For weeks we kept pushing the launch of Mariposa back: boat works, finding a new home and moving took priority. Finally, we only just got our little sailing boat into the water a week after we had planned to actually set off on our journey across the Baltic Sea . The days of frantic preparations and boat works had blurred into one. The kids, in the meantime, had a … [Read more...] about Sailing Diary #1- Our First Sail, a Collection of Minor Disasters
Even as we signed the papers to buy S/V Mariposa we joked that we now need to get 2 extra boats to go on her: A dinghy and a life raft. However, in all seriousness, we do have some real decisions to make: Do we need a dinghy? This is determined by our intended cruising plans and how much we will be spending in marinas and on quays. As total novices to boat ownership and … [Read more...] about Dinghy and liferaft options for a 28 foot sailing boat
After years of dreaming, years of planning, years of chartering, years of borrowing and a summer of searching, viewing some 15 sailing boats, sea trialling 2. A budget that started with £5,000 and a long wishlist. The wishlist that got honed down and the budget that ballooned to £9,000 after a very frugal summer. ...we found her. She felt right from the first … [Read more...] about We bought a Sailing Boat!