Sailing Totem

>>> Sailing Totem

This is an incredible blog of a family who moved onto their boat and went away, cruising full time since 2008.

They continue to post about their adventures. Lots of information for those wanting to "sail away" along with lots of tidbits about raising a familiy on a boat.

Welcome aboard!

I’m Behan. In 2008, my family went through a radical lifestyle change. We sold most of our belongings, moved onto our boat, and sailed away from home. With a deep commitment to sustainable living and a desire to live life to the fullest, we’ve been slowly traveling afloat since 2008.

We hope to encourage anyone thinking of taking the leap to live a differently by sharing a slice of the cruising life through inspiring stories, practical tips, and destination information.

Adventures in Doolittle

>>> Adventures in Doolittle

I’m sure you have seen that I build an Origami Dinghy using plans from WoodenWidget

  • Robin Benjamin, aka Benjy. I have enjoyed correspondence with him several times and he’s a nice guy and the dinghy is a slick design that I enjoyed building.

What I didn’t know is that he lives on a boat, and has for 20 something years… neat!

Duckworks Magazine has this nice writeup on some of Benjy’s cruising adventures, with lots of pics… check it out!

Life Aboard Mazurka

>>> Life Aboard Mazurka

If you read PassageMaker Magazine, you may have seen the latest issue with Felicia Schneiderhan’s article titled "Surviving the Liveaboard Winter". Her and her new husband Mark live on their boat in Chicago, with the challenges that climate can entail in the winter months. It was a good article, and the author information led me to her blog.

I’ve enjoyed reading through many of her posts, and some of the pictures are excellent.

Retirement Living – on a boat

>>> Retirement Living – on a boat

Retirement Living TV is an interesting site with various videos concerning, what else, retirement living. They have advice segments and various special interest clips. This one covered a man living on a 49′ boat, and then had an interview with a Yacht broker concerning some of the facts of life of buying and living on a boat.

It was an interesting five minutes, and the hosts actually seemed somewhat surprised by several of the answers. Make sure and listen to the last 30 seconds… they discussed the social aspects of boating and living aboard, with a lot of stress given to the fact that it wasn’t a "loner" lifestyle.

Folding Bicycles

A common problem for liveaboard and cruising boaters is how to get around town when you have reached a layover destination. Sometimes you are just wanting to anchor out and not be bothered by the world, but often you want to tour a town, see the sites, or just pick up a quick bite that you didn’t cook yourself.

A common solution is a bicycle. An inexpensive bike can get you miles down the road in reasonable speed and comfort (at least depending on the weather), and properly equipped can even haul some packages. As an extra, you get some much needed exercise 🙂 If you are looking for less exercise, check out these electric bikes.

A downside is the fact that bikes can take a fair amount of room and seem to be ungainly when "parked" at best. They always fall over, have handlebars sticking out at odd angles, and the pedals are designed to tear the skin off your legs and ankles.

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle (a town big on bicycles) covers the world of Collapsible Bikes. Written a few years ago, it still has some good information and the companies and contacts listed at the bottom are a good start if you want to research these bikes.

Having a (rather odd looking, sometimes) bike that you can fold up and stick in a locker or other out-of-the-way location might be just the ticket.

A couple of referenced manufacturers:

On-board medicine

Here’s a topic that has suddenly become more near and dear to my heart… or at least my kidney.

I’m fighting a kidney stone… first time I’ve had one, and it is NOT pleasant. Still have some procedures to undergo to try to rid myself of it.

What would happen if I was out cruising? For this, I would probably have enough warning to get near shore and at least call for help. For coastal cruisers, you are often near assistance. The flip side is that it can take a while to get to that assistance, even though you are near shore. Check this commentin a thread we’ve referred to… makes you think (it discusses the time involved in getting someone to a dock and hospital even when in a canal and close to shore).

Anyway, what medicines and medical emergencies do you think you need to be equipped to cover? I’ll try to expand on this over time and make it another resource.

  • Basic first aid type
  • Advanced lifesaving (if you are trained in its use)
  • Defibrillator
  • etc.

You have basic accidents and injuries (falls, cuts, broken bones, etc.). You have illnesses, major and minor. Then you have sudden onset emergencies such as heart attacks and asthma attacks that can call for life saving measures in minutes, not hours.

All things to think about.

Send me your comments and share experiences.