Ulefone Armor x5 Waterproof Phone – best sailing phone?

I’ve had a spectacularly unlucky year with broken phones, and finally came to the conclusion that, now I’m living on a boat, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a ruggedised, waterproof mobile phone.

The Ulefone Armor range of phones are waterproof to 30m, provided you haven’t damaged the casing or left the access panels for the headphone socket, USB and SIM cards open. They come already equipped with drop-proof casing and an anti-scratch screen cover, and all that for under £150. So let’s see what they’re really like to use as a phone…


Takes two SIM cards, and/or an SD card.

Reasonable built in memory.

Good camera and video, including advanced effects like panorama.

Good screen.

It comes pre-installed with a useful toolbox, including – spirit level, calculator, torch, notepad, compass, magnifier, plumb bob, alarm bell, and height meter.

Easy set-up.

I have to say, so far I’m really happy with this phone. I’ve had it a week and am really enjoying it.


It weighs like a brick!

There’s no back button, so you have to swipe left and right, which can be a little oversensitive, but you get used to it.

It could do with a wrist strap attachment so you don’t drop it when swimming/canoeing/sailing, etc… as it really won’t float!


If you like to use your phone in all conditions – either sports, work, or like me – life – then this phone is definitely for you. Check out the photos I took with it below, and prices and availability to buy online.

See what you think, check out other people’s reviews on Amazon for this phone and other Ulefone waterproof phones…    https://amzn.to/36uOxT0

Ibiza by Boat

Floss – the story so far…

We bought Floss, a nine metre Catalac catamaran, in the Autumn last year and two weeks after buying her strong winds tore her from the mooring and left her washed up on a beach nearby with one hull gauged open from bow to stern, looking very much like she’d been attacked by a giant tin opener. The Winter flew by, the weeks marked by our sweat, blood and tears (and euros) fixing her. Then further delayed by strict Spanish covid-19 quarantine laws, we finally relaunched Floss the first week in July 2020.

As I sit aboard Floss typing this, surrounded by half finished projects on the boat, it is very hard to believe that we have have been living aboard as a family for two months now. In some ways I was expecting to be more advanced with our non-essential boat repairs as well as our travels, but in other ways I wake every morning simply amazed and grateful that we are even here at all.

The weather this Summer has been distractingly balmy and the waters a divinely inviting crystal clear blue, Ibiza tunes drifting by on the breeze off the beach… Where I sit right now, Es Vedra – a large magnetic rock – rising majestically out of the sea, guarding the entrance to Cala D’Hort bay, and I have to confess that it is really hard to get any work done. I have over a 1000 photos and videos to share with you and countless adventures and stories to tell which I will endeavour to do so as I steadily get used to our new rhythm of life on the sea.

But for now, here are some photos of where we are right now to keep you going…

         To help paint the scene, Dom is working, the boys are off sailing on a friend’s proa and the (wet) dog is curled up by my feet having just got in from her third swim of the day, it’s 6pm and 28 degrees with a gentle breeze and we are anchored in the midst of around 20 other boats in the magical Cala D’Hort, situated on the south west corner of Ibiza.

Es Vedra
Vedra by moonlight