Category Archives: Technical Information

Questions About Foul Weather Gear

Someone once said “there is no such thing as bad 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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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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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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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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Local Knowledge

Nothing can be more daunting than arriving to an unfamiliar country, particularly where language and customs are very different to our own. That said, a bit of homework before landfall can help to ease the stress and enhance the excitement. … Continue reading

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Keeping in Touch

One of my great pleasures while cruising is staying touch with all my family and friends back home(s) in the States and New Zealand. Improvements in communications technology have made it very easy and cheap to “reach out and touch … Continue reading

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Ground Tackle

Carrying and using the right ground tackle for your boat can make the difference between a sleepless night or a good night’s sleep, or at the other end of the spectrum the difference between you boat surviving or coming to … Continue reading

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Weather Sources

The first, and most important source of weather information to me is my calendar. The southern tropical cyclone season is officially from the beginning of November to the end of April. The northern tropical hurricane season is the flip-side of … Continue reading

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