Preparing to Cruise

2:00 PM


Diane Selkirk & Evan Gatehouse

Preparing to Cruise

With advice and experience that falls somewhere between ‘go simple, go now’ and wait until you have the perfect boat and finances; we’ll discuss how to set sail with kids, pets, modest budgets and modest boats. While there’s no single best way, or best time to cruise, we’ll cover strategies for getting out there with the boat and budget you can afford. We’ll talk about steps for preparing and focus on how to keep your spending in check by learning how to keep on top of repairs to avoid costly gear replacement, cruise at a more affordable speed and how to avoid provisioning over spends.


Diane Selkirk and Evan Gatehouse met 31 years ago at the Jib Set and have been sailing together ever since. They sailed to the east coast of the US on a Fortune 30 from 1995-2000 and circumnavigated on a Woods 40’ catamaran with their daughter and cat from 2009-2017. Evan is a Naval Architect who has worked for firms around the world and Diane is a writer whose work has appeared in a variety of international publications

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