Boaters and Blogging

I started this blog and quickly realized that I really enjoy reading blogs from boaters which contain useful information or blogs from my friends while on their travels. For my own sake, I thought I would like a spot to keep them all contained so I can easily access the links.

Who doesn’t love Pinterest?  Even nicer when they send me updates of useful boating sites.  Before I got too far into this site, it was a given that I add it here.  Smallboatprojects.blogspot.ca offers so many useful ideas!  I was thrilled by the amount of stuff that I never thought of or ever thought I could use.

I tweeted links to boating blogs. One to Kim on Britican  at sailingbritican.com as she and her family were soon to start their around the world adventure.  Someone picked up my message from her Twitter feed and immediately re-tweeted it to 162 of their followers.  It was then, I realized the instant significance of social media!  As I find sailing blogs and websites which I find useful and/or interesting, I will them them to my list!

“Atom’s Virtual Homeport contains stories and scenes from over 20 years and two voyages around the world seeking adventure aboard our 28-foot Pearson Triton sailboat, Atom.”  What I loved about Atom’s Virtual Homeport (besides James’ great stories) is the succinct list of small blue water boats along with the detailed explanation of what qualities you should look for in a blue water sailboat. Certainly, if you are looking to purchase a small sturdy sailboat, read, read, read and don’t pass up James’ advice! Great site!

An electrical propulsion 29′ sailboat? yeah!  I found a video on Atom’s Virtual Homeport about Fabio and Kate’s boat and found it really, really, really interesting. Check out their website, squiddaround.org.

Morganscloud.com is a site which includes a lot of advice and information from a skipper’s point of view. I haven’t seen anything there on boat recipes, what type of baking pans to purchase or how you should entertain a child but it is worthwhile checking out the comfort and health section! This site most certainly covers information on batteries, anchoring and mooring and rigging and sails and the like!

I followed my friends, Bonnie and Rick, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, while sailing in the Mediterranean on Aisling at  sailblogs.com/member/aislingI thoroughly enjoyed reading about destinations from afar up until the point in July 2016, just before they sold their boat.

We adopted a few Norwegian lads after their their arrival in Nova Scotia from the Caribbean on Turbo turboseil.wordpress.com/ and kept watchful eye over their boat while in winter storage here. (As of February 2017, this site no longer is in existance. Too bad as the videos through the iceburgs were priceless.)  Their videos can still be viewed on their YouTube channel.

My boys!

These young Scandinavian lads had a calling to follow the return trip of their Viking ancestors. Reading their adventures on the second leg of their journey from Newfoundland to Norway is amazing!  It re-enforces my belief that when you are in your 20s, you are fearless and/or naive!  In this picture, I am standing on a paint can. These guys are tall!  If you like looking at icebergs, this is a site to check out. They have each moved on and  had an offer for Turboseil even before they reached home port!

Tash, Nic and daughter Ellie, left Chester, Nova Scotia in 2012, in their wooden boat, Tuairgean, (purchased specifically for the trip) tuairgean.blogspot.ca. Destination the Caribbean. They returned home in just over two years with a new addition to the family, baby Isabelle. Tash’s writings include their rough sail from Nova Scotia to Bermuda in December and a mast breaking episode while having a “friendly” race one day in the BVIs. They have since sold Tuairgean.

Starting out in March, 2014, Britican sailingbritican.com, an Oyster 56, owned by a young couple, with their 4 year old daughter along with an assortment of friends and relatives left their life behind in England and started their around the world sail.  They sold all their worldly possessions to purchase their Oyster 56. They extended their Mediterranean experience and with a planned Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean in November 2015 .  When Kim, asked if I had any advice, I replied, “Just hold on and enjoy the ride!”  There isn’t a sailor who would argue with that!

We recently purchased a boom vang, removed from Thalya II sailblogs.com/member/thalia/?xjMsgID=15255  prior to the sale in 2006.

I did a quick search and discovered this Amazon 35 was renamed to Thalia III and the new owners blogged their trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Australia in 2006/2007. Designed by Grahame Shannon and built by Dieter Pollak in Surrey BC, Thalia is a beautifully designed boat with a  steel hull and the only 35′ built in this design. We are very proud to have a bit of Thayla now on Rainbow!

Late summer of 2014, I discovered a one-man’s guide to living aboard a boat sleepingwithoars.comAlthough having a lot more living space than Rainbow has to offer, this 38′ Hans Christian’s owner took the same approach to his site as I did.  An enjoyable, entertaining and educational read, this site is worth following.

I was drawn immediately to Windtraveler’s site by its cuteness and tidiness. It captures the life of a family of five in their travels and loaded with useful information.

Commuter Cruiser adds additional information and a general overview of cruising. Like us, their boat is out of the water for six months each year.

SVSmitty is a friendly blog with similar ideas and approach to their website as I would  but written by someone a bit less than half my age. If only we could start our lives over again! They add information, with new experiences and don’t seem to be pressured into mindless entries just for the sake of keeping their blog current. Everyone seems to be curious about the Intercoastal Waterways (ICW). I have never sailed it but Michael refers to it as a very boring trip, dealing with bridges, locks, river- barges and city slums motoring slowly and only at daytime. Smitty’s owners give an interesting slant and make the ICW’s “Dismal Swamp” a must see.

Theboatgalley.com/ has pages and pages of really useful information, including a downloadable pdf document to use as an inventory for provisioning the boat.  It blew me away!  It is obvious that a lot of work went into preparing this database. You can easily subscribe to the regular updates.

Linda and Jim Gay, along with their daughter, lived in the Caribbean for 2-1/2 years on their Vancouver 25, Opus, kaylasopus.com/. Opus is a sister boat to our Rainbow.  Their adventures, including a motor change can be read like a novel. [Note: As of January 2017, this website does not exist.]

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