As perverse and absurd as it may seem, this is why we sail. Moments like these light our fire. Living with Nature. Feeling her raw power. Being reminded how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.
Things are coming together aboard Nahoa! This refit has taken 3x longer than we had predicted but we are particularly stoked about this upgrade:
It’s a bit crazy over here. Every single second is going into getting Nahoa ready to splash. From sunrise to well past sunset we spend our days in the boatyard. A short glimpse of the many projects:
We are packing and getting ready to take that momentous flight to Thailand. Next time you’ll hear from us will be from Quarantine. Ben, Ash, Willa.
This is the last of the tiny boat videos. We are all caught up and whatever comes next is real-time. We’re not sure yet what it’ll be. Stay tuned!
We used to be full-on, chainsaw yielding lumberjacks. Miss those days.
This is west coast of Canada. Fog. Logs and rain! Come for a ride in our childhood stomping grounds.
We’re trying to be a bit more honest. More real. It’s a fine balance between complaining and talking about real issues that normally get swept under the rug. Let us know if this is too much. Promise not every episode will be like this!
A little early for Halloween but…. BOO!
New Video is up and we’re back on the Micro Yacht. Follow along as we cruise north with this tiny boat for the next couple months.
This 1972 Trailer is Our other Home.https://youtu.be/vsnTApD9sSg
How we frame any situation is so important. With Change comes new Opportunities. They’re literally everywhere!
How small do You think you can go? Can you do 22 feet? If not, what’s the minimum?
Perhaps the biggest lesson we’re learning is that if a boat hasn’t been used for years, there is so much stuff that seizes, breaks and corrodes. But it’s coming together. Slowly but surely!
Dude. This boat is TINY!
Now what? We’re stuck in Canada. No boat. No content. Time to figure something out….
It’s pretty incredible creating a little human. One can’t explain it until you go thru it. Having a child changes you…for the better. The past few years have been quite the ride and it’s just going to get wilder as we embark on a 20 (?) year voyage of raising a little human as we […]
We’ll let the video do the talking.
We have seen our share of wrecks and mishaps. It’s sad and heartbreaking every time we stumble across one of these. It’s the end to someones dream. Could it have been prevented? Probably. Are we immune to these mistakes. Definitely not. We thought it might be helpful to share what we carry on board for […]
This is it folks. We Haul Nahoa out of the water. Next week we start getting her ready for the Indian ocean and the new crew mate. Turns out we filmed a lot while sailing in SE Asia. More so than we thought. Soon we’ll be near real-time. Maybe in a few more episodes. Enjoy […]
It’s kind of bizarre how this pandemic played out. The Indian Ocean sailing season starts in February (when Willa was born) and ends in October (when we are planning to return to Nahoa). We couldn’t have planned it better. That said, who knows if borders will reopen but so far all of the Indian Ocean […]
Took a freediving course in Indonesia and it is by far the most incredible experience I have had in recent memory. If you get the chance, go sign up once things reopen. Anyone can do it regardless of age or weight.
As with all of our stops along the Straits of Malacca, Penang was an important trading hub back in the day. And to this day, the diverse culture and religions remain. Within a few block radius you can find the India town, China town, and the Malays are sprinkled throughout. There is an incredible amount […]
This was an eye-opening and inspiring chat with Patrick and Dana. We gloss over a lot of details of what it takes to live, manage and sail a catamaran around the world. Patrick and Dana we possibly one of the most enthusiast guests we have ever had aboard. They wanted to learn. They were eager […]
There’s this phrase that goes; Sailing is hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. This was an unforgettable sail up thru the Straits of Malacca. So much to look at. So much to pay attention to…
Well it’s finally here. A series of videos where two wonderful patrons join us to sail, motor and generally battle our way up the Straits of Malacca for five days. We’ll be the first to admit, when we first arranged the time and place for Dana and Patrick to join us, we were worried this […]
We’ll let you in on a secret….Way back when we were in University we owned a firewood business. That’s right, in the winter months we’d spend the weekends cutting, chopping and delivering the finest firewood in all of Victoria BC. $150 per chord. It was possibly one of the most fulfilling jobs we ever had. […]
You guys already know the big news plus what happened afterwards! But we thought it would be fun to take you along for the ride of what we got up to in Canada. We love our former home. The scenery in British Columbia is absolutely stunning and there’s a part of us that always yearns […]
There’s something significant about crossing the Malacca Straits. Sort of like going thru the Panama Canal. It’s a big milestone and even though our half way point was up in the Philippines, this seems more real. It’s not just a number. A lot of cruisers actually get stuck here. They end their sabbatical in Malaysia […]
We are trying to make sense of everything going on in the world. Right now we are in an apartment in Victoria on the west coast of Canada. We do have good healthcare here in Canada and we are really lucky to be home right now with a newborn. Extremely grateful for our current situation. […]
When you sail around the world you need to formally enter and exit each and every country and Indonesia has been the most regimented and thorough country we have travelled to in respect to clearance formalities. Epic long days of paperwork, photocopies upon photocopies but surprisingly mundane questions. The upside was jovial and friendly officials. […]
Indonesia. Bursting with culture at every turn and friendly smiles no matter where you go. It’s people are resourceful, thrifty and possess serious MacGyver skills. Every day we would spot many improvised solutions that would make us smile. If there’s a will, there’s a way in Indonesia.
Just another average passage in Indonesia. It seems there’s always something going on when we sail thru these waters. Whether that’s on our boat or the fishing boats everywhere. Keeps life interesting that’s for sure.
What strikes us in a lot of these remote-ish communities we visit is the smiles. The locals are going about their mundane daily lives and almost all seem to be in high spirits. Waving, laughing and generally enjoying life. It’s very subtle and something we miss when going out in public back home.
In the animal world it’s less about size and more about readiness. Yep, there exists a species of monkey called the Proboscis Monkey which goes about it’s daily business with a Rock Hard Red Boner. Pretty incredible really. We’d spotted many of the Proboscis females but it wasn’t until the last day that we encountered […]
Hope you enjoy this glimpse of everything Borneo has to offer. With Love, Ben & Ash
You know how sometimes you go on a trip with zero expectations and it turns out to be the best ever? This was one of those trips. This entire adventure up the river remains one of the most memorable moments of our world tour and credit needs to be given where it is due. Our […]
The next few videos will take place in Tanjung Putin National Park. 400,000 hectares of forest, peat swamp, mangroves and dense jungle containing some of the last Orangutans on the planet. An area that is often covered by a blanket of smoke from man made forest fires.
We sailed to Borneo thinking it would be a quick stopover to see the Orangutans. Little did we know Kumai would be such a bustling, interesting little place. Indonesia in general has caught us off guard. Being “veteran” travellers we thought we’d seen it all. But Indonesia is the epitome of culture shock. There’s a […]
The other day a sailing friend from home said “You must be really good sailors!” Our response was, “No, not really. We would certainly not win any races on a race course.” Sailing around the world, particularly sailing overnight in some of these countries, is often less so about sailing and more about navigation and […]
Gilli Air may be one of the trendiest islands in Indonesia. Unlike Bali, this little place is home to zero cars. The only method of transport is horse drawn carriage or pedal bike. It makes for a really unique experience. When you hear the jingling of horse bells, you learn pretty quick to move over […]
It shouldn’t really be called “Sailing Around the World” but instead “Fixing your boat as you move it around the world” but that doesn’t sound very sexy. Who would watch that show? Nobody. It’s a steep learning curve when you first set out. Lots of little things to learn. Lots of new skills to acquire. […]
We always leave Nahoa super clean and tidy but some things you just can’t control. Birds are one of them. The mess that these cute little things leave is insane. It’s not the size but the quantity of their droppings!!
Next episode we head back to the boat! Hopefully it’s ok!!
We’ve been finding the Swastika on tombstones and gates all over Bali. At first we were shocked as it’s really taboo in the western world for good reason. Turns out the swastika existed long before the Nazi’s. To this day it is a sacred symbol to many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and many others. And […]
Going for a simple walk in a rural town or countryside may be one of our favourite activities. All it takes is a little bit of curiosity and you have a mini adventure unfolding in front of you. The honey scam happens all over the world. Syrup, alcohol or water is added to pure honey […]
Our Indonesian Visas had run out forcing us to leave the country. But on the way back, we transited thru Bali giving us the rare opportunity to do the first bit of land travel in ages. The defecated coffee bean is a real thing! It’s a delicacy in Bali and carries the corresponding price tag. […]
This is the big HONEY! 100 Episodes! Wow. We can’t believe it! A huge thank you for following our crazy adventures, subscribing and supporting us as we get up to all sorts of craziness. Ash and I sat down the other week and had a chat about what on earth we could share with you […]
One of the best parts of sailing is stumbling into these remote villages. With the lack of tourists, village life prevails. It’s pretty neat to see. Men stick the hard labour such as boat building. The ladies weave. And the children run rampant. We’re not quite sure why the kids were asking for money in […]
hinisi or Pinisi are a type of Indonesian sailing vessel. They’re super cool boats that date back to 1906. In the early 1970’s they were actually the largest commercial sailing fleet with thousands of these ships contacting all corners of the Indian Ocean. How cool is that? Nowadays they are almost all motorized but the […]
We gloss over the details of the many aspects of wind yet they affect us daily. Over the years it’s become somewhat instinctive to notice funnels, katabatic, thermals and many other types of wind so we thought it was time to break down some of the basic winds in this more instructional video. This is […]
Theres a few major stops in Indonesia. First is Raja Ampat. Did that. Banda and the Spice Islands would have been next. Couldn’t get there due to weather but Komodo national park was next. There is an entire park surrounding the island that has the dragons. And that includes some pretty awesome diving. To be […]
You get pretty laid back after four years of sailing. By now we’ve had plenty of close calls and nothing serious has ever happened. Well, this crash scared the bejesus out of us! It was loud. It was sudden. And our minds immediately jumped to the worst case scenario; A massive jagged gaping hole that […]
We left with the forecast calling for 20-25 knots, which is uncomfortable yet manageable. We knew we were in for a surprise when it hit 35 knots. It’s not uncommon to have a burst of wind at sunrise and sunset while sailing offshore. Nature is always seeking equilibrium. Our boat, a 41 foot catamaran, does […]
Out here is where we feel most alive. Everyday brings a new adventure. A new challenge. We wouldn’t trade for anything. But we also know it’s not for everyone. Others feel happiest in the city. In the urban environment and that’s cool too. Our message is to encourage everyone to make a choice to live […]
There’s lots of ways to sail around the world. If you’re racing, you often use storms in the southern ocean to propel you along. It’s a completely different approach. One that requires serious boats that are built for those conditions. We on the other hand sail around the world by staying more or less in […]
Every country we visit has a different set of rules for entry. Customs, Quarantine, Immigration and the Port Captain typically all require paperwork. We usually budget an entire day for this process. The trick is to show good will. To allow access to your entire boat. This we have found expedites the process more than […]
Sometimes life out here is a bit crazy. This was one of those nights. We had run out of options on where to anchor. Dusk was upon us and we had to pull over. Almost immediately after dark all these fishermen started fishing around us. Why here? Why now? It just didn’t make sense. Well […]
Altruism and Risk. The two go hand in hand. Over the years we have sailed into some of the most remote regions. We’ve anchored in front of some of the poorest villages. Not once have we encountered situations where someone has harmed us. This is not a coincidence. The world is filled with people who […]
In the western world we stock replacement parts while the rest of the world uses donor parts. It’s a completely different mindset. Yes we can fix it. Yes we can build an adapter. Yes we can fill that. They often do not have the cash to replace and if they do, the actual parts are […]
Keeping a sailboat running and afloat is a constant, never-ending effort when you’re on a mission to sail around the world. An average day almost always contains some sort of boat maintenance. The problem is sometimes repairs require a technician or specialized tools. And in some countries there are no spare parts. Your options are […]
Cities and ports are necessary evils while sailing around the world. We try to stay on anchor most of the time. It’s free and way more beautiful. But now and then we have to pull into port for repairs or government formalities. In order to get there, and position ourselves for the sail down to […]
In all of our travels we have never seen so many fishing boats as in the Philippines. Not big ones. Just small outrigger style canoes that typically hold two to four people. It’s pretty neat. As soon as they start the engine the propeller starts spinning. No clutch. No gearbox. Just an engine directly hooked […]
What constitutes a perfect travel destination? It’s a tough question. Over the years we have found a few. El Nido, and the Philippines in general, ranks at the top. What’s our criteria? A few! Cost, safety, accessibility, and amenities. The Philippines is really really affordable. The most expensive thing is the flight to get here. […]
El Nido in the Philippines has a bylaw which forbids all single use plastics (bags, straws, food packaging). Even water bottles were banned on all the tourist tours. I’d say that’s pretty progressive for a developing country and honestly much further ahead than, for example, our home town in Canada. That said, currents and tides […]
We started this circumnavigation over four years ago. At the time we thought we’d finish this lap in 2-3 years. Where did the time go? Unlike the the Volvo Ocean Race or the Clipper Round the World crews, we pull over at each and every island. It’s these sort of side explorations that have led […]
There is something incredibly pure and rewarding in being able to harness wind in the discipline of kiteboarding. The kite becomes and extension of your arms. The board an extension of your legs. Your mind is firing on all cylinders. I can’t possibly put it into words. It is an awesome feeling. Call it an […]
100,000 subscribers! It’s just a number. It could be any number. But at some point you might as well celebrate some numbers. Below is the gear we use. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter that much and often we just grab whatever camera is closest including the phone. Go checkout some of these guys: […]
From pig sacrifices and traditional dance in Vanuatu to cockfighting in the Philippines. It’s been eye opening travelling the world. It’s challenged our beliefs. A large part is noticing the treatment of animals as we walk through villages. They’re often free range. If not, they’re tied via a rope to their ankle. They seem to […]
We are currently anchored off the north coast of Mindanao in the Philippines and are staging to sail south to Indonesia. Our location is currently hidden as a safety precaution. We thought it was timely to put together a little episode of what we do to defend against pirate attacks. We think these steps are […]
Sometimes while travelling serendipitous opportunities pop up. We’d seen these crazy guys about two days out from the Philippine coastline and were so intrigued by their vessel. (Honestly a little intimidated as well). After making friends with a local, we arranged to board and tour their vessel. Luckily one of the guys even spoke english […]
Planning is one of the most important aspects of sailing around the world. We often spend days or weeks researching new countries and the Philippines was no exception. Most round-the-world cruisers pass through Indonesia. It’s safe. There is lots of information from previous sailors. But that doesn’t necessarily make it the best route. After reading […]
A lot of you have asked us how border crossings work on a sailboat. So we thought it was time to make a video showing you first hand while also giving you a bit more context of alternate scenarios we’ve encountered in the past. You will find a bunch of different forms and sites we […]
This video has been a struggle to make. Sometimes sailing life isn’t as exciting as you think. Sometimes we just sit in an anchorage for weeks on end, sweating & fixing the boat with an occasional excursion. What’s the story here? Well perhaps multiple. Next we’re off to the Philippines. What a ride that’s going […]
Ok, so things are getting weirder the further we travel. In this past year we have had some pretty crazy foods including Bat Soup, Turtle Intestines in blood as well as Sea Cucumber. Not to mention the Balot we eat at the end of this video. The crazy thing is that nothing was really ever […]
We got a doozie for you. An action packed adventure in Palau which turns out to be a pretty fun place! Hope you enjoy this one. We are off to another island which likely won’t have internet nor cell coverage. We will be back in about a weeks time. Until then, let us know what […]
The sails in your sail locker make a huge difference when cruising longterm offshore. You need to be able to pull out different weight clothes for different wind angles and strengths. In this video we try to break things down as simple as possible without boring you. Hopefully we achieved a good balance. You can […]
As you read this we will be on our way to the Philippines. You can see our track here: https://sailingnahoa.com/track-us/ We’ve included a whole whack of links below for your perusing pleasure. Let us know if you have any questions! We will be back online in about a weeks time …. As soon as we […]
22,000 nautical miles. 27 countries. We’ve had a good whack at circumnavigating and there are many hard times. Perhaps this little episode helps expose some of those harder moments. Often we edit and publish videos with the intent to help drive views which intern finances a piece of our journey. The trouble with that is […]
This is big money in the Louisiades and so important to the locals for a way of earning cold hard cash. Beche de Mer season was upon the Louisiades and Wow what a vibe! The guys were out diving daily collecting their loot. The outer islands, normally uninhabited, had fishing camps everywhere. These guys were […]
Well here it is. Our story of how we quit the rat race. How we’re sailing around the world in our mid 30’s. It’s nothing special. We’re not trust fund babies. We simply worked hard. Made some strategic decisions and went full throttle. Often life is defined by a few key decisions. A few moments […]
As we’ve travelled deeper and deeper into the South Pacific we’ve seen fiberglass speedboats replaced by paddling canoes. But it wasn’t until we arrived in the Louisiades that we spotted our first Sailau; The traditional sailing canoe still used to this day to travel to and from mainland Papua New Guinea which is hundreds of […]
Well this was a first. Kiteboarding where they had never seen the sport of kiteboarding before! We were looking for a good beach to walk and stumbled into this massive, windward beach on an island called Panacia. Turns out there were multiple families living in grass huts as they do. We got thinking, this beach […]
A lot goes on behind the scenes before we set sail to any country. Ashley will spend weeks reading online reports. We talk to the cruising community. Papua New Guinea was no exception. In the broader sense, there are many cities which have unsafe areas. Whether that’s downtown east-side in Vancouver or Southeast Los Angeles. Yes, […]
Happy New Years to all you wonderful humans! We thought it time to publish our Top 10 spots we visited in the South Pacific. We added a bunch of links below. If you need any more detailed information, just ask and we’ll give you the inside scoop! We just passed thru this region mere months […]
Have you ever gone on vacation with no expectations? Vanuatu is one of those places where you think it’s just an average country but are absolutely floored by what it has to offer. This country is incredibly alive in terms of culture not to mention underwater wrecks. Being a staging base for World War II, […]
We just pulled into port after 10 days at sea and it’s so great to see all of your smiling faces again! On passage we made a little edit detailing how we catch, land and process all the monster fish we bring aboard. Our hope is that this helps you in outfitting and planning your […]
We thought we’d share another sampling of what life is like out here. This one contains a bit of running from cyclones, Satellite connectivity and Fuel management. When you see this we will likely have just crossed north of the equator as we sail to Palau. We would love to hear your questions in the […]
Interesting things happen when you live on a boat full time. We’ve compiled a handful of experiences from Vanuatu in this little vlog. Enjoy!
Offshore sailing is a magical time and offers an opportunity to unwind, reflect and enjoy the incredible experience of bobbing on a relatively very tiny piece of fiberglass on the huge magnificent ocean. We are rarely disappointed by mother nature! If its not the sea surprising us, a glimpse up at the night sky usually […]