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12 days ago
We left Santa Marta , after first watching Max , together with our friends from Zouterik and Askari , win the Brazilian F1 race ,  around 3:30 pm. A quick fuel stop and last goodbyes to Zouterik crew Mariska and Linde that came alongside at the fuel dock and we were on our way. …
1 month ago
Dancing with Gaia Cruising maybe is like dancing and there are so many ways to do it
It makes little sense to judge a ballerina on their hip hop skills

or a line dancer for their ability to freestyle For me, I think, sailing is like a tango

Slow, quick, quick, slow

Slow, quick, …
1 month ago
part 1 and part 2 The last boring lifepo4 post 😉 After having sent the 2,5 ‘boat bucks’ to China the long waiting game started and finally received my Fedex tracking number from GBS after a few days . Impatient as I am I checked every day to see when …
1 month ago
Are you ready for a rambling post? I have an idea I’d love your feedback on. So please bear with me: Remember my post about Morocco and all the plastic trash we saw there? We may not have posted about it specifically but plastic waste has been a constant in …
3 months ago
Lourae and Randy on PIZAZZ These 400 miles between Aruba and Cartagena are known for the worst weather conditions in the Caribbean and among the top five worst passages around the world. The “weather guru’s” almost always say to stay at least 200 miles off-shore (they base this not on …
3 months ago
This is our last night on Bonaire , and its been a great time. If you ask me what made it a great time its the people and not just ‘people’ but the people we find around us that made the same choice we made or are making the same …
3 months ago
warning : another boring techy post , only mildly interesting for other sailors and boaters that are contemplating a switch to LifePo4 batteries, but there will be another video soon , I think 😉 Even though I am still in the planning stages on which exact battery , or cells …
4 months ago
I am sure that these days everyone has internet on-board, whether for e-mail, gribfiles , weather routing or as we do , schooling , youtube for the kids school assignment or just researching the next place we think we are going “Old Salts” may say “I’ve never needed it 30 …
4 months ago
This is the last part of a series of 3 guest posts written by my friend Catharina, who spent a week with us in Bonaire. Enjoy! CRUISING “Stargazer Stargazer. Any objections to using this channel for Cruiser’s Net?” “Stargazer Stargazer. Grab a coffee, Cruiser’s Net will start in a few …
4 months ago
We interrupt our regular program for this newsflash ! This is what happens if the trade winds from the east suddenly make way to winds from the South ! The Stinapa park rangers helping our friends on SY Avenger with a Tugboat on standby to assist if/when needed (luckily the …
4 months ago
This is what happens if the trade winds from the east suddenly make way to winds from the South ! The Stinapa park rangers helping our friends on SY Avenger with a Tugboat on standby to assist if/when needed (luckily the tug wasn't needed at all that day) Bluepearl , Fairy Queen , Heavy Metal and several others stayed put as we were on the outside moorings with no chance hitting the bottom . Most boats that were on moorings closer to shore opted to leave in the morning of the 6th and seek shelter behind Klein Bonaire on one of the dive bouys Great work from Stinapa assisting several sailing yachts !
4 months ago
Disclaimer ! I am not a battery expert nor have I ever played one on TV ! (DYODD : do your own due diligence) so some of the reasoning is quite simplified to keep it easier to follow without going into too much depth , if you want detailed info …
4 months ago
This is part 2 of a series of 3 guest posts written by my friend Catharina, who spent a week with us in Bonaire. Enjoy! MERMAIDS AND MIDSUMMER I slept for 9 hours straight in the starboard aft cabin (the girls share the port cabin) and woke up, as is …
4 months ago
This is part 1 of a series of 3 guest posts written by my friend Catharina, who spent a week with us in Bonaire. Enjoy! GETTING THERE This is easy travelling. Leave from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, one of the best organized airports in the world. Fly comfortably, even in an …
6 months ago
Joline’s sister, brother-in-law and their baby daughter Tess come to Blue Pearl for a vacation. After a night sailing filled with seasickness for the new crew we arrive in Ibiza and spend two weeks exploring several lovely calas. In Cala Binneras we celebrate the summer solstice with the “drumming hippies” …
6 months ago
Joline's sister, brother-in-law and their baby daughter Tess come to Blue Pearl for a vacation. After a night sailing filled with seasickness for the new crew we arrive in Ibiza and spend two weeks exploring several lovely calas. In Cala Binneras we celebrate the summer solstice with the "drumming hippies" - an unforgettable experience.
7 months ago
The day before Yesterday we gave away our last ‘lucilight’ (inflatable solar charged led light) to a local fisherman The very friendly person lives on shore in a hut without running water or electricity and paddles (on an old surf board) out each day to catch a few fishies to …
8 months ago
Warning : long post that might get technical ! As explained in an earlier post , We installed a Simarine battery monitor with multiple shunts on our wind generator, solar panels, battery bank in/out freezer , fridge etc, so the below numbers are ‘true’ numbers and not ‘guesstimates’ When we …
9 months ago
We have been anchored in Charlottesville Tobago during the last 2 weeks and yesterday I noticed that all 3 tubes no longer were inflated When I tried to inflate the tubes I heard air and bubbles from all 3 tubes ! We have a large LED light for security on …
9 months ago
parts originally written by : Rob Heijmerink and Annemarie Hoorneman on SY Zeezout https://zeezout.waarbenjij.nu , adapted to our own experiences and translated by us and republished in English as we found it extremely helpful, hopefully this will help others as well that are not fluent in Dutch   Approach to …
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