details of the biggest ones.  Hopefully you can avoid making the same ones.  Read More

A whole two months have passed since we purchased our 1990 Oyster 435 sailing boat.  And what a two months it has been!  Our slightly naive plan was to buy our perfect boat at the start of the UK sailing season and be sailing confidently around the Solent by the end of said season, having fixed everything that needed fixing, and looking forward to another season of gaining experience and making our boat into a home we can live in. 

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We’re buying a boat.  This is an important part of our ‘sailing round the world with kids’ plan.  We have a couple of inflatable kayaks but I just don’t fancy circumnavigating in those.  We’ll need a proper offshore sailing boat for our family sailing adventure!

Choosing a liveaboard sailing boat for a family of four isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Especially when you are a sailing novice and boat buying numpty.  This is a quick idiot’s guide to how we narrowed down our family sailboat search.  

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Someone famous once said that all great journeys start with a single step.  If that’s the case, then the delayed 06:50 to London would appear to be the step that sets us off on the path to starting our sailing adventure.  It’s a beautiful fresh and crisp spring morning, exactly the sort that I’m looking forward to savouring with a cup of coffee from the back, sorry, stern of our boat as the sun comes up over the horizon and wraps me in its warm glow.   Read More

We’ve been joking about buying a boat, filling it fun of gin and sailing around the world for years, even before our kids were born. It was such a ridiculous dream that neither of us actually meant it. So guess what we’re going to do next…..  We don’t have a boat and we don’t know how to sail but our family sailing adventure is turning from a dream into a plan!   Read More

There are a few awesome adventures to be had when visiting Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, and jungle kayaking in Kuching is one of them.  It’s a full-on day trip from the city that gets you out into the jungle.  You can find a video of our day on the water below.

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8 easy steps to saving enough money to drop everything and travel the world

We had already been saving money to take our sons (aged 9 and 11) on overseas family backpacking adventures.   But when we decided to drop everything and travel around Asia for a year, we had to turn our money saving efforts up a gear or three.  We ended up travelling around Asia and Australia for a year.  Below you’ll find the money saving ideas that worked for us. Read More

We’re going home

After travelling through nine countries over almost eleven months with our two kids, we are sitting in the dark on our 22nd and final flight of our year-long Asian backpacking family adventure, bound for Heathrow, London.  It’s 3.30am London time but 11.30am Sydney time.  My body is fully aware that it’s 11.30am.  We’ve had about four hours of uncomfortable, interrupted sleep and all four of us are wide awake.  The sun is shining outside but the cabin crew won’t let me open the blinds. Booo. Read More