The Bohemian Life
We used to do what most people of the world do; live in a home in a community enjoying the infrastructure and accoutrements of being closely connected to ‘normal’ society. However, since we took up sailing and decided to live full-time onboard a sailboat our view of what ‘normal’ is has changed a bit.
Navigate the Pacific Despite the Bad Charts
Once you decide to visit Fiji with your sailing yacht you begin to understand that the navigation charts you have trusted in most places of the world are way less useful here. Whether you are using charts on your navstation plotter from Navionics or Jeppesen, chart programs on the iPad, MaxSea, OpenCPN, Admiralty paper charts or even the local charts you can buy here in Fiji… you soon...
Internet Access in Fiji is Great!
As we’ve made our way across the Pacific stopping in islands from the Galapagos to French Polynesia, Nuie, Tonga and New Zealand we’ve been mostly disappointed at the unreliable internet service and slow speeds. We’ve tried purchasing 3G SIM cards, Wifi access vouchers and using ’free wifi’ at local bars and restaurants. The quality of the connections have been mostly good enough for...
Bad Fuel, No Engine, Big Mess
Halfway to Fiji from New Zealand, in the middle of the South Pacific, we became becalmed for 2 days. For those not familiar with the term, it means 'stuck in one spot with no wind'. In days of old, this would be a common occurrence as no boat had an engine and when the winds stopped blowing, forward movement did too (unless you had lots of crew who could row!).
Our Time in Little America
It's cold. Wind buffets from all sides and the floor shifts with the jerking motion of a moving train. I zip my jacket up to my chin. It's loud too and smokey, as there are no windows, just large long slots that begin at waist height, oh, and no seats either inside this rolling open-air steel box they call the observation car. But mostly, at this moment, what I'm observing are the...
Best WiFi Booster for Yachting
I just finished configuring my new Ubiquity NanoStation M2 (NSM2) directional antenna and it out-performs the Ubiquity Bullet M2 omnidirectional antenna by a factor of 2-3x for distance and power which, in a lot of situations, is the difference between making a good connection or not.
The Last Hollywood Shower
On a sailboat the term 'Hollywood Shower' refers to being able to run the water continuously while you are showering and not worrying about how much water you use. Usually this is done by guests who bring this habit onboard from how they shower at home and don't understand that every drop of water is precious and has to be produced onboard.