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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AUGUST 2017

20 Cruising Life Landfall The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks by Heather Francis 24 World Cruising Diving Bonaire and Curacao For cruisers who like to scuba dive, the Dutch islands in the southern Caribbean offer some of the world’s best and least crowded

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Niue Yacht Club Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

(published February 2017) Twenty five years ago, a few volunteers, both Niuean and ex-pats, shared a vision to provide safe moorings that would encourage cruisers to sail to Niue during their voyages in the South Pacific. In the intervening years, we have had over 3,500 yachts with approximately 12,000 crew

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Batteries for Cruisers

Match your batteries to your needs and budget  (published November 2016) Among the cruising fleet of sailors, the topic of onboard energy is a constant staple of cocktail conversation. Every boat has energy issues and every skipper has his or her own priorities and ways of making do. At the

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