The Stewart family buy a boat, jack it all in and go sailing!

Month: September 2017

Things I never thought I’d say

Things I never thought I’d say

When you start living aboard a boat, your whole idea of “essential comforts” is thrown out the window.  (Well, unless you’re loaded and can buy a whopping great gin-palace, complete with a crew in white uniforms). For most cruisers, especially those of us at the […]

Finally – we’re cruisers!

Finally – we’re cruisers!

It’s an overcast grey morning and we’re anchored in a bay, surrounded by scrubby low land. There are a few other boats dotted around at anchor in the bay. We arrived yesterday, after finally, finally leaving our “home” berth in the marina and saying “adieu” […]

*Do* pay the Ferryman? Re-stepping the mast

*Do* pay the Ferryman? Re-stepping the mast

Today is an exciting day for us:  the main mast is going back on the boat. For a while now we’ve been having repairs done to all the rigging and the main mast.  The team over at Marlin Marline have done an amazing job over […]

On the Kindness of Strangers

On the Kindness of Strangers

Years ago, back in the Noughties, I spent a season on a boat in the Caribbean. It was a beautiful Bowman 48, fresh out of the packet, and sailed like a dream. It was owned by my ex-employer-from-office-days and friend Richard, and he wanted help […]

Warts and all

Warts and all

Our boat is not flash.  Words you could use to describe Iron Will: sturdy, seaworthy, solid.  We bought her because a) she has great lines, b) she’s built to last and c) she was the right price. She’s also distinctive looking – in a marina […]

Boat Puzzles (or Getting Ahead)

Boat Puzzles (or Getting Ahead)

Life on board can be cramped, uncomfortable and inconvenient.  Despite this, I still LOVE it.  To be fair, we’ve only been on board Iron Will a few weeks, but over the years I’ve lived on many boats full time while employed as crew in various […]