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Outfitting a Boat to Sail Around the World: What We Bought, What We Learned & What We’d Do Differently thumbnail

Outfitting a Boat to Sail Around the World: What We Bought, What We Learned & What We’d Do Differently

When talking about our boat, Cheeky Monkey, I'm not one to rattle off stats like amp hours, watts, horsepower or, really, anything technical regarding the equipment we've had installed. That stuff just doesn't excite me. At all. In fact, if you asked me right now for a tour of the boat and Ryan wasn't around, I would most likely sit…

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Changing Course: Sailing Across the Pacific Ocean

I am not a natural-born sailor. The sea doesn't call to me and I don't crave the salty air. What I love is land; I love seeing long stretches of road from my window, mountains outside my doorstep and tall trees silhouetted against the sky. But that isn't to say that I don't love the sea, the burnt orange sunsets…

On Birds and Boredom: Sailing Across the Atlantic Ocean thumbnail

On Birds and Boredom: Sailing Across the Atlantic Ocean

On the second day of our Atlantic crossing, a bird flew in through the porthole next to our bed in the owner's cabin. I was on night watch with Kristi when Ryan appeared in the saloon with a look of dazed confusion on his face. "There's a bird in my bedroom," he mumbled. I looked at Kristi and laughed, assuming…

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5 Lessons in Outfitting a New Boat

I've mentioned before, in a post called The 80% Rule, that buying a new boat is not at all like buying a new car, unless you expect your new car to be delivered with a missing stereo, a broken speedometer and a bumper that falls off as you pull out of the dealership. The problem is there are so many…

Questions from My Mom about Life on a Boat thumbnail

Questions from My Mom about Life on a Boat

My Facebook Page can be confusing, I know. One minute I’m showing pictures of me lounging in a hammock on a Caribbean beach and, a few hours later, I'm posting an update of me eating sushi in New York City with friends I made during the Clipper Round the World Race…for example. Even I find it hard to keep track…

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5 Lessons Learned from Managing a Crew

When Cheeky Monkey reached the Canary Islands after five days at sea, it was clear the crew needed a stiff drink and some space. This was our “shakedown,” our test run for the Atlantic crossing with our full crew of six: Meg and Kristi, our friends from the ’13-14 Clipper Round the World Race, Morgan, a French solo sailor we…