Atlantic Crossings from a Cruiser's Prespective

The path of Starry Horizons.

Making the big leap across the Atlantic is pretty nerve-racking.  All circumnavigators have done it, and it helps new sailors calm their nerves by reading stories – good and bad! – about making a crossing of that size.

  • This topic's coordinator, Amy, Crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Starry Horizons, a 44' Helia catamaran, from Las Palmas to Miami, leaving Christmas morning, 2014.

  • Monkey's Fist Topic Coordinator Jessica recently crossed the Atlantic eastbound from Florida to the Azores, the first of several posts on their crossing explains why she now believes you should Never Leave for a Passage on Thursday the 12th.

  • Pacific Sailors' Verena recounted a trip in 1987 that resulted in a rescue from a super-yacht and brought up how Fear is handled and how we prepare for it.

  • Captain Liz Made It to Spain while crossing the Atlantic from Antigua as crew on a private 116ft yacht.

  • Tumbleweed Adventure left St Helena for Salvador, Brazil from March – April 2014 over 14 days on their 42’ Manta Catamaran, March 26th, 2014: The start to our Atlantic Ocean Crossing.
  • Kewl Change posted a series of videos on their Atlantic Crossing from Cape Verde to Newburyport, USA in July-August 2013. 

  • The crew of Chocobo crossed the Atlantic in November – December 2011from Cape Verde to Antigua over a period of 14 days. They finished their circumnavigation just a little bit later! 

  • Taru and Alex of World Tour Stories crossed the Atlantic from Las Palmas, Canaries to Cabo Verde to Barbados in January – February 2011. 

  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost crossed the Atlantic in December 2010-January 2011 from San Sebastian, Spain to Antigua for a total of 19 days. 

  • Of Butterfly and Barnacle crossed from South Africato Brazil (with St Helena in between). They made the crossing in 30 days aboard their 45’ Fastcat in March – April 2009. 

  • The Bumfuzzles crossed the Atlantic in November - December 2006, from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Granada on their 35’ Wildcat Catamaran in 22 days. 

Where ever you are crossing from and landing, a lot of prep work is involved.

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Beauty and the Boat

This quad stands up to the heat (from MJ Sailing)
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest sailor of them all?

Whether you are living exclusively on the hook or are a slave to the marina facilities, it is likely that living aboard has had some sort of impact on your beauty routine. Before I moved aboard I would don a full face of makeup every day as I headed to the office. You can say that things changed once I moved aboard. Granted, I was no longer working, but a formal face just seemed unnecessary once I was out exploring tropical waters each day.


Sailboat Interiors

When we bought S/V Galapagos, a 1975 Ted Brewer Olympic Adventure 47, she had good 'bones'. As soon as we saw her, we knew she was our boat but inside our heads was the vision of the boat she COULD be, not necessarily the boat she was. We saw her all bright and shiny, with crisp white sails, fresh and flexible lines, and comfy berths and settees. We viewed our new girl through the glasses of new love. It wasn't until the newness began to wear off that we saw what we really had: a 1975 boat that had aged gracefully in some areas, but that needed a lot of attention if she was going to be the comfortable home we wanted.

The settees were worn out; the upholstery ripped and shredded in some places.  The berths had that kind of foam that required a waterproof cover before you slept on it. The walls in the aft head were covered with some kind textured wallpaper that wafted a suspicious smelling perfum de mildew as I passed by.

Our boat kitty money was being spent on a new engine, prop, shaft, etc. etc. There would be precious little left to use on the interior right away. Fortunately, I have never let a lack of money stop me from pursuing the goal of making a place, whether boat or land home, attractive, comfortable, and functional. I picked up a lot of good tips from other bloggers.

If you are looking for good ideas for your boat interior, you've come to the right place. There are so many good links below that you may want to just go ahead and bookmark this entire page. Who knew there was so much talent out there?  Get yourself a hot beverage while you relax and browse the blogs of fellow cruisers, dreaming of a boat that looks a lot like home.


On Cruising Friendships

Some people need to have friends around almost all the time, and almost everyone needs friends at least sometimes.  The cruising lifestyle provides lots of opportunities, but are those friendships in some fundamental way different than friendships made when you live on land?


Guests Aboard--a survivor's manual

Great guests fit in small spaces, and stay endlessly cheerful

There is no greater bonding experience among cruisers than sharing a survival story. Dock talk revolves around these tales; like the time you dragged in 50 knots and nearly landed on a reef, or when that fishing boat missed crushing your hull by inches, or the week you had three landlubbers aboard.

Boat guests seem to come in two forms: the ones who adapt seamlessly to the rigors of life aboard (and who you invite back again and again), and the ones who don’t.

Over the years we've tried many techniques for training boat guests. We’ve drafted letters explaining the boat in detail, sent it out ahead of the visit, and followed-up to clarify major points. We have held pre-departure orientations – naming the parts of the boat, “This is a boom, it will kill you if it hits your head.” and describing in detail how things work. We have left notes on the head, faucets and lights, and explained which food is available to eat on which days. And we have learned that some people just make bad guests.

A group of bloggers share their expertise: How have you trained up your guests? Who has visited you? Have you had younger guests visit (aka kids)? What have you learned along the way?  Or maybe you've discovered having guests isn't your thing? 

Topic Coordinators: Diane, Evan, and Maia (Ceilydh Set Sail