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… we have something to ask you. Did you know that regular readers and viewers are backing followtheboat through FTBMates? No matter who you are or what you can afford, our content remains free, but $2 a month can really make a difference to our output. At a time when factual narratives are a scarcity, we believe that everyone should learn about sailing and travel in an engaging way. With followtheboat there is no fakery, titillation or sensationalism.

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Are things are looking up?

There are times when we have lost our mojo and sense of urgency over the past couple of months. Not being able to make long-term plans (even short and medium plans!) can weigh heavily…

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Why A Ketch Is The Best Offshore Sailboat

In a cruising world dominated by catamarans and light-displacement boats the ketch rig seems almost antiquated among the YouTube generation. But if you’re serious about off-shore sailing, the ketch rig has proven its worth time and time again, even by today’s standards.

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Is Lockdown Easier For Cruisers?

Lockdown on a boat is difficult, but is it worse if you’re on land? Gnarly old cruisers like us and Sailing Totem have developed a stoical mental attitude, but we know some who are having problems being stuck at anchor.

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Top 10 Tools You Need On A Sailboat

In the first of our real-time sailing updates from lockdown in Borneo we answer the question, “would you please do an episode on essential tools and gear”. And we discuss how Covid-19 will affect the sailing plans of sailors and cruisers on sailboats around the world.

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