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  • How to argue and still be friends

    How can you argue and still be friends on a boat? If you and your partner are thinking of moving onto a sailboat for a full-time cruising life, this is a question you should be thinking about. If you don’t get to grips with the enormity of being stuck together Click here for full post: […] More

  • Would you buy this water-maker?

    Would you buy this water-maker? Would you buy any water-maker? We’ve had our Schenker water-maker since 2009. It’s had some replacement parts, been given a lot of care and attention and is still doing good work. Thirty-five litres an hour of water has always provided enough to drink and keep Click here for full post: […] More

  • Would you buy this water-maker?

    Would you buy this water-maker? Would you buy any water-maker? We’ve had our Schenker water-maker since 2009. It’s had some replacement parts, been given a lot of care and attention and is still doing good work. Thirty-five litres an hour of water has always provided enough to drink and keep Click here for full post: […] More

  • How to repair a dinghy leak

    You may think you know how to repair a dinghy leak; just like a bicycle tyre, eh? Well, yes, it is very similar but are you sure you are using the best glue? And is your method the right one? With lockdown restrictions tightening again, we make use of our Click here for full post: […] More

  • Best bathroom in Borneo?

    We found the best bathroom in Borneo just when Jamie needed it most. Ever suffered from the Aztec two-step? The backdoor trots, the runs, Montezuma’s revenge? Where was the worst place it happened to you, tell us your story! Not just any toilet would do, with Jamie’s grumbling tummy we Click here for full post: […] More

  • Fancy some FREE FTB merch?

    Over on FTBMates and Patreon, we give away one item from our shop every month. Do you fancy some free FTB merch? We’ve been putting together some new designs and are currently beta testing them. If you want to get in on the action, sign up to support us from Click here for full post: […] More

  • Hotel or homestay – which is best?

    Should you stay in a hotel or homestay? Which is best: getting to know the local community or to chill out and have everything delivered to you on a plate? If you’d asked me that 25 years ago (this is Liz, by the way) I’d have said give me the Click here for full post: […] More

  • Living with lightning at anchor

    Living with lightning and thunderstorms at anchor is never easy, but after you’ve been doing it for a decade you sort of get used to it. There’s really nothing you can do except sit back, sip your ginger beer and think happy thoughts. The joy of going back in the Click here for full post: […] More

  • Saying goodbye to the puppies

    Saying goodbye to the puppies and dogs was a big wrench, but the final coat of antifouling was on so it was time to drop back into the water for new adventures. And in a radical reversal of the usual pink and blue jobs, Jamie cooked a curry while Liz Click here for full post: […] More

  • A world without light (and power)

    Living in a world without light and the importance of power. When you have no light because you have no power, you have to find a way to see – it could mean your survival. In Episode 251, we discuss “Watts on Water” a new initiative from Watts of Love, Click here for full post: […] More

  • Can you paint in the rain?

    Can you paint in the rain? Painting in a boatyard is often problematic: grinding, sanding and spraying on nearby boats can all play havoc with the finish. In south-east Asia add the monsoon seasons (NE from December till March and SW from June till August) and the tricky transitional periods Click here for full post: […] More

  • How to get rid of rats on a sailboat

    How to get rid of rats on a sailboat? We had rats in the boatyard, on the boat, under the boat, inside the boat and running around all the buildings. With no cats around, Penuwasa boatyard was a haven for the beasties. After Episode 247 (where you see Liz trying Click here for full post: […] More

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