Gear We Use
Beginning a new life in a new country, in a totally different lifestyle to the one we had before, has meant we've had to buy lots of new gear. Partly because it is a new lifestyle, but also because we were limited with weight allowances on the planes from Australia to Spain, so we had to drastically downsize.
We have outlayed on many purchases - from yacht parts (and the yacht herself!), to sailing books, to kitting the boat out so we can live aboard in our new home, to new scuba gear, and even art and jewellery materials for Aannsha's work. We're also committed to bringing you fabulous photos and videos of our new life, so you can feel as if you're on the adventure with us and that has also seen us purchasing lots of filming equipment, laptops, and editing equipment.
All of this has meant that we have researched the equipment we use, and have chosen what we consider the best for our situation. Every item and service we recommend on this website is gear that we use personally. We don't receive sponsorship for anything so you can be sure that what we list is stuff we think is worth letting you know about.
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The Solar Green hot water system works in conjunction with solar panels and has a 12 volt element that replaces the original 220 volt element in your water boiler. It works best when your solar panels create more power than you need to charge your batteries. Once your solar panels have charged your batteries, then the Solar Green system kicks in and shunts the extra power into heating your water.
More specifically, the Solar Green system connects to one of your house batteries and the smart controller identifies (1) if your batteries are charged to over 80% and (2) if the water temperature in your water heater is less than 50 degrees C. Once these two conditions are met, the smart controller switches the power being generated by your solar panels to the heating element and heats your water – keeping it between 43C and 50C. So simple and yet such a fantastic solution!
Video & Audio Equipment
This is the laptop Barry uses for writing his blogs, editing photos and videos and generally staying in touch with the world. The main reason for choosing this model was that it has the Intel 7th Generation i7-7500U 2.70GHz Processor which is needed for video editing and rendering.
Barry's laptop was slightly customised by installing a Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD to be the C: drive
The factory fitted 2.5" 250GB SSD was replaced with a WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 2.5 Inch laptop Hard Drive for local storage of video footage while editing.
Underwater footage is filmed using the GoPro Hero 4 Silver
Additional underwater footage is filmed using the Sony action cam HDR AS300R. The main reasons for choosing this were the built in optical image stabilisation, the decent low light capability and the option to film video at 120fps which is great for slow motion. It also has an external mic input.
Still photos and videos are shot using the Canon EOS M3 with either the EF-S 18 – 55mm IS STM lens or the
EF-M 55 – 200mm IS STM lens. This camera also has an external mic input, a 180 tilt screen, touch screen
navigation and 1080p video @ 30fps.
The external mic attached to the Canon EOS M3 is the TAKSTAR SGC-598 shotgun mic.
To be able to use a shotgun mic on the Canon M3 camera while tilting the viewing screen fully forward this handy Vello CB-600 Straight Flash Bracket was added into the mix.
Keeping our sound quality up to scratch we use the BOYA WM8 dual UHF wireless lavalier microphone system.
Getting our cameras to attach to almost anything is done with the JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom. flexible tripod with ballhead bundle for DSLR.
We also use the Micover Stickover-Mini Universal Windscreens for DSLRs and small video cameras to reduce wind noise.
Books We Read
We have done a lot of research on our search for the ideal yacht, and how to service our boat so it runs sweetly and stays in tip top condition. And since we changed our lifestyle we've had more leisure time and have actually read books for pleasure! Aannsha has also written a contemporary romance novel - and we will be adding our own 'How To' manuals along the way.
This page showcases all of these in case you'd like to read them for yourself. Every book we recommend on this website is either something that we've found extremely useful for living on a yacht, that we've read in our leisure time, or that we've written ourselves. We will be adding to this list over time.
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Yacht maintenance & sailing
"If it’s on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it’s covered in Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this indispensable resource aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice..."
The most comprehensive and helpful guide for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat. Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising.
‘Anchoring seems to be commonly over-looked in preparation by many, yet it's something you do all the time and getting it wrong can be embarrassing, expensive and even dangerous.'
Books we've written
"Why would you secretly vow to maintain an emotional and physical distance from the one man who feels so passionately right for you?
Why would this man blackmail you?
And why would you marry him when he doesn’t even appear to love you back?
Laurel Chesters is a 26 year old naturopath who's bought a 20 acre property on the Gold Coast Hinterland in Australia to run a healing centre.
Jason Anderson, is building his dream: a hi-tech, eco-friendly retreat. He'll live here with his daughter, who’s currently with his ex-wife, Veronica, until the first cabin’s built.
However, they both have a problem: Laurel’s property is accessed only via Jason’s land, and his contract clearly shows she has no access. And he is adamant he doesn’t want Laurel or her clients’ cars crossing his land. They are clearly attracted to each other. But with access issues, a jealous daughter and ex-wife to contend with, how will they solve their problems?"