No-see-ums, gnats and other biting bites making the reality not quite live up to the dream? I recently found an effective spray that’s mild on skin and not harmful to pets who may lick. [More] No Natz
Common Problems & Worries
Boating isn't all palm trees and umbrella drinks.
Worried about fire, sinking, hurricanes . . . or being overrun by bugs?
Wondering what in the world you've gotten yourself into?
It happens to us all. Find practical help and words of encouragement here!
When everything that was on deck has to come below, stowing it safely becomes a challenge. Two important things I’ve learned. [More] Hurricane Prep: Storing Things Below
More things we didn’t know as we prepped for our first hurricane: how to intrepret the timing info in forecasts. What you need to know. [More] Hurricane Prep: How Much Time Do You Have
Lost or stolen dinghies are heart-breaking, as they’re expensive to replace and your mobility is limited until you do. Tips to lessen the chances of the dinghy being stolen or floating free. [More] Don’t Lose Your Dinghy
Reducing windage is an important part of hurricane prep, particularly if you’re at a dock, on the hard, or tied to mangroves where you won’t even nominally be head to wind. Items to think about. [More] Hurricane Prep: Reducing Windage
Why simply tying off your roller furling jib or genoa isn’t sufficient for a tropical storm or hurricane — pictures of the results. [More] Hurricane Prep: Why Remove Jibs and Genoas
I like checklists and tip sheets for just about everything, but they’re particularly helpful for high stress times like preparing for a hurricane. [More] Hurricane Prep and Editable Checklist
Had a trip from hell and wondering if this is really what you want to be doing for “fun?” Future trips will almost certainly be better – here’s why. [More] That Trip From Hell
The boats at anchor all look so pretty and the thought of living on one seems like a dream come true. But how do you know if it’s really for you? [More] How Do I Know If I’d Like Cruising?
This past summer, we had an ant infestation on our boat. Normal sprays and traps didn’t make a dent in them. How we finally got rid of them for good. [More] Ant Infestation