the sailing knowledge repository

Ok, this is the place where I store and update all sailing related knowledge. If you click on any of the links below you get a full list of posts and information related to that particular category.

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Is this really a good idea? Why would anyone in their right mind take their kids on a blue ocean voyage? 

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Who are they? Where are they now and why are they doing this? This category covers stories and insights from families currently sailing the seven seas.

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There are some really good online resources available for family cruisers or wannabee family cruisers. This category explores what is available and helpful.

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Probably one of the more important things to consider. This is going to be our home for some time. Monohull vs. Multihull? Comfort or speed? New or used? Steel or GRP? 

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You can ask a lot of sailors and most of them will tell you that this is probably the most important sailing skill to have. Understanding weather and meteorology. This is the basis for where and when to go.

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Another important category. How to get safely from A to B. Once you figured out your weather you’ll need to navigate and plan routes or vice versa. Sextant or digital chart plotter? Paper charts or iPad maps?

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Everything about VHF, satellite and other communications on and off the boat. Including challenges and solutions around up/ downloading, updates for friends and family and more.

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What type food to take, best ways to store your provisions, and how to prepare some yummy treats while cruising. In addition this category also explores how to feed yourself from the oceans.

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What stuff do you need on an ocean going vessel? Life raft, solar, watermaker, genset plus all the other nifty gadgets such as GPS plotter(s), EPIRB, radar, AIS and more. This category explores and explains all cruising gear.

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You own half of a country and can afford a full time cruising? Awesome and I am very happy for you. Most sailing families though will need some form of steady income or need to work while cruising. This category explores the options beyond becoming a YouTube superstar.

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How not to get bored. You won’t, but this category explores different on-board and on-passage activities. 

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What type of must-have tools do you need on board, and what is nice to have. Also covers most likely needed spare parts and tips and tricks on “how to”. 

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Homeschooling. How does this all work? Where to get more information and online resources in this category.

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Where is Captn Sparrow? What about pirates? Who stole my dhingy? Should you take a gun (no) and other questions and worries about you and your family’s safety on board. Also covers information about emergencies and dangerous sea challenges.

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What to do in a medical emergency in the middle of the ocean? What type of medicine do you need on-board? Super important questions and this category explores the different solutions, tips and stories.

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You need boat and health insurance. Period. This category looks at different options but does not provide recommendations for specific insurance companies. You will need to find them based on your home country and specific needs.

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