Catamaran Guru Top Ten Favorite List 2014

ethos e30We had fun picking out ten fun and cool things for sailors.

There is some "bling" for the girls, shoes for the boys and other cool gear and boats. Enjoy!



Top Ten Tips For Ocean Passage Making

catamaran zuriStephen and I have made numerous ocean passages, some lasting only a few days and others several weeks at a time. The longest passage that we sailed was from Cape Town, South Africa via St. Helena Island to Fortaleza, Brazil in South America, and then Miami. It was a total of 42 days at sea.

It took an enormous planning effort. Not only did we have to plan the usual things like navigation, provisions, fuel, etc., but also, we were actively working while crossing, so we needed to have good communication. We used a software called OCENS with our Iridium Satellite phone to send and receive email and for making calls, as well as getting the weather forecast. That was back in 2005. Today it is much easier and cheaper to do. As we all know, good seamanship requires numerous preparations especially for successful ocean passage making. Stephen and I each have our own dedicated areas of responsibility to prepare the boat and the crew. That way we know what is expected of each crew member and there is no confusion about who did what. We then double check to make sure all items have been taken care of before we cast off. Our key planning activities are outlined below.

Top Ten Things to do on a BVI Yacht Charter

katlo-cruising-tortola-bviI have received this fun post from our friends at Katlo Charters in the BVI. They happen to be one of our favorite crewed charter boats in the Caribbean (okay, we are a little biased since we sold the boat to Mackie and Kathy, but our accolades to the boat and crew are well deserved). We have just returned from a few days aboard Katlo, a Lagoon 450 in Sint Maarten (they usually operate in the BVI though). We were wowed by both Captain Patrick and the owners, Kathy and Mackie with their devotion to having happy guests EVERY time, their attention to detail, and making this the ultimate fun vacation on a luxury catamaran for all their guests. Let us know what you think and feel free to add your favourite things to do while on charter in the BVI.

Ten All-Natural Sunburn Remedies

aloe veraThere is nothing worse than a nasty sunburn after a day out on the water. Prevention is of course the best cure but we often have visitors on board who either forget to use sunscreen or miss some spots on their bodies like the tops of their feet, their ears or behind the neck. Even with ample protection, I can sometimes feel the sting of a wind burn on my face, chest and arms. We do our best to remind everyone to carefully apply a good sunblock liberally, drink plenty of water and wear hats but it seems there is always at least one casualty. A sunburn is a painful nuisance and can easily turn into a medical emergency, so be sure to consult your doctor for severe burns, blisters, dizziness and dehydration.

My SOS go-to product for sunburn is Aloe Vera, the fresher the better. If you can get the gel from the natural plant, even the better. I always have a bottle of pure Aloe Vera Gel handy for sunburn "patients" on the boat. The gel or juice in the plant has soothing qualities, especially for burns and is antibacterial. Even hospitals use aloe vera for burn victims.

10 Places to catch a Musical Buzz in The BVI

BVI music bars

The BVI is without a doubt one of the most famous sailing destinations in the world. The BVI is also famous for clear blue water, sandy beaches and...beach bars and of course some of the best Caribbean music can be enjoyed here. 

Below is a list compiled by, of 10 amazing places to stop, relax, have a drink and get your musical buzz on. According to, this list is not necessarily in order and some are missing but these 10 are ones you don’t want to miss. We here at Catamaran Guru have sampled most of them and can attest to the "quality" of the music, buzz and relaxation.

Venues that host live music have the * symbol. 

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