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Catamaran Sunbrella Sunshade

October 25, 2020 // 13 Comments

To get ready for the South Pacific, we had a sunbrella sunshade made that covers the whole front of Golden Glow, reaching all the way back behind the mast to cover the salon roof. The shade keeps the inside of the boat so much cooler, and creates a whole new dimension to living space on the boat. [read more]

Batteries – Out With the Old, In With The New

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

TrojanMSDS Time for new batteries on Golden Glow before heading to the South Pacific. We admire those who have made the transition to LiPo Lithium batteries, but for a number of reasons we decided to stick with the same Trojan batteries batteries that had served us well in the past. LiPo requires [read more]

Exploring a New Volcanic Island in South Pacific’s Ring of Fire

August 21, 2018 // 2 Comments

We think of the world as mapped. In our post-satellite/GPS world, everything on the earth’s surface (and even a lot that’s under the water) is known. Right? Maybe not. Good Charts and Navigation are Essential Sailing around the world on Golden Glow, crossing oceans on dark, moonless [read more]

Right of Passage to Manhood Celebration in Tanna

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Junior helping the other men with the food pile Male Right of Passage ceremonies are celebrated in Tanna Vanuatu once a year. Mothers of young boys ages 5 to 10 decide the year their sons will become men. This year, little Junior, aged 8, was sent into the jungle with a medicine man. He was given a [read more]

The World’s Largest Fully Solar-Powered Boat Has Circumnavigated

July 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

This is “Planet Solar.” It’s the largest fully solar-powered boat in the world, and it is also the first fully solar-powered boat that completed a circumnavigation of the globe, and that was in just over two years.  It now has been crossing oceans at a faster pace after an engine [read more]

Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

May 30, 2018 // 1 Comment

Great White Wall in Bloom Best photos thanks to Rand Pipp (c) 2018 Fiji has some of the best dive sites on the planet, and we plan to enjoy many in the months we are here. Some, such as the Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef off Taveuni, are world famous. Others, like the undersea beauty we [read more]

Tahitian Vanilla – from Farm to Table

December 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

This post shares what we learned about vanilla farming in French Polynesian and at the bottom has delicious recipes for cooking fish with vanilla sauces. Vanilla – Don’t Settle for less than  The Real Thing Morita’s brother hard at work tending the vanilla vines Vanilla has been [read more]

Fabulous Find! 12volt Chargers for Laptop Computers

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Living off the grid on a sailboat, we’re powered mainly by solar and wind, and occasionally our diesel generator, that recharge our house batteries.  Efficiency is key when it comes to recharging our boatload of battery-powered tech devices: cameras, cell phones, tablets, gps devices, [read more]
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