Category Archives: FAQ’s

How to extend a Thai Visa? (or waste an entire day!)

We’re often asked by people who are unfamiliar to the cruising lifestyle what we do all day. They envision us spending most of our time sitting in idyllic anchorages, sipping on exotic cocktails while working on our suntans. We … Continue reading

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Foul Weather Gear

Someone once said “there is no such thing as foul weather, just inappropriate clothing.” I think the key to being comfortable is having the right type of gear for the climate and conditions in which you’re cruising. Here are a … Continue reading

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What are some of your favorite special tools?

I love tools! I’ve often said that cruising is nothing more than extensive repair and maintenance in beautiful and exotic places. I am a bit of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to looking after Moonshadow so I have amassed … Continue reading

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Cruising Plans and Political Turmoil

Cruisers often quip that “their plans are cast in jell-o” or “drawn in the sand at low tide.” One of the attractive things about the cruising lifestyle is that many of us are able to go with the wind and … Continue reading

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Favorite Cruising Area?

People often ask me which has been my favorite cruising area. I respond to them with a very definite “that depends.” Over the years, I’ve been to many popular cruising grounds; The Caribbean, Mexico, the San Blas Islands, Hawaii, the … Continue reading

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Doing Laundry On Board

It seems that some of the modern conveniences that “earthlings” take for granted are considered luxuries for liveaboard cruisers, particularly the washer and dryer. We’re quite fortunate to have both on board, in fact, we have the original Maytag A-50 … Continue reading

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The News and Cruising

For many cruisers, one of the benefits of open ocean passages and cruising remote areas is the solitude of being disconnected from the real world. While we enjoy being cut off from society, we still remain keenly interested in world … Continue reading

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Ventilation and Air Flow

For anyone cruising that lovely band of the planet earth know simply as “the tropics,” the subject of keeping cool while trying to chill out is near and dear to the heart. We’re fortunate to own a yacht which had … Continue reading

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Memoir of My First Ocean Passage

“You know, this boat would be great to sail in the Pacific Cup” said Andy in his distinctive Swiss accent. It was a rare sunny day in February of ‘96 and we were out on San Francisco Bay on a … Continue reading

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Sail Maintenance and Repair

Over the years, we’ve found that with sails, just like the mechanical systems on the boat, regular care and maintenance will extend the useful life as well as improve their overall performance. All of our working sails are Dacron. I’ve … Continue reading

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