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Privacy Policy

Who we are

‘Become a Cruiser’ came about after we noticed on multiple online pages, Facebook Groups, and forums that most people were asking the same questions about how to start cruising. Even how to stay motivated and plan to go cruising and didn’t really know where to ask real cruisers these questions. The advice that was being dolled out of groups and forums was mostly from armchair sailors with no cruising experience. The tone was often harsh and unhelpful. We decided to do something about this and as such have set up ‘Become a Cruiser’ to try help wanna be cruisers plan and prepare to go cruising. Trying our best to give real-life examples of what works and what doesn’t.

With this in mind, we have no interest in harvesting your data. We certainly would never sell your data. But unfortunately, we do need to collect some data just to make the site work. Improving the site takes the analysis of data and even passing you across to some of our affiliate links does require a certain amount of data to be transmitted.

We will never deliberately send your information to any outside company or individual to use for any purpose whatsoever unless specifically ordered to do so by law.

Data may be sent across borders and outside of the USA and/ Europe (EU/ EAA) and other countries by some of our service providers. Please see below for a list of which services we use.

We try do all of this with your privacy in mind. We will try our very best to protect the data you do intentionally and unintentionally share with us and promise to not sell your name or email address to anyone.

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you enter data on a contact form on our site you may do so without entering in your name


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


In order to keep the site running and keep up to date with progress and new trends on the web we need to constantly modify and upgrade this site. To do this we need to understand a few things about our visitors. Where are our visitors coming from (Location and feed in web pages). What kind of devices do our visitors use to view our site. What times of the day do they visit. How long do they stay on a page or the site as a whole. This and many more metrics help us improve our site. Knowing what interests or visitors have helps us to create content tailored to those interests.

To measure and capture this data we use a number of web analytics services. Right now we use Google Analytics and Clicky.

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you have any comments, questions or would like us to delete your information. Please send us an email to

Additional information

How we protect your data

We subscribe to various commercially available website security services to secure, monitor and protect our site and the data contained within.

What data breach procedures we have in place

As soon as we become aware of a data breach we will immediately shut down the site to prevent any further loss of data. Law enforcement authorities will be contacted. The site will remain shut down until the cause of the brach is rectified. Where possible we will make every effort to advise users who may have been effected that a breach has taken place. We will advise any search engines who may have cached leaked data to immediately remove it from their search pages.

What third parties we receive data from


What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Currently we only use analytics data to drive website improvements and content writing decisions.

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