Almost there…

I know, I know, work on the boat will never be finished, so we probably can keep on saying we are almost ready, but looking at our whiteboard: the list is really getting short! So short, that at the moment only last minute to do’s are on it, like taking away the trash and filling the water tanks. The last blog finished with us sailing to Kampen, a little town in the centre of the […]

DIY, heights and paint

Here we are, inside Saetta, trying to keep warm. Last week we had amazing days, but the last couple of days it has been wet and windy! But a bit of rain is a good thing, so we keep busy with inside jobs, like writing this entry! So what happened last week? A few things were crossed off the to-do list. I think we are finally at a point that when we cross a to-do […]

No time for sailing, there is work to do!

Hiya! How are you doing? We are doing okay, keeping busy with our projects. This week we realised that sometimes we are so busy working on the boat, we forget it is a sailboat and we should go out sailing now as well! We will definitely keep an eye on the weather and see when we will have a good day to go out.But for now.. Work, work, work! This is what we’ve been busy […]

Decisions, decisions, decisions – Part 1

It is unbelievable how many decisions we need to make in our preparations! Miguel keeps on working through our to do list and when he is not busy fixing things, he is searching for material, solutions and the best deals online.As said before, we can not leave at the moment due to Covid-19, but this does give us time to prepare more and finish things we were planning on finishing on the way.Our Instagram gives […]

Working from home and our plans

What a bizarre couple of weeks it has been! One week we were slightly aware of a virus somewhere far, far away, and all of a sudden it was near and the world changed significantly. We mostly experience this when we read the news since it is quite easy to live in our own liveaboard bubble: I work from home, groceries are getting delivered and there is not much need to go outside, other than […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holiday from Edinburgh (Scotland) to Kristiansand (Norway), Part 1

The trip to Norway was an adventure that began a few weeks prior to departure. It started when the boat came out of the water for a new paint undercoat and anode replacement. Things went well and the boat was put back in without incidents. A week later we were about to leave for a weekend trip away in preparation for Norway. As I put in reverse to get out of the berth, the engine […]

Sailing Saetta: prelude, Saskia and Miguel move in together, and she learns how to sail

It was 5 years ago that Miguel sent me a photo of him in front of a boat, saying he just bought it. The idea was not completely new to me, we went to a boat viewing together, but to actually buy a boat, was taking the whole thing a step further. Miguel’s dream has always been to travel a lot. For me, it has not been like that. I grew up in a relatively […]

Saskia Stays On Boat Alone

I love being alone. Don’t get me wrong, I love being with Miguel, but I really need my time alone as well. When I was living in the apartment, that was not a problem, but living together on a boat, taking time for yourself can be a bit harder. Miguel does not like the idea of me being alone on the boat. I have to admit: when I wasn’t living here, I did not pay […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holidays in Zeeland, Part 2

Now we are at our first destination, Stellendam. What should we do? We decided to stick around Stellendam for a few days. This gave Saskia time to go on an interview and for me to have a look at the furler and engine. Easy checks, and no damage to equipment. Great news! The day after, the weather was still playing up, so we decided to walk around Stellandam’s, especially through its seaside. It is no […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holidays in Zeeland, Part 1

Summer is here! And I am tired of boatwork! It is time for a nice long sail, put to test all that has been updated, and try to get some colour on our skin. The thing is, it does not feel very summery; 18 degrees and forecast of rain. Hey, it is the Netherlands. Plus, “bad” weather will not keep us from going. It is 7:30 in the morning on Sunday 14th July. The passage […]

Sailing Saetta: Saskia moves aboard

Miguel has been living aboard for a while now, whilst I stayed at the apartment during the week. I have been resisting moving into the boat mostly because the 2 hours travel distance to work. But also because the idea of living aboard seemed a bit uncomfortable to me. Especially in winter, it can be quite cold and the idea of having to walk to the main building for showers does not sound very appealing. […]

Sailing Saetta prelude: Miguel and Saskia meet

It was the summer of 2009. I was putting the final touches on my Master’s thesis when a friend invited me for a few days at his place in Albufeira – for those who have not been to Albufeira, it is a city on the south of Portugal that gets crowded with young people for its great beaches, parties and bars. Why not, I thought. Orthographic correction plus waiting for the thumbs up from the […]