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Patience is a virtue on a Sail Boat with Solar Electric Engine

We’ve learnt to be patient now we have a solar electric engine onboard OCEAN STRIDER: 1,500 miles of sailing, Maryport to the Algarve. Passage plans as we travel onboard OCEAN STRIDER are evolving to suit “sailing” long distances with a solar electric engine. Our journeys are much longer than they were and usually to newContinue reading “Patience is a virtue on a Sail Boat with Solar Electric Engine”

PORTIMAO Elite Police Beach Obstacle Course

Beach Obstacle Course A damp and windy Sunday is not what most are looking for on the Algave.  But on Praia da Roche Beach, in Portamao, Portugal,  it is perfect if you are about to run the length of the beach, approx 3.5 times, whilst throwing yourself over, under and across some challenging obstacles alongContinue reading “PORTIMAO Elite Police Beach Obstacle Course”

We’ve made improvements to our website OCEAN STRIDER

We’ve spent some time re-organising our blog site @ oceanstrider.co.uk. All about our adventures onboard OCEAN STRIDER. A COBRA 1050 10.4 meter live aboard sailing yacht with a Lynch electric propulsion engine. Our aim is to make this blog site easy to navigate and as informative as posible. Now and in the future we willContinue reading “We’ve made improvements to our website OCEAN STRIDER”

Long Distance Sailing with an Electric Engine.

Extended Cruising, using an Electric Powered Sail Boat. Long term test about Ocean sailing onboard an eco friendly yacht. It’s over a year since I fitted the electric drive to OCEAN STRIDER. Practical information regarding its use, is almost impossible to find. Manufacturers just don’t have the time to do what we are doing. IContinue reading “Long Distance Sailing with an Electric Engine.”

How to D.I.Y. like a professional. Its about the mindset. Read on!!

You can do it properly. Learn fast, take advantage of every experience! That’s a very broad statement. One which, if you get time to think about it, should make every task easier and better in the end. I’m sure we all remember parts of our younger days, or maybe you are young. “This is toContinue reading “How to D.I.Y. like a professional. Its about the mindset. Read on!!”

Buying a shell and fitting it out.

Buying a boat shell, and fitting it out yourself? Work out your budget, find a handy location or mooring . Ask the builder for the internal dimensions of the cabin sole/floor. I like to get the dimensions for the floor and height of the gunwales. Your floor size is X and your gunwale height isContinue reading “Buying a shell and fitting it out.”

My Boat Building Experience

This is a brief summary of how to plan & work on narrowboats, wide beams and other boats. I have more than 30 years, living on and building narrowboats and over 10 years, building wide beams. I hope the following can reduce your learning curve, help save you a lot of time & money andContinue reading “My Boat Building Experience”

Sailing. Life the Universe and everything.

Here we go, my first blog. I’m Les. I love boats, motorbikes, living life to the max & my wife. I’m very concerned about the environment and want to do as much as I can to take care of it, whilst I live my dreams. That’s why we have an electric drive on a sailContinue reading “Sailing. Life the Universe and everything.”