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6 days 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 …
8 days 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 …
10 days 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 …
10 days 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 !
12 days 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 …
12 days 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 …
15 days 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 …
3 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” …
3 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.
3 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 …
4 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 …
5 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 …
5 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 …
5 months ago
When you’ve been in a place for so long -we’ve been in Suriname for TWO MONTHS- leaving can be a little tricky. Not only because of everything we need to put back in place in order to get the boat ready again, but also mentally. We have had such an …
6 months ago
Now online! Watch episode 9 where we finish up our final prep on board and set sail to the beautiful Spanish city of Cartagena.  
6 months ago
Uploading this took over four days! Oh, the joy of crappy wifi in exotic locations.. But if you can see this, it means it worked. In this episode we finish up our final prep on board and set sail to the beautiful Spanish city of Cartagena.
6 months ago
  These howler monkeys make such an impressive noise! I’ve recorded two of their ‘evening concerts’ at Marina Resort Waterland. They can be so loud they sometimes wake me up at night! A little ominous, but also exotic, alien and beautiful: enjoy the sounds of ‘our local’ howler monkeys!
7 months ago
By Joline Back in the Netherlands I used to love going out in nature to forage. I’d harvest blackberries to make a nice dessert with, pick elderflowers or lavender to make a cordial. In summer I would collect rosepetals to make a bright pink jam and in autumn I would …
7 months ago
Atlantic crossing day 12 : We did a thing Lat: N05’17”116 Lon:W52’35”333 Avg speed day 12 : 7,83 kts Wind : 25 to 35 kts Waves : 1.5 – 2.5 meter Temp : 30c during the day Distance to Mindelo : 1830 miles Distance to go : 0 miles We …
7 months ago
Atlantic crossing day 12 : We did a thing Lat: N05’17”116 Lon:W52’35”333 Avg speed day 12 : 7,83 kts Wind : 25 to 35 kts Waves : 1.5 – 2.5 meter Temp : 30c during the day Distance to Mindelo : 1830 miles Distance to go : 0 miles We …
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