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On this page, you can find a list of all the blogs we've written. Scroll through the pages to see the older ones. To view them in their various categories, use the main menu bar above where you can find them grouped by the places we've visited and by year. On the Blog Posts menu you can select blogs by the following groups:

  • Life Aboard – our experiences of living on a boat,
  • Boat & Technical Projects – the upgrades and repairs we've made to Emerald,
  • Land Travel – experiences away from the boat,
  • Green Emerald Series – Colin's posts about making Emerald into an off-grid sailing boat,
  • Passage Reports – our experiences during the longer sailing passages.

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What Next for Emerald, Having Escaped Porto Santo?

After 20 months in Porto Santo, Emerald’s crew sailed south, docking at Las Palmas for essential repairs, and upgrades. The uncertainty about availability and the return of Med-mooring challenges had a happy ending. We settled into the convenience of marina life, pleasantly surprised by the peacefulness, despite the city setting.

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Take a browse through the many posts we've written over the last few years as we travel and live on the watery world.

Marina di Ragusa to Porto Palo

We started the summer 2015 season with a reverse in direction of the last trip of last season. Like last year we were able to sail most of the way and the winds were stronger than forecast. The last day of boat prep was fairly manic not helped by things […]

April Antics

April arrived with improved weather; warmer days and less wind made progress on the job list easier. The canopy needed a good wash to get rid of the Sahara sand that occasionally blows across from Africa, then re-waterproofing and some sewing repairs made, mostly due to the thread starting to […]

March Merriment

March arrived and it felt like time was suddenly racing on and we needed to crack on with some boat jobs. New covers for the cockpit seats, finishing the solar water heater (read about that here), lighting for the back deck and numerous other little jobs. Bar Stella Marina has been […]

February Frolics

Colin has always been a rugby fan having played from school age; when we met I soon began to enjoy watching it too, although it helped that it was the year England won the rugby World Cup! Whilst were watching the 6 Nations last year we realised that this year Ireland […]

Green Emerald Series Part 1

My Soul is full of longing For the secret of the sea, And the heart of the great ocean Sends a thrilling pulse through me. -”The Secret of the Sea,” Longfellow. Well hasn’t it been a while since my last blog. I do apologise, but thankfully my wonderful wife Nichola […]

Admiring the Temple of Concordia

January Jaunts

After the balmy weather of Christmas the New Year made a chilly contrast as colder, stormier weather arrived. We were too busy sleeping off the fun of New Year’s Eve to make the swim in the sea, but 10 or so hardy souls braved the waves. Unfortunately after new year […]

Happy Christmas

December happenings

Sinterklaasavond Christmas festivities started early with the Dutch celebration of Sinterklaasavond on the 5th December. There is a good sized group of Dutch winterers in the marina and they organised a night of dressing up in orange, eating traditional Dutch food and joining in a conga type dance in the […]

Change is in the air

Yacht Emerald is changing! We are in the process of creating a WordPress site for Emerald. Keep a look out for new blogs and a new look site. Please comment with any suggestions on the style and layout.         [codepeople-post-map]   Bye