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Small sailboat, small budget, BIG adventure

“I’m a twenty-year-old sailor, but I would identify as an old salt.” says Cooper VonAchen. Cooper is preparing to sail from California to Mexico and the South Pacific, but he’s gone about it differently: namely without a big boat, fancy electronics, complicated systems, or even a marine head! “I preach simplicity and truly voyaging under …

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Brighten up your boat with non skid deck paint – Waterborne

Looking to give an old boat new life? Repainting the decks with non skid deck paint is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to dramatically improve your boat’s appearance. Chris Valentino is in the process of restoring his 1967 O’Day Widgeon and has been blogging about it at C2 Valentino. He shares this quick and easy …

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How to troubleshoot outboard motors

Yep, we’ve all been there. Hunched over the back off the boat yanking the pull-cord with increasing desperation! Guest poster, Mindi Braswell, from Aboard Marguerite shares how to quickly diagnose and troubleshoot outboard motors. Plus, we’ve a included a bonus “$#!T my engine won’t start” checklist at the bottom of the post. I’m not a professional …

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Get paid to write for boating magazines

Ever wondered how to write for boating magazines? Whether you’re looking to generate income while cruising, want to become a full-time writer, or just have a couple of stories you’d like to see in print, Selling Your Writing to the Boating Magazines (and Other Niche Mags) is the ultimate guide and the book that Robin and …

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10 reasons not to give up on your boat

When your boat is driving you crazy….it’s helpful to remember why it’s all worth it. Sheena Jeffers, of @seaslifeforgood shares 10 reasons why not to give up your boat. On this day, nearly two years ago, I was pouting on the ground while my boyfriend cut a long piece of my hair off. I watched it fall …

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100 sailing Instragram accounts

Looking to connect with sailors on Instagram or just flip through some dreamy sailing photos? Audrey Ruhland of Thisldu shares her favorites in this list of 100 sailing Instagram accounts. Oh, social media. It can be a blessing and a curse. Today, I’d like to talk about the former. In my last post, Find Your Sailing Community, …

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How to careen a sailboat – the low cost haulout

At 24, John Pennington and his wife Kara Potter set out to circumnavigate in their Cape Dory 30. Over the following 4 years they occassionally found themselves in far-flung places where haulouts were either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. In the guest post below, John explains how they beached, cleaned, and painted their boat over two-days …

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From desk job & debt to sailing entrepreneur

  These days, many people are touting the benefits of nomadic living and passive income streams, but how realistic is it? Elin Rose of Sailopreneur shares her story of transitioning from the burden of a desk job and student debt to the freedom of being a sailing ecommerce entrepreneur (with over $12K in monthly sales!). …

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Sailing Around the World – The Three-year Rush

Ever wondered what it would be like to sail around the world, or how long it would take.  Tom and James aboard Blue Eye have set themselves the ambitious task of sailing around the world in three-years.  As Tom explains below, three years is both too short, and too long, usually depending on the weather.  …

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