SimplySailingOnline.com shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

Mother Ocean

January 18, 2016

This week's post is written by a guest Torben Lonne. Like most of us, Torben is an ocean lover, and today he shares with us some fascinating facts. Got something to share? Drop us a line.

Many non-sailors out there question the reasons for sailing. One of the biggest reasons individuals set off on these incredible journeys is because the open ocean is the biggest playing field of them all. With the ocean covering over 71% of the surface of the planet, this provides an extensive blue desert for many avid sailors to explore. Did you know that the oceans provide over 97% of the world's water supply and that over half the oxygen that we breathe has been created by the ocean? There is a lot that we already know about the ocean however, scientists and marine biologist have only really explored 5% of the ocean.

50 fascinating facts about the ocean50 fascinating facts about the ocean - Graphic by the team at DIVE.in

This vast surface area of water is so huge that it has been divided into 5 main bodies of water which are all connected. The largest ocean is the Pacific and is roughly the same size as all of the land on earth, put together. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean and is known for its amazing sailing routes. There are so many advantages to sailing on the open ocean, one of which is the ability to learn something new as well as always have new experiences. No matter how many times you set sail, there will always be a new experience waiting for you throughout your journey. Some individuals decide to sail as a group and therefore spend time with like-minded individuals or they choose to sail alone and seek that vital solitude that our hectic lifestyles prevent on a daily basis. Either way, there are many benefits to sailing on the open ocean.

If you would like to learn more about the ocean and what lies beneath the surface, then take a look at the infographic above which will leave you astounded. Created by the incredible folks at divein.com. If you love to spend time on the ocean, this may provide essential information that you may not already know.

Winter has finally arrived in south Florida. MONDAY we'll share our favorite cabin heater for those once a decade times when we get caught too far north. The rest of the time, you don't even know it's aboard.

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