A well-fed crew is a happy crew: this is no secret. Food is a love language for many, myself included. Feeding people, seeing their pleasure in something I’ve made, makes me so happy. I dug the minor challenge to create a yummy and totally gluten free dinner from our dwindling provisions for friends last week (who knew quinoa could make a tender chocolate cake?!). In the Chesapeake last fall, it was pull-apart bread (garlic herb deliciousness, dunked in soup) that made several nights with friends extra memorable: at Camp Quigley, soaking up the good vibes from Mary Marie, getting to ...Read More
By Billy Cullen
Imagine tossing a chicken carcass into a cage of hungry wolves, I think that’s a good idea of what feeding time looks like on a lot of offshore racers and delivery boats. As cook, on a sea going racer, you need not worry about comparisons to the finer restaurants in town. The ingredients for success are simple; two large deep pots, garlic and onions, a little planning, and variety, and watch your fingers at feeding time.
If you are cooking for a large crew, I suggest two large deep pots that fit catty corner, or side by ...Read More
A few months ago, I kissed the back of an envelope for good luck before dropping it into a mailbox in Singapore. Tucked inside was a publishing contract with my signature on it. Although it’s been years since I had my first paycheck as a freelance writer, I’ve only now had confidence to fill in the “occupation” blank on forms with WRITER. So to have a fellow blogger, Kim from SV Britican, tap me to follow her post on a tour of writer’s blogs is the kind of request that makes me sit back with a smile of wonder ...Read More
As you know, the fine crew of Papillon is currently living ashore. Yes, we’re still firmly tropical on a tiny island in Papua New Guinea, but still. We are temporarily parted from our beloved yawl – and this on our fourth anniversary aboard. Sniffles all around.
For the duration of our sabbatical-from-our-sabbatical, the blog will not be syndicated on SAILfeed. This makes sense, because we are not sailing. So, dear SAILfeed readers, you will have to bookmark the original Sailing Papillon if you would like to keep up with our adventures. Otherwise, I’ll be back on SAILfeed circa April with ...Read More
My first sailing magazine subscription, when I was a teen, was to SAIL. My husband started even sooner (a Christmas gift when he was 12).
Times have changed, but not that much. Where Jamie and I once papered our bedrooms and dorm rooms with centerfolds that had names like Endeavour, IMP, and Scarlett O’Hara (cut from the pages of SAIL, or their annual calendar), now we have the warm teak of our own boat’s interior, posted with photos of more pedestrian boats in tropical anchorages, and other souvenirs of the Pacific- and SAIL blogs on the feed to our ipad....Read More
There is nothing that says “I’m ready to blow this popsicle stand!” like buying a hundred tins of veggies. What’s that? You don’t spend two thousand dollars at the grocery store before you go on vacation? Well. It is clear to me that you don’t have to shop for six months at a stretch. Let me guide you through it.
First, make your list. Mine is three printed pages in an Excel spreadsheet. I add in my notes on consumption from the last Big Shopping, make new estimates for what we need, and off I go. Always keep in mind ...Read More
|That cut on my hand? That’s cruising, baby!|
Hi there! It has been very interesting these past few months to see which blog posts have attracted attention vs. those that have been less interesting for you folks. I was quite surprised to see that my post raving about West System and Hamilton Marine, which I really wasn’t sure anyone would find interesting, was ‘shared’ on facebook quite a few times (well, relatively, that is. I’ve still got a little ways to go before I catch up with Lady Gaga…). It might be nice to imagine my stories are so enthralling that everyone is just dying to share the ...Read More
The small gauge wire connections usually required when installing NMEA 0183 data sharing often fail because normal boat wiring techniques don’t work well at this scale — or at least not in my clumsy DIY hands. So I was intrigued at first sight with this relatively new type of heat shrink butt connector that uses low-temperature solder instead of a crimping sleeve, and so far I’m quite impressed with the results.
The three skinny wire splices above may not look neat and tidy, but I’m confident that they’ll hold up to a lot of abuse. And the heat shrink solder ...Read More
May 22, 2019
Noon Position: 36 36N 6116W
Course: ENE 6
Wind: NNW 20 -25
Sea: NNW 14
Sail: #2, three reefs, close reaching
Noon to Noon miles made good: 115
We’re biting into the underside of our first North Atlantic low. Winds are the stiffest we’ve experienced since Cape Horn, and are made to feel all the more so because I’m trying to reach to the NE in a strong northwesterly. I doused the main at noon, by which time the rail couldn’t keep its head above water. Mo is down to a triple reefed #2 ...Read More