Wintering in the Great Land

(published March 2018) A fresh blanket of snow covers Yahtzee when I arrive to tackle another day of boat projects. Before heading below to switch on heaters and plug in power tools, I spend a few minutes shoveling the cockpit and decks, and pushing snow off the solar panels on

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The Year of the Refit

Boat work means lists, projects and knowing it will all be worth it  (published January/February 2018) Switching my electric sander off, I watched dust settle around Yahtzee’s cabin. A steady, cold rain fell outside and I could see my breath in front of me as I surveyed the area I

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Time After Time

A concept that is both fixed and fluid aboard a cruising sailboat  (published November/December 2017) When I came on deck at 11 p.m. it was still light out. The spinnaker was drawing nicely and we were galloping westward at a cool 7 knots across the vast Gulf of Alaska. After

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Stop and Go

Making tough decisions to keep the cruising life afloat  (published October 2017) Sitting on a pebble beach, I poked our fire with a stick while Jill and I discussed what our next moves were going to be. A deep fjord lay in front of us and jagged mountains shot up

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The Right Boat For You Is…

(published May 2017) When I overheard Porter, our newly minted four-year-old, say, “Mom, I love Yahtzee” while being tucked into bed for the night, I couldn’t help but smile. The topic between he and Jill was boats, ours and others, and it was comforting to know that he loves his

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Learn Your Life Raft

(published April 2017) With sea boots and foul weather gear full of water, I stepped onto the bottom rung of the life raft’s boarding ladder and tried to stand up. Nothing. Groping at the inside of the raft’s door, I urgently searched for a handle that I knew was there

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Honing Your Cruising Senses

(published March 2017) Laying in my bunk, I could hear and feel the wind changing. A soft harmonic wind blew through the rigging and I listened intently to the speed of the boat match it. As our pace increased, the rustle of water against the hull went from a soft

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The Joys of Winter Cruising

(published November 2016) When the rain came, I pulled my hood over my hat, lowered my head slightly to look at the compass and took my sunglasses off. Yahtzee powered forward as the wind kicked up and I could sense that this squall was the beginning of what would be

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