What’s it like to sail with an armed escort?

It became apparent that we were very much part of the team and expected to keep to the protocols set by ESSCOM. As mariners it was our job to maximise safety at all times and keep them up to speed on what was happening. We share those protocols with you here.

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How much does it cost to sail around the world?

It’s the question we get asked most, and as we started living full time on our sailboat in 2006, we reckon we’ve amassed enough experience to give a useful answer. So here’s our way of planning a cruising budget to help those of you who are thinking of sailing around the world.

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How to install a boat fridge

Our old Danfoss compressor system came with SY Esper when we bought her, and was probably installed at the time of build in 1989! To be honest, it had become a rusting heap of shit.

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LIFERAFT SURVIVAL Pt 2: How to choose a liferaft

It is very difficult for anyone wearing wet clothes and an inflated lifejacket to board a liferaft from the water, particularly if there is no one else inside to help them. An inflatable step or ramp outside the main opening makes it much easier.

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