New bed for the master (or mistress, I mean lady of the house!)

When we bought Mariadz, she had a mattress in the aft stateroom that was good quality but had seen better days. It did not fit the platform well and the two halves of the mattress separated during the night leaving a moat to catch the unwary “traveller” in the morning.  Clearly, this was more of a […]
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Skiing in Austria – the trip down

Some people laugh at the fact that we take our cats skiing.  But the cats love it! They chill on the motor home while we are out and then go out for a walk in the snow for a while when we return.  The small space in the van means they are always close and […]
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Rib cover and line covers

Having bought a very nice walker bay rib a few years ago, we had noticed that it was getting dirty and damaged by being exposed to the elements.  This will only get worse when we are full time sailing.  The solar panels provide some kind of shelter like a car-port but to protect it properly […]
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Our very own “Anne Plummer”

Mariadz is quite a large yacht and the saloon is a very comfortable area to sit.  We have always been keen to modify her to make this area more comfortable or nicer to look at.  I think you could argue that the saloon table itself is a work of art, but with a large area […]
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More essential winter maintenance

So it’s the time of year when we hunker down for the winter and I am keen to make sure that we have a stress free winter so there are some more essential preventative maintenance jobs that need to be addressed. First is the grey water box, of which we have two on Mariadz. These combine the […]
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Happy Christmas , everyone

  Maria has traditionally been a bit of a Bah humbug over Christmas. She is very generous around presents and giving but on the day just can’t be bothered. For the last few years, with us going away skiing at Christmas, Maria has even refused to have any decorations out. This year is a little […]
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End of season cockpit enclosure maintenance

When our first boat chose us we didn’t need much of an excuse to go out sailing and sailed throughout the winter. We would be in our wet weather gear with wind and rain lashing down and still having fun. As it dawned on us that we could sail whenever we want and no-one was […]
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Is it a plastic boat or a stainless steel boat?

This summer has been a summer of metal fabrications for Mariadz with mast pushpits, solar panels and extensions to the pushpit.  All of this work has been done by East Coast Stainless Ltd who have been excellent throughout, adding input into the design process and then building the quality stainless work. There were a few minor […]
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Living on board – second year report

This feels a little like a school report. Hopefully it won’t say “must try harder” or “Adam would do much better at school if he spent less time looking out of the window watching the boys play football.” We have now lived on board for two years and have experienced a wide variety of conditions. […]
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Minor improvements and maintenance that make a difference to living aboard

It’s been a little bit quiet on Mariadz over the last few weeks with a number of the big jobs having been completed during the summer and a few last pieces of stainless steel being finalised. I thought it may be worth highlighting some of the minor changes that we have made on Mariadz to […]
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