We are all astonished that we see more plastic floating around than fishes when we are sailing. Everyday we see at least one plastic bag floating in the sea. It is everyone's responsibility to make the sea clean again, minimising plastic usage and throwing away the plastic to the recycling bins.
Time flies. We left home fifteen days ago, we have been very busy setting up everything on the boat and enjoying our first days out. We are very pleased with our new life style, and if you keep on reading you will know how our first two weeks went.
Time has come to replace our good old North Sails main sail (in place since 2008/2009). After discussion and following the advise from our sailmaker, we decided to go for a new sailcloth: Vectron from DIMENSION-POLYANT. This is a new line of woven sailcloth in DP's catalog for 2017.
The Agile Manifesto relies on 12 pillars. The more you intend to be in line with those pillars, the more agile your team (or family !) is. Check out what pillars we are honouring this week
2 months and a half ago we started the long journey preparation. We added new user stories to our backlog and we switched to Kanban working mode. Little by little we have improved the way that we are working in order to keep focus on the main priorities.
Complexity is not your friend at sea. When sailing, you need systems that just work... or that can fail gracefully, at least. In order to deal with this growing complexity, we decided to cut it into manageable chunks with some "Agile-Fu".
During our first 4 summers on board, we (had to) improved several times the electrical systems on board Soledad, our Hanse 430e. By improving, I mean we managed to get a better autonomy AND more comfort at the same time. "Better autonomy" was the goal.
From 2014 to 2016, we spent as much time sailing as we could. Iteration by iteration, we improved sailing and anchoring safety and we finally got autonomous with fresh water.
Once your vision is clear, the next step is to build a backlog. After a year working on our backlog, we already had a minimum viable "Holidays on board Soledad" product... and a (growing) list of improvements opportunities.