Land Ho!

The culture shock of life ashore  (published August 2017) Stepping from the marina parking lot onto the sidewalk, cars rushed by in a flash and I felt my heart start beating a bit faster. Rain pounded on the hard pavement, the stench of exhaust hung in the air and I

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January/February 2018

20 World Cruising Mahina Tiare Sails Into the Med From Liston on the Atlantic coast, they cruise to Gibraltar, the south of Spain and the Balearic Islands by John Neal 28 Cruising Life Rough Night to Havana Part 2... the author and two pals set off in his Catalina 31

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For the Love of Alaska

Achieving a cruising dream  (published June/July 2017) With our bright blue spinnaker poled out and full of wind, we sailed across the border between British Columbia and Alaska in perfect downwind style. Bathed in April sunshine, our family of four whooped and hollered at the occasion. It had been nearly

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OCTOBER 2017

26 Bluewater Adventure Sailing Sabbitcal Why I decided to sail around the world after college graduation by Haley Haltom 30 World Cruising Black Sands and Black Magic Vanuatu by sail by Heather Francis 38 Fitting Out 38 Ten Years After, What Worked, What Didn’t by Patrick Childress 42 Essential Upgrades

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Owning a Boat in a Charter Fleet

What are the pros and cons of owning a boat in a bareboat charter fleet?  (published May 2017) There is nothing quite like walking down a dock in some exotic location with your sea bag on your shoulder and climbing aboard your own boat with the name you gave it

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Jeanneau 51

(published April 2017) When I woke just after dawn and checked the weather app on my phone, I could see we were in for a storm. The radar showed a massive squall line that reached from Cuba in the south all the way to Jacksonville in the north and it

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Anchors for Cruisers

There are lots of choices but some pretty obvious answers, too  (published April 2017) For cruising sailors who like to explore off the beaten path, anchors are their most important safety gear and insurance policy. If you are going to sleep well at night when anchored, you have to be

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Performance Propellers

(published April 2017) What does an extra knot of boat speed mean under sail? On a day run of 30 miles, it will cut almost an hour off the time under way. On a coastal passage of 250 miles you will save seven hours. And, on a 1,500 mile passage

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Work Horse Winches

(published April 2017) If you have never pulled apart your sheet and halyard winches, you might be surprised at what simple and elegant machines they are on the inside. Winches are built around the drum on the outside that carries the sheets or lines. They come in a range of

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