We pled our case and were finally granted permission to stay, as long as we stayed aboard for the first 14 days. So, with the sails stowed and the anchor set, we hunkered down under the towering limestone cliffs of El Nido. Far from being upset by this, we told ourselves it was one more adventure, and settled into a routine of, well, hanging out on the boat. I blithely began writing essays about how prepared we yachties are for this sort of thing. I figured there were 10 tools we bring to this “stay-at-home” table — tools that at-home sailors might relate to.
I didn’t know how deeply I would have to dig into that toolbox to survive in these uncharted seas we’re sailing. But I am grateful for the voyaging life that has honed these skills.
1. Flexibility: Despite the fanatic independence of most cruisers, living on the sea is humbling. There are things we can’t control — the seasons, the tides, winds and weather. The result is that we often have to change plans, even huge plans, based on those or other factors. Postpone a trip to the States? Check. Postpone a trip to Africa? Check. Postpone our son’s wedding? Ouch, but check.
I thought we were prepared, but the truth is that all those previous times of having to change plans or shelter from a storm had an end in sight. A plan to be made. Something fun to look forward to. After 50 days of lockdown, we see no end in sight; we have no chart of the months ahead. The Philippines has no plan to open ports.
2. Preparedness: As voyaging sailors, we never know when we might stay in some remote destination longer than expected, or encounter bad weather that delays our departure or return, so we prepare for the long haul. We keep cash dollars on hand for the day the ATMs are offline. We stock the boat with food and necessities to last for months. We don’t hoard, but we provision thoughtfully and then prepare food with care so that we don’t run out of essentials.
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TRANSPAC RACE PREP
How a group of determined mostly military veterans built a race team
NOAA upgrades its global weather model
More data and a better global weather model should make for improved weather distributed to users, like this temperature gradient map.
From North Sea fishing to Sea of Cortez voyaging
The former Dutch fishing vessel turned power voyaging yacht Varnebank in Mexican waters.
IN 2019, MY HUSBAND, DOUG PASNIK, AND I RACED OUR first Transpac together with a team of 10 on our Andrews 70, Trader, comprised primarily of military veterans (see story on page 22). This year we are doing the race again and inviting four mentees from The Magenta Project to race with us.
Doing it all with one screen
The steering station on this Gunboat cat is equipped with large-screen B&G Zeus MFDs.
Don't scrimp when it comes to the crimp
Solid crimp connections make your power voyager’s electrical system more reliable.
Maritime Publishing acquires Ocean Navigator
Magia en las alturas
Hospedarse en un nido nunca fue tan especial.
FARMERS' DAUGHTER DEVELOPS A FARM RESORT THAT EARNS PROFIT AND PRESERVES THE ENVIRONMENT
PEOPLE sometimes have the false notion that farmers would not wish for their children to follow in their footsteps, or that the youth have no interest in farming like their ancestors.
Retail stores raided for selling illicit cigarettes
Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 and the Naval Forces West (Navforwest) have swooped down on a coastal town in Palawan and raided several retail establishments for selling illicit cigarettes.
P1.2-B giant clams seized in Palawan
At least 200 tons of fossilized giant clams with an estimated market value of P1.2 billion were seized from four persons in Roxas, Palawan on Friday.
Endangered giant clam shells worth ₱57M confiscated in Palawan
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Authorities seized around five tons of giant clam shells during the Counteraction Operation (CAO) on Tuesday, April 13 in Puron Borbon, Barangay Panacan, Narra town.
Where the Heart Is
Explorer and businesswoman, Paloma Urquijo Zobel, has found an exciting treasure trove of undiscovered heritage that she hopes to bring forth into the mainstream
Palawan gov't eyes island brgy as tourist destination
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — The town of Dumaran, located in the northern part of Palawan, is being eyed as a prime tourist destination after the provincial government announced plans to develop a 1.5-hectare salt farm in the island barangay of Bohol.
11 new plant species recognized in PH in 2020
The Philippines has long been known as a center of biodiversity. Eleven new plant discoveries in the country were published in international scientific journals in 2020, adding to the extensive list of flora endemic to its shores.
Nostalgic and sustainable, local brand AraPilak revives the Filipino katsa
Provincial board slaps 20-month suspension on Palawan town mayor
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Palawan Provincial Board imposed an additional 20-month suspension on Narra town, Mayor Grandy Danao, due to administrative cases filed by his own Sangguniang Bayan members.