Shifty Eyes

What are all these wind shifts about and how can cruisers take advantage?  (published June 2013) Every sailor knows the wind is never static. We know this because we can see it on the water and feel it on our face. Constantly moving, the wind can shift over a matter

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Night Moves

Crew tips for completing safe passages at night  (published May 2013) Someone once asked me if I stopped to sleep every night when making an offshore passage. Initially, it is a funny question, but when you get down to it, they are actually focusing on a key component: sleep. Offshore

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Marlinspike Madness

Learn to splice your double braid lines  (published April 2013) Marlinspike seamanship is an often-overlooked aspect of sailing. Most cruising sailors know half-a-dozen knots that are applicable in various situations aboard their boats. But, not many sailors know how to splice an eye in double braid line. Double braid is

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Live It, Learn It

Hands-on sail repair and maintenance with Carol Hasse and crew  (published April 2013) Though my home was moored in the shadow of Carol Hasse’s front door at Port Townsend Sails, I didn’t feel the need to dig out the tape recorder for our meeting. The objective wasn’t to delve into

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Mast Hysteria

What to look for in your rig before heading offshore (published April 2013) Everything has its place, purpose and importance on an offshore quality sailboat. But when completing a blue water passage, nothing could be more essential to your safety and success than your standing and running rigging. With a

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Not Just a Dream

From rookie to veteran, how to learn the cruising life  (published March 2013) Cruising on a sailboat isn’t rocket science. Sure, there is a lot to know but that doesn’t mean the dream of sailing over the horizon is unattainable. The thing is, cruising sailors tend to be natural learners.

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Up, Up and Away

Tips and tricks for going aloft safely  (published February 2013) Climbing a sailboat’s rig is not something that prudent sailors should have to do on a regular basis, especially at sea. But at some point, every self-sufficient cruiser will need to climb his or her mast in order to perform

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New & Noteworthy

Advancements in nav and electronics  (published January 2013) Technology has vastly changed the way sailors look at almost every aspect of the cruising lifestyle. Some sailors cringe at the thought of learning about the latest onboard technological advances, while others happily lap up each new product as it hits the

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Sail Off the Grid

Solar, wind and water power for independent cruising  (published November 2012) As I sit and write on a charging laptop, the refrigerator compressor kicks on nearby, music fills the background, and I look up at the stereo, chartplotter, VHF, SSB and modem nestled neatly at the nav station. Underneath my

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Avoid Boom Doom

Rigging a preventer or boom brake  (published November 2012) Warning: The only way to start this is with a dramatic, yet frightening reality.  “BOOM” isn’t exactly the noise it makes when it hits a crewmember. The sound is more akin to getting knocked in the head by a baseball bat.

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