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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September Boat Show Preview 2017

With the fall boat shows ahead, here’s BWS’s overview of what's new and interesting in the cruising marketplace among monohulls  (published September 2017) [caption id="attachment_10337" align="alignleft" width="246"] Amel 55[/caption] Amel The French builder Amel has long been a unique player in the cruising market and their boats have been likened

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Green Energy Afloat

To be truly self-sufficient, a cruising boat needs to use solar, wind and water energy to top up the battery bank  (published November 2016) In the first leg of our five year circumnavigation, we sailed and cruised from the East Coast of the U.S. to New Zealand via the Panama

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Smart Charging

Choose an alternator and smart charger to fit your battery bank (published November 2016) Marine engines come with an alternator rated between 50 and 70 amps as standard equipment. This is spec’d to charge the starting battery and does double duty to also charge your house batteries. For most owners

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HH 42 IRC Performance

BWS joins the crew of the new HH42 to compete in the New York Yacht Club’s 2016 Regatta at Newport and came away bloodied but amazed  (published November 2016) It has been a very long time since I have sailed at the front of a flat out racing machine where

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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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X-Yachts XC 45

(published September 2016-boat show preview) X-Yachts of Denmark is one of Europe’s leading builders of performance cruisers and racer-cruisers. With their northern European design ethos and reputation for high quality craftsmanship, X-Yachts is also among Europe’s premier builders of fine yachts. The XC 45 (cruising) was the first of the

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