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When I was told that Moorea was the filming location for both South Pacific and Jurassic Park, I was torn between the desire to see how a landscape could be so contradictory and the very real fear of being torn …

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We have all admired those sweeping aerial shots that used to be the exclusive domain of professional photographers with much greater budgets than ours. With the introduction of the drone, that monopoly is admittedly being challenged at least to a …

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Hi Everyone! We are on the air again for the launch of Boat Radio – a new internet based radio station for us grotty yachties!   You can hear our interview about budget sailing today at 1200GMT and again at …

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Despite the problems with Apocalypso,  we are smiling because of this nice Easter Surprise… Our book hits the topspot! Our book “Get Real, Get Gone” had its best sales day on Easter Saturday and is now the No.1 best selling …

Apocalypso

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In June last year, we were offered a job skippering a $2m dollar yacht from Bora Bora to Fiji.  The money wasn’t great, but the owners were friends of ours, so we decided it would be a nice experience (it …

 

Polynesian Tattoos

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The Tattoo has always been an important part  of  Polynesian culture. As early as 1767, Captain Samuel Wallis noticed that it was; “a universal custom among men and women to get their buttocks and the back of their thighs painted with thin black …

 

Beach umbrella for cruisers

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You’ve probably never thought of including a beach umbrella on the list of desirable safety gear for your boat. But you should, especially if you are sailing towards remote locations. There is two very good reasons for that. The first one …

 

Paradise WiFi: 5 Cheapest Internet Cafes In French Polynesia

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Communication with the outside world can often be a problem in French Polynesia. The phone coverage is very poor on most islands and the internet connection is even worse. Prepaid internet is very expensive – too expensive for us. That’s …

 

Do I need health insurance?

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This is a question that often seems strange to us Europeans who have grown up in societies with advanced social health programmes, but is a very real cause for concern for Americans who are thinking of sailing off into the …

 

Homemade fruit bars

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As I already mentioned several times, the biggest problem cruisers have in the Marquesas islands is how to eat all the bananas they have aboard before they go bad. I already wrote a post with many recipes which you can …