For the last 10 years Sue and I have been living aboard our yacht, Rockhopper of Lune, while cruising the Mediterranean.

I have been sailing for over 30 years building experience on a number of different yachts.  As a Yachtmaster Instructor (now retired) it was my privilege to help many people gain confidence, as their own skills toolbox grew in size.

Over the coming months I will add more posts which I hope will be of some use to both new cruisers just starting out and the more experienced as well.

If you like my articles or disagree with anything please let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Happy Sailing.  (Read more about Rockhopper here)                       




Before you can get underway on your new adventure there are a number of choices and decisions to make and quite a lot of work to do.  This section explores the early stages of cruising.



The size of your yacht and the depth of your pockets will determine what equipment you finally have on board the yacht.  In my opinion there are a number of "Essential" bits of kit and then a vast array of "nice to have" items that will make your life aboard much more pleasant.  Your significant "other half" may well put many of these latter items into the essential list.  You have been warned.



Over the years we have tried many different techniques to make our sailing, mooring and anchoring both more effective and easier on the crew.  Whenever we observe another yacht with a new way of doing something we try it out and then adapt it to suit our yacht.  We are always on the lookout for new options to put into our skills toolbox.



There are a whole host of differences, some large many small, some important and many trivial between living afloat and living ashore.   Here is a list of some of the things we have come across during our time afloat.



Doing your own maintenance has a host of advantages, not the least being - It's Cheaper!    Being able to turn your hand to most things on board does not mean you have to be an expert at everything but it does require a fair bit of preparation and organisation to give you the best chance of a successful repair.