The KrakenLife.com’s Team

Matej
A maritime geek for most of his adult life, occasional skipper for charter vessels, mostly in the Mediterranean, still pollywog. Information provided by living aboard channels was first found as source of knowledge for being a better sailor. During years of watching the content, sailing channels and blogs became daily part of his free time, instead of TV or something else. You can find articles about sailing business, sport, boat reviews and other living aboard topics written by his pen.

Ship of your dreams:

Spirit Yachts and Nautor’s Swan are Rolls-Royce in my view. From racing specials, I am a fan of Wild Oats. Wooden, aluminium, cat, mono or trimaran everything has positives and negatives. 

Ship that “would be enought”:

If you can sleep in it safely it is enough. If it cannot sail it is just work undone. Admittedly, not everything is effective to be repaired, but i admire all those guys who are trying it. We are coming to situation like with cars in last decade. There are too many old boats and new one are cheaper every year. But specifically to the question, I think that old Amel, Oyster, Jeanneau and Beneteau boats are good to buy as used because i saw it in channels or by my own eyes. 

Places to sail before die?

Cape Horn was my dream since i’ve read about it, althought Cape of good hope is more aesthetic sight. I have always wanted to come on ship to Carihrad (Istanbul). I am saying “Carihrad” by purpose, because it is the place on the planet where history was on the move several times. Along with Instanbul, coming to medival Malta or Dubrovnik feels like travel in time. Third place is Hawai. That I consider as “end of the world” in good meaning. Galapagas and arctic passages look very tempting to me, but with proper ship, it could be on sails ofc. 

Races to sail before die?

Jules Verne Trophy? No, i would never do that. Atlantic Rallye of Cruisers seems to me as a pleasant event with good organisational support, but racing is more like “car thing” to me. In that way Volvo Ocean Race is the F1 of sailing, but i would enjoy it more as reporter than sailor. 

Katarina

Interested in alternative forms of living, mostly the off-grid styles. After her first sailing experience she was caught up immediately. She was following channels like Delos and LaVagabonde almost from their beginnings and now it a pleasure to share context with KrakenLife readers. Formerly educated as books restorer, some history-related content will be seen from her, along with themes related to ecology, craftsmanship and practicality of living aboard. 

Ship of your dreams:

The most crazy thing I would be able to do if I would be zillionare is big wooden yacht with three masts. Like Maltese Falcon but more classic. Any habitable ship may be considered as ship of my dreams, ketch would be plus, besides central cockpit and aluminium hull. 

Ship that “would be enought”:

Wharam catamarans looks doable. Many of almost ruined ships can be reffited well by owners hands. In monohulls world, 38 or 40ft is minimum for full living aboard in my opinion. 

Places to sail before die?

New Zealand, Coconut Islands and Iceland. Those are all islands i know, but i am also thing that big thing is the feel when you reach land after ocean croossing and you know that it is whole new continent, not just land in the middle of ocean. 

Races to sail before die?

Sydney-Hobard race looks seductive to me, but maybe not competitive challenges like arctic sailing looks tempting to me. I would like to sail to Antarctica, but with some scientific purpose, even negligible one like take some samples, make some measurements, or bring something to real expeditions.

Kraken

Your, mostly friendly, neighbour at seas. According to wikipedia, Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Nowadays he lives everywhere on the globe because it is more fun with sailors. Since Kraken became a vegetarian, he stopped attacking the ships. Now he is an angry hipster with rage to save the oceans from pollution. 

Ship of your dreams:

I had destroyed and ate many ships, which disappeared, but i would like those oil tankers to be disappears. Sadly they are very untasty.

Ship that “would be enought”:

Any asshole with overly exaggerated super-yacht is a nice breakfast

Places to sail before die?

There are many places on poles, where i have never been. As the glaciers are melting I see there are many new places to visit for me, althought i am hunderds years old.

Races to sail before die?

I would like to won race against the plastics in the ocean. I convinced a plankton to do the job, but it will not be enough because it is a lazy-ass. 
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