The late, great comedian Spike Milligan once declared, ‘How can we lose when we haven’t got a plan?’ I know what he meant. But without any kind of plan or knowledge you’re entirely at the mercy of whoever has your ear at the time, and this can prove disastrous if the person concerned doesn’t have your best interests at heart, or if you’re ill prepared to deal with the results. In ordinary life this need not have serious consequences, but where offshore yachts are concerned it certainly can. A badly serviced engine can let you down at just the wrong moment, or a cheap sail can blow out 1000 miles from land, whilst the current insistence on having everything including the kitchen sink on board means that you need to have as many arms as Buddha to keep it all running.
Next: Don’t Get Stuck!—Tools and Techniques for Cruisers
- 40 Tips For A Reliable Cruising Boat
- Three Tips to Make Your Cruising Boat More Reliable
- Estimating The Cost of Maintaining a Cruising Boat
- Boat Maintenance—Don’t Go Broke Saving Money
- Boat Maintenance—What’s Your Screwup Tolerance?
- Priorities In Preparation
- The Unknown Unknowns
- Perfect or Good Enough?
- Spare Parts—Which To Buy and How To Keep Track Of Them
- You Need More Than Money
- Don’t Get Stuck!—Tools and Techniques for Cruisers
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 1
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 2
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 1
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 2
- Apps We Use to Manage our Boat and Cruises
- 8 Things I Learned From a Lazy Man’s Galley Makeover
- Washing Machines: Complexity and Space Considerations
- Four Hand Tools I Should Have Bought Years Ago
- Cruiser’s Power Tool Kit
- Cruiser’s Tool Kit—Wrenches
Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.