I'm the owner of ImproveSailing. I live in Friesland, The Netherlands, which is famous for its great lakes and lots of sailing opportunities.

When I was 2 years old, I was sailing (with my parents) on the English Channel during a proper storm (and by proper I mean something along the lines of force 10). Since then I've enjoyed sailing very much — and I've never been afraid of the water again.

I've been fascinated with sailing from a young age. It truly is the one mode of transportation that has built human culture and trade. It's not only the most efficient way of transporting goods up to this day, but it's also the most enjoyable.

That's why I've dedicated a part of my life to learning about sailing, in order to sail smarter, faster, and smoother - it's the reason my website is called ImproveSailing.

I've sailed an old Cornish Crabber and a double-handed dinghy. The Crabber was a slow but very satisfying boat. The dinghy is faster, has more of a thrill to it, but nothing beats slow and steady cruising for weeks on end across the great lakes of The Netherlands (- which is where I live).

My dream is to own a sea-worthy vessel and sail the world seas. I'm still young (only 28) so there's plenty of room for improvement. Until then I will continue to learn, and nerd out about what I've learned here, on this website.

My favorite articles

How To Live On a Boat For Free: How I'd Do It

In Sailing Guides

Living on a boat with no cost of living. Yes, a dream - but is it just that? In this article, I'll list what you'd need to do in order to make it work.

Beautiful white gaff-rigged cutter with gaff top sail and two staysails

How Much Do New Sails Cost?

In Beginner Info

Sooner or later it needs to happen: you need to replace those precious sails. Everybody knows it's expensive, but how expensive exactly? Let's look at the data.

Sailboat in front of NYC with Bermuda mainsail and Jib

Guide to Understanding Sail Rig Types (with Pictures)

In Sailing Guides Last Updated: September 17, 2023

There are a lot of different sail rig types and it can be difficult to remember what's what. So I've come up with a system. Let me explain it in this article.

Sailboat in Tropical shallow water

How Long Does it Take to Sail Around the World?

In Beginner Info

My big dream is to one day sail the world seas with my wife. But I was unsure how long it actually takes. So I got into it and wrote this article.

Latest articles

Which Famous Pirate Are You? Navigate Your Personality

In Start Here

Are you the type to navigate social gatherings with an eye for the high seas of personality? Do you find yourself matching your friends to famous pirates based on …

Which Famous Sailor Are You? Here's your test to see!

In Start Here

Do you ever catch yourself heroically saving a bird like a wildlife superhero or spinning tales about your mundane trip to the grocery store like it's an epic saga? …

The World's Most Powerful Sailing Cargo Ship: A Leap Towards Sustainable Shipping

In News

In a groundbreaking development that could revolutionize the maritime industry, Berge Bulk has unveiled the world's most powerful sailing cargo ship, marking a …

Which Boat Type Are You? Here's Your Test to See!

In Start Here

Do you strut into parties like, turning heads with your dazzling presence? Well, you might just be a Luxury Yacht – in boat terms, that is! But hold your anchors – …

Do You Have What It Takes to Live on a Sailboat? (Reality Check)

In Liveaboard

Are you daydreaming about a life at sea, where every sunset is a backdrop for your next adventure? Well, you might be harboring a secret sailor soul!

Winterize Checklist

In Resources

With this extensive winterizing checklist, you'll make sure not to forget something critical when preparing your boat for winter storage.

Cruising Gear Essentials

In Resources

What items would you need for long-term cruising? Here's a list that includes all upgrades to your boat for inland, coastal, and offshore cruising.

Safety Gear List

In Resources

This page details the USCG-required safety equipment for different boat lengths, as well as recommended common-sense items you may want to start carrying.