The Unparalleled Beauty of Cruising

Sheer cliffs shot from the water’s edge straight up thousands of feet. Mere boat lengths from their craggy faces, the water depths dropped to 500 then 1,000 feet. Above it all, jagged, snowcapped mountain peaks dangled and broke the clouds to reveal a beautiful blue sky  (published September 2016) We

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Delivery South

An early fall passage from Portland, Maine to Annapolis, Maryland  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) As the sun set on our first night out from Portland, Maine en route to Annapolis, Maryland, I listened to the forecast, checked GRIBs and knew we were going to be in for a wild ride. A

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The Rewards of Racing

(Published August 2016) Red buoy #2 bobbed dead ahead in the swell as we passed astern of the committee boat on the tumultuous Columbia River Bar. The starting gun was a minute and a half out and we were right on the line on port tack. With boats entering the

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OPB (other people’s boats)

(published April 2016) Sun sparkled on the water on a perfect late fall day as I joined my friends getting a Hallberg-Rassy 43 ready in her slip and pulling the spinnaker on deck. We were soon clear of the marina and rolling out the in-mast furling mainsail and big orange

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Beauty Abounds in Desolation Sound

Warm water and amazing scenery are just the beginning in this idyllic playground  (published March 2016) As we rounded Sarah Point on Malaspina Peninsula and made our way into Homfray Channel, our jaws dropped and mouths went agape. In front of us, British Columbia’s Coast Mountains shot straight from sea

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Night Eyes

Never enter an unfamiliar port at night  (published January 2016) That’s the rule. Or at least that’s the rule for many passagemakers and coastal cruisers. And the prudent skipper is considered to be the one who plans landfall accordingly. The truth, though, is that even familiar ports can be difficult

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Just Sail the Boat

(published December 2015) I was on the dock casting off lines when Jill put the engine in reverse. Then, when she powered up to back us out, nothing happened. We didn’t move. Not good. After securing us to the dock again, I immediately expected the issue to be transmission or

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Fuel Cell Basics

The future of onboard energy production is here  (published November 2015) Alternative energy sources used to keep our batteries topped up and our amenities running have long been a hot topic amongst cruisers—with almost everyone staunchly defending their own version of what works for them. But as we all know,

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Linger Longer

(published October 2015) My phone buzzed on the table next to my laptop in the small village café with a text message from Jill. “Crystal clear water. Beautiful sand. Best beach yet.” That statement firmly held my attention, as it was mid-August and we’d spent a good amount of time

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