We are Stephen (travelling sailor) and Estelle (sailing traveller). Building our first boat in a friend’s backyard, we set off to sail around the globe 20+ years ago. Our first crossing set us on a path to discovering, learning, and enjoying extraordinary people and experiences.
Having met the challenges of over 50,000 ocean-going miles, we have tales of nooks and crannies of the world unseen by many. As qualified ASA captains and instructors, we have helped and guided many people to become competent sailors and go cruising on their own boats. We gladly share our knowledge from boat building to boat brokerage to running a yacht charter business. Our objective is to help sailing enthusiasts discover and purchase a cruising yacht that meets their needs and achieves their dreams and advise how to lower costs of ownership.
We are delighted to connect with the growing community of cruising couples and families and love sharing our knowledge gained from years as live-aboard sailors with other cruisers and sailors. What started out as a hair-brained idea became our life and passion and the boat, our passport to freedom to wander the planet. We hope you enjoy the website and find the information here useful. Subscribe to our newsletter here>>
Charter Income & Tax Advantages
Because yacht ownership could be very be expensive, we are always looking for ways to offset the cost of yacht ownership. We have helped many of our owners, reduce the cost of ownership with charter income and tax advantages. Explore all the avenues here.
Catamarans: The Future Of Sailing?
This 137-year old concept, revived by the 2013 America's Cup and accelerated by limitless budgets and rapid innovation and technology, is propelling catamaran popularity into the general sailing community with spectacular speed. Nothing beats their comfort, speed and safety.
How To Buy Your Catamaran
Our website is loaded with tips, guides and useful information for anyone looking to buy a catamaran. We offer expert analysis of the yacht's value based on configuration, location, cosmetics and overall current supply/demand for similar models.
The BALI Catamaran Range is truly a unique collection of boats! Both the BALI 4.5 and the BALI 4.3 were unveiled for the first time in the US at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October! We have been involved with BALI catamarans since inception of the concept. We were very excited to see how these catamarans were received by Annapolis Show attendees. BALI catamarans' very unique features, coupled with the prestigious Catana name, make this range of catamarans a force to be reckoned with. Judging by the enthusiastic response from the European and Annapolis boat shows, we are sure that this new line of luxury yachts will be a hit in the U.S.
Bali 4.3 Loft & Bali 4.5 Open Space are both "2016 SAIL Best Boat" nominees! Click Here for Details>>
The Bali 4.0 has debuted in Europe. Here are some of the first pictures>>
Demonstration Of How The Door Operates On Bali 4.0 and Bali 4.3
The 2015 / 2016 buying season unquestionably belongs to the 40ft catamaran. There are several reasons for this popularity. The old 40ft Island Spirits, Admiral 40's, leopard 40's etc. were highly successful cats but are not built any more. That left a big void in this size range for a few years and FP, Lagoon, Leopard and Catana pounced on the opportunity to create good new 40ft cruising catamarans. Thanks to modern building techniques and construction materials, most modern 40ft catamarans are big enough in volume to be a very comfortable “home” with all the amenities of a much larger boat, like an icemaker, washing machine, bigger fridge/freezer capacity and more.
Technology and clever innovations have made these catamarans not only easy to sail and handle by a couple but has improved livability, comfort and safety. These 40ft catamarans are affordable which is very attractive for live aboard cruising couples or young families as an entry level boat. Not only is it very affordable but also, it is the perfect platform for the family to spend a few weeks per year on vacation without breaking the bank.
We are all waiting with bated breath for the unveiling of the new Fountaine Pajot 40 on December 4th in Paris. We managed to get some pictures from the factory in La Rochelle at the launch of the first FP40, and it looks very promising! The new Fountaine Pajot 40 has replaced the Lipari 41. In terms of volume, the FP40 is considerably larger than theprevious model, the Lipari 41 with more interior volume. The emphasis of the FP40 is sailing performance with an above average sail area that is easy to manage. This catamaran offers a luxurious interior similar to the larger models. The accommodations are very spacious with lots of storage and walk around island berths in the owner suite, one of the most requested features for cruising catamarans.
This Lagoon 42, the newest member of the Lagoon family, has a strong resemblance to the Lagoon 52. While it retains the main features of the new generation of Lagoons, it sports a beautiful and elegant silhoette. The mast was moved far aft to re-centre the weight, which greatly reduces pitching. With a self-tacking genoa and much smaller boom, sail-handling is made a lot easier for short handed sailing or for a couple.
It is said that the square mainsail provides enough power, even if the sail is somewhat small, something that we will have to investigate during our test sails. The open transoms and one-level living space from cockpit into the saloon is new for Lagoon and provides a nice unobstructed living area. The saloon and cockpit are huge areas with lots of lounging space everywhere. The raised helm closed in by a sliding door, similar to that of the 450S and 52S. The Lagoon 42, is yet another powerful and dynamic design by VPLP.
What happens with a sailor from birth becomes a scientist? Innovation in sailing! Patrik Swanljung, a native of Finland, was born into a sailing and boating family. After receiving his Ph.D. in science from the Royal University of Stockholm, he embarked on a medical technology career for 30 years. In 2001, he leapt at the chance to found Aurinco and apply his scientific mind to technology for sailing, his first love. He holds patents for several solar-related inventions. But bringing solar (both electric and thermal) to sailboats was a boon to all sailors who wanted to enjoy:
Cruising World and Sail magazines announced the nominees for the 2016 Boat of the Year (BOTY) awards in October at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. The annual awards recognize the best and newest sailboat models introduced to the U.S. market. This year's Cruising Catamaran nominees for the competition represent the best of this division. These nominees pushed the evolutionary boundaries of catamaran design with the introduction of catamarans such as the Bali range.
Bali, in a controversial design move, completely eliminated the trampolines and further enhanced the "open design" with entirely unimpeded by bulkheads. Nominee Bali 4.3 also has a uniquely designed “tilting” door that closes the living space for safety at sea or retracts the door into the roof on electrical struts to make the best possible use of the outdoors.
The Nautitech Open 40 makes a bold styling statement with its angular lines and open living space with canvas enclosures much like the Seawind 1000.
While at the Annapolis Boat Show, we had the pleasure of visiting with Carina and Al Baurley of Arid Bilge Systems. They are on a mission to eliminate "old boat smell". The cause of that distinct smell is humidity, condensation, and other sources of liquid that your boat's bilge pumps do not remove. Not only is it stinky, but allowing wet conditions to remain in nooks and crannies of your bilge can cause health problems and rapidly deteriorate the equipment and finish on your boat. So, what's the solution?
The patented Dry Bilge Machine offers a variety of liquid pickup devices that are small with clever shapes that allow them to reach the last drop of fluid in your bilge. The microprocessor makes the dry bilge efficient and automatic.
Buying a boat with a partner is becoming more popular in part because charter companies allow more generous "owner's use" as an incentive for buyers. Therefore, two families can each enjoy 3 to 4 cruising weeks per year, which is often more than most people can use annually. Another reason partnerships are desirable is that the financial burden is shared. This makes ownership available to a much broader number of boat owners.
There is a risk to partnerships, even a partnership with family or your best friends. That is why you need a rock solid contract establishing the exact rules, responsibilities, and owner use between the partners. A good contract is the secret to enjoying the boat and a long and happy friendship and partnership! However, do not be intimated by this prospect. It is a simple document and an easy process. Sailonline.com provides a document tailor-made for partnerships. It covers most situations that can arise during the life of the partnership but can easily be adapted to your personal situation.
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Why Choose Us As Brokers?
...because we practice what we preach!
Our "Dream Job" is also our "Dream Life"
We have sailed 50,000+ blue water miles
Live-aboards for the past 22yrs and counting
Built our own boat and sailed to 46+ countries
Part-owned a catamaran manufacturing facility
Consulting with major catamaran manufacturers
We are the experts in our field
We are passionate catamaran sailors, racers and voyagers. View Our Profiles>>
Learning Center & Seamanship
We Don't Only Teach You Sailing Techniques.
We Teach You The Sailing Lifestyle!
We have been involved in sail training for ASA since 1996. Many of our graduates have successfully moved on to owning their own boats and are long term cruisers or charter boat owners, like Reg & Rita in this picture on their Prout 50 called R&R.
The ASA sail training courses provide a good grounding for all new sailors and the weeklong live-aboard courses are invaluable for anyone who plan to own their own boat. We work with some of the best training facilities in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean to provide top notch training. Learn to Sail>>
Testimonials From Our Clients
We take pride in our happy clients and now, good
friends and fellow sailors! -Stephen & Estelle
Alan R. Lagoon 400 "Rendezvous"
With Stephen's expert and patient assistance, I was able to move rapidly from just considering charter yacht purchase to now eagerly awaiting the imminent delivery to BVI of a new 2014 Lagoon 400 S2. His advice has been impeccable... Read More>>
Mackie & Kathy C. Lagoon 450 "Katlo"
Please let the email serve as a professional reference of the highest caliber for Stephen Cockcroft while functioning in the capacity of a yacht broker. My wife, Kathy, and I just recently purchased a new Lagoon 450 and were very impressed how Stephen managed the entire process. Read more>>