One of the most frequent questions I get is, “Are you afraid of pirates?” or “I’d be worried about pirates, aren’t you?” Piracy is defined as the act of attacking or robbing ships at sea. So, what I think I’m being asked is aren’t you afraid of someone attacking you or trying to steal your… Continue reading
About five years ago, a spearfisherman was fishing for lobster near his anchorage in the Bahamas. Diving in the turquoise blue waters that surround the Bahamian Islands, he had a very productive day. After returning to his catamaran, he and his wife knew that they had an extra lobster that they wouldn’t eat that day. … Continue reading
Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon.com. If you buy using the link you do not pay any more for the book, but we will get a portion of the purchase price. So, the biggest questions I have gotten after the holiday season are, 1) Did you go see your boat over the… Continue reading
The last post I talked a bit about how it was confidence building to get the sails up and sail on our own. But the whole trip was really a confidence booster. We had opportunities, even though we didn’t sail much, to practice a lot of other skills and really show ourselves that we can… Continue reading
Wind (?) on the open water
We got to the spend the week on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest. I’m pretty deliberate about saying we spent a week on a sailboat, because to say we sailed for a week would be a bit of an overstatement! In typical Lever fashion….we were lacking wind or when we had it, it was… Continue reading
Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!
We wrapped up our American Sailing Association 101 and 103 courses, with the Victoria Sailing School, a couple of weeks ago. What this entailed was taking our last practical lesson, which was on a J/30, so it was about eight feet longer than the other boats we’ve been on and taking our two tests. First… Continue reading
Money is a renewable resource…Time is not — Ben from Sailing Nahoa
I’ve actually tried about five different versions of this post. It’s about money. One of the more common questions I get is, “How can you afford to live like that?” I understand at the heart of the question is, how can you afford not to work. As I’ve written the previous versions of this, I… Continue reading
We have finished our practical lessons on the J/22. Our last lesson in the basic keelboat and coastal cruising line will be on a J/30. It’s made by the same company, but is about 8’ longer. There are also some other differences, including the sail set up as well as steering and anchoring. I’m looking… Continue reading
Last week we transitioned from the Basic Keelboat practical lessons to the Basic Coastal cruising lessons. So we’ve moved on from, how does a boat work to, if your sailing here’s some more advanced techniques you need to be aware of to operate a boat safely. It was an interesting transition. We know the points… Continue reading
An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.