Stuff we like

Here is a list of books and products I recommend in my book Get Real, Get Gone.

In some cases, I receive a small commission if you buy them through my links, in other cases, I do not.

In all cases, I have spent my own money buying them and recommend them because I use them and believe in them.

Get Real, Get Gone

Get Real, Get Gone

Of course, I highly recommend my own book (now an Amazon international bestseller!). Currently available in English, German and Portuguese with French and Spanish coming soon.

Solar food dehydrator

Solar food dehydrator

We use this dryer to dry tropical fruit and to make our own fruit bars.

Speedy Stitcher

Speedy Stitcher

Sewing Awl - Some repairs simply cannot be done without this tool.

Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual

Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual

Our bible. Don't know how big your solar charger needs to be? Not sure how thick your cable needs to be? Ask Nigel!

Mares Puck Dive Computer

Mare Puck Diving Watch

Whether you dive or freedive, this is probably the cheapest computer you can find (150$) and still get good quality. We love pulling ourselves down the anchor chain and this watch helps us monitor our freediving depths, but Jasna uses it for scuba diving too.

Sailing The Farm

Sailing the farm

This is a great book, full of tips on how to sprout, how to make sailors cheese, how to dry and preserve fruit and which seaweed is safe to eat. Good for your health and good for your budget.

Seaworthiness : The Forgotten Factor

Seaworthiness : The Forgotten Factor

An in-depth look at yacht design (and how seaworthiness is often the last consideration of modern boat designs) from perhaps the greatest authority of all.

Kindle E-reader

Kindle Paperwhite

A must have item for any cruiser and the easiest way to reduce the weight of your boat. Using the Kindle app on your phone can ruin your night vision on watch and contribute to sea-sickness. I find that the overhead adjustable lighting on the Paperwhite is very easy on the eye. The link here is to the waterproof one which makes a lot of sense on a boat, but it a few bucks more. However, I have had the same non-waterproof Paperwhite for 5 years without a problem, but that could be just dumb luck,, so spring for the waterproof one if budget allows

Wind Scoop

Wind Scoop

Essential and green air con for the tropics

Advanced Elements Kayak (Buyers in the US)

Advanced Elements Kayak (Buyers in the US)

This is our main tender. Hard to imagine cruising without it.

The Complete Ocean Skipper

The Complete Ocean Skipper by Tom Cunliffe

Here it is, everything you need to know about seamanship, written with the usual wit and attitude we have come to expect from the great Tom Cunliffe.

Voyaging on a Small Income

Voyaging on a Small Income

This is the book that inspired us and made us dream. A bit outdated in places but still highly recommended.

Stabond PVC Glue

Stabond PVC Glue

Our favourite PVC glue, by far.

Handheld Vacuum Sealer

FoodSaver Handheld Vaccum Sealing System

Cheap and small, but very valuable to keep fresh food longer or to keep it safe from critters. The bags are reusable, so it's green too!

Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere

Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere

Bigger is very seldom better for the modern sea nomad... this is a list of 20 good boats for sailors on a small budget.

Storm Tactics

Storm Tactics

Learn how and why to "heave to". It may save your life. It will certainly change your attitude to sailing and help allay any fears you may have. If you have bought the right boat (see my book 'Get Real, Get Gone" above) then this is the only storm tactics book you will need.

Total french

Total french

This awesome language course is ideal for cruisers. No books. No writing. No memorizing. The Michel Thomas Method is 100% audio and can therefore be studied from your ipod or phone on long watches or whilst sitting in your cockpit with a beer. You will be amazed at how quickly this method sticks - ideal for those who have tried before to learn a language but not been impressed with their own progress..

Advanced Elements Double Kayak (buyers in Australia, NZ and anyone needing shipping to the South Pacific)

Advanced Elements Double Kayak (buyers in Australia, NZ and anyone needing shipping to the South Pacific)

My favourite way of getting about and an excellent trouble-free tender. Great for for surf landings too.

Tiller Pilot

When there is no wind.....

In Get Real, Get Gone we describe how an ordinary budget tiller pilot like this one can be connected to your windvane to provide a powerful autopilot for a fraction of the cost. I don't particularly recommend one brand from the other, but Raymarine do see to be offering some cheap deals these days.

Cape Horn Self Steering

Cape Horn Self Steering

An elegant and attractively priced self-steering, guaranteed for 28.000 miles!

Voyaging with Kids

Voyaging with Kids

Voyaging with kids is something I, know absolutely nothing about. Fortunately however, my good friend Behan has published the definitive work on the subject of cruising with kids from a sea gypsy perspective. Having ankle-biters on board can really enhance your enjoyment of this lifestyle and it makes for some great kids too. Entertainingly written, Voyaging with Kids should answer all your questions and allay the doubts of those who think kids are an impediment to setting sail.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Quiet, green, 100% reliable. Free energy from space, what's not to like!

Inflatable Solar Light

Inflatable Solar Light

Totally waterproof, this solar light makes a very convenient and non battery draining way of illuminating your cockpit party.

Cost Conscious Cruiser

Cost Conscious Cruiser

This book reminds us what really matters at sea.

20 Affordable Sailboats to Take You Anywhere

20 Affordable Sailboats to Take You Anywhere

In case John Vigor's selection of sailboats was just too small to fit your wine collection, here are 20 more good sea gypsy boats that are a wee bit bigger.

Total Spanish: Audio CD

Total Spanish: Audio CD

This awesome language course is ideal for cruisers. No books. No writing. No memorizing. The Michel Thomas Method is 100% audio and can therefore be studied from your ipod or phone on long watches or whilst sitting in your cockpit with a beer. You will be amazed at how quickly this method sticks - ideal for those who have tried before to learn a language but not been impressed with their own progress.

Teva Sandals

Teva Sandals

I used these shoes every day for four years, walking in rivers and lagoons, across dusty mexican streets and sharp reefs. They refuse to die. These sandals are tougher than me! Available for men and women.

12 Responses to Stuff we like

  1. Mitch says:

    I got to the ‘things we like’ page through my kindle version of the book but there seems to be no link on your web page

  2. Enjoyed the book a lot. Thanks!
    I am 5 years from potentially taking the plunge. My question is – a dog. You know sea gypsies w dogs? I realize a dog will up the hassle factor. Just curious about advise and counsel. Food seems easy enough but what about,shall we say, the other end? Any recommendations ?
    Thoughts?

    • rick says:

      You are right there… having a pooch certainly increases the hassle factor. Frankly l would never consider having a dog on board, but plenty do. There is a great facebook group dedicated to this subject. I will send you the link once l have found it.

  3. George says:

    Currently, reading chapter 2 of “…Get Gone”. I am having so much fun reading this so far. I am a very out of practice B-Skipper that preparing to liveaboard/sail carefully but hopefully by next year.

    • rick says:

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your kind words about our book. We are glad you are enjoying it. Give us a shout at sailingcalypso@gmail.com if you have any questions once you have finished it. If you are inclined to write us a good review at the end of it, please go ahead (it all helps). Good luck with your plans and stay in touch.

      Cheers,

      RnJ
      SV Calypso
      Tonga

  4. I enjoyed get real very much I am currently looking for boats to escape on.

  5. Paul Corcoran says:

    Read your book yesterday. Brill.
    Not sure i could live without a fridge but then again never tried.

  6. Dave says:

    Just read your book “Get real get gone” in less than 24 hours. Despite, or maybe because of, having done a RYA yacht master course 10 years ago this approach to being a “voyager” is utterly refreshing. Apart from the multitude of practical tips and no nonsense advice, I suspect the most important thing it has also given me is a change of attitude. Change in my approach to sailing, from deference to the many “professionals” out there to questioning and a genuine way to possibly entice my sea cautious wife to come to sea with me. Thank you.

  7. Andy Patterson says:

    Just finished the book for the second time a amazing book thank you so much as a family with young children we are now looking for more info on the life style with kids age 6 and 8 it not a pipe dream for us we are aiming to be gone next spring just working on sailing courses and finding a boat that will suit us. thank you guys if we are every lucky and get to meet you we will float over a few beers .

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