Through our exhaustive research and real-life experiences sailing the world with two beagles, we share 100 tips about how to plan, prepare, and potty train for fun, safe sailing with your four-legged crew members. Learn about traveling with pets by air and by sea, potty training and exercising on board, first aid at sea, establishing routines, and keeping your pet SAFE! We also cover detailed customs requirements for U.S.- and European-based dogs entering into dozens of countries in Europe, Northwest Africa, Atlantic South America, the Caribbean, and North America. We share all of our insights in our eBook, How to Sail with Dogs — 100 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Voyage.Read More
Basic Principles of Seamanship – How to Get Your Sea Legs
For the novice sailor, Michelle guides you through this new and exciting journey as she continues to learn the finer art of sailing. While Maik's logbook is for the more experienced sailor, this logbook reveals all the good, the bad, and the ugly details about the planning stages, stories about living on a sailboat, sailing with dogs, the reality of working while sailing, impressions of our many interesting destinations along the way, nitty-gritty details about each sailing passage, and the entire experience from the first mate's point of view.
Probably my favorite destination during our entire voyage, we made three stops in lovely French Guiana—Cayenne, Kourou, and the Triangle Islands, Iles du Salut. One of those three islands is known as Devil’s Island and is the Alcatraz of the Atlantic. It felt odd to be back in France and yet so far away from Europe. At times we had grand adventures and saw spectacular landscapes. We even witnessed two amazing rocket launches and tragically saw one of them explode. We had fun times with our sailor friends and enjoyed exploring a wide range of wildlife and scenery. At other times we were hard at work scraping barnacles from the hull, fumigating the cabin to rid it of some unwanted guests, installing new batteries, and getting a fresh round of shots for the sailing seadogs. Of course, we also had to find time to work a little....Read More
Long sailing passages can be routine and sometimes even boring. Day turns to night and night turns to day with little incident. But don’t complain about being bored, or Neptune will give you something to do!Read More
It’s been fun. It’s been long. It’s been hot. We love it here. But trust me, we don’t want to stay any longer. No offense to the lovely people, the beautiful landscape, the relaxed culture, and the billions of mosquitos who will certainly miss our tasty blood, but it’s time to GO! Rather than recount our day-by-day activities of the past three months as I normally do in this logbook, this time I’ll just tell you a few stories about our time here.Read More