All Hands Aboard – How to Choose a Boat

It isn’t all fun and games when you decide to buy yourself a boat. For a lot of people, this is the epitome of luxury and as such, requires a whole lot of attention to detail. Thankfully, most Australian boat brokers have a pretty large range from which you can choose from. Still, you can’t just dive overboard (figuratively) and choose the first boat that looks like it was from The Wolf of Wall Street. Instead, you need to exercise caution and follow these tips to make sure you buy the best boat ever.

Cost

This is obviously the first thing you need to look at when you are going to buy yourself a boat. A lot of people think they can afford the boat of their dreams, only to be spurned away when they see the price tag. Even if you plan to pay the cost off over a few years, it is still going to cost you quite a large amount of money. One thing you need to remember is that watercrafts are usually higher-maintenance than their land based counterparts.

boat

A general rule that would be good to keep in mind is that the boat has a replacement value attached to it, and you should expect to have to pay at least 15% of that value every year. It doesn’t even matter how old the boat is. The way in which you plan on using the boat is a big factor in the costs. If you plan on storing it on a trailer on dry land when not in use, your maintenance costs will actually be lower. If it is constantly in the water, you will also have to pay for cleaning the hull and overhauling the bottom every few years.

Then there is the fuel consumption. Boats aren’t made to be environmentally friendly, meaning that they can incur huge costs in terms of diesel or kerosene consumption, depending on what you use it for and how long. Since boats need to push water out of the way, whereas cars have to push AIR away, there is going to be a lot more fuel used per unit distance than on land.

What are you going to do with it?

After you have decided on a budget for yourself when it comes to buying the boat, you need to ask yourself what you are going to use it for. You have to have a long, hard think about what you want to do on it; whether you want to go fishing, do water sports, go sailing, cruising or whether you are just for relaxing boat rides every now and then.

There is a huge range of different watercraft out there and each is made for a certain type of use. Trying to switch between uses on a whim is generally not a good idea. While collisions are uncommon, you do not want to be stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a jet ski with a big storm front headed your way. Find out for yourself what you will use the boat for and fit that into your budget for the purchase too.

Where will you go?

This is also a major decision that you will have to make. If you live inland, towards the centre of the country, you will spend more of your time on a lake than the ocean. If you live somewhere like the Gold Coast on the other hand, most of your time will be on the ocean. If this is the case, you will also need to plan out how far you are going to go.

What is the load?

When choosing a boat, you need to first figure out how many people you will typically be taking out for boat rides per ride. This includes passengers and riders and yourself. Depending on the size of the boat, you will have a certain passenger limit you can take on. Going over this limit could result in the craft being destabilized, and you could even find yourself faced with a lawsuit.

Thruster type

The method by which the boat is propelled is also quite important when choosing one. There are many types of engines and engine placements. For example, fishermen typically use an outboard motor on the smaller boats. These are mounted onto the transom and are perfect for pushing the boat forward without any complexities.

Stand Out From the Crowd

 photo fashion-street-style-men---style-ideas-5v4t8twx_zpsqyoer6gi.jpg

Festivals abound in the city and in the hills throughout the warmer months. Whether your taste is for modern music, hot-off-the-grill food, or creative crafts, get ready enjoy the season in comfort and great style with these five must-haves.

1. Pack Your Bags

If you are headed to the street festivals, you’ll want extra room for carrying home all the treasures you find. Forget the dull canvas tote: today, try a multi-colored knapsack. There’s no excuse for bland colors when you can instead opt for neon or a mix of hues and textures. The smaller bags can still be carried on your back, but they don’t have the bulk of a standard backpack.

They are also great for carrying a snack or other necessities, like sunscreen or a jacket. As an added benefit, you’ll look like you’re carrying a purse, not luggage.

2. Blanket Coverage

Avoid grass stains while you’re sitting or lying on the green with a blanket. Put the bulky one out to pasture: The Sunnylife Picnic Blanket from St. Bernard Sports folds up and fits into its own bag, complete with handles. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient to transport, and with the vivid colors and design, it won’t be embarrassing to stake your claim.

 photo mens-fashion-street-style-milan-day-1the-impression-spring-2015-010_zps9rnyfrtc.jpg

3. Keep Your Hat On

Day-long festivities can fill your soul, but they can do a number on your skin. Keep your face and head protected from the elements with a classic hat. A wide brim works wonders for sheltering your nose, which tends to get the worst of it. For a more subtle covering, without sacrificing benefits, consider a fedora. A lightweight, straw one like the Brixton Bodhi can give you a little shade without trapping heat.

4. Dress Down

A night out doesn’t mean you have to stick with a little black number. When you may be doing a little climbing or sitting on the ground, you don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. Instead, combine function and flair with a playsuit. You can opt for casual denim, or make it flirty number.

5. Be Prepared

You can call it liquid sunshine or just plain ole’ rain, but no matter the name, the resultant puddles can drench your feet. Be ready for a swing in the weather with colorful wellies. Red, yellow, orange, purple: these aren’t your school-girl boots.

As you head out to relish the festival season, you don’t have to look like granny dressed you in order to be comfortable. Forget sacrificing for fashion: Enjoy both when you add some color to your wardrobe and accessories.

 

 

Where to Book Singapore Universal Studio Tickets Online?

 photo sg1_zpshjfnjuby.jpg

Singapore is Asia’s most alluring locale that welcomes million of visitors every year round the globe. There is no denying that Singapore has got that enticing element that fascinates globe trotters all over the world. There are many awe-inspiring destinations in Singapore that can make your trip more awesome and worth cherishing. When we talk about Singapore, among those most magnificent locales to be there, Singapore Universal Studio is a must strike to every mind.

Universal Studio is a Theme park and a very renowned place at Singapore. It was opened in year 2011 and considered as most appreciated visiting point in the country. It becomes really taxing to get passes of Studio, especially in vacation season. I would recommend you to get them booked online and free yourself from the hassle of getting passes by standing in long queues. There are some excellent sites that will help in booking online tickets for you. Take a look below:

  • Accor Hotels: Accor Hotels in one such site that has spread its array in many niches of travel in numerous holiday locales. Here at the official sites of Accor, you can easily book tickets for Universal Studio. You just have to visit site and scroll for right options. As you conduct a research, you will come across different packages and hence you can select most desired package.
  • Agoda: Agoda is another excellent platform for those that like to sway in opulence and keep at a distance from unnecessary hassles. Given the popularity of Universal Studios, you can easily get amazing packages and tickets online at the official site of Agoda. Just make sure of buying the package that will be most affordable and useful for you.
  • Asia Travel: Asia Travel has divided its offerings in different packages. You can either go for the package that will take you to all the prime locations in Singapore including Universal Studio. These kinds of deals are quite advantageous as it helps you in saving time and exploring many locales in an affordable price. You can find many such benefiting and useful packages at Asia Travel.
  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor needs no introduction. No matter where you live, it is a finest and awesome site that aims in helping folks in relishing most convincing and convenient services of online booking round the globe. All you have to do is you visit the site and in their search bar, search for “Universal Studio Singapore”. A list of packages will be displayed below and therefore, you can make your bookings with few little clicks.
  • Qoo10: Qoo10 is yet another awesome site to book online tickets for Universal Studio. Simply visit the site and explore the packages. By far, it is the most convenient site and delivers awesome packages to make your trip to Singapore the invincible one.

 photo sg_zpsdtu83pis.jpg

These are few of the brilliant sites that can help you with booking tickets for Universal Studio with few clicks. To save more money in buying the tickets, you can visit at CouponzGuru.sg and buy coupons to save more.

Travel Europe’s most famous racetracks

 photo backpack-pisa_zpsee5arbkm.jpg

All racing enthusiasts have their favourite moments from history. Perhaps it was when Juan Manuel Fangio sped to victory on the terrifying Nürburgring circuit in 1957, or Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher’s nail-biting head-to-head finish in the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, which culminated in Hill’s final victory on the circuit.

How many fans have ever thought of using these moments as the basis for a unique and memorable holiday? You can relive some of your favourite racing memories with a tour of Europe’s best-known racetracks. Whether you choose to stay in Nürburgring, just south of Cologne in Germany, or head out into the Belgian Ardennes to Spa Francochamps, these racetracks are extremely open to visitors.

Nürburgring, Germany

Spending the night next to one of the world’s most legendary racetracks, the Grand Prix circuit Nürburgring near Nürburg in Germany, is now possible, as there is a holiday park located not far from the track itself. Much of the old 1920s track, considered to be among the most dangerous race tracks in the world and dubbed “The Green Hell” by Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart, was rebuilt in the early 80s to meet modern safety standards.

Le Mans, France

One of the most famous car races in the world is France’s gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary racetrack itself stretches north from the city of the same name, just 55 minutes from Paris by train. Close to the track is the Musee de l’Automobile, a great museum worth visiting for car enthusiasts, with many original cars on display, some dating back to 1885.

Monaco

Stunningly situated along the rocky coast of the affluent French Riviera, the Monaco Grand Prix does not actually take place on a racetrack, but across the streets and harbour area of Monte Carlo and neighbouring La Condamine. Over the race weekend, this impressive circuit is opened to visitors every night for them to walk around and see the tight corners and steep hills for themselves.

Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

During the racing period from mid-March to mid-November, this world famous Formula One racetrack offers guided tours for tourists, where they can relive the many great racing moments from this hilly track in Belgium’s Ardennes region that has been providing thrills since its opening in the 1920s.

Monza, Italy

This circuit is crucial to the early years of Max Mosley’s bio, as it was the track where Max Mosley finished eighth – his best result during his racing career. The Autodroma Nazionalie di Monza, to give it its full name, is located in the northern part of the Parco di Monza, not far from Milan, and it is possible to visit the track (even on non-race days) for a fairly modest fee. The small park train will even take you to the gate.

Visiting some of Europe’s best-known racetracks enables visitors to relive some of the greatest moments in motorsports history, seeing those terrifying bends and inclines up close for themselves. These circuits also have the added benefit of being located in some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside, allowing for a holiday that should have something to offer other family members, too.

Live, love, breathe France: Indulge in everything France

 photo paris-france-wallpaper-tumblr-glduiofm-e1395905289605_zps0xlsta0j.jpg

Home to the world’s most romantic city, and renowned for its cuisine, culture, and contributions to history, France is a rich, stimulating country. Located just across the English Channel, France is one of the UK’s nearest neighbours, and provides a fantastic holiday destination with a wealth of opportunities on offer. Whether you’re into history or you prefer to take in local events and shows, or you love nothing more than getting active and exploring the landscape, France has something for everyone.

Famous France: Top destinations to visit during your stay

Known for its rolling countryside, stunning architecture, beautiful vineyards, dramatic coastline, and bright, vibrant cities, France is, visually, one of the most exciting places you’re likely to visit, while its gourmet food, good wine, and incredibly artistic contributions ensure that you’ll be kept entertained, no matter how long you stay. While everybody has heard of, and been inspired by Paris, the city of culture, art, and romance, there are numerous other destinations within France that are well worth a visit. Lyon, for example, is one of the most influential cities in the country’s history and once a centre for political, economic, and cultural decisions that were felt right across Europe. A weekend is perhaps not long enough to experience everything that Lyon has to offer, but is certainly a good starting point! Other top destinations in France include Marseille, the country’s second biggest city, Strasbourg, which sits on the France/Germany border, the Loire Valley, which is famed for its wine, and Bordeaux – for similar reasons – although Calais and the French Riviera are also well worth a visit.

Making the most of your visit to France

If you have plenty of time on your hands and can’t decide where, or what, you’d most like to see, why not embark upon your own French road trip? The villages, towns, and cities that make up France are so diverse, and there is so much to see along the way, that taking to the road is one of the easiest, and most enjoyable, ways to immerse yourself in the culture and history of this beautiful country. Known as a centre of trade since its foundation in the first century BC, Lyon is often a popular starting, or finishing point for a French road trip, with Paris another brilliant city to consider. For those wishing to extend their trip further, Marseille is another destination you may wish to consider; driving from Paris to Marseille via Lyon, and back again, will enable you to explore so many different elements of France. In addition to planning the route you’ll take, it is also important to consider the stop-offs you’ll be making. Booking a hotel in France is typically easy, although you’ll be spoiled for choice. Will you be staying in a new hotel every night, making each destination a mini-break of its own, or choosing just one or two main stop-offs? However you work it, it is essential to be prepared, leaving you free to enjoy your holiday.

Renowned and beloved for its cuisine, architectural history, culture, and lively arts events, France is one of the most popular holiday destinations for UK residents; after all, it’s close enough to be seen from Kent on a clear day, and offers so much choice. Whether you’re taking in the romance of Paris, exploring the rich heritage of Lyon, or up for something altogether different, be sure to plan your next French holiday thoroughly; you won’t want to waste a moment.

 

Secrets Every Frequent Traveler Knows

 photo 557886_4706161527273_798531038_n_zpsy7xksjv2.jpg

Planning a vacation abroad? After you’ve researched cheap hotels in Rome, your travel hacking isn’t over with! There are plenty tricks of the trade that you can learn from travel pros. Read on for ways to make the most of your vacation.

Add Extra Time to Scheduled Events

In many areas of the world, schedules are a lot looser than in the U.S. If you have something reserved, give yourself a buffer both before and afterwards. If public transportation isn’t as fast as you expected, you won’t miss your dinner reservations or tours. By padding everything with extra time, you’ll avoid the domino effect of missing one reservation after another.

Be Flexible

If you want to save the most money possible, be flexible when it comes to booking your flight. A layover may seem inconvenient, but it could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Flying into a nearby city and then taking a quick domestic flight is often the least expensive way to go, especially when traveling abroad.

Also, always have a backup plan, for the flight as well as your planned days on vacation. It’s rare that travel goes exactly as planned. Have a list of alternatives for everything, including alternative flights, activities if the major tourist attractions are closed, and phone numbers in case you need to reschedule anything.

Collect Air Miles

If you’re going to be traveling a lot, plan on always booking your flight with the same airline. Or, book on airlines that allow you to share miles, so you can still get those rewards. The easiest way to get miles is to sign up for a credit card from the airline, and then to use that card whenever possible. The more you spend, the more you’ll get in return. Frequent flier miles can be used for airline tickets, airline upgrades, and even hotel stays.

 photo 11961_4687516261153_183397906_n_zpsh4uwe5ds.jpg

Pack Light

Whether you’re going on a short road trip or you’ll be living overseas for three months, pack as light as possible. You may think that traveling with all of the “necessities” will make you comfortable, but what will truly make you happy is having minimal luggage to drag along. Only take what you can carry. You’ll thank yourself later, as you navigate skinny train corridors, busy airports, treks to the bus stop, and unfamiliar cities. The more you travel, the easier it will be to figure out what you need and what you can leave home without.
Pack Distractions

If your flight is delayed or canceled, it’s important to have something on hand to distract you while you wait. If you don’t have a tablet, laptop, or book, you’ll spend your time angrily staring at the desk attendants. Keep yourself busy to make the time go by faster.

Stay Friendly

When traveling, you’re automatically at a disadvantage. By remaining friendly to vendors, even when you’re frustrated, you’ll ensure that they help you as best they can. In the end, you need their help more than they need you!

The more time you spend on the road or in the air, the more efficient you’ll become at traveling. Preparing ahead of time can make a world of difference. Soon, you’ll be able to write your own list of need-to-know travel tips!

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.

Trying to get some breather

 photo 11055364_10203921206405813_4766784763241436812_n_zpshgdkela3.jpg

Sometimes, we need to take some breather from the person rather people that can gives stress on our lives and to avoid either the noise of the urban life. This recently, me and mum and other cousins had planned to go on the countryside where we can enjoy the mountain views and the nature river to swim. Though the river at times are quite looking misty but still we managed to have our fast dipped just to check how it feels like to lave on the river..

 photo 11119754_650208958445163_6238666073217626774_n_zpsb5omjpww.jpg

 photo 17290_650208988445160_7485223100397877846_n_zpsoffqz45o.jpg

 photo 10665852_650208931778499_3343562493928600986_n_zpswpxctg75.jpg

These our other pictures. I must say, the place is awesome because of the scenic view of mountains at the back thus we’d still enjoyed our little scape here.

Visiting Nayong Pilipino

 photo AC6C6A80-B091-42EC-A086-C77A4DBCAE91_zpsf075tjlu.jpg

If boredom strikes. Our way to kill the time, me and my parents, was to go on the nearby places to hang with like in malls, resto and even in some natural habitat places such as this Nayong Pilipino – where all the old houses , I supposed, are in. Actually, this was my very first time to see the place though we’re like 10 steps away from the place. Nope, I am kidding but we’re near enough to get to the place for like 5 mins I guess..

 photo 640B2972-0F59-4BFE-B029-17C1250C278D_zpsjclggjqp.jpg

Parents enjoying the old carriage and asked me to take a snap of them. But ironically they aren’t look on my direction so I snapped it that way.. hahha

 photo 3D208CD4-4BB8-45B9-9BD8-1537E73E9067_zpskc1qwss5.jpg

Since no one would like to take a picture of me. Because parents are busy roaming and checking sorts. Ive decided to take a selfie instead, seems parents wont like to bother..haha

 photo 0C427E65-2A71-4438-A311-F6F00217FF5E_zpswfblpnv6.jpg

 photo 219678E7-B5DE-43EC-8F07-6FE42C2C2E4C_zpsmzzljtiq.jpg

In some reason. My parents found this wooden statue amusing – so they got a picture with it even dad wants to get another wife, I guess?? ahhaha

So – yeah, that’s all and please keep on tuning here for more of my personal updates same as this. Thank you and have yourself a great weekdays..

Chillin @ Baguio Peaks

 photo baguio1_zps69aq4vfl.jpg

This may late then but let me again post it up here since I am trying to retrieve all the travel photos and experiences that Ive  been to in the past. Actually these photos were already posted on my sister’s site and to my other sites as well but since this blog has it own travel category, I think this post should be in to hence I can filled up the travel section of the blog, right? So please bear with me as you reads some of the story behind this photo.

Last  two years ago, this photo was taken at the mountain peak – Baguio city. It is actually tourist spot here in the Philippines where mostly Filipino wants to go every summer due of the cold breeze of the place. At the mountain, there’s a bunch of activities to do and will chose to pick some strawberries instead of us riding some horses or hanging ourselves to the trees for the zip line ride.

Experience was nice. Because this were our first time though to had picked strawberries from its plan and able to enjoy the moment together with family.

 photo baguio2_zpsnhzgk8hi.jpg

Other good thing was. We can bond with my sister and her husband that we rarely do because they’re now residing in the US. Hence, we cant have all the time to do it so… It is really a good thing that they can able to go home for at least 2 weeks and share this unforgettable moment with us, family.

Welcome to my site

 photo peace_zpscokd9qmk.jpg

Welcome to my new site that is named as : Mycopperreef.com. Actually, this site is meant as my lifestyle blog but let see if things doesn’t work out well. I’ll probably shift into other niche but I’ll try my very best to maintain this as lifestyle blog because I was keen to do it so, hence I can store all of my personal stuff through this blog as year goes by.

By the way, let me first introduce myself. I am Ronel Marin from the far east Asia called Philippines and I simply loves to travel, review products and do something extreme like hiking, going to the unfamiliar places and do something quirky that can make me feel extremely happy because I believed on the saying ” You only live once” yet we better to enjoy it to the fullest..

And if you found this blog best fits for your company for collaboration and sorts of sponsorships. Kindly please don’t hesitant to reach me out through my contact page for further details and rates for us to go through.

Okay, that’s all for now and please keep on tuning in for my newest post updates. Thank you!