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How to afford a sailboat and become liveaboards

You have been dreaming about setting sail to remote destinations? To leave it all behind you and start living on a sailboat between dolphins and turtles? You would prefer waking up to the sounds of waves splashing against your sailboat instead of the sounds of cars and busses? No worries we got you covered on how to afford a sailboat and become liveaboards!

Many of you have been asking us, how we managed to start our life on a sailboat. How did we afford our sailboat? How did we leave behind land life and become liveaboards 🙂

We know we know, from outside it might look like we won the lottery, or have very rich parents, or just robbed a bank! But no nothing like that. Instead, we dreamed of it, worked for it, and did it!

sailing couple

In the beginning, the questions felt very overwhelming. When we decided to become liveaboards and start living on a sailboat we did not follow any predefined process. We just went step by step and we still do. But we took the time, looked back on our story and today we proudly present: 4 steps we took and everybody should take to become liveaboards!

Step 1 – Sailing license and experience

This might seem obvious, but sometimes we forget it’s the starting point of it all. A sailing license, but in specific sailing experience is very important of you want to be living on a sailboat.

You do not need to be an expert or have sailed an incredible amount of nautical miles, but you need to feel comfortable onboard. You should know how to behave on a sailboat, where to put your hands and feet. Feel comfortable sleeping, eating and moving around on board. You should feel prepared to handle all the different situations you will encounter when living on a sailboat.

This is why we think sailing experience is so much more important than a sailing license. While the sailing license gives you the basis to handle a boat and is necessary to get good insurance, sailing experience does give you the confidence to sail the boat, to dock it properly, to be able to react when situations get more tricky. And believe us you will encounter a lot of different situations while living on a sailboat.

Now we were no experts when we moved on for.tuna and still have a lot to learn, but we both had multiple weeks of sailing on our backs. Especially Michael who did the RYA sailing license also participated in Regattas to get a deeper understanding of sailboats and how to react in a difficult situation. Your life is depending on it, so take the time to get enough confidence on board to learn while you go.

How to get sailing experience?

Many of you have been asking us how to get sailing experience so here our best ideas so far:

  • Work as a crew on charter boats
  • take part in sailing regattas
  • book a day sail experience
  • book a sailing week
  • go sailing with friends who already have sailing licenses
  • charter a sailboat 

Personally, we especially treasure our charter experience. It was the first time Michael was the skipper of a boat and we both could get a real feeling of how it would be like to be living on a sailboat. And well it’s still the best way to spend your holidays in our opinion.

Step 2 – Get your finances straight to afford a sailboat

Yes, money does play a role to make this life shift. But remember money should never stop you! There are a lot of different ways to start living on a sailboat also on a small budget, you just have to get creative – our story is proof of it 🙂 

In order to buy a sailboat you have to take into account three different budgets

  1. Sailboat acquisition budget (65.000€)
    This will be your biggest budget and does depend on what kind of sailboat you are looking for (size, age…) and how much you are willing to refit.
  2. Sailboat extras budget (5.000€)
    This budget can vary a lot depending on what kind of sailboat you bought. However, you will always need 5-6.000€ for all the bureaucratic stuff and to adjust the sailboat slightly for liveaboard standards.
  3. Living aboard budget (1500 €/m)
    How much you spent while you live on the boat does vary obviously from your lifestyle, but also from the location and weather (will you be able to anchor or do you need to enter a marina) and from your sailing abilities (how much gets broken and needs to be fixed). However, this budget also needs to cover fixed costs like insurance, maintenance and food

In the brackets you can find our budgets, but please do not get discouraged, we are convinced you can reduce all of the above budgets. We have been preparing our sailboat for the Atlantic crossing therefore our budget might be higher than yours.

5 different ways to afford a sailboat

Still worried about money? Here 5 different ways of how to afford to buy a sailboat

  • work for it and save it up over time
  • ask for a loan
  • buy a cheap old boat and refit it
  • find a co-owner!

Find a co-owner – this is what we did and what allowed us to buy a sailboat double our budget! The idea behind is pretty easy. A lot of sailboats are not used most of the year. In general, many boats are only being used some weeks during summer. So the idea is that your co-owner does get a defined amount of weeks in the year while you can be sailing on it during the rest of the year. It’s a great win-win situation for both, you get a boat double your budget and he does save up on marina costs and maintenance as you are taking care of it 90% of the time.

Step 3 – Buy a sailboat

Congrats you are almost there. You managed to get your finances straight and now are ready to hit the market. There are a lot of websites where you can search for sailboats, but don’t forget to also let your friends and social media friends now that you are looking for a boat. You never know what you might find, we for example found our sailboat on Instagram.

Once you defined which kind of sailboat you would like to buy and have found suitable options these are the following steps which await you

  1. Personal inspection of the boat
  2. Take it our for a sailing trail if possible
  3. Negotiate the price
  4. Sign a pre-purchase agreement
  5. lift our the boat and make a professional survey
  6. Reneogatioate the price if anything was detected during the survey
  7. buy your sailboat and new home

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Step 4 – Move aboard and start your new life on a sailboat

Wow, you did it! You got your finances straight, found your sailboat and are ready to go! Now the exciting times begin. You will go through so many emotions, it will be overwhelming. Do not be too hard on you at the beginning, we all needed to learn a looot when we started this life, nothing will or can prepare you for it fully. Embrace every single step, take the time to enjoy it and do not rush. You are a liveaboard now! We do not have plans, but ideas, and we are never stressed because we have nowhere to be 🙂

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Freediving in Cyprus (log15)

We continue with our adventure and finish the installation of our new radar. Getting the cables through the mast is quite a tricky thing but we found a way at the end to pull trough three new cables 😉 For now we decided to use our Radar only via WiFi and not install the data cable. What do you think about this idea? Do you use your radar through WiFi?

Also we go on our second freediving session and explore the crystal clear waters of Cyprus. There is no better feeling than to be back in the water. But check out our video to see the whole story.

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Installing AIS 700 and a Quantum Radar on our Beneteau Oceanis 393 (log14)

It is time to prepare our sailboat for the Atlantic crossing! First actions on the list? Installing AIS and Radar. For the AIS we choose the AIS 700, perfect for sailboats of our size and easily installable. For the radar we choose the Quantum Radar from Raymarine, which was a bit bigger than expected and caused some delays in our plan due to an unfitting radar mount. Check out this video to see the problems we encountered during the installation and what you should avoid when doing the installation of radar and AIS.

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Losing the boom at sea (log13)

Not every crossing goes as planned! We finally hoist the sails and leave Israel behind us, but on our sail to Cyprus we encounter our first serious problem. At least we would call losing your boom out at sea a quite serious problem. If you want to see how we cope with losing the fixing pin of our boom during our 200nm crossing from Israel to Cyprus check out the video! We obviously also show the amazing sailing experience we had before the incidents and will show you how you are going to prevent losing your boom and the fixing pin of your boom at sea.

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When it’s all about boatworks (log12)

Ready to start Sailing Season 2020? We have spent the last two months in Herzliya marina close to Tel Aviv, Israel and can not wait to finally set sail again. But before we are able to start sailing season 2020 and set sail for Larnaca, Cyprus, we still have to fix a lot of things on our sailboat ForTuna. Watch our latest episode on youtube to see how we applied a new UV-protection to our main sail to make sure it lasts longer. How we fixed our leaking galley window to finally spent rain season without water in the galley. How we reorganised our storage to be ready for all the long passages which will come along this year.

Let’s get ForTuna ready for sailing season 2020!

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Sailing Itinerary – 2 weeks in Sicily

Praised by songs and poems, Sicily needs no real introduction. Located at the southern tip of Italy, it is the biggest island in the Mediterranean. It’s only 32 km distant from the mainland of Italy, but still encloses every beauty of a wild Island. Whenever you are interested in turquoise bays, snorkeling or diving spots, historical ruins, or tasty food, Sicily can make all your wishes come true. 

Here we have summarised all our knowledge about Sicily and laid out the perfect sailing Itinerary for two weeks along the coast of Sicily. If you have only one week at hand, we would recommend you to skip the Aeolian Islands, or primarily visit the Aeolian Islands. At the end of the blogpost, we display different ideal sailing routes for one week, depending on your starting point. Moreover, we will make a specific blog post about the perfect Sailing route in the Aeolian Islands.

1 – Palermo

Palermo, the starting point of our Sicilian sailing itinerary, is a city of opposites. Beautiful historical buildings opposed to trashy neighborhoods, famous anti-mafia fighters opposed to the head of most mafia families, delightful meals opposed to, well nothing really food is excellent everywhere in Palermo :). The marinas of the city do not really stand out for luxury. Still, thery are not very expensive and are a good starting point to visit the city.

2 – Cefalu

Tourists pretty much overrun this small Italian town, and most of its small streets are filled with tourist shops and restaurants. But luckily, they moved the marina behind the hill, allowing sailors to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape without the masses of tourists. Moreover, you don’t even have to venture inside of the town to get one of the best pizzas we had so far (and trust us, we tasted a whole lot of pizzas in our life 🙂 ). Head up to the lighthouse to find three restaurants overseeing the sea and sit down at “Da Sasá” for a pizza and the most spectacular sunset. You can obviously head further to visit the town which has reasons to be overrun by tourists, but we believe you will find your way back to the quietness and crystal clear water of the marina.

3 – Lipari

Lipari, the main islands of the Aeolian Islands, is easily reachable in an afternoon sail from Milazzo, Sicily. Once there, you can choose between anchoring in front of the castle, three floating docks without showers close to the town, or a bigger floating dock more north with showers, but about 2km distant from the town. The prices do not seem to vary between the docks, but you should always call them and ask for prices as there might be changes. Lipari itself is a beautiful town, overseen by a magnificent medieval Castel which can be visited during the day. Moreover, Lipari is an excellent starting point o visit all the Aeolian Islands. We would recommend a day trip to Panarea and Spinazzola, the less-visited Islands, which feature beautiful bays with cliffs and crystal clear waters. For more tips about the Aeolian Islands, read on here.

4 – Stromboli

The most famous of the Aeolian Islands, since it hosts the most active volcano in the world, should not be missed during your two-week sail in Sicily. Unfortunately, there is no protected bay to anchor safely around Stromboli, so you will have to choose the right weather window to visit it. But we warmly recommend the extra planning to be able to admire the red sparks of the volcano while sipping your favorite drink on the boat. On our way from Lipari to Stromboli we caught our first tuna, so don’t forget to throw in your fishing line while sailing (if the seasonal restrictions do allow it).

Entrance to the strait of messina on a sailboat

 5 – The Strait of Messina

The Strait of Messina is a real treasure of sailing experience. Feard by navigators for thousands of years, it still is a thrill to navigate through its whirlpools and tides, even if today we know they don’t originate from mystical seamonsters. We wrote a very extensive blog post about the Strait of Messina. Make sure you read that before sailing through it as the Strait still poses many challenges for all sailors.

6 – Taormina

Famous for its greek theater, this small Italian town has every reason to be acclaimed as it is. Unfortunately, it is one of those beauties which are not visible from a sailboat, so you will have to get on land and head up to the town. There are good anchoring possibilities in front of the town and also buoys for those who prefer. Take the bus up to the town and get lost in the small streets after viewing the sea from the greek theater. Trust us this expereince will give you a whole new perspective on our much-loved sea.

7 – Catania

Catania, the end of our sailing itinerary, and probably the worst marina you will ever visit. The only positive part of the marina is the location at the heart of the city, which will allow you to discover the city easily. If you go there, don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants ever, the “Gambero pazzo”. Make sure to have a reservation as its cuisine is well known, and you rarely find a spot. 

sailing itinerary one week in sicily

If you only have one week at your disposal, we have ideated sailing trips from Palermo and Catania. These sailing itineraries assume that you charter a boat and therefore have to return it at the starting point.

sailing itinerary one week in sicily

We hope you found this blog post useful and inspiring. If you have more questions regarding sailing in Sicily, please let us know in the comments, and we will try to answer as quickly as possible. If you are not sure yet if Sicily is the right place for your next sailing trip, click here to check out all the sailing destinations we have explored so far.

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When Sailing to Greece (log10)

It was time for us to leave Italy and head to Greece. After one last pizza, which we still dream of, we left the most southern tip of Italy’s heel and headed to Korfu. The crossing was luckily very calm, and we managed to sail some hours in very light wind. We arrived with the last sunrays and Greece greeted us with incredible scenery and crystal clear water.

Sailing boat in greece

This week our crew had a particular goal for the week: fishing. 3 out of 5 crew members were armed with fishing rods and spent their whole time optimizing the lures. No need to tell you that the sailing route obviously was adapted to fishing places and fishing times.

sailboat and greek flag
man fishing on sailboat

The stakes were high, as two of the crew members had praised themselves at home about their fishing abilities, and messages came in hourly to ask about our success rate. Hence, ending the week without catching fish was just no option!

The first day ended with no fish on the lure, but on our second day in Greece, we caught a colorful Mahimahi! This took off the pressures from our crew and gifted us with a lovely barbeque at the beach. We felt like in a movie, making fire on the beach and drinking rum like real sailors. The only ones who ruined a little bit the evening were the masses of mosquitos, but we had to learn to cope with them in Greece.

guys on sailboat caught fish

The greek island proofed worthy of their fame. White beaches between vast cliffs, surrounded by green hills. It is truly a sailor’s paradise. Which kind of explains the thousands of sailboats you will meet along the way. But luckily, there are so many bays that everybody finds their anchor place.

Sailing boat in shipwreck bay greece

We obviously went to visit the famous shipwreck bay, but boy were we lucky to be there in the evening, during the day it feels like an ant-hill. Thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. If you are ever there, don’t miss out on the small hidden cave on the bay southernly from shipwreck bay. You won’t be able to anchor in front, but we, for example, took turns at the helm so everybody could swim there and explore it.

Our final destination of the week was Athens, and one last challenge was standing between us and the city: The Canal of Corinth. Constructed in 1893 for economical shipping, it is now mainly used as a tourist attraction and for sailboats and motorboats who like to avoid the long way around the Peloponnese.

We arrived at the Western entrance of the Canal after a long night sail and announced ourselves to the canal officials. Together with us other 7 boats were waiting for the canal doors to open. Interestingly you are allowed to enter the Canal in the same order as you arrive at the entrance. Still, it seems so that captains do not like to respect that order. Once the canal doors opened, it felt like an actual race to enter the Canal. We were first astonished by this behavior but then discovered that once you arrive at the Eastern Exit of the Canal, you need to pay at the Canal toll. So if you are there first to enter the Canal, you are the first at the Exit and won’t have to wait until everybody has paid.

sailboat in Corinth Canal

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When Sailing the Aeolian Islands, Sicily (log05)

Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon.

Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez

Well, we had to check for our selves, so after Sailing one month in Sardinia, we took another month to explore Sicily and in specific the Aeolian Islands. Praised in songs and poems, these 7 islands have been on our top list of places to sail to since we bought the boat. Funnily, it was Greta’s mum who put them on that list, as it is her own private dream to go and visit them. So knowing she would come to visit at the end of the month, we planned our sailing route accordingly.

harbor of Cagliari, Sicily

The first thing we did in Sicily? Explore their cuisine. Oh, how we love Italian cuisine, especially because every single place has its specialties, they have their own world of foods and somehow these worlds are always incredible and unbelievably tasty. In Sicily, we had to taste, Arancini and Cannoli. Both deep-fried, but both worth the extra calories. And hey, the cannoli are not with cream like many would think, but with Ricotta, a very light creamy Italian cheese, so they are almost dietarian. Almost 🙂

cannolo siciliano on a sailboat

But enough of food let us go back to sailing. We departed from Catania and on our way to Cefalu caught our first fish. What an experience! Until now, we always managed to lose the fish by breaking the fishing line, but this time, we managed to get him on the boat! We had two friends aboard who helped us in this exciting moment, and we are thrilled to have shared it with them. It’s those common experiences which for forge and strengthen friendships.

catching a fish with a net

We brought the fish safely to Cefalu, an astonishingly beautiful town. The harbor, unfortunately, is located behind the hill, so you have to walk about 1km to go to town (which can be pretty tricky in the summer heat). But the harbor itself is charming, so no need to go to town, if you do not need groceries or spare parts.

Sailboat in Cefalu, Italy
Sailboat in port of Cefalu, Italy
Sunset in Cefalu, Italy

It was time to pick up a second couple of friends and leave for the Aeolian Islands. ForTuna was brimming with excitement, as all her 6 crew members could not wait to explore the Aeolian Island. Obviously, Stromboli was on top of our list of places to explore. The most active volcano in the world! We could not wait to go there. 

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Aeolian Islands
Aeolian Islands, Italy

The first impressions of the Aeolian Islands were according to all our expectations. Small islands, with cliffs and sandy beaches, most only accessible by boat. We spent the night in Lipari, a lovely little town, where your Italian dreams of Bella Vita will all come true.

Sailboat in Lipari, Aeolian Islands, italy
Aeolian Islands

On our second day, we spent lunch at an anchorage in Panarea. Here we spotted our first octopus, which immediately went on Michael’s list of sea animals to catch and eat. It was still pretty fresh, even if it was already the end of May, but our friends did not stop and jumped into the dinghy to go and swim at the shore. After lunch, we departed to go to Stromboli, but more of that in our next blog post.

Sailboat in Aeolian Islands, Italy
Aeolian Islands, friends on small boat

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our first crossing – waves, wind and the moon (log04)

The time had arrived for our first crossing. Sardinia to Sicily 180nm, which turned into 200nm due to wind and waves. For our first crossing, we decided to get some crew reinforcement and luckily Greta’s dad is an old sailor and agreed to help us out together with a sailor friend. On Sunday our new crew members arrived on board and we finished the last preparations for the crossing, like changing the outhaul-sheet and setting up a preventer. 

Era arrivato il momento per la nostra prima traversata. 180nm, dalla Sardegna alla Sicilia, che a causa del vento e delle onde alte si allungano a 200nm. Per questa nostra prima traversata abbiamo deciso di chiedere rinforzi e per fortuna il padre di Greta è un vecchio marinaio che ha accettato di accompagnarci assieme a un suo amico. Domenica sono arrivati a bordo, completando il nostro equipaggio e assieme abbiamo terminato gli ultimi preparativi per la traversata.

Sitting in Cagliari we looked at the weather predictions and could not have been more unlucky. The mistral had again started to blow, greeting us with high waves and constant 35 knots. However, we saw a small wind-window on Monday which might allow us to cross. Therefore we decided to try it on Monday if we would encounter too much we could stop in Villasimius, the most eastern point of Sardinia. So we set sail Monday morning heading east. The winds and waves along the shore were calmer than expected, so we felt sure to do the crossing. Unfortunately, we could have not been more wrong. Once we left the shelter of Sardinia, the waves came at us hard from the north, forcing us to turn down only after a few miles.

Seduti a di Cagliari esaminiamo le previsioni meteorologiche e non avremmo potuto essere più sfortunati. Il maestrale aveva ripreso a soffiare, regalandoci onde alte e costanti 35 nodi. Per lunedì scopriamo una breve finestra con vento accettabile, che avrebbe potuto permetterci l’attraversata. Decidiamo pertanto di partire lunedì, nel caso di vento troppo forte, avremmo potuto attraccare a Villasimius, il punto più orientale della Sardegna. Lunedì mattina salpiamo in direzione est. I venti e le onde lungo la costa erano più tranquilli del previsto, quindi ci sentivamo tranquilli rispetto alla traversata. Ma che illusione! Una volta lasciato il rifugio sicuro lungo la costa della Sardegna, le onde ci colpiscono duramente, costringendoci a ritirarci, tornando in porto, solo dopo poche miglia.

So Villasimius turned into our new starting point. After a save night at the harbor, we started again to control the weather forecast. Tuesday night and Wednesday seemed the best time-frame to us Thursday wind and waves would pick up again. So after a quick call to an experienced sailor friend, we decided to leave the harbor on Tuesday at 14:00.

Villasimius è pertanto il nostro nuovo punto di partenza. Passata la notte in porto, consultiamo nuovamente le previsioni del tempo. Martedì notte e mercoledì il mare sembra essere navigabile. Ci consultiamo telefonicamente con un amico esperto velista e decidiamo di lasciare il porto di Villasimius martedì alle ore 14,00.

Honestly, after having experienced the waves of the day before, we were a little bit scared to encounter something similar again. But it turned out that Poseidon (or any other sea-god) had granted us save passages. Most of the time we had a nice wind from behind, which we supported with some motor speed as we could not risk to be too slow and encounter the storm predicted for Thursday. We were even lucky enough to be greeted three times by dolphins and having the moon enlightening our whole night.

Le onde della giornata passata ci incutono timore, facendoci sperare di non rivivere la stessa esperienza. Ma sembra che Poseidone (o qualsiasi altro dio del mare) avesse pietà di noi. La maggior parte del viaggio abbiamo vento in poppa, che combinato alla forza del motore ci ha consentito di arrivare integri in Sicilia; giusto in tempo, prima della tempesta prevista per giovedì. La fortuna ci ha regalato per tre volte di essere accompagnati da vari delfini e la luna piena ci ha illuminato il percorso notevolmente.

In the end, we arrived safely in Palermo on Wednesday at 22:15. 32 hours of 3 hours shift had passed and we could not have been happier. Everything went smoother as expected, but we also learned to respect the sea and plan enough time for a passage.

Raggiungiamo il porto di Palermo sani e salvi mercoledì alle 22:15. Dopo 32 ore, suddivisi in turni da 3 ore, stanchi ma felici. In conclusion, possiamo dire che tutto è andato più liscio del previsto, ma abbiamo imparato a rispettare il mare e a pianificare le traversate più attentamente.

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a new anchor and the eastern coast of Sardinia (log03)

After two weeks in Porto Rotondo it was time for us to go further. But before we could leave we had one last thing to fix – the anchor. When we bought the boat it had a CQR anchor, which theoretically is a good anchor, but each time we tried to anchor we had to drop it several times before it got hold. Furthermore, our previous owners damaged the boat, because the anchor ripped out while they where on land. So we did not have a lot of faith in the current anchor and as we plan to sleep many nights at anchor, we need to be sure about our anchor. That’s why we got ourselves a Rocna anchor. According to current reviews one of the safest you can find, and our experience can only support that claim. We could not have made a better choice, it holds immediately and according to our GPS tracking it never dragged even in winds of 30kts and quite some waves.
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Dopo due settimane a Porto Rotondo era giunto il momento di partire. Ma prima che potessimo partire avevamo un’ultima cosa da sistemare: l’ancora. Quando abbiamo comprato la barca aveva un’ancora CQR, che teoricamente è una buona ancora, ma ogni volta che abbiamo tentato di ancorare abbiamo dovuto lasciarla cadere diverse volte prima che tenesse. Inoltre, i nostri precedenti proprietari hanno danneggiato la barca, perché l’ancora si é strappata mentre erano a terra. Quindi non avevamo molta fiducia nell’ancora attuale e poiché abbiamo intenzione di dormire molte notti ad ancora, dobbiamo essere sicuri della nostra ancora. Ecco perché ci siamo procurati un’ancora Rocna. Secondo le recensioni attuali, una delle più sicure che si possa trovare, e la nostra esperienza può solo sostenere tale affermazione. Non avremmo potuto fare una scelta migliore, tiene immediatamente e secondo il nostro tracciamento GPS non è mai trascinata nemmeno con venti di 30kts.
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Once the anchor was set, we headed south. Destination Cagliari in 7 days (170 nm). The Sardinian coast is renowned in the whole world, and having it traveled from north to south we can now understand why. It’s a constant change of beautiful long sand beaches and rocky cliffs with hidden bays. The sand comes in all colours, from white, to red to black – as do the cliffs.

Fissata l’ancora, ci siamo diretti verso sud. Destinazione Cagliari in 7 giorni (170 nm). La costa sarda è rinomata in tutto il mondo e, avendo viaggiato da nord a sud, ora possiamo capire perché. È un costante cambiamento di bellissime spiagge di sabbia e scogliere rocciose con baie nascoste. La sabbia arriva in tutti i colori, dal bianco, al rosso al nero – così come le scogliere.

Porto Ottiolu, Cala Gonone and Cala Goloritze

We were not that lucky with the weather. Unfortunately we had a lot of clouds, but more worrying was the wind. The mistral was our constant companion, keeping us awake at night and even causing the first damage to our boat.

Non siamo stati molto fortunati con il tempo. Era molto nuvoloso, ma era il vento a preoccuparci di piú. Il maestrale era il nostro compagno costante, ci teneva svegli di notte e addirittura causo il primo danno alla nostra barca.

Each day the panorama slightly changed, however keeping the same charm. We can definitely recommend any spot along the eastern coast of Sardinia, but our favourite was Santa Maria Navaresse. A small town, with a long sandy beach, crystal clear water and few tourist. The port is very clean, the toilets and showers are new and it is the cheapest we found on the whole coast. What more could you ask for?

Ogni giorno il panorama cambió leggermente, mantenendo però lo stesso fascino. Possiamo sicuramente consigliare qualsiasi posto lungo la costa orientale della Sardegna, ma il nostro preferito era Santa Maria Navaresse. Una piccola città, con una lunga spiaggia sabbiosa, acqua cristallina e pochi turisti. Il porto è molto pulito, i bagni e le docce sono nuovi ed è il più economico che abbiamo trovato su tutta la costa. Cosa si può chiedere di più?

Beach of Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia
Santa Maria Navarrese
Port of Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia

In all it was a good week to test the boat and our sailing skills. We feel a little bit sorry for our friend who shared this journey with us, as it was her first sailing experience and it could have been a bit more calm. But this is part of sailing, you can not control the weather or the wind, you can only adjust the sails 🙂

In tutto era una buona settimana per testare la barca e le nostre abilità veliche. Siamo un po ‘dispiaciuti per la nostra amica, che ha condiviso questo viaggio con noi, poiché era la sua prima esperienza di vela e avrebbe potuto essere un po’ più calma. Ma questo fa parte della vela, non puoi controllare il tempo o il vento, puoi solo regolare le vele 🙂

At the end of the week, the wind finally calmed down and we were able to spent a night on anchor allowing our friend to have a full sailing experience. Then we finally arrived in Cagliari.

Alla fine della settimana, il vento si è finalmente calmato e siamo stati in grado di trascorrere una notte ad ancora permettendo alla nostra amica di vivere un’esperienza di vela completa. Poi siamo finalmente arrivati a Cagliari.

Sailboat and the port of Cagliari, Sardinia

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