It’s Good to Be Wealthy


It’s Good to Be WealthyNo one will tell you that money solves all of life’s problems (well, no one with half a brain, at least) but you can’t argue that it does have its advantages. Wealth can bring security to your life and give you the reassurance that you can afford the necessities and even afford to have some fun and follow your passions. Being wealthy is still a huge responsibility and if you don’t spend or invest your money well, it can end up adding more problems and stress into your life. Being responsible with your wealth, however, can make you feel happy and fulfilled at the deepest levels.

Follow Your Passion

Whether you want to start a business, travel the world, or do your part to solve world hunger; money is the access key to getting started. Being wealthy will insure that you have—or can get—the resources necessary to pursue your goals and make your dreams a reality.

Investing your wealth in what you are most passionate about is one of the best ways you can spend your money.  This is your wealth and, more importantly, your life. So don’t let anyone else tell you what you should do with it.

Of course, money isn’t the only factor. You also need your fair share of ambition and perseverance. But as a wealthy person, you can be confident that the only thing that can stop you from following your passions is you. So stop making excuses, get out there and follow your passion! Continue reading

Health Benefits of Extreme Sports


Benefits of Extreme SportsIf you have never tried extreme sports, you are really missing out. Just watching them can make them seem too intimidating to try—as if you have to have some serious courage even to try. But the fact is, most of the courage comes after you have started doing extreme sports. Living life on the edge teaches you that you are stronger than you think and that builds courage and self confidence.

What exactly counts as extreme sports, you might be asking. These are sports that include a certain element of danger. Of course, there is danger in any sport—you might throw out your back playing golf or sprain your ankle running—but extreme sports take it to the next level. Extreme sports are those sports that give you that adrenaline rush because doing them means risking death. Base jumping, surfing, moth sailing, skydiving are all included in the category along with a lot more. There are a million benefits of doing extreme sports. So here are just a few of them to get you motivated:

Self Confidence

Studies have shown that extreme sports can boost your mood and your confidence (yes, actual scientists have studied extreme sports. They were Australians, obviously). This is because extreme sports help you overcome your fears and show you that you are capable of doing way more than you ever dreamed of. It’s hard not to feel on top of the world when you have done something that scares the hell out of you and lived to see another day. You’ll be stronger, more confident, and ready to take on a new and even more challenging task. Continue reading

Motivate Yourself into the Healthy Lifestyle


Motivate Yourself into the Healthy LifestyleLiving a healthy lifestyle is not just about being responsible and trying to tack on a few extra years to the end of your life. All too often being healthy seems to mean sacrificing fun and pleasure along the way. And if that’s the case, why bother? A shorter but more fulfilling life seems far more desirable than a longer but miserable one.

But the fact of the matter is, those aren’t your only options. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be miserable and, in fact, it can actually make your life a lot more enjoyable. Here are some of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle:

Better Mood

Eating healthy and staying active can do wonders for your mood. At the biological level, both of these things release hormones that contribute to lowering stress and boosting happiness. At the mental level, it makes you feel more self-confident and motivated. All around, the way you live reflects on the way you feel. So if you are a lethargic couch potato, you are going to feel (and probably look) like a lethargic couch potato. If you are fit and active, you are going to feel like.

Having Fun

It’s not tough to see that active, healthy people have more fun. Not only does it get supremely boring sitting around the house all day when compared to going out and playing sports or exploring the wilderness; but they are physically capable of having more fun. They have more energy, strength, and stamina which is great for outdoors and in the bedroom! Continue reading

Moth Sailing: The Art of Gliding


Moth Sailing: The Art of GlidingMoth sailing is one of the greatest extreme sports out there. Being out there on the water, flying across and seemingly defying physics can add up to one of the most fulfilling pastimes you will ever try.

Moth sailing lets you experience a kind of beauty and philosophical understanding you can’t always put easily in words. Plus there are huge benefits to doing this sport and living an active lifestyle in general.

If you have been reading this and thinking, “Well, that’s all well and good but what exactly is moth sailing?” Then read on to figure out what exactly we are talking about here:

Moth Sailing: The Basics

Looking at the hydrofoil moth boat, your first impression will probably be some degree of bewilderment. No part of its design looks like it should work. But its design is uniquely structured for speed and dexterity. It can fly through water silently and quickly. It is wholly unlike any other kind of sailing.

Certain designs of moth can reach speeds above 30 knots (that’s nearly 60 kilometers per hour). All designs are built for racing but whether you compete or just do it on your own time, moth sailing is an amazing way to both relax and have fun.

The design of the boat makes it highly aerodynamic and much more streamlined. While it moves through the air and water much more easily because of this, it does make it a little more complex to maneuver at first so here are the basics of how to handle a moth boat: Continue reading

Aug 17

Fitness While Sailing

Fitness While SailingFitness is something everyone needs even to perform our routine tasks and not just for activities that need more exertion such as sports, hiking, trekking, bungee jumping etc. The difference lies in the level of fitness you need. While you need considerable level of fitness for strenuous activities, routine tasks need not require a high fitness level.

Although I know that moth sailing needs considerable skill and fitness levels, fitness in sailing generally is looked on in different ways. In my opinion normal sailing fitness is where you are able to do whatever things you do on a boat. If it is a sailboat, you need to have sufficient fitness level to handle the sails and manoeuvre the boat. But if it is a boat race, the fitness levels required are entirely different.

Fitness tips

To have a smooth sailing experience barring light wind conditions, you need endurance, flexibility, agility and strength. This will make it easier to do upwind sailing and in case of a race do hiking, gybing and tacking easily.

With the effective flexibility, strength, speed and endurance, it is easy to handle the various tasks involved in sailing. With proper fitness, you can arrive at better decisions and also use the appropriate technique effectively.

In whatever sea conditions you are in, when you are fit you will get a sense of wellbeing, which helps you enjoy the sailing more. Just last week I had gone sailing with my wife. She has gone on such trips several times, so knew the drill well. When a few of other fellow moth sailors commented on her skill, she said it was due to her practice and of course, the nice supplements she takes regularly.

When your fitness levels are not good, it affects your focus and you will be drawn to the pain in your body rather than the wind shift. For successful sailing being in good physical condition is must.

You can find many fitness programs that focus on getting you fit for sailing. These help in gaining the right level of fitness you need and also on how to maintain it.

What I say to my friends and relatives who go on their first sailing trip is that any form of exercise is better, when compared to not doing any at all. You need to plan a regular exercise schedule, and know the fitness level you want to reach. You should first try out the things that you enjoy best, so you can see to your fitness levels more effectively. And while you are exercising, make sure you are well hydrated and perform the needed warming up and warming down exercises. A balanced workout goes a long way in keeping your stamina levels high.

As far as moth sailing is concerned, you need to be relatively fit, sail a dinghy confidently and weight below 90 kg. The launching, landing and the main sailing may look overwhelming at the outset, but soon you will be eager to go with the right fitness and practice.

Aug 10

Basics in Sailing

Basics in SailingI met a friend of mine recently at a party. We were very close during our school days, but had not been in touch since he went abroad for his studies. We had a great time reminiscing on our school days and the fun we had.

When I told him about my Moth, he was excited and wanted to know more about sailing. I invited him to come with me on my next sailing trip, so he could know about sailing more effectively. However, since he hadn’t been sailing before I thought it best to take him for a normal sailing trip first.

He agreed readily and we had a great time together. Here are some sailing basics that both experienced and novice sailors would benefit from.

  • Calm and uncrowded waters are best to sail in, if you’re just starting to sail. It’ll help you master sailing better, if you start practicing in low traffic and light winds initially.
  • To start with, a small boat is best to learn sailing. When you have fewer sails and lines, the boat will be easier to maneuver. The smaller size makes the dinghy more responsive. It is also great for practicing the trial capsizes.
  • A boat that is rigged with just a single sail is easier to learn, as there are fewer complications to deal with.

Safety tips

Some safety tips are the same regardless of the expertise you have. These include informing your departure to someone before the sailing trip, having a floatation device at hand and very importantly, you should know swimming.

Fortunately, the trip we had was a smooth one and we even managed to catch some really colorful fish. My friend wanted to take them ashore to add to his aquarium fish collection. He mentioned that he had a huge aquarium at home, which he maintained with care. He used only canister filters bought at, which provide a complete filtration.

Weather condition

You should know the weather, tide, and wind conditions before you embark on the sailing trip. Adequate provisions, basic weather gear, and clothing should be brought along. When you are at sea, you need to be prepared well.

Sail control is another important thing that every sailor should learn. You should be able to alter sail settings, so you take advantage of the water and wind conditions. Sails in general should be flat relatively when there are strong or light winds, but full when you have moderate wind.


Capsizing should be done deliberately, so you know how to handle the boat when it really happens. You need to do it both in an uncontrolled environment as well as a controlled one. First-hand experience teaches you better than just reading about it or hearing it.

You should know when boom will swing, so you can avoid being hurt or worse being thrown overboard. Whether you’re a passenger or crew, you should be conscious of the boom always.

Lastly, knowing the commonly used sailing terms is necessary. You should know the different terminologies such as starboard, port etc.

Jul 16

Good Times The Affordable Way

Good Times The Affordable WayA few years ago, not so long in fact, one was able to go out on a particular day with the intention of having a good time without giving it too much thought. It would be a sunny day in the office at the end of the week and the idea of a road trip or even a trip to the amusement park with the kids could pop into a parent’s head without the dreaded accompaniment of what it would cost.

However as years have gone by, the economic stability that was previously there seems to have been gone by with them. More people are cutting down on their leisure time as a result of the economic downturn. This has left people looking for cheaper alternatives to replace what can now cost an arm and a leg to experience.

However, just because things cost more does not mean that one has to remove them from their budget altogether. There are other alternatives to getting an end result of a simple nature and one of these is by not relying on the commercial service industry. The main costs that are incurred during events such as family fun days or even a night out with the boys/girls are accrued outside the home at whatever destination that has been chosen to host the hurrah.

Going out for barbeque for example sounds like a wonderful way to spend the Sunday afternoon but the rise in food prices means that one might have to pay almost double of what they could have enjoyed a few years back for the same experience. But if one had a BBQ smoker, like those reviewed here, buying the meat and grilling it yourself in the backyard is a cheaper solution to get the same desired result.

Turning a night out with your friends to a simple game or poker night cuts down on the costs of all the expensive drinks on offer in comer establishments. One can get the same drinks from the store than they could at a hip coffee house that charges double the original price for a can of soda.

The new add-ons in most cable network packages allow an individual to rent a movie and it is pretty much a guarantee that a bucket of homemade popcorn will not cost nearly as much as one bought from the theatre. The advances that have been made in technology have enabled individuals to enjoy new technology such as 3D animation from the comfort of their homes through the use of 3D glasses.

One should still take the time to go out every now and then for special occasions, but there is no need to reduce the leisure time that one is able to experience simply because it is no longer affordable on your budget.

Necessity is the mother of invention and one is able to dream up multiple home alternatives to the activities that they used to take part in when everything was more affordable. If a number of individuals join forces, the ideas for these alternative “good times” can be more than forthcoming for a good period of time.

Jul 13

My Recent Extreme Wolf Hunting Trip

My Recent Extreme Wolf Hunting TripWhile I’m a diehard Moth sailor at heart, at times, I do focus on things other than sailing. Recently I picked up a new hobby- wolf hunting. I’ll share with you about how this turn of events happened. I’ve always been and will be a true Moth sailor, but a recent meeting with a friend of mine had me take up this new idea of hunting. As you know Moth sailing is pretty adventurous. When this friend mentioned about how exciting it was to hunt wolves, I was very much taken with the idea and decided to try it.

Everyone needs a hobby to add some fun factor in life. A hobby helps to improve life quality and helps you to spend your free time doing something valuable such as learning, making money, being productive, or just relaxing and having fun.

The reasons to have a hobby are various. One is it helps you spend your free time and lets you escape from boredom. You can meet up with new people, have fun, dabble in something new, boost your creativity, and even make some money in the process. And the best part is you will have some pleasant activity to look forward to.

And with such a good many benefits behind having a hobby, I think you’d understand my taking up wolf hunting. Well initially, it was all Greek and Latin to me. Soon I learnt the technique not only with my perseverance, but also because I had a good instructor.

During the initial training phase, I didn’t meet with much success. There I was ready and geared up with my rifle, scanning all sides, and finally zeroing in on the target. Amidst the snow covered tree branches, I could see a wolf head appear all of a sudden. The wolf was just 30 yards form me. It was my first up close encounter with a real wolf, and you can understand my reaction. The wolf was huge and thankfully, it didn’t spot me. I got ready to shoot. I view through my scope and precisely missed the target. The next second, the wolf vanished into thin air. I realized then that I needed more practice.

I have to mention at this juncture that wolf hunting is not my first attempt at hunting. Earlier I tried my hand at hunting on the water. Since I’m familiar with water and can sail well, it was natural for me to take up water hunting. Waterfowl hunting is an exciting hobby, which I relish in. Shooting precisely is very much part of the sport. While there are other things that matter such as building blinds, scouting, calling, setting decoys and other preparations that lead to your taking aim, when you shoot right on target it gives you immense pride.

Mastering your shooting skills needs practice. You need to be accurate and consistent. For taking a perfect shot, you need the right blend of confidence, concentration, and coordination. Good shooting is instinctive, instead of mechanical perfection. You have to hone it through persistent practice and good coaching just like any other athletic field.

So while I could make it in water, which is what most people consider difficult I couldn’t do well on land. While on water, you need to balance yourself and take control of the shot as well while keeping the target in focus, on land it is just your control and the target. Maybe the easy way made it hard for me! Anyway, after my initial failed attempt, my friend suggested I use an instructor. You may think that this type of extreme measure is not necessary for a single failed attempt.  I actually tried two other such shots and all of them ended with the same degree of success or should I say failure!

The instructor, an expert in wolf hunting had me go through the ropes and helped me overcome my initial panic. I had taken my favorite air rifle for hunting, but the instructor said that it was a bad idea and advised me to use the nice fire rifle.  I have a license but don’t use firearms much as I’m a pacifist. Since wolf hunting was all new area to me, I relied mostly on what my instructor said. Most hunters hunt wolves as a bonus trophy, while on a big game hunting trip, or when they keep watch on bait.

Guides usually scout the place until they find a fresh set of tracks. They then drive the wolf towards the direction of hunters. This is done in knee-deep snow in subzero condition. Mostly you use snowmobiles and four-wheel trucks. I’d say that wolf hunting is only for those who are really brave at heart. The serious and huge predators pose a big challenge as you may end up being their prey, if you are not careful.

The several layers of clothing were sort of annoying but with the weather down to 20 degrees I was not one to complain much about them. My instructor specializes in hunting wolves and is also a certified chiropractor and Labrador breeder. He had helped many hunters hunt wolves and had taken more than 50 wolves himself. So I was in good hands!

When everything is set I can see him get into wolf mode in a systemic manner. First thing he does is find timber blocks that range from 50 acres to 500 acres. Each block needs to have access with snowmobile or via road, river, or power line haul road. The next thing you need is a good bait. You need to have frozen and recently dead dairy cows, which are cut into about 200 pound chunks.

The hunters need to travel from single bait’s location to the next, to check whether the wolves are taking them. If they detect action, they circle the block and when they find tracks that go in but not come out, they set the trap. Transistor radios are placed along the paths and the hunters are the jaws of the set trap. While all this is well planned, things may go awry as it did for me first. But we did succeed after a few tries and the whole trip was totally awesome, making me long for my next wolf hunting trip

Jul 12

Why it is easier to enjoy night sailing

Why it is easier to enjoy night sailingMy friend who accompanies me on my Moth sailing trips opts out whenever I go on night trips. He gives the most bizarre excuses and one day when I asked him about it, he finally confessed that night sailing frightened him terribly. He said that he planned his trips so he’d not sail offshore during night.

The very thought of sailing into pitch-black atmosphere scared him. While it is natural for children to fear the dark, it doesn’t look good in an adult. I said so to him. Nevertheless, he refused to go for an overnight trip. I told him how technology had made it easier to sail at night with the same comfort as in the day.

Further nighttime sailing has its own sets of benefits like:

  • When you’re not on watch, it is easier to sleep, as it’s completely dark
  • In peak summer, your bunk is cool and you may even have to borrow a sheet to be warm
  • You can slow the boat at night and ride comfortably. The boat will have less bounce when compared to daytime sailing, leaving you to have a nice enjoyable ride.
  • Detecting oncoming ships is easier at night. The navigation lights are easier to view and you can steer safe of the ships. We use marine led light bars bought at to give better visibility at night.
  • Reduce the sail before the sun sets. This way you don’t have to be on deck to lower or raise the main. Reduce the main sail to about two reefs. Even with this amount of sail, you can easily get 150 miles speed per day. The main is lowered when sun sets and comes up when the sun rises. This is a practical and sensible choice and keeps you safer.
  • Navigation lights show whether a ship is passing by or is coming at us directly. It is safe to know about the lights. Vertically separated lights indicate that a ship will pass by on the side. In daytime, you have no such indicators and you’ll have to use the radar to know if a ship is nearing you. Being prepared for any emergency is must whether you are in the sea or on land. In the main land, when you need emergency lighting or in case of construction work, having an effective code 3 light bar is necessary.
  • Using night vision binoculars helps you detect ships easily. The amplification of light helps a lot.
  • We even use radar detection at night to monitor shipping nearby or to track squalls. Radar helps to be more aware of the surroundings.
  • Night watch is interesting as we take turns so everybody is rested well.

Sailing offshore during night is safe and restful too. It is worth trying and you’ll find that it’s much safer than what you had expected and you may even start enjoying it. My friend was indeed surprised that he could actually enjoy sailing at night. He promised to give it a try the next time I planned a night trip.

Jul 11

Enjoying Whale Watching and Northern Lights in Norway

Enjoying Whale Watching and Northern Lights in NorwayI had recently been on an interesting expedition in the arctic. A few of my sailor friends had planned on a whale watching and Northern Light hunting trip.  The arctic region in Norway is an ideal point where you can enjoy the authentic Northern atmosphere. You can watch whales during daytime and go Northern light hunting at night. The food is great and additionally the breathtaking spots you find on the way make the trip a complete one.

Whales aplenty

Winter season is the right place to spend your time in Norway, if you’re keen on whale watching. We had a wonderful time watching the whales feed on fishes and herring. In fact, at a time you can find nearly one thousand humpback whales in Tromso region during winter.  When you are in a sail yacht, it is possible to get a very close view of these spectacular animals.

The sails, instead of engines, avoid disturbing the whales. Whales are essentially curious creatures. They see a sail yacht as a new buddy and come over to say hello.  We had them very near at arm’s length. Since snapping pictures would startle them, we used our trail camera to capture their movements. Having one of the keen trail cameras helped in getting a nice record of their activities.

Night watch

While the whales took up our entire daytime, at night, the Northern Lights provided an entertaining time. The spectacular show of light especially in Tromso, which is right in the center of the Northern Lights region, had us all spellbound. The sailboats afforded a closer view without polluting the city atmosphere.

Every Northern Lights appearance is special. You can see green bands mostly. The lights are seen either as rolling smoke or flickering curtains. The luminous green has tinges of pink on its edges and sometimes a deep hue of violet at its core. When the activity rises to a crescendo in the skies, the lights explode into a corona. We even attended a live trumpet show, which seemed a fitting tribute to the Northern lights spectacle.

All in all, the trip was a great one. The modern sailboats used were quite comfortable though I would have felt more comfortable in my Moth. The cuisine too was delicious prepared from fresh produce. The boat also came with adequate safety features and equipment ensuring we had a trouble free and comfortable trip.

For those new to sailing, the trip is a way to practice sailing. As such since our group was a bunch of experience sailors, we just enjoyed the atmosphere and even gave some practical tips to other sailors. We made new friendships and shared experiences making the stay a lively one.

The best time to visit Norway to watch the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis is from the month of September until April. Whales’ season is from October and runs on until January.  While sailing experience is not a prerequisite to enjoy the spectacular sights, it helps if you are knowledgeable. You can savor the experience more fully this way.

Jul 10

Sailing in a Moth

Sailing in a MothMany of my friends are curious as to how I took up with Moth sailing. It is true that it is an activity that many don’t find appealing.  The Moth, especially the international designed boat is something that most sailors find hard to control.

If you want to experience a smooth sail in your Moth, you should first be a skilled sailor. You need a high level of dedication to master the sailing standard needed. An average experience in conventional model dinghies doesn’t count much.

To master sailing your Moth, you need to know how to control the sharp as a razor hulls in any type of sea condition. When you speed fast in the Moth, the exhilaration you get is unmatched.

I’d definitely say that the experience couldn’t be duplicated. Even after you think that you have finally mastered it, you will come up with a new method that increases the speed of the boat. Here are some tips that will help you to get over the beginner phase and move on to the expert level fast.


When you have your boat all rigged and ready, ensure that you have remembered everything. One important thing to note is having your bungs in. While this is a common procedure for any sailor experienced in dingy sailing, it needs to be done nevertheless. The control lines should have the right tension when you move away from the shore.

If you’re not much experienced, you will devote all your time in keeping the boat moving, so try to see to the details thoroughly before you start. Just as I took to Moth Sailing, I recently enrolled in a musical instrument class. I’m learning how to play the trumpet.

Trumpet is not a commonly used instrument and not many learn it. But I took up the challenge and am learning to master it sooner than expected. I bought my trumpet at, which is a one-stop shop for all models of trumpet. Now back to launching your Moth, it is safe to wait until you get the right launching conditions. This will help you gain more confidence and avoid any obstacles.

Start with the boat in a depth where it reaches mid-thigh level. A deeper level will prevent you from grabbing the foils. Place the centerboard into case and push it until it is about three quarters down and not touching the bottom. Now push down the rubber blade ensuring that the bow is facing the wind.

In case your boat has fixed mode of rubber it is best to capsize the boat and get the rudder fitted. Ensure that the water is deep enough so the rudder is clear of the bottom, while you right the boat. And don’t attempt to launch the boat by jumping over the side rail as the boat come up, as the boat will start moving in the opposite direction with head to wind getting you back to shore!

In the conventional dinghies, response of the boat is slowed down by the hull stability. But in Moth this does not happen, so sailors need to master quicker responses.

Jul 09

Extreme sports for better mental and physical development

Extreme sports for better mental and physical developmentMy interest in extreme sports is something that worries my wife endlessly. I often say that if it doesn’t kill you, it is sure to make you stronger. The challenge that extreme sports provides physically has a great impact on your mental stamina.

According to the Journal of Health Psychology, you get stronger mentally. I dug up this information to appease my wife, but got interested in the research myself. According to researchers in Australia activities that involve putting your life at risk such as Base jumping, big wave surfing, waterfall kayaking and of course speeding (according to my wife) in my moth are considered as extreme sports.

In a study done on experienced athletes who involve in such sports it was found that when they overcame intense fear, it led to life changing experience that brings about better self-awareness and confidence.

In other words, when you overcome the physical terror it leads to psychological wellbeing and life fulfillment. Actually, fear is because of your lack of trust in your ability and yourself. When you are able to quell that fear you prove to yourself how much capable you really are. This has some great and positive implications in your life both in the present and in future, according to Psychologists attending the Queensland University of Technology.

While extreme sports are definitely good for your mental health, I also spend some time towards boosting my physical health via my regular training sessions with the grappling dummy I got at The consistent physical training, which includes resistance training and cardio, helps me to be in fit shape to get involved in the extreme sports.

If you are wondering whether you need to practice bungee jumping to get the benefits, rest assured there are much easier ways to accomplish the feat. According to studies activities that scare the life out of you like starting a new venture or quitting your well paid job or just signing up for a newsletter has the same benefits as taking up extreme sports. The single advice to keep in mind however is that you need to be well prepared before you jump into the task, so you are prepared mentally and physically.

While organized sports are preferred by some athletes, others like the freedom that extreme sports offer.  Further, there are advantages you need to consider, such as, the camaraderie you develop with fellow extreme athletes. You can find many extreme athletes belonging to some group or club.

Getting involved in the sport with a friend makes it easier to learn the maneuvers and tricks. And another benefit of such adventurous activities is that you get to maintain your physical fitness while you enjoy the sport. The regular practice needed to perform the extreme sports helps you keep your muscles in top condition and lose excess weight.

Aerial jumps you do while riding a BMX strengthens your triceps and biceps. And snowboarding down a slope boosts the lower leg and quadriceps muscles. One big drawback of extreme sports is the high risk of injury you face. Even a slight misstep can land you in grave danger.

Jun 26

Check out These 10 Awesome Foiling Boats

Check out These 10 Awesome Foiling BoatsFor those who already know what a foiling boat is, you’re definitely in the right place to see some of the best available today. For everyone else, a little introduction will go far in explaining just what a foil boat is and how it’s supposed to be used. Basically, foiling boats, dinghies or moth boats are essentially the same types of vessels. These are small, slim and streamlined boats designed for single occupancy and made for solo users to travel fast and light over the water. With the rising popularity of moth boats in particular, you may have seen some foiling boats recently without realizing it.

You don’t even need a reason to like sailing with the C-Fly, which allows you to navigate along the water while lying back, almost as if you were sitting in your favorite recliner. This little number took almost 15 years to fully develop and the wait was well worth it. Not that the process is done – right now the boat is a sort of prototype, meant for hugging coasts with its smallish 7.6 m body.

Whether you’re a professional like me or someone who takes to the water far less often, you absolutely must have a boat which works. The Foiling Radio Controlled Yacht is perfect for sailors of all skill levels, mostly because it doesn’t work in the normal, mechanical method. I mean, it is mechanical, but you use a radio control to make turns and create other action, so it’s a bit different from the usual fare. The boat works great though.

Next we’ve got the New Zealand R Class Skiff, which is an excellent choice for those who want to try foiling but are new to the field. It’s one of the only two-handed foiling boats which allow for a considerable velocity to be reached; others are, for the most part, simply too heavy to get going very fast. The increased level of control makes this foil a favorite for beginners.

It’s no secret that sailing helps lead a healthy lifestyle since it uses just about every muscle group in your body – especially when you fall off and have a sudden need to swim. A group of sailors looking to keep fit would probably love the AC72, which is a kind of giant foiling boat meant to be piloted by a whole crew of people rather than a single user. There’s a lot more bulk to this boat, so it takes a lot more power to keep it aligned and running along a designated path.

For larger pilots, larger foiling boats are generally needed. They are usually light and somewhat frail, allowing only for weights of up to 80 kg before performance starts to suffer and risk of damage starts to become an issue. The RS600 by Linton Jenkins of Full Force Boats is a bigger, sturdier version of the popular racing boat made to accommodate larger people. It’s pretty much perfect for those who are too big to work the smaller foils.

Many newcomers to foiling think the boat is what really makes the device. While this is somewhat true, the fact is that foils can be placed on almost anything which will float. Even vessels which would normally appear too bulky or shaped in a bad way for foiling can be made to glide with the best of them, given an experienced designer or enthusiast who knows what they’re doing. If you want to see more about this, just do a quick search for the Optimist which was converted into a foiling boat by Adam May and Katherine Knight.

The Mirabaud LX is one of the newest types of foiling boats, designed specifically to work on calmer, flat waters, like those which can usually be found in European lakes and other isolated bodies of water, as opposed to the open ocean. What originally started as a simple 18 foot skiff was made into a massive foiling machine by skilled hands, and it’s surprisingly fast given its length. How might this be possible? Well, by removing a good deal of the boat’s hull, much of the weight and drag was removed as well. This thing is light, fast and admittedly dangerous.

If you’re not sure what to wear when sailing then a foiling boat with a bit of extra cargo space to store a change of clothes might be exactly what you’re looking for. In this case, you’ll want to check out the Hydroptere, a record-breaking foiling boat with multiple hulls and a giant body overall. This foiling boat is big and sturdy, so it’s probably not the fastest among all those listed here. It certainly has the extra storage space and room some sailors are looking for, however.

The International Moth is a good example of what can happen when a sport which is popular in one part of the world tries to appeal to people from another corner of the globe. These specific foiling boats are so popular now that people are using them all throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, not just in the western world. They’re stable, fast and built solid. What more could one ask for?

Last but certainly not least of all, take a look at the SYZ & CO sponsored foiling boat, which was designed and built specifically for the people at the Swiss private banking group from which the boat took its namesake. This is a project which has been a work in progress since back in 2009, and while it hasn’t seen much professional use yet, other boats on this list took nearly three times as much time to be finally completed and clear the design phase.

With these ten different foiling boats to check out, you’ll have plenty of reading and picture viewing to do if you want to see them all. That said, feel free to bring back any information you find out there and share it with the rest of us. People are always looking for technical specs, manufacturing information and more, so don’t be shy if you’ve got any.

Jun 25

Hunting on the Water

Hunting on the WaterWhen you think about finding game in or around the water, fishing is usually the method that comes to mind. This is especially true when you’re talking about looking for animals on the water, like if you’re already in a boat or some other vessel and surrounded on all sides by the stuff. However, with the right equipment and a lightweight boat that doesn’t disturb the water much, it’s possible to hunt from on a vessel too. I’m talking about ducks, geese and other waterfowl, though I suppose certain other animals wouldn’t be out of the question depending on what body of water you’re monitoring.

While you might not think so from a look, the moth variety of boat is actually perfect for hunting while on the water. It’s light and small, sleek and fast, able to move quickly without causing much disturbance to the surrounding water. This allows you, the hunter, to quickly move to an advantageous position before taking a shot which you might otherwise lose while trying to move around more slowly on the land or in the marsh. More than that, the light weight of your typical moth or foiling boat also means it can navigate waters where larger boats would end up beached or stuck.

Now naturally, I wouldn’t recommend using a firearm while actively riding on one of these boats, even if you live in a country where it’s legal to do so. The risks are just too high when you consider the degree of control you have over your position and compare it to just how much the water underneath you controls. No, if you were to hunt using this method, it would definitely need to be with a bow and arrows, or perhaps with a spear. The spear would be best for fishing… in which case you would just be fishing. Arrows are far better for winging birds and bringing down other small game though.

A good knife is another necessity, especially when you could get tangled up in your lines while on the boat you’re using to hunt in the first place. You can find knives and even boots which are suitable for boating at, which is a website I check once in a while to see new types of blades and boots, myself. It’s a great resource for information but not really a place to go to shop for such items. You could always take what you learn there and employ it when shopping elsewhere though.

Though the method is perhaps unconventional, using a small and mobile boat like a moth to hunt things on the water doesn’t exempt you from the same restrictions faced by those going over the land. Be sure to hunt only during the proper season for whatever animals you’re trying to get. Don’t go thinking that you won’t get stopped by someone from your country’s natural resources agency just because you’re on the water. If anything, you should realize you will stand out even more and play things closer to the line because of this fact.