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Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to being liveaboard sailing cruisers. Join us as we talk about what we‘re learning as we sell our stuff, quit our corporate jobs, say goodbye to our family and sail away on a catamaran.

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This is an update on our previous podcast about visas, Schengen time and residency when it comes to traveling and sailing in Europe and the Mediterranean. You would think the rules would be straight forward, but really it's shades of grey. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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Warning: this episode gets a little geeky on electronics systems for sailing but wanted to share what we are learning about B&G and essentials for a new sailing catamaran. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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Nikki Henderson, sailing instructor, team leader and Clipper Race skipper, shares advice for couples about how to work better as a team and set a positive culture on the boat. I was able to spend time with Nikki during Outremer Week in her classes and during the regatta days and her advice was remarkable!!! Thank you Nikki for sharing your experience and being a great source of inspiration.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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What learning and training is needed to safely sail and live on a sailboat and what do you need to know to diagnose problems and manage risk on the water? This week we summarize our 9 days of classroom and on the water training including diesel, electricity, weather, maneuvers and sail changes, celestial navigation, survival and safety - and a regatta during Outremer Week.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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Deciding on a sailing and rigging plan is one of the most critical and expensive decisions to make on a catamaran. We will share the different options and why making this choice can be so difficult. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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We are getting schooled on what it takes to sail a performance catamaran. Hear all about what we are learning and the training programs we are taking advantage of as we make the shift to sailing a lighter boat and deciding on our new sail plan. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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April 24, 2022

Multihull Redux - S5E03

We get started with the team that will help us through the new production process and visit the International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte to meet our points of contact for electronics, sail plan and other major aspects of our new configuration. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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The boat switcharoo from a comfort to performance boat, how did we get here? It's not because we want a racing boat, it's for other reasons that we dive into further. Today, we do a summary of our revised sailing philosophy as we approach the build out of our new boat for around the world sailing - and it's not really about performance as it's currently defined. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes, celebrate victories and transition to the sailing life to explore the world.  

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April 9, 2022

Nomad Living - S5E01

We're back to kick off Season 5 living out of suitcases and without a boat at the moment! Lots to cover about our life on the road the last couple months and we are so excited to gear up to tackle the boat building process once again!

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to becoming sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we make mistakes and celebrate victories while we sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy and commission boat(s) and explore the world.  

 

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TONS! That's how much we have to update you on in our Season Four Finale. And...we have a major update on our boat situation as we get ready to roll into Season Five.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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If you live in the US, this episode will blow your mind. We share our experience getting medical checkup and dental work done while sailing in Turkey and the out of pocket costs walking in off the street as a liveaboard. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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Ever wonder what it's like to sail as a family? Today I sit down with Anwar, Sarah, Omar (11) and Tamara (15) to talk about their liveaboard cruising experience.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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We decided to list our catamaran while here in Turkey so we talk about the process of choosing a broker and other considerations on selling it now versus waiting. We also reveal a little more about our new boat!

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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November 3, 2021

Our First Haulout - S4E21

What a nail-biter it is to see your sailboat lifted high in the air in tiny straps, at least it seems that way. We share what that was like as we continue the wintering process and who got to do it. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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October 16, 2021

Wintering Round Two - S4E20

It's time to tuck AWEN in for the winter and make sure she's got everything she needs to cuddle up safe on the hard in Turkey. You can check out our blog for the full checklist if you are interested as we do our first haulout and winter on the hard versus in the water. Send us a note if we forgot anything.

Link to full checklist can be found here: Sailboat Wintering Checklist - On the Hard

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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October 15, 2021

We Did What?!? - S4E19

We have some crazy news we are trying to fully understand ourselves. Rather than wait for months to share with you when we have all the details figured out, we decided we should just go with it and tell you guys and hope you don't think we have gone totally bonkers. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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We cheated on our boat! In Part 1, we talked about the tradeoffs between a family cruising boat like ours, and a performance cruising boat, like an Outremer. We wanted to see the exact differences for ourselves so we took a trip to their factory in La Grande Motte and gave it a go. In this episode we share what we learned sailing an Outremer 51 in different wind conditions and our thoughts on the factory tour. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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We hit the road to visit Antalya, Istanbul and a mystery destination we will reveal in this episode! We also give you an update on getting our Turkish residency and why we did it while sailing the Med. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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A discussion about coming to terms with the trade-offs you're willing to make between comfort and performance. It's a process to come to terms to where you stand on the spectrum as a couple. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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What decisions on boat options do we regret and which ones are we still happy about making when commissioning our new sailboat? After sailing two seasons, we cover energy, electronics, anchoring, rigging and comfort and reveal some things we would do differently and unexpected items we just couldn't live without. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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August 20, 2021

Meltemi - S4E14

We feature a special guest on our podcast to introduce you to as we sail further east to the Northern Aegean to escape the relentless wind gusts in the Cyclades Islands and head towards Turkey.    

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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August 14, 2021

Nitty Gritty Living - S4E13

Listeners asked for more nitty gritty detail about living on a sailboat, how we explore places, our food experience, how we operate off the grid so we tried to answer many of those questions today. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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'Wow,' is all we can say about sailing in Milos, our first landing on the Cyclades. Join us as we share more about getting to this area around the Peloponnese with the closure of the Corinth Canal and the incredible anchorages this island has to offer. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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Join us as we share our adventure sailing through the Ionian leading up to making the turn around the Peloponnese on our way to the Cyclades Islands. We'll share hidden gems and epic visits to the top beaches in the enchanting islands of Greece. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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July 9, 2021

Buddy Boating - S4E10

We have been buddy-boating with Vu & Bella over the last four weeks so we sit down together and talk about what makes buddy-boating work and possible pitfalls of trying to cruise with friends as a pair of sailboats. (This episode was recorded in our cockpit with lots of cicadas close by on shore so you get the full experience of their background singing.)

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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Stunning blue water in Greece and an amazing overnight road trip to the enchanting cliff monasteries of Meteora! This week, we talk about exploring this amazing country by sailboat and by foot.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

 

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June 20, 2021

Anchoring Madness - S4E8

Who knew that keeping a sailboat parked would take up so much space in our heads! What we’ve learned and observed so far about anchoring, med mooring and general practices in crowded anchorages.

 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com.

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June 13, 2021

Croatia is a Wrap - S4E7

This week we share overall impressions of our sailing experience in Croatia (based on the areas we were able to get to) and other high points before making our move to Corfu. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com

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June 4, 2021

Going Slow - S4E6

The concept of time in this sailing lifestyle is completely different than it is on land, which is why we do it right? But wow, what a transition it is understanding how to take time as it comes and learning to slow down, versus what we are used to doing on land, which is finding ways to better manage our time to be more productive. 

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com

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Big update on sailing in Croatia, learning the ropes literally and figuratively, and unexpected surprises along the way as we get our groove this sailing season in the Mediterranean.

Welcome to Covert Castaway, our fully uncut experience making the transition to be sailing liveaboard cruisers. Join us as we share what we are learning as we make the lifestyle change to sell our stuff, quit our jobs, buy a boat and explore the world. Join the conversation on our Sailing AWEN facebook page or drop us a note at sailingawen@gmail.com

 

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