Anchoring & Mooring stern-to

The Mediterranean style of anchoring and mooring stern-to understandably presents the uninitiated with great dread. In fairness, it is not without its challenges. Even those experienced in the deft art of going astern to moor between two vessels do screw it up sometimes. Whilst pulling into an alongside berth shouldn’t generally attract too much attention, […]

Birth Of A 50ft Blue Water Yacht #19

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here and Sofia Marie the first Kraken 50 built in Turkey launches today. She’s magnificent and we are all very proud.


By Mawgan Grace Everything that has been achieved by man has been through effective leadership. From great historical battles to putting a man on the moon, sound leadership is a fundamental requirement for achieving goals.  So, what is leadership? In its simplest form leadership is about getting a team of people to work together effectively […]

Turning back the clock

…To find a Pre-Owned yacht capable of Taking you Round the World By Dick Beaumont and Dick Durham Ocean Sailor reader Mary Bonney told us she cannot afford a Kraken 50, other than in her dreams, and she asked us if there might be yachts suitable to sail across oceans on the used yacht market? […]

Birth Of A 50ft Blue Water Yacht #16

With the launch date approaching fast, the final systems are installed and the carpentry work moves forward quickly throughout the yacht. On deck, the stainless steel fittings are being polished ready to be installed and the cockpit takes shape as the bespoke helm console is fabricated. In the aft cabin, the bed frame and base […]

Birth Of A 50ft Blue Water Yacht #15

She’s really taking shape now! With just two months to go before launch, we’re all eagerly anticipating her completion. The onboard electric systems are being installed while the carpentry department finalises the saloon cabinetry and the deck gear begins to be fitted. The aft cabin cabinetry is now being unpacked and installed. The bedside tables […]

All Is Lost

Directed by J. C. Chandor Robert Redford is a single-handed yachtsman who wakes up to come on watch only to find water flooding into his boat. He is in the middle of the Indian Ocean and has hit a rogue container which has smashed its way into his hull, in every sailor’s nightmare (see this […]

Come Aboard

By Eric C Hiscock This iconic book has to be on every cruiser’s bookshelf. It covers every aspect of blue water cruising and the people Eric and Susan met during their voyages around the world. Whilst it was published more than 40 years ago, much of the subjects the book discusses are still very pertinent […]

Sailing the Andaman Sea

With over 1,400 islands, Thailand is a sailor’s paradise By Trystan Grace With the wintery weather taking a grip in the UK and Europe, we travel to Thailand this month and slip the lines in Phuket, writes Trystan Grace. This is a beautiful part of the world and a great playground for sailors from all […]

Birth Of A 50ft Blue Water Yacht #12

With only 12 weeks to go to launch Sofia Marie, the first K50v2 is shaping up fast. This month the deck is removed from the deck mould and work continues on the interior and cabinetry. The deck mould is moved into position and strops are connected to lifting points. The deck is lifted free of […]