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Category: Motorboats

Into the blue with a green thumb: growing a garden on boat

With a limited space and obvious pitfalls due to salt, wind and movement, many of us would give up right away the idea of growing your own vegetables on boat. It could be possible: I have had a chat with some hardened navigators who are…

When you say out of hand: Point Nemo myth and reality of the remotest point of the globe

If the news of the Vendée Globe at some point got us caught up, a few months ago, we have learned that in that moment the competing yachts were sailing to transit the point on the earth globe closer to the orbiting space station than…

Women on board: why this article should be useless

Before writing this article I had a look online. I always do, just to check what has already been written about a certain topic and avoid talking again and again about something that has already been thoroughly discussed. I must confess that after reading for…

Pets on board: some tips

Whether it is a spilled litter, pet passports or dogs overboard, sailing with our cat or dog can be a  challenge. At the same time, since pets are often an integral part of our families, leaving them at home just isn’t an option for many…

The thousand possibilities of solar energy

From the shower to the lights, how the Sun makes us save energy Those who love long sailing navigations and spending nights in roadstead, know that the first problem to face and solve regards the electric power saving, which is crucial for the proper functioning…

Boat schooling: at school around the 7 seas

One of the consequences of this ongoing pandemic is the encounter-clash of millions of families, at all latitudes, with the home learning. Mysterious object and still little explored, home schooling could be destined to stay between us (maybe in flashes) for a while longer. In…

A second chance: vintage yacht restoration

As an architect, I have carried out the restauration of numerous old buildings with all associated technical, artistic, cultural and general approach problems. I have studied and extensively discussed about the right attitude to adopt when taking care of an old architectural entity refurbishment. In…

Everybody is on the same boat: why sailors and motor boaters hate each other (and why they shouldn’t)

“A sailor is born, not made. And by “sailor” is meant, not the average inefficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastles of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas…

Cooking on board: kitchenware and food-stocks on a cruise

Plainly speaking: I have nothing against restaurants, trattorias, bistrot and taberne scattered over the Mediterranean Sea. And I wouldn’t dream of recommending not to eat there during summer cruise stops. It’s only that, to me, cooking on board – in a roadstead or in a…

Quarreling on board: Why should it be impossible?

But true travellers leave to leave and that’s it: light, balloon-like hearts that only chance moves eternally, always say “Let’s go”, and they don’t know why. Their wishes have the shapes of the clouds”. (Charles Baudelaire) The pleasure of sailing: turning the bow out of…

Good boating practices: “Maintenance”

Our little journey through Good Practice goes on. Part one was about marinas, part two deals with boat maintenance.  Dozens of articles have been written on the subject, most of them very interesting and technically complete. Some of them can be read in this blog,…

Seasickness: sail or motor, remedies don’t change

The feeling of seasickness has to do with the inner ear, where the organs responsible for balance and equilibrium, sight and proprioception (perception of movement and special orientation) are located. These organs become overstimulated due to the rocking motion of a ship or a boat…