Category Archives for miscellaneous

Solidarity Among Sailors

Luckily, even as a solo sailor, one is rarely alone. At least not at an anchorage. As I am not allowed to leave my boat since yesterday, I am very happy to have a small “social network” in Portugal. Portuguese friends and other Germans in Portugal, whom I met during my trip, offered me their […]

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Trapped on Board – Now it Stops Being Funny

In my last blog post, I wrote about the fact that, although the situation here in Portugal is getting more serious, there are far worse places than anchoring out here. But an hour ago, the situation changed dramatically: I now have a curfew and I was threatened with arrest if I set foot on land. […]

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Self-sufficiency on board – Sitting out the crisis on my boat

Initially, I wanted to use the next blog post to report about the beauty of the landscape here in Algarve. However, in light of the latest news about the Corona crisis, I am instead writing a small report on the situation on board. I am currently anchoring in the South of Portugal in the Algarve, […]

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Costs of Cruising – Monthly expenses of living on board

Most people don’t like to talk about money… For me it also feels strange, but I do it anyway. Because one of the most common questions when I tell people that I live permanently on my sailboat ahora is: How much does it cost and how can you afford it? Just to clarify: No, I […]

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The sailing digital nomad – How I finance my on-board life

In the summer of 2019 I threw off the lines in Hamburg and have been living on my sailboat since then. In the last few months I have sailed along the European coast and I am currently anchored in the Algarve. Even though my running costs on board are significantly lower than in my “old” […]

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Summer(feeling) at last!

We left the marina in Lisbon at dawn to get out of the Tejo with the ebb tide. At the mouth of the river, there was hardly any wind, but a good 4 meters of swell from the northwest, which was caused by winter storm Sabine on the North Atlantic. The same swell that caused […]

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Porto to Lisbon

After three and a half wonderful months in Porto I headed out at sea again on February 4th 2020! As with my arrival in Porto, I was not alone on board on this part of the trip: Tania, an acquaintance from Freiburg, signed on as “First Mate”. She was spontaneous enough to book a flight […]

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Tchao Porto

A German proverb says: You should leave when it is at its best. According to this motto, I planned to continue my journey from Porto to the south. Yet, the farewell was not so easy. After three and a half months in the port of Matosinhos, I got to know a lot of wonderful people. […]

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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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