Many people are inspired by reading all of the wonderful sailing and cruising blogs out there and want to start blogging themselves, but don't know where to start. Other more experienced bloggers want to take their blog to the next level - perhaps by monetizing their blog, better leveraging social media, increasing their number of followers etc. - but aren't sure how to go about it. No matter what type of blogger you are or how long you’ve been blogging for, you’re bound to find some great tips, tricks and inspiration for taking your blog to the next level.
|^^some of Lahowind's all-time favorite photos are |
from their iPhone, believe it or not!^^
Whether you’re aspiring, pro, or anything in between, the sailing community is ripe with lots of photographers. We’re all shooting (so to speak) towards the same goal -- capturing beautiful images of our cruising adventures so that we can enjoy the memories for years to come (or perhaps sell them and add to our cruising kitty, lol!).
Whether it’s that mind-blowing sunset you never want to forget or a pod of dolphins frolicking at your bow, having the most expensive gear isn’t really necessary for top-notch photos, but knowing how to use the tools you have is!
In the wake of the rescue of a young family stranded at sea with a sick toddler, there's been a media brouhaha about the decision to take their children on a sailboat. Numerous articles have been written already about risks and rewards, like this beautiful one about raising a child dangerously. All the parents who have brought their kids on boats have had to think hard about what that means, whether they are living aboard in a marina, day sailing, coastal sailing, or crossing oceans.
|(Sign available for purchase here, |
just in case you need to sell your boat)
|A beautiful anchorage at Great Barrier Island, New Zealand|
|Great guests fit in small spaces, and stay endlessly cheerful|
Some people need to have friends around almost all the time, and almost everyone needs friends at least sometimes. The cruising lifestyle provides lots of opportunities, but are those friendships in some fundamental way different than friendships made when you live on land?
|Interior of S/V Galapagos|
If you are looking for good ideas for your boat interior, you've come to the right place. There are a ton of great links on the topic of sailboat interior that you may want to just go ahead and bookmark the 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.
|This quad stands up to the heat (from MJ Sailing)|
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. 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.
|The path across the Atlantic 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.
|A few sun protection essentials aboard|
SV Chance:UPF protected rash guard
and hat, sunglasses, and proper skin
and lip protection
|Getting ready for surgery in Guatemala|
(Matt and Jessica's Sailing Page)
Whether it's a virus traveling around, a finger caught or smashed in one of the many areas possible to do so on a boat, or a life-threatening emergency, health care can get a little bit tougher out on the water.
|Drena (Sailing Journey):|
A new cruiser
asking for tips and tricks!
|One of Tammy's Ten (ploddingINparadise)|
|A group of 30-something cruisers,|
enjoying the spoils of Jamaica.
(Photo courtesy of s/v Tamarisk)
This topic is meant to inspire new young cruisers. Telling the how and why of, well, how and why other young cruisers are out or getting ready.
|Here are some of our favorites|
When we purchased our Catalina she was named “Norm’s Place”. We knew that wouldn't do for us plus the seller wanted to keep the name for his next boat. When we started to come up with names we had several concerns in mind: How would the name sound over the radio in a distress call. We didn't want the name to add to any confusion in an already stressful time. We wanted a traditional name in that it was named after a woman. We wanted the name to be fun and have meaning to us.
Perhaps it’s just a question of phrasing, or interpretation of what exactly homeschooling is. Perhaps this is because one parent’s view of an amazing learning experience is another parent’s view of feral kids running wild…and from the outside, I suppose we probably look more like the latter!
As parents, raising our children responsibly is pretty much the most important “work” we have, so their growth and learning is really important. But the ways of approaching learning on board can be as wildly different as they are for homeschooling families on land.
Living on a small boat, being full time with a significant other or a young family, presents unique challenges to a relationship. These bloggers have found ways to make it work and shared their insights.
"Cruisers'' actually spend most of their time staying put - whether at anchor or in a marina. But when they are on the move... well, as Capt. Ron famously proclaimed, "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there." In the posts linked below, you can read about the pleasure and the pain of passagemaking. Some of these posts contain practical advice. In all you will sense the joy and the despair, the boredom and terror, and above all a sense of wonder that we small humans, in our tiny specks that we call boats, can be carried from one port to the next.
Sailing is expensive! We all know that a big way to cut costs in the boating world is to DIY! Teak,boat systems, and bottom paint are things many of us have figured out how to do in order to save cash, but have you ever thought about sewing? Canvas covers are expensive! CUSTOM canvas covers are really expensive! What about those cockpit cushions!? Expensive! Whether you're a stitching stranger or a skillful seamstress, here are some posts to inspire you and hopefully save you a few bucks!
|Side solar panels|
installed on S.V. Cambria
Check out this variety of posts on solar, wind, and how to manage energy demands. One common theme is the desire to be self-sufficient, off the grid, and environmentally responsible. But being independent types, we each plot our own course to get there.
|Sole-less shoes: one of the benefits |
of cruiser "normal,"
according to Holli (s/v Shiloh)
In this collection of links, bloggers explore the differences between shore-based normal and ship-based normal.
Whether you are a new Live-Aboard or a seasoned Cruiser with many miles beneath your keel, you've probably experienced changes or "Side Effects" brought on by the Lifestyle. The obvious ones are changes in health, both physical and mental, reduced stress, previously undiscovered hobbies and interests, etc. In the links we have collected here, bloggers have written about both the common and the unexpected side effects of cruising.
Anchoring: Ultimately the reason we go cruising; to get away from land. To be "anchored out" is to be self sufficient, separate from the amenities of land and to enjoy the world that surrounds us on a shoestring budget. Yet, anchoring is a touchy subject for many, there are endless forum posts and articles written about how to, why not and what for so we went looking for real salts - the ones who rely on their anchors day after day, in bay after bay - to weigh in on the subject!
|Jamie of s/v Totem repairing sewing |
machines in the Hermit Islands
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
For some it comes by choice: trips planned for the express purpose of volunteer work somewhere in the world. For others or at other times it is more a matter of chance, of being in the right place at the right time with the right skill or staple food. But one thing is certain: whenever, whatever we offer, we come away with more.
|The kids aboard SV Papillon|
during their time on the hard
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
|(photo credit: sv Totem)|
When do parts of your cruising experience become inextricably linked with what you eat or drink? Is there something you always prepare before making a passage? What about a recipe you've picked up that has become a signature offering from your boat?
|Rebecca of Zero to Cruising!|
physical strength as well! We spend long days in the elements, we raise sails, lift over sized laundry bags, climb out of our tenders and lug provisions to and fro. BUT we are also blessed with some amazing locations to burn some calories!! We could go for a swim, a hike or a paddle even! What do you do to stay "ship shape"?
Rubbish! No matter how simply we try to live we still create it. Living on land or at the marina disposing of it requires just a short walk to the rubbish bin. But what about when we're at sea or at anchor in beautiful, remote parts of the world? What do we do with our rubbish then? Burn it? Dump it over the side? or stash it on the boat somewhere? Or a combination of all three?
|(photo credit: Plodding in Paradise)|
|Dyna and Dylan keep tabs |
on marina comings and goings
(photo credit: TakingPaws)
|Photo from The Life Nomadik|
|Photo by Helen McAdory|
autumn, but not everyone has that luxury. If instead you stay aboard as the snow flies and the water beneath your hull turns hard, tell us how you make it work!
We have all fantasized about a bigger... boat, right?! Be honest. But does size really matter? When utilizing our small spaces to our advantage is the name of the cruising game what's to be said for the size of the ship? Is it really all about the motion in the ocean? Is it really about square footage? Can sailing around the on a 27' boat be just as comfortable as say, a 50' boat? Let's see what you - the people, had to say.
|Permanent markings on a dinghy|
help deter thieves.
(Matt & Jessica's Sailing Page)
|Bill and Caroline (s/v Juffa) |
celebrate a successful transit
Welcome to Odd-Mart! (Whether they know it or not) our buyers scour the globe to bring you an ever-expanding selection of products to meet all your provisioning needs.
|Bruce Glass of s/v Scuttle Butt|
clips to a jackline
People move onto boats for a surprising variety of reasons: to live close to nature, to go cruising and see the world, to save money, and more. The practical aspects of the transition were, in many cases, easier to manage than the emotional.
|Charlie on the hunt, s/v Ceilydh|
|Are cruiser jobs colorblind?|
The ladies, they fix the head while men are baking bread and women deal with feds but guys are making beds and everyone sews...
(with sincerest apologies to Cole Porter's, Anything Goes)
Oh, these modren times we live in! On a boat, traditional gender roles get tossed right out the porthole...or do they?
|Space splurges on more JOY everywhere|
|Stocking up on S/V Bella Vita|
|Fear, the many-headed beast|
(plodding in paradise)
|This way or that way?|
(Life Afloat Archives)
|"What cruisers do" on s/v Totem|