Sailing

I’ve now got just over seven months of early morning train action under my belt, commuting from Portsmouth on the 06:34 to London, it’s high time for a bit of reflective writing.  I’m looking back on the highs and lows of the commute, boat ownership and our first summer of sailing.  Things have definitely, Read More

Sailing home through the Solent

After buying our Oyster 435 sailing boat in Ipswich, absolutely nowhere near our home, we needed to get the boat back to Portsmouth so we could start preparing her for our sailing adventure.  Getting her from Ipswich to Portsmouth involved crossing the terrifying Thames Estuary, riddled with sand banks, wind farms and massive ships,, Read More

Cool boat stuff I really want

Every sailing boat needs cool boat stuff!   People planning to sail the world, sailboat cruisers and liveabord families definitely need cool gadgets and fun stuff on their boat.   There are things you need for your boat and there are things you WANT for your boat.  Most of the lists of cool boating gadgets are actually, Read More

Water to Go filter bottle review

I first saw a Water-to-Go filter bottle at the Adventure Travel Show in London a few years ago. A man was filling up a chunky black plastic bottle from a fish tank full of muddy water, and then pouring out clear water into a glass and drinking it. In fact, he was passing it, Read More

Negotiating boat price after a marine survey

This is the story of how we negotiated and renegotiated the price of our boat, after getting a marine survey.  It’s a summary of how we searched for a boat, found a boat, made an offer on a boat, had a boat survey done, haggled, negotiated, whinged, cried and eventually, handed over a huge, Read More

Family travel in India

We love Asia and so do our kids.  Asia is different to our home in the UK.  The culture, the food, the people, the transport, the climate, the language.  So much for your kids to learn and experience.  Travelling or holidaying in Asia with kids is a fantastic adventure, one that will stay with them, Read More

Must have boat gadgets for sailors and backpackers

After backpacking around the world, both with and without our kids, we’re pretty good at knowing what travel gear works in our backpacks, and what doesn’t.  We have our favourite travel accessories that are invaluable to us while on the road.  Some of them save space, some of them protect stuff, some of them, Read More

Boat buying mistakes we didn't avoid

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., Read More

Oyster 435 yacht in Ipswich marina

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,, Read More

Choosing a boat to buy

We’re buying a sailing 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 to buy a proper offshore sailing yacht for our family sailing adventure! Choosing a liveaboard sailing boat for a family, Read More