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Keeping fit while on a ship

Health and Fitness 1st February 2018

Keeping fit while on a ship

Staying fit or maintaining fitness on a boat can be difficult but it’s not impossible. There is a lack of space unless you are on a large ship that has a weights room onboard.

Even on a small boat, it is possible to get an effective workout done. Many people do
boxercise, callisthenics Pilates or yoga onboard.

This can be done with minimal equipment.

Recommended equipment for keeping fit on a boat

  • TRX
  • Resistance bands
  • Yoga Mat
  • Boxing gloves
  • Focus mitts
  • Hand weights
  • A skipping rope

With these pieces of equipment, you will able to make a variety of total body workouts. They
offer diversity to keep workouts fun and are small, lightweight and portable. Another benefit is that they are also affordable as they are not expensive to buy.


With some focus pads and boxing gloves, you and a partner can have a great cardiovascular and muscular endurance total body workout. It is a great way to burn calories and stay in shape. If you are alone you could hand a small bag up and do a bag routine.

If space is limited why not shadow box. This can be made harder by having some weights in your hands. A skipping rope is a fantastic piece of equipment that can be used for cardio and coordination. Research has shown that skipping is a more effective form of cardio than running.

The ship is your gym

For an even more minimal workout, you can use the boat as your gym. Doing some cardio by walking around the ship or jumping outside of the ship into the ocean and doing a water aerobics workout. Although this could depend on the water quality and boat

Climbing up a few ladders or pull-ups to work the back muscles and the arms and some triceps dips on some bars or side benches, of course, it depends on the space available.

Bodyweight training benefits

Bodyweight training can be more effective training method than using machines. Another benefit is that this training is accessible no matter where you are at any time as it requires no gym membership or equipment.

Bodyweight training can be done in a circuit training format for optimal results. The intensity of
the workout can be adjusted to your fitness levels and goals.

Some tips

Try to stretch as much as possible while on board to keep your joints and muscles supple this
can help you to avoid any strain or injury.

Staying hydrated is very important for your body. Try not to become dependent on caffeine to
stay awake as this diuretic it will actually dehydrate you.

It is hard to get started and stay motivated. Therefore it is recommended to have a routine that is easy to stick to and not very time-consuming. Read yoga and fitness magazines, YouTube videos and utilize smartphone application for ideas and motivation. It will require some creative innovation to keep fit while on a boat.

Best Waterproof Laptop Bag 2018

Marine Equipment, Reviews 24th January 2018

Best waterproof laptop bags 2018

For most people, one of the top reasons that sailing is enjoyable is that it can be the perfect opportunity to switch off from using the computer and checking emails. Even with the best intention to break away from opening up your laptop screen, sometimes you just have to check in with work, review a report, send that important email or maybe even type a few more paragraphs for the blog post that you’ve been meaning to put up for a while.

The salty sea and air aren’t too kind to most electronics unless they are designed specifically for marine use and the likely scenario is that your laptop is not going to last long in the elements or worst case scenario, falls in the water.

If you must bring your trusty portable computer and accessories with you then we recommend you invest in a protective waterproof laptop bag for that extra piece of mind and to save you splashing out on a replacement laptop when you reach dry land!

We have reviewed the best waterproof laptop bags available in 2018 to help you make the right decision.

What to consider

There is a wide range of options on the market to choose from, which begs the questions, what is the most important consideration when it comes down to the final pick of the bunch? With varying shapes, sizes and specifications, most of the options have similarities but it could be a subtle difference or a bonus feature that could sway you either way. We recommend making a note in your mind of the most crucial things that you really need and why.

Editors choice

After a thorough inspection of the positives and negatives for each of the products that were reviewed and comparing the pros and cons for each, the top choice for the best waterproof laptop bag by far was the YAAGLE Military Tactical 50L/60L Waterproof Laptop Bag

This bag has been designed for 15.6/17-inch laptops and doubles up as a backpack and duffel bag giving you more options for comfort when using for travel outdoors, which makes it the number one contender when using for sports like sailing, hiking, cycling, climbing, biking and camping to keep your equipment safe and dry.

Second place goes to

Special mention

Here’s how they stack up

  1. Banuce 15.6 Laptop Briefcase for Men Waterproof Fabric PU Leather Messenger Bag

    Waterproof oxford fabric with PU leather
    Top zip clousre, Top handle with 4.5 inch drop
    Detachable and adjustable shoulder strap with pad
    Exterior front with 2 pockets. Interior Padded laptop sleeve fits up to 15.6 inch laptop, Main section fits up to 16 inch laptop.
    Dimension: 16L *5.25D *12.75H inch.

    Best feature

    Worst feature

    In summary

    Third party reviews

  2. YAAGLE Mens Womens Military Combat Tactical 50L/60LWaterproof 900D Oxford Sports Biking Hiking Cycling Climbing Camping Rucksack Outdoor Backpack Travel Duffle Bag 15.6/17-inch Laptop Pack

    Best feature

    Worst feature

    In summary

    Third party reviews

  3. OneOdio 15.4 Business Laptop Briefcase, Waterproof Tweed & Microfiber Leather Messenger Bag with Handle and Detachable Shoulder Strap (15.4 inch, grey)

    Best feature

    Worst feature

    In summary

    Third party reviews

  4. YANGYANJING Waterproof Canvas Vintage Cotton Genuine Leather Casual Leisure School Outdoor Travel Satchel Laptop Messenger Shoulder Bag (Khaki-1)

    Best feature

    Worst feature

    In summary

    Third party reviews

  5. Waterproof Canvas Messenger Bag,Aizbo Men’s Crossbody Shoulder Satchel Bag Laptop Bag for 15 Inches, Large Size (Army Green)

    Best feature

    Worst feature

    In summary

    Third party reviews

  6. Gusti Leder studio “Pharell” Genuine Leather Briefcase Business Office 13″ Laptop Document Teacher College Messenger Waterproofed Lined Bag Unisex Brown 2B13-20-1wp

    Beautiful Briefcase Style Business Bag in a Classic Design


    Two main internal pockets
    Additional zip pockets both inside and on the rear of the bag
    Adjustable shoulder strap (approx. 43.3 x 1.6 in (110 x 4cm))
    Produced using genuine leather from traditional tanneries
    Lined with waterproof material
    Chemically dyed using Chrome salt
    Care Tip: use a leather Impregnation spray
    Due to the nature of the material and the way in which it was produced, this bag features a distinctive leather smell which reduces with regular use. Each bag has its own unique and distinct leather wash. This simply enhances the unique appearance of your bag and adds extra character.
    Dimensions: (WxHxD) 14 x 10.6 x 3.7 in (36 x 27 x 9.5 cm)
    Material: Leather, Cowhide
    Colour: Natural Brown

    Best feature

    Lined with waterproof material

    Worst feature

    Leather can be more pricey and requires regular aftercare

    In summary

    Third party reviews

    Other people said this product was good and useful for everyday use. Preferred over using a briefcase.

Which one is right for you?

When choosing the right product for you, it’s important to decide where you are most likely to use it and what scenario you will be using it for.Will you be spending a long time on board a tall ship or cruise where you might have the luxury of a spacious cabin or locker, will you be spending most days on and offshore via dinghy or maybe you are planning some adventurous kayaking trips and you have limited space to bring your equipment with you.

These factors will make a difference when it comes to buying a new bag.

If being waterproof isn’t a huge concern you can always check out these laptop bags reviewed by Spire.

How to avoid back pain when Boating or Sailing

Health and Fitness 14th September 2017

Boating and Sailing are both equally rewarding and demanding sports, requiring a lot of experience, expertise, and knowledge of the ocean. What can often be unspoken about or not taken too seriously is injuries that can occur while doing either activity, like back pain. There are a couple of easy habits to get into to avoid a build up of back pain that could leave you uncomfortable for weeks, months or even years. When taking part in such grueling sports, it’s wise to remember some simple ways to prevent chronic injuries such as back pain.

The first natural habit to take on if you’re going to be involved in either boating or sailing regularly is doing some consistent core exercises. Your core strength is inherent to the state of your back. Your spine and back are only as sturdy as their foundations, found in the center of your abdomen. By maintaining a healthy regime either before or after you go out on the boat of working out your core muscles and keeping them nice and tight, you will lower your risk of suffering from chronic back pain. You will also have the strength to move around the boat much more limberly with added flexibility as the muscles in your stomach can take the brunt of the pressure you apply when pulling at the sails or rigging the mast.

The second simple way to avoid back pain when you’re boating or sailing is making sure you maintain excellent posture. If you’re somebody that goes out on the vessel to escape the office, then you might be someone who also struggles to sit upright at their desk. The spine is designed to sit right in the middle of your pelvis and stand up straight, and office jobs can often make this hard to achieve. You use your back a lot when boating or sailing, and it is under immense pressure. If you don’t have good posture and your spine isn’t straight, the pressure will be more likely to damage it and weaken it over time until you’ve developed chronic pain in your spine. By simply forgetting to maintain a safe, healthy posture, it can be surprisingly easy for sailors to put too much pressure on their lumbar spine and develop consistent pain as a result.

Being the proud owner of a boat comes with its mantle, and often the rules are too technical for the layman in us. It takes commitment and practice to learn how to boat or sail correctly, and a deep-set respect of the ocean around you to anticipate how unpredictable it can be at times.

Instilling healthy habits like core exercises, correct posture, and educating yourself through books can also help you prevent the unpredictable, like developing chronic back pain as a result of too much time out at sea. Keep up with these simple tricks, and you’ll be smooth sailing in no time.

Grow your Instagram while at sea with no signal

Marine Software 1st September 2017

There are a growing number of people choosing to live on a boat. This is mainly because it can be a
cheaper cost of living with no rent to pay. For others, it is about the adventure and the freedom to
travel the world. Even though it is a lower cost of living one will still need money for food and boat
maintenance among other things. You do not need to be rich or retired to live on a boat.

How to support yourself living on a boat

Many people have online businesses to support themselves and are working and making money,
from the boat, while they travel.
The benefit of having an online business is that you can enjoy being free with the ability to earn
an income traveling to any location in the world.

Instagram can be used to promote your business

Instagram is used by many businesses to launch marketing campaigns in order to promote
their business or brand. They see this social media platform as a great opportunity due to the
fact there is a highly active user base that can be targeted to build a viable audience. With a
planned marketing strategy, your business can be successful in gaining exposure for its brand.

Traveling on the open sea does have some limitations. It could mean you may not have access
to the internet for large parts of the day or days on end depending on where you are traveling

How can you grow your Instagram account on a boat with no signal?

This leads to the commonly asked question of how to grow your Instagram account while
traveling on a boat.

According to Income Artist, this can be done with the help of an automated service such as an Instagram Bot. The Bots are
a popular choice as people look for a time efficient and effective solution to automate their
social media account. Unlike buying followers the Bot will allow you to be able to gain followers that are real people.

This is done by automating your posts, likes and comments on other accounts. The good thing is that the Bot will not target random accounts, it will use hashtags to find accounts that are relevant to yours. It is a much more time efficient approach than doing these things manually.

A Bot can is an ideal choice to grow your Instagram account while at sea with no signal as it can manage and schedule posts on these multiple accounts.

IT support for keeping your IT running while you’re sailing 

Marine Software 1st June 2017

Your online IT business relies solely on technology. As you are location independent and working
from anywhere while sailing you may not have access to the internet for large parts of the day. If a
problem was to occur with your website it could have a negative result on your business as it could
be a long time before you are aware of the issue and able to resolve it.

A solution to this problem

The most effective solution to avoid having this problem is to outsource your IT support to keep
your IT running while you are sailing. Doing this can have a number of positive effects on your
online business.

A more time efficient approach

Your time is precious and should be spent concentrating on your core business activities by
freeing up the time it will allow you to focus on growing your business. Therefore by
outsourcing your IT support, it will allow you to focus on your business or even things outside of
your business when you are sailing. As opposed to doing your IT support yourself which will be
more time-consuming.

Constant support means less downtime

Another benefit of outsourcing your IT support when you are sailing is that it is important for
your technology to run 24/7 because it is the core of your business. Therefore it’s important to
be prepared to respond if any IT queries or problems that may occur.
This is why it is good to have an IT support team with available resources, as it will help to solve
problems quickly and therefore reduce your online business downtime. This downtime may
have a direct impact on revenue loss.

Shared risk factor

One benefit of outsourcing your IT support to a third party is that you are offloading some of
the risk and responsibility. Therefore with less stress, you will become more dynamic and
focused on producing results.
Running your own online business can be difficult and of course, time-consuming. It can be
more difficult to do this while sailing on a boat. That is why it is a good approach to seek help
from third-party experts who can assist you and help to keep your business running efficiently
while you are sailing by offering remote support.

Boat furniture keeping it clean and using fabric spray to change colors

Boat Furniture 1st November 2016

Sailing on a boat you can be exposed to UV rays from the sun which can damage your skin, but
your skin is not all that needs protection from the sun.

Your boat can become damaged from sun exposure. It is important to protect vinyl boat seats from the effects of sun, weather and time so it does not become worn and can maintain its value.

Vinyl is a durable material that is waterproof and commonly used to produce boat seat.
However, this synthetic material is susceptible to damage when exposed to too much sunlight
over long periods of time which can cause them to dry out and fade. Cleaning and caring for
your vinyl boat seats can help protect them from the suns UV rays and thus prolong their life.

Clean your boat upholstery

Cleaning your boat upholstery from dirt and debris allows protectants to become properly
absorbed by the boat.
Applying a wax and buffing it may be time-consuming and labour-intensive but it provides good
results to protect your boat.

Use seat covers

When you are not sailing keep your boat seats covered when they are not being used. This will
help prolong them from becoming faded as they are being protected from the sun.
If your boat seats do become damaged by things such as wear and tear or sun damage. It may
seem like a good idea to get rid of these aesthetically unappealing seats. However, this could be
an expensive option. There is another choice to up-scale these worn seats and make them look
as good as new or even better.

Have your seats reupholstered

Hiring someone to reupholster the seats is an effective way to have them looking good again.
However, the cost of materials and labour may workout to costing more than buying new seats.
Thus it is not a cost-effective option.
A more cost-effective option would be to reupholster the seats yourself. Upholstery is a skilled
trade and may result in being a very time-consuming process for someone who is not skilled in
this craft.

The recommended choice

The best choice is to use fabric spray paint (from fabricspray.co.uk) on your boat seats to give them new life. This is a
low investment and is the most effective and time-efficient choice. It can be applied quickly to
the seats and dries fast.

Engraving your boat equipment

Marine Equipment, Marine Safety 1st August 2016

Losing valuables overboard on a ship is generally low risk. However, did you know that boats
have a potential high risk for theft?

Boats on trailers and expensive equipment can be seen as easy crime targets by thieves. If you are not careful you could become a victim of marine theft. What can you do to make sure that
your boat stays in your possession?

  • Do not leave valuables around.
  • Engrave items
  • Lock it up
  • Insure items

Do not leave valuables around

It may be common sense however many people still do not follow this advice. Do not leave any
valuables on board. If expensive equipment is out of sight it cannot be stolen. Many marine
theft incidents occur because boat owners do not remove valuable equipment from it, which
makes it attractive to thieves. Remove all equipment from your boat and store it in a garage or
a secure area.

Use a laser engraver to mark items

Engraving and marking can help to prevent marine theft. This is because the engraved or
marked equipment is less likely to be stolen as it is hard to resell. Also if engraved items do become stolen these markings can help the merchandise be traced.

A handheld laser engraver (purchase from a reputable retailer) can be used to permanently mark or engrave hidden locations on
your boat, trailer, equipment, electronics and personal items which are regularly used on the
boat. Further reviews can be found on SelectedBest.

These items should be engraved with both your vessels hull identification number and your
driver’s license number. It is recommended to engrave them in areas where they are hidden.

Ensure that your boat is covered

Boat insurance for coverage against damage and theft. Remember to ensure personal property
on the boat. All serial numbers and markings on your equipment should be recorded on a boat
equipment identification list. This list should be kept in a safe location away from your boat.

Therefore in the event of theft, you will have detailed records to make an insurance claim and to help police track your items. It will help to keep photographs of the boat, engine and boating equipment too.

Lock it up in a secure location

Secure the boat by storing it and the trailer in a locked garage or secured boat storage facility.

Where it is kept safe and out of sight from potential thieves.
If you, unfortunately, become a victim of marine theft you should report your loss to the police, the coast guard, your insurance company and the marina. If the stolen equipment can be easily identified it could be recovered and the thieves can be prosecuted for stolen goods.

How much should I sell my boat for

Selling Advice and Tips 25th April 2016

Pricing your boat too low and you’re giving money away, too high and you can’t get rid of it.

Here’s some top tips for pricing your boat right;

  1. Check out your local newspaper classifieds for boats that are identical to yours for sale, but remember that those are simply asking prices.
  2. Find out from local dealers to see what similar models they have available.
  3. You’ll probably find many identical boats offered on the Internet and there are a number of sites, including boatsforsaluk.co.uk.
  4. If you’re a member of BoatUS, they’ll provide you with a free estimate of the value of your used boat based primarily on the purchase histories of similar vessels.
  5. You can ask your bank or insurance agent for a marine “blue book,”. There are several available each varies in pricing and methodology (NADA and ABOS are the most used)*
  6. When comparing boats remember that small variations in engines or equipment can make big differences in price. Be mindful for variations for salt or freshwater use and see if the listing includes extra equipment that can raise the value.
  7. When comparing boat prices be sure you use the right year for your boat, check the VIN number stamped in the hull. A boat sold late in 1993, for example, is probably a 1994 model even though it shows 1993 on your registration papers.

*When using any blue book, be sure you understand how to use it and be brutally honest about the condition of your boat. Take blue book values with a grain of salt and don’t base your selling price only on these guides. If possible, get a copy of the blue book page with your boat on it to show to prospective buyers.

8 boat selling tips for making a great first impression

Selling Advice and Tips 25th April 2016

  1. Check to make sure the engine runs smoothly and the battery isn’t dead.
  2. Try to convince the buyer to limit ride-along friends and family to as few as possible to show off the space better.
  3. Apply a fresh coat of paint to make the boat look sharper. Look out for areas where the paint may have worn-off
  4. To attain a smoother ride and faster top-end speed remove the canvas, empty stowage areas, stow excess gear ashore and keep light on the fuel and water.
  5. If your boat condition rates “average” or “good” focus solely on the more glaring blemishes. Compound-out rust stains bleeding from fittings, re-tape shredded boot stripe, de-grease the engine, clean the bilge, surreptitiously place air fresheners if the cabin is musty and if you have clear curtains, replace or remove any that are scratched or clouded by age.
  6. An extra furniture and surface polish and shine an hour before arrival can make a good first impression
  7. Have all the documents prepared all title, registration, extended warranty and, if available, service records on hand
  8. Know your bottom–line price well in advance of meeting the first buyer and be prepared for negotiation

Remember: Do not sign the boat over until you know you can spend the buyer’s money

Blogging from your boat

Marine Software 1st April 2016

With real estate and property prices constantly rising have you ever considered living on a

You can indeed live on a boat and save a lot of money on rent and have a lower cost of living as
the boat is already paid for.

Some boats can be small however living a minimal lifestyle can have a positive effect on your
health as the simple life is less stressful.

The typical concept of a job

Most people think of work as something that involves sitting in rush hour traffic to get to a
boring office where they sit in a cubicle all day. However, a growing number of people have
businesses online with no physical office. Having an online business is a lot cheaper option
because you have minimal overhead costs that other businesses have for example renting an
office and furniture it.

The modern concept of a job

For example, drop shipping, blogging or affiliate marketing are popular ones because they can
be set up with no startup costs. These jobs are great because they can be done freelancing and
allow you to work remotely.
If you could combine having an online business with living on a boat it could be a low-cost way
to live an exciting lifestyle as you can enjoy true freedom with the ability to earn an income
travelling anywhere in the world.

How to make money with a blog

Need help setting up a blog? Fred Harrington has detailed the steps. A blog is the best way to do start your business online because there are many options and lots of opportunities.

Blogs can make money from advertisements and affiliate links.

If your blog is popular you could receive discounts on products or even get free products for
putting an advertisement on your site or promoting it on social media.

It is possible to make money writing guest posts on other people’s blogs or you can get paid to post other people articles on your own.

When setting up your blog an important tip is to choose a niche market as this can help
separate yourself from other blogs. Therefore do not be broad.

When you select this niche to make sure there is an audience that will be interested in it that you can target.

In order to make your blog successful, it is important to be valuable. This is done by writing high-quality content that readers will find useful to them.

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