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The Peculiar Boatbums from Matosinhos

A short story about the community of liveaboards in a small marina on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Dear friends, family and readers of this blog, the last post was a while ago. This is because I took a longer break in Porto to concentrate a little on my work. Sometimes, being in one place […]

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Fisterra to Porto

On Tuesday evening, the Ahora crew (i.e. me) got reinforcements once more: Nienke, who I met two months ago in Friesland in the Netherlands, came to join me on board for a week. We wouldn’t have thought that we would see each other again so early and were looking forward to a few nice days […]

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Along the Death Coast to the End of the World

Okay, I admit: The title sounds rather sensational. Especially because the last week was marked by sunshine and lack of wind. But in fact the coast here is called “Costa da morte” (Death Coast) and Ahora is currently moored in the harbour behind Cabo Fisterra (Fisterra = End of the World). The name is a […]

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Around Estaca de Bares and Cabo Ortegal

After a few days at anchor in the Rías Altas, I sailed Ahora to the port of Viveiro for two nights to cure my salad poisoning and to top up on supplies. In addition, after more than a week of body care with only salt water, it was nice to enjoy a freshwater shower again…. […]

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Finally: We are heading out!

After countless hours of working on the boat the time has come: Ahora and me are heading out to sea! I will try to more or less regularly report about the journey. If you want to know about updates, sign up for my newsletter: Newsletter Anmeldung * indicates required Email-Adresse * Vorname Nachname

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Anchor Windlass Maintenance (Lofrans Royal)

Ahora did not have a windlass when I bought her. This certainly was not a big problem in the Baltic sea, and the previous owner told me that he anchored maybe three times in the 28 years that he owned the boat. To me, it was clear from the beginning that I had to change […]

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Buying a Boat: Long Keel or Fin Keel

The question whether a long keel or a fin keel are the better option for a blue water cruiser is heavily debated in the sailing community. And interestingly, there seems to be a correlation between the nationality of the owner and the preferred choice. While in many German and French forums, a (moderate) fin keel […]

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Buying a boat: What size do I need?

When visiting boat shows or walking along the pier at a marina in the Mediterranean, it is easy to get the impression, that the minimal length of a decent boat for offshore cruising has to be at least 45 feet. Over the last decades, average sizes for ocean-going yachts have been increased significantly. When Ahora […]

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Buying a boat: Which Material to choose?

The first question when buying a boat is to choose the right material. Boats on the market are either made of wood, steel, aluminum, ferrocement or fiberglass. The goal is to find a material that is affordable, durable, and easy to repair and maintain. Here are my thoughts on this and why I finally settled […]

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The Adventure of Buying a Boat

Now it’s official: I just bought a boat! But how did this happen? What was I thinking, and why did I buy this boat? Or even more general: Why did I buy a boat at all? I have been sailing for the first time when I was three months old, on my granddad’s boat in […]

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