Glass Half Full

(published September 2015) I mentally sifted through our options as I stared at the black and white advertisements on my coffee-stained placemat in the greasy spoon diner near the marina. Décor celebrating Lake Michigan’s nautical past and present dripped from the walls narrating the story of ships lost nearby while

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Island Time

Exploring British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands and capital city offers solitude and a lively urban atmosphere  (published August 2015) The strong southerly that had propelled us quickly northward up Trincomali Channel towards Wallace Island was streaming over the treetops when we dropped the hook in narrow Princess Cove. When firmly

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Sail Fast

Increased performance means paying attention to the little things  (published June 2105) When cruisers think of performance sailing they often think of yachts racing around buoys with crewmembers hiking out over the windward rail or scurrying around on deck while being yelled at. That doesn’t sound like the relaxing time

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Check. Check. Not Check.

Whether racing offshore or cruising, taking stock of a "safety equipment requirements and recommendations" list will show you what safety gear you have, but more importantly, what you don't  (published May 2015) When Jill and I consider our future sailing endeavors aboard Yahtzee, cruising as a family is the answer.

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Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

17°29"N 62°59"W  (published April 2015) When we reached the summit of St. Eustatius’ iconic volcano, the Quill, the small town of Oranjestad and its adjacent anchorage seemed to be dwarfed by the openness of the blue ocean behind it. We’d woken in the dark and taken the dinghy ashore to

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Dry Suits for Cruisers

What's outthere in the realm of four weather gear for those looking to stay 100 percent dry?  (published April 2015) When sailors think of dry suits, an image of frostbiting in dinghies comes to mind, so too does the notion that they are ill fitting and difficult to put on

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Paint It Black

Afer two years, renewing the bottom paint quickly moved atop our spring fitting out list  (published April 2015) While kayaking back to the boat after a hike ashore, I decided to do a lap around the hull to take a look at the condition of our bottom paint at the

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Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

26˚ 32.32’N   76˚ 57.37’W  (published March 2015) “ONLY ENTER AND LEAVE HOPE Town on a high or rising tide,” we were warned with a good amount of seriousness during our navigation briefing at the charter base. And even though the cat we had waiting at the dock drew a modest

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VHF Operations

Getting your crew comfortable using the VHF radio  (published February 2015) One of the simplest yet most important pieces of electronics aboard your cruising boat is the VHF radio. Able to put you in touch with marinas, bridges, ships, other vessels and emergency services, the VHF is a valuable piece

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Roger Dodger

How I upgraded our dodger with the generous help of friends and fellow cruisers  (published January 2015) While sailing close hauled into a steep chop created by a strong northeasterly breeze that was greeted by a north running current, waves crashed aboard and quickly met the windshield of our new

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