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Never too old

The sea gypsy community is packed with odd, interesting life stories. There are many unusual sailors out there and this is the story of one of them. It was a spring day in the Netherlands and the sun warmed the … Continue reading

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Do you suffer from MIAS? A simple self-test

Are you suffering from M.I.A.S (Musical Instrument Acquisition Syndrome)? Already a serious illness that affects millions worldwide, MIAS sufferers who live in small spaces are doubly at risk as their increasing instrument and associated supplies (reeds, strings, manuscripts, bongs, etc) … Continue reading

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Moorea – Hollywood’s Backdrop

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 … Continue reading

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Budget Drone Photography or ‘Kitecam’

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 … Continue reading

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Calypso on the Radio!

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Easter Bunnies on Board!

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

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Polynesian Tattoos

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 … Continue reading

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Beach umbrella for cruisers

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 … Continue reading

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Paradise WiFi: 5 Cheapest Internet Cafes In French Polynesia

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 … Continue reading

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Do I need health insurance?

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 … Continue reading

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