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Favorite Sailing Tips Part 3 from Sail of Two Idiots


Hello Sailors,

Here’s round three of my complied favorite sailing tips from the A Sail of Two Idiots Book.

A Sail of Two Idiots

The adventures of two sailors that left the rat race to sail the Caribbean.

Just in case you were wondering, my list is only a partial list of the tips included in the book. There are tons more great tips and you may find some that fit your sailing life better that the ones I’ve listed over these three posts. It’s a fun read with plenty of funny stories that you’ll enjoy so be sure and check it out when you can.

Well enough of promoting the book, I don’t know these folks by the way I just enjoyed their book. Here are my last nine favorite sailing tips from their book. Check out my first 10 sailing tips and next ten sailing tips that I published previously.

1.Take a swim around your boat once your anchor is set to see what is around you. You never know there could be a hazard that wasn’t marked on a chart or you missed.

2. When sailing in waters at night that are known to be less than safe, sail with your lights off IF you have cause to fear for your safety. This of course is contrary to maritime law as other vessels will not be able to see you by eye any way so use this tip with caution.

Stop the draining of your account3. Have your bank alerts set to all transactions so you can be notified sooner rather than later about any fraudulent activity and stop the drain earlier.

4. When hauling out and pressure washing is offered, say no unless you plan on completely replacing your bottom paint.

Pop up showers5. Close your hatches when leaving your boat regardless of how long you’ll be gone. Rain showers in the tropics pop up out of nowhere and can dump a lot of rain.

6. People listen to conversations on the VHF, not just for information, but also for their own entertainment. If you need to have a private conversation, decide in advance on a pre-arranged channel. Don’t announce the channel on the VHF either, people will dial in to listen. Also never assume no one is listening, ever.

Sound carries so don’t talk about your fellow sailors while in the anchorage.

7. For selling your boat one day, consider where you flag document (register) your boat so you don’t limit your audience.

8. Know your banker. They could be your savior if someone infiltrates your account or you have an emergency. You should also leave a general power of attorney with a trusted family member so that they could step in and help as well.

And last but not least…

Sailboat for sale

9. Be careful what you disclose on-line. Remember you will want to sell your boat one day and if you constantly post about all the problems well…

So this wraps up my 29 favorite sailing tips from A Sail of Two Idiots. I really do hope that these tips will encourage you to check out their book. Each of their tips comes with a story of how they came up with the tip based on their experience while sailing the Caribbean. Some are quite funny so I highly recommend the read.

Let me know if you found your own favorites out of the book.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl

My favorite Sailing Tips from Sail of Two Idiots Part 2


Hello Sailors,

As promised I am writing once again about my favorite tips I got from reading the Sail of Two Idiots recently. This was truly a fun read. They literally set sail without having much if any sailing experience and learned many things the hard way, many from fellow sailors that were kind enough to help, and just plain got lucky in other instances.

A Sail of Two Idiots

The adventures of two sailors that left the rat race to sail the Caribbean.

Many of these tips and guidelines came from their own experience of not having followed them. Here are my next ten favorites from the book:

1. Don’t skip the reason that you’re out there. Take time to explore and enjoy where you are.

This might be my favorite sailing tip. I mean that’s why you wanted to go on this crazy adventure isn’t it? Why not rent a moped or a bicycle and venture out of just the port area. Or find a local guide to take you to see the sights.

A group of us hired a guide in St. Vincent to show us around the island and we had a great tour. Now grant you we’re pretty sure the guide was trying to get us to buy some ganja while we were touring, but it gave us something to talk about with the other boatload of fellow explorers when we got back to the boat.

On another trip to Grenada, we decided to check out the local scene during a festival and went to a local bar. We stood out like sore thumbs, but again we had plenty of stories to share. It was quite a festival.

It’s the interactions with the local folks that always stands out in my memory more than anything else.

2. Books are guides not rules so use them that way.

Chris Doyle Sailing GuidesRemember time between writing and publishing can be lengthy so guides can easily become outdated. Do use them though because they do have some great information on a varied amount of topics for a particular port.

My favorite guides for the Caribbean are written by Chris Doyle. They are spiral bound and I have used these in the Caribbean to find places to anchor, eat and shop. He also updates these frequently, about every two to three years, so the information is pretty reliable. Plus most of these islands don’t change too much year to year either.

ACR PLB ResqLink Personal Locator Beacon3. Use PLB’s, Personal Locator Beacon. They’re small enough to attach to your jacket or swim suit and the prices have come down so as to make them affordable. After all, you life is worth at least $300 and the quicker you are rescued the higher your likely survival.

4. Don’t be cynical about people and mistake genuine friendliness for ulterior motives.

5. By the same token, be wary of suspicious behavior. Take a photo of anyone suspicious and let them know you took their photo.

It can happen. I was in Puerto Vallarta wandering around the main town and noticed someone tailing us and ducking into doorways and alleys when I turned around. I finally stopped in a shop and loudly asked if I could call the police as we were being tailed. That did the trick as the guy heard me and quickly crossed the street and disappeared.

6. Always dive on your anchor and mooring. While your down there, check your prop.

7. Always check out the local grocery stores. You might find something unique and delicious. Trying the food is a great way of getting to know a culture and it can create a conversation with a local if you want to find out more about the food.

8. Get a way to breathe underwater. You’ll wear yourself out going in and out of the water.

I have to say that on my wish list is one of these under water hooka systems. You’ll be able to stay under for about three hours.

Under Water Hooka System

9. Protect your electronics when you’re in the dinghy. Just assume they’ll get wet.

10. If you leave your boat in an anchorage and take off sightseeing or for any length of time, leave your keys in the ignition. This way in the event your anchor drags or your boat becomes in peril of damage or damaging another boat, someone can hop aboard and move your boat for you. Sailors are truly a helpful lot and will come to the rescue in your absence.

Well this wraps up today’s installment. Hope that you find these helpful. Look for my last nine favorites from the book coming soon. By the way check out my first list of ten favorite sailing tips from the book I previously published.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl

Lost at Sea (OK Not Really) It’s Sailing Tips


Hello Sailors,

Well no I have not been lost at sea, I just haven’t had the time to do any research and the write about my findings in quite some time. Far more than I ever anticipated for sure.

I got the chance to sneak in reading a sailing book, A Sail of Two Idiots. Basically it’s a tale of two folks that took off sailing with virtually no training and the things that they learned as are result. It’s quite funny and I recommend reading it.

A Sail of Two Idiots

The adventures of two sailors that left the rat race to sail the Caribbean.

If you don’t get read the book, I’ll share my favorite tips from the book today and in my next two posts. Which by the way will not be in a year from now. 🙂

Here are ten sailing tips for today:

 1. Buy a boat that you can afford without taking out a boat loan. Now for me at this point that would be a very tiny boat, think bathtub. I’m working on building my boat fund.

2. EVERYTHING needs to be in working order before you leave port. They did not adhere to this when they left port one time and they paid a dear price for it.


3. When provisioning, if you find a food you like, buy a lot of it. You don’t know if you’ll ever see it again in the future ports you visit. So if it’s not super perishable, just buy it.




not-to-follow-the crowd4. You are not part of a herd so don’t be a sheep. You go where you need and want to go you do not have to follow or be part of the crowd.




5.When considering the engine, bigger is better. Remember it’s better the quicker you can exit a tricky situation including weather, the better.

6. EVERYONE aboard needs to know how to do EVERYTHING aboard. If something were to happen to the only person on the know…not good.

7. If it feels different that it usually does, then stop and check it out, don’t keep going and potentially make it a bigger repair or purchase.

8. Get some wheels for your dinghy. They’re heavier than you think and you’ll be hauling them up on many a beautiful beach. I had never actually heard this one before and though this was a great tip.

9. Take as little trash on board as possible. If you can, unwrap packages and open boxes on the dock or in the dinghy and dispose of the trash on shore. Boxes in particular can harbor roach eggs and you definitely don’t want roaches. Plus no need for the unnecessary weight on the vessel.

no-finger-giving10. This is my favorite for today… Don’t give another boater the finger. There are not an unlimited number of ports in the world and you are likely to run into them again. Particularly bad if you were at fault and did not appreciate being called out on it. Just curse them under your breath. 🙂



Well I must say I feel so good putting ink to screen again. I will try to be much better at posting from here on out. Hopefully you have all stuck with me and will forgive me for my absence.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl