Family of 5. 10-year circumnavigation. Homeschooling and sailing. All the boat stuff. What’s it like? Watch the Giffords in their Today Show appearance — witih great photos from around the world. [More] Cruising Stories: Gifford Family on Totem Circumnavigates
Preparing to Cruise
Cruising involves so very many things -- and some skills that many of us find a little different than for living on land.
Good news -- you can develop many of these long before you set foot on a boat.
What can you do leading up to your cruising adventure to make the first year learning curve a little less daunting? Practice some non-sailing skills that you’ll be needing! [More] Practicing Skills for Cruising
We’ve owned, lived aboard and cruised both a bluewater monohull and a small coastal cruising cat. So I’m often asked which is the better boat. [More] Catamaran or Monohull?
How do you decide what comes with you on the boat and what stays behind? Space is limited, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have ANY treasures aboard! [More] Bring the Joy
You’ve decided to downsize, but where do you even start? The job can appear overwhelming. Here’s a guide to making it manageable. [More] Downsizing 101
Want to feel like a cruiser right off the bat? Using the right language can help! Nica Waters shares her favorite cruiser vocabulary to help you fit right in. [More] How to Talk Like a Cruiser
Thinking a boat show is only good if you’re shopping for a new boat? Nica outlines 3 OTHER reasons going to a show is worth your time and energy. Hope to see you in Annapolis in the fall! [More] Three Reasons to Go to a Boat Show
If being willing to try something new is a basic cruising skill, being willing to stink at things while you’re learning them might be just as important. [More] Doing New Things . . . Badly
Cruising itself may be new, and it’s made up of all sorts of individual items that are going to be “something new” too. Preparing for the challenge of doing all sorts of new things. [More] The Courage to Try Something New
It’s easy to second-guess the best way to learn to sail. With all the options out there, how can you decide? It’s not that complicated. Come along with Nica as she shares 4 different ways she learned, and what she thinks is the best way possible. [More] How Do You Learn To Sail?