Luke and I have just arrived back in Portugal where we left the boat in the yard last April. After a really rough sail from England to Portugal, I never even wrote a thing down because I was too busy vomiting, reefing, sleeping, packing up the boat, and then jumping right into work for the preceding 6 months. Luke quit his job, moved to America, became a husband, became an uncle, and lost a father — all of these changes happening for him while I had the greatest 5 month hustle of my career.
You'd be forgiven for assuming that I must have a long standing love of the sea and sailing. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Although too young to appreciate it at the time, I truly believe that this experience, which I still remember vividly to this day, not only left me with a fear of deep water but also created an inbuilt sense of survival, adventure and a desire never to be beaten.
Sadly, my growing family has exceeded the capacity of our Catalina 34 and we are in the market for a larger boat. As the search continues we frequently discuss the possible choices over dinner and last night we touched on what we would name our new vessel. A custom that goes back to Biblical times, mariners named their ships in honor of gods and saints, in hopes they would be afforded their protection from the vicissitudes of sea travel.
Yachts are cheaper to buy in Europe than in Australia. These are the places I considered buying also the most popular when I first got the boat, which is why I have included them here. Some of the improvements that I have made to La Vagabonde to make life first bearable then comfortable have centred around getting more power onboard.
First arriving on Delos; straight into work mode doing the Haul out, welcoming the rest of the crew and provisioning part one in Langkawi. We had been working hard trying to get the boat ready on time and then set sail towards Thailand. It was a sweet sail and kind of my first one haha.
Guys, naked, sailing on a traditional wooden vessel through the Flores Sea. Free, and honest, and fun. True camaraderie.
With only a few weeks before we begin full time cruising, we have some final business to attend to:. The process of going from house dweller to sailboat livaboard is a huge life change. And then getting used to living in a much smaller living quarters is a challenge for many.
July 15, Cruise 0. The Caribbean islands are resplendent with scenic mountain summits as well as riddled with spectacular cave systems. Many caves are open to the public. July 9, RUM 0.
Mini-pirates scour the Caribbean with stops for ice cream and Legos. Decide run can wait. Make coffee.
Before you go sailing in Croatia, you need to ask yourself one thing: How much do you love the colour blue? I dare say you would have the same realisation should you find yourself spending a week surrounded by that emerald-tinged azure of the Adriatic underneath you and the bright, vibrant blue of a cloud-free sky above you. But the sea, the sky and the fifty shades of blue we were surrounded by were only a small part of why our sailing in Dalmatia experience with Sailing.