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Category: Tips & Tricks

(Reg)tiquette: regatta etiquette before, during, after.

Last weekend, after months of inactivity, I started racing again at the Genoa Sailing Week. It did not go well, and, to be honest, I want to archive the experience without too many comments. The only positive side is that I saw again old friends…

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…

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…

Rigging: checking and replacement

Today, we will be addressing a very important and delicate topic: we are talking about a real art, that of rigging, which consists, basically, in the discipline that studies, designs and produces the necessary equipment to arm a sailboat, sustaining the mast and making it…

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…

A boat toolbox: minor repairs at dock and at sea

Does it happen to you that when you are in a hurry, the light turns invariably red? Or, when you are waiting for a bus for ages, then three of them come at the same time? Or, when you are trying to catch a key…

Charter: legislation and implementation

If you are one of this blog’s readers, is highly probable that you like sailing, and it is even more probable that you think a sailing holiday is the one that best suits you, is in tune with your spirit and regenerates your body. For…

Wintry sailing: the perfect boat

Enjoying a summer cruise, the sun, bathing in a roadstead, having prosecco in the cockpit at sunset is, no doubt, gratifying. However, in my opinion, nothing surpasses the beauty of sailing in winter. Wintry sailing charm is difficult to describe and, above all, not replicable….

Jinle bells: under a sailor’s Christmas tree

This year has been strange, and probably some important dates slipped our mind: a year in which the track of time, of seasons and celebrations was overshadowed by the great blanket that surrounded our lives in the past months.  Nevertheless, it is Christmas time, and…

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…

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,…

Servicing of outboards

Outboards can be divided into two wide families: portable outboards, whose power ranges between 2.5 and 15 hp, and those affixed to the vessel. These latter have higher power and weight and are usually linked to electronic controls. Portable outboards are simpler and are used…