Having arrived at our winter berth in Licata, we dig into boat maintenance work, despite much rain and socializing.
We get flushed down the Messina Strait and make it around the rest of Sicily to our Winter berth, despite some rubbish weather.
Quick boat hack: How to make a holder for fragile drinking glasses, such as champagne flutes or wine glasses.
Sailing around Sicily and some active volcanoes.
In this one, we get a very wrong forecast and sail through lightning and waterspouts before arriving at Sicily very tired, only to find no place to stop and sleep.
We have the calmest ocean passage ever but encounter unfriendly natives.
We arrive in our cruising destination for the summer, where we spend about six weeks enjoying the lovely waters of the Islas Baleares.
We try to leave mainland Spain for the Baleares, but get stuck and have to abandon our anchor and chain.
The little sea and the big city.
We stop at a dusty and desolate marina with yellow dragons before arriving at Cartagena.
Trapped in a gale with nowhere to go.
We sail sideways across the strait of Gibraltar, discover why the pilot book recommends to skip the Costa del Sol and find a good reason to stop there anyways.
We cross the strait of Gibraltar southwards for a quick stop in Spanish Africa (Ceuta).
A few words about our anchor gear and quick review on how it is doing after 2 seasons of use.
We explore Gibraltar, fix the boat and walk a lot.
We ride the wind and current into the Mediterranean, but smash our boat into a wall upon arrival.
We get caught by a fisherman, anchor in a Regatta, leave Portugal, arrive in Spain too early and almost make it to Cadiz.
A much needed shakedown sail, where we break stuff, make new crew sick and find some fun anyways.
We take a break from boat fixing to get stuffed in snowy lands.
We haul out in Albufeira and rush through two weeks of work in one.
Choosing a winter berth in the Algarve.
Tales from the Refit: How well did our DIY applied Coppercoat work?
Tales from the Refit: DIY application of Coppercoat copper based antifouling on a 40 foot monohull. With just one person in one (long) day.
Tales from the Refit: Stripping old Antifoul and preparing the hull for Coppercoat. This includes a lot of hand scraping, building shoulder muscles by holding a heavy sander over my head and finally applying fairing and primer.
Heading back to Albufeira for winter, we carelessly ignored the radio beacon broadcasting a warning to stay away from Vilamoura. Oh, and some statistics at the end.
Video of our Rio Guadiana exploration.
We heave to at sea to hop in the water and unblock the toilet, then visit Tavira before exploring up and down the Rio Guadiana.
We explore the Algarve and suffer a culture shock.
We exit the Rio Tejo, misunderstand a cargo ship, visit three anchorages starting with an S, turn the corner and solve an unexpected rudder problem.
We explore Lisbon for a few days.
Northern Portugal from Viana do Castelo to Lisboa. This is a long one.
What our OpenCPN chartplotter setup looks and works like.
Our last stop in Spain. And first stop in Portugal!
Turns out sailing isn't the only way to get wet and sleep deprived.
We visit sandy beaches, awesome anchorages, less awesome ones and Hiper China.
A simple boaty hack for a very easy to build digital barometer with NMEA 0183 output. Also reports temperature.
A fountain in the heads and getting stuck far too long in Muxía.
We explore some Spanish Rias and some tapas madness.
We sail for four days straight across the Bay of Biscay.
We aim for the Scillies and end up back in Falmouth, with some adventures in between.
Preparations for Biscay and fresh burn scars.
We stop in Plymouth for a few days to repair and resupply.
Where the hell we've been and what we've been up to since Cherbourg. Includes treehugging.
We boost around the corner into Cherbourgs Port Chantereyne, acquire some bread and fondle some nuclear missile launch tubes before scrubbing our own bottom.
We escape the swell in Fécamp and sail through the night to a nice quiet anchorage outside Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue.
We motor from Dieppe to Fécamp, find many merry fishermen and more french food.
Our first channel crossing and the real start of our cruising life.
Shakedown sail to Eastbourne.
Wanky Startup ideas.
Picking up blogging again. Probably.
How to get a Apple USB SuperDrive to work with FreeBSD.
How to start with hydroponics, indoor gardening and growing your own food.
How to replace Skype functionality with open source software and open protocols to regain privacy in instant messaging and voice/video chat.
How to configure an old Cisco 877 as ADSL modem in PPPoE bridging mode. Retaining the ability to manage it over the network, of course.
PostgreSQL remote vulnerability warning.
Switching to Firefox without losing Safari's useful integration with OS X.
How I built my own router using an old Atom box, FreeBSD, a power drill and some Wifi parts.
Early disk images for FreeBSD on the Raspberry Pi.