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What We've Included:
Transitioning to Life at Sea (Elayna)
All the comforts of living in a house on land are either thrown away upon moving on board and forgotten about, or compressed into a tiny appliance suitable for a boat. Making the transition from living life on land to a boat isn’t as hard as you might think! We love the simple things. Here is some info on how we made that change.
Eating & Showering (Elayna)
Everyone loves a good shower (I know I do, or I used too). But girls (and boys), forget about those hot, half an hour showers and baths. Would you be willing to give up the comfort of a nice long shower and trade it for stepping off the back of your boat and into the ocean? This is what it’s like to shower on board a boat. Also a list of what we eat and where to find cheap, fresh produce!
Music We Bring Onboard to Listen to (Elayna)
Music is a necessity in everyones day to day life. Driving to work, doing exercise, meditation and for helping you focus on study etc. Especially on board a yacht! It can lift your spirits and change your mood when something goes wrong and make an awesome sail even more awesome. We love music. Here is a list of what we listen to whilst sailing and on anchor.
What Size and Type of Boat to Buy (Riley)
People ask me if I had my time again, what boat would I purchase? Having sailed thousands of miles in La Vagabonde we have learnt her ways and we are constantly finding things we wish we could change or things we could upgrade. Apparently there is no ‘perfect boat’ out there on the market. But here is what I would have done having my time again in boat hunting!
Boat Maintenance (Riley)
Sailing is the easy part. There are a list of things on board that we are constantly cleaning, fixing and monitoring. When I first purchased La Vagabonde, she was like a dark room with lots of hidden, unfamiliar parts around the gally. Slowly, as I have discovered these areas and been forced to learn the anatomy of her when things go wrong, these dark spots have been lit up and I feel a lot more comfortable. Here is some info on how we maintain La Vagabonde.
You’ve got to start somewhere. Many people get sailing lessons before setting sail around the world, or even buying a yacht for that matter. But don’t be afraid of the unknown. We did it. Here is a bit about getting started with sailing and what you should do to begin living your life on the ocean.
All that stuff we use that makes sailing in the 20th century a breeze. You don’t need thousands of dollars worth of equipment to get you from A to B. We have the very basics and we get around just fine. Here is a list of a few things we use and take into account whilst sailing that make life all the more easier.
Signs of bad weather and what to look out for whilst on the water. Websites we use to check the weather before setting sail. The ocean is very unpredictable as we have learnt. Spotting a cloud in the distance and knowing what to expect from it is something that came in time for us. Here are a few things you should read and check before heading out.
Everyone wants to go to sleep on there yacht feeling safe and confident you will still be in the same spot when you wake up. I have written down the steps we take in anchoring to make sure La Vagabonde doesn’t make a runner!
Indeed, I do like to read. There are a list of Instructional books on sailing that have helped me out a lot in the past and continue to. And of course those novels that gave me inspiration, encouragement and ideas. Here are a few of my favourites of things you should read.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks (Riley)
A list of hints and tips I wish someone had of told me before setting sail. I’ve torn my hair out, cursed and stamped my feet learning some of these things the hard way. Your welcome.
Riley here. 31 years of age from Adelaide South Australia. Like I said I am no expert on sailing as I am only new to the hobby/lifestyle. But I hope you enjoy the little book we have put together and you've learnt something from it. Maybe you have something you do or would do differently and you'd like to tell me! Open to suggestions and any other questions. Be sure to leave your comments here for me.
Elayna, 22 years of age from Geraldton, Western Australia. I hope you guys like the book! We had fun coming up with it and want to share all we can of what we have learnt ourselves over the past year. "You can never cross an ocean, until you have the courage to lose sight of shore" - Christopher Columbus.
Who knows, maybe we'll see you
out sailing someday?