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. Hi blogger! Do you have a blog post about your crossing that you want to share? Please post your link with a brief description in the comments section below and we'll add it to this list.Already have a link on this page? Feel free to link back here so that your readers can find other posts on this topic. We have low-tech and high-tech instructions:Low-tech instructions: Copy and paste this text onto to the bottom of your blog post:Visit The Monkey's Fist to find other posts on this topic:http://themonkeysfist.blogspot.com/2015/04/atlantic-crossings-from-cruisers.htmlHigh-tech instructions: Copy the code below and paste it into the html at the bottom of your post to give your readers a link back to this page.
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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. Just because one chooses a life aboard doesn't mean they have to give up beauty entirely. These lovely sailing ladies share what works for them, what stands up to the heat and how they keep a little bit of girliness in their lives after moving aboard.Topic Coordinator: Kelley (Sailing Chance)____From wearing makeup to laser hair removal - I cover all the intimate details of my beauty routine aboard Sailing Chance.Cruising as a Woman____Jessica from Matt & Jessica's Sailing Page has tried a few different products over her time aboard. From products helping repair all that sun damage to ones who just make you feel girly for a night out she shares what products stand up to the heat.Cosmetics that Stand Up to the Heat____Ellen from The Cynical Sailor shares her beauty routine, or lack there of. She does share some comical, I've-so-been-there ways for disguising the inevitable bruises you will get living on a boat.Would You Risk Blowing Up Your Boat for Better Hair?____Drena from Sailing Journey is a self-proclaimed Girly Sailing Girl and PROUD OF IT. She shares how little her routine changed once she moved aboard.Being Girly on a Boat____Hi, blogger! Do you have a blog post about your cruising or sailing beauty routine? Please post your link with a brief description in the comment section below and we'll add it to this list. Already have a link on this page? Feel free to link back here so that your readers can find other posts on this topic. We have low-tech and high-tech instructions:Low-tech instructions: Copy and paste this text onto to the bottom of your blog post:Visit The Monkey's Fist to find other posts on this topic:http://themonkeysfist.blogspot.com/2015/01/beauty-and-boat.htmlHigh-tech instructions: Copy the code below and paste it into the html at the bottom of your post to give your readers a link back to this page.
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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.In this post from our blog Little Cunning Plan , I explain how I updated the walls in our aft head (bathroom) using cheap latex paints and a faux finish technique. The results are most satisfying. Cheap and Easy Boat Tricks: Fun with FinishesTate and Dani at Sundowner Sails Again have refit their boat practically from a bare hull. Dani shows us how to make slipcovers in this blog post: Ultrasuede Cushion SlipcoversAnd if you are confused about how to choose foam for a berth makeover, read Dani's post on the different types of foam and how to make the best decision. Choosing the Right FoamHaving kids on board creates a special challenge. Aimee on S/V Terrapin shows how to use vinyl stickers to decorate walls. Who would have thought it? It's a great idea. The Cabins Have Been Redone!Likewise Behan and Jamie on Totem redid their entire interior to accommodate the needs of their family of 5. Making a Boat a HomeNichola of Yacht Emerald has used her considerable talents to do a lovely mosaic that customizes her sailboat. Take a look and get your own creative juices flowing! Detailing a Doorway with Mosaic TilesSometimes you just want a little update in the salon. We had worn out upholstery but couldn't yet afford to replace everything in the salon due to that pesky engine refit. If you are handy with a needle, you too can update your salon on the cheap. Cheap and Easy Boat Tricks: Covering Salon CushionsCarolyn at The Boat Galley makes short work of old, worn out formica. If you have an older boat, you might give this a try when updating the galley. Much cheaper and easier than ripping it all out. New Life for Old Formica CountertopsJan at Commuter Cruiser gives us a lot of little tips about how to make your boat a home from bedding to ventilation. How to Live on a BoatHillary at Very Well Salted solves the mystery of fitted v-berth sheets in her great post. Do-It-Yourself V-Berth SheetsThen, hold onto your seats when you take a look at the results when Hillary does the UNTHINKABLE to wood: She paints it! In a word: fabulous. Color Your World with PaintAnnette's blog has lots of tips and tricks for the sewing sailor, including this useful post on the different types of boat curtains. Types and Styles of Boat CurtainsIf you are tired of looking at boring, plain steps leading into the cockpit, Linda of JacaranaJourney has a beautiful solution using stencils. Stenciling Your StairwayIneke at SY Zeezwaluw shows what a difference a change of fabric can make in any cabin. Update Your Interior with a Change of FabricBeth at Sailboat Interiors sells all kinds of interesting items specifically designed for sailboat. She has a Pinterest board that has a myriad of resources for updating your boat's interior. Hundreds of Ideas on PinterestVerena at Pacific Sailors shows a good use for decorative pillows made from artwork she purchased during her travels. Hidden Storage Made BeautifulWant to customize your own mattress? I show you how in this blog post, using an inexpensive mattress ordered from Amazon. Saving $$ on a Good Night's SleepJanet Lee and her main squeeze, Michael, did a complete overhaul of their salon on their boat, Adventure Us 2. Complete Salon Re-doCindy Wallach is of the opinion that boaty themes in fabric have no place on a boat. As a rule, I can't agree more. Why be boxed in by tiny seahorses and clam shells? Go for color and pattern! Alternatives to Nautical ThemesAixa on S/V Bramasole stores her down comforter inside one of these lovely pillows. I love the idea of a down comforter on a boat. We have two, but our storage isn't nearly as pretty. Lovely Pillow Hideaways
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