Emerald is a 1979 Kelly Peterson cutter, our home as we wander slowly around the watery world. This blog provides a place for us to document our travels and the work we do to upgrade and keep her maintained. We hope you enjoy it. To be kept up to date with the […]



A purposely slow sail to San Remo where we spent one night on the transit quay and had a whistlestop visit around the town

Slow Boat to San Remo



We squeaked and rolled our way to Elba for our third visit to the island to enjoy some walks and a snorkel on the Elviscot wreck

A Squeaky Return to Elba



Or the “if only we had a Cruising Chute” passage. As we waited in Porto Istana, we began to make plans for continuing on to the south of France based on the resources we had available. What goes into a passage plan? Our starting point is the weather. We’re not […]

Just a Giglio


We tend to find single night passages to be more tiring that multi-day ones. During a single night our bodies have no time to adjust to the rhythm of the 3 hour watch system and we generally end up not sleeping very well. So after three overnight passages in a […]

Relaxing in Sardinia


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A tale of Three Passages tells the story of our travels from Monastir in Tunisia to the north east of Sardinia via three, overnight passages

A Tale of Three Passages



Our last week in Monastir - stocking up the boat, squeezing in a visit to a hammam and check out.

Our Last Week in Monastir


A trip to the south of Tunisia to visit the desert. We based ourselves in the town of Tozeur for two days from where we could visit an oasis, ride camels and drive over the sand in a 4WD

Ships of the Desert


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Three days in Tunis - visiting the Bardo museum, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said and roaming the medina

Three Days in Tunis




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Our first week in Monastir was spent exploring the local area - the medina, market, ribat and the mausoleum of Tunisia's first president. We also tried the local food with it's welcome blend of tasty spices.

Week One in Monastir


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Our arrival in Marina di Ragusa last October unfortunately coincided with our favourite pizza maker being closed for a family event. We’d been dreaming of our first Amala pizza all the way along the Sicilian coast and on the evening of our arrival eagerly waited for the opening hour only […]

A Tempestuous Trip to Tunisia