We have been incredibly fortunate in that none of the crew of Moonshadow have had any major health issues in sixteen years of cruising. Nonetheless, we believe strongly in health insurance, just in case.
Merima is a New Zealand citizen, and George an NZ resident, so we both have access to the country’s public health care system. [...]
For the last few years, we have been “part-time” cruisers, leaving Moonshadow under care in a marina and returning home to New Zealand for the southern hemisphere summer. Our experience with this has been mostly positive as we’ve learned both first and second-hand how best to “mothball” the boat before we leave her for up [...]
At sea, I think it is safe to maintain the assumption that you are not seen by other craft, and then take appropriate measures to give yourself a wide berth from traffic wherever possible. That said, from time to time we may find ourselves a bit too close for comfort and want some assurance that [...]
I’ll start off with a brief rundown of our ground tackle, which is pretty basic as we like to keep things simple. We keep just one anchor on the bow because I like to minimize weight at the ends of the boat for better performance. Our primary anchor is the original equipment on Moonshadow, a [...]