Rather than starting a new thread on this topic I found a slightly older one via google search (site:sailnet.com "favorite blogs") that I thought I would kick off again.
Anyway, I have been spending more time with blogs lately and have really enjoyed them. Sailnet is great and the knowledge that you generous folks have sent my way is invaluable. But as my wife and I are getting more focused on the "cast off our lines" event planning we find that blogs have been also very informative. Blogs are great for capturing the emotions of cruising and the day to day decision making process.
Here is our list and why
- This is our favorite blog hands down. Banyan is taking the exact route will we be doing. The writing and pictures are outstanding. A very good sense of humor, rates high in my book. The crew of Banyan have really opened up their personalities for the world to view.
Commuter Cruiser ? The Information-Packed Resource for Part Time Commuter Cruisers!
- This blog is very pertinent for us as we will also be commuter cruisers, cruising six months a year. While they have mostly done the western Caribbean we will be in the eastern Caribbean but it is still highly relevant for us. I really like how they organized their blog with categories of information. A very good resource. Really good information on costs of cruising for commuter cruisers.
Zero To Cruising | Fun-loving couple sailing the Caribbean on their catamaran
- I think this one is on everyone's list. Extremely well done and well organized. I like the FAQ section. Fun to read.
The Sailing Podcast
- Not a true blog but David has over 30 podcasts of interviews with cruisers. We downloaded them all from Itunes and play them while hanging out on the boat. Most of these interviews that he does are over 60 minutes long and incredibly informative. Each podcast has a theme that he does a deep dive on with the interviewee.
- This is an interesting blog of a couple doing an around the world cruise. Their approach is a bit high end ($$) but by far the most detailed of their travels. The details of their six year cruising costs is amazing. All sorts of detailed information across many topics. Anyone with a hint of OCD would get a thrill out of this blog
- This one is from a couple from Ireland. I met them long ago in NI and have always followed their adventures. They do their cruising on a budget and are creative on how they get by. By far the best pictures and narrative of cruising adventures that I have seen. They don't blog that much but each entry is a novel and a great read. Usually a blog entry consists of narrative, photo album, video's and a google track. They cruise for 9-12 months then go back to Ireland to work for a while to refresh their cruising kitty.