Stuff we like

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

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

In all cases, we recommend them because we use them and believe in them.

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.

Windscoop

Windscoop

Windscoop - Very valuable in the tropics. And it doubles up as spinnaker for the kayak.

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.

Seaworthiness : The Forgotten Factor

Seaworthiness : The Forgotten Factor

An in-depth look at yacht design from perhaps the greatest authority of all.

Kindle E-reader

Kindle Paperwhite

A must have item for any cruiser.

Advanced Elements Kayak

Advanced Elements Kayak

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

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 A bit outdated in places but still highly recommended.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.

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.

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 not always better... this is a list of 20 good boats for sailors on a small budget.

Topsail Insurance

Topsail Insurance

A great insurance company run by sailors and the only real option for sea gypsies. Click on their logo to get a quote for your boat.

Storm Tactics

Storm Tactics

Learn how and why to "heave to". It may save your life. It will certainly change your attitude to sailing.

Cape Horn Self Steering

Cape Horn Self Steering

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

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.

Get Real, Get Gone

Get Real, Get Gone

Of course, we highly recommend our own book (now an Amazon bestseller)! 🙂

Sailrite Sewing Machine

Sailrite Sewing Machine

It's heavy and it'n not cheap, but this is the best sewing machine ever. It's worth the initial investment, as it will save you hundreds of dollars every year.

Cost Conscious Cruiser

Cost Conscious Cruiser

This book reminds us what really matters at sea.

Total Spanish: Audio CD

Total Spanish: Audio CD

You will be amazed at how a few words of Spanish can open many doors...

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!

6 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

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