Which Island is the Best?

Experienced Caribbean Island hoppers answer an unexpected question  (published September 2013) Get a group of cruisers together and the word “best” will be mentioned frequently: the best type of anchor, the best chartplotter, the best weather and routing advice, the best storm tactics. But when we recently mentioned that we

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A Blue Water Sailor Goes Brown

After life on the open sea, the confines of cruising the Intracoastal Waterway in a 29-foot sharpie present unexpected challenges  (published July 2013) As the sea buoy dips under the horizon and the last of the buildings shrink to nothing, we allow ourselves to relax. With the occasional ship and

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whiling away the weeks in a friendly, history-filled cruisers' paradise  (published February 2013) As the sun rose across the island, we short tacked between Isla Mujeres and mainland Mexico. Among the ferries and pleasure boats, we saw several offshore sailboats that confirmed the chatter on the VHF radio: a few

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Saba, NA

17° 38' 44" N, 63° 13' 14" W  (published January 2013) The weather window did not open as predicted, and 75 miles due east of St. Croix, Saba jutted out of the Caribbean like a beacon, offering a rest and adventure before we continued our passage south. We accepted the

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Sheet Lead

One of the easiest sail trimming mistakes to avoid is over-sheeting. Simply remember the phrase, “When in doubt, let it out.” Let the sheet out until the sail just begins to luff and then bring it in until it stops. But what happens if part of the sail is set

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Great Heights

Exploring St. Pierre, Martinique from the ground up  (published July 2012) On a close reach in 15 to 18 knots, headed for the beach of St. Pierre, Martinique, I was told to “go get the anchor ready.” Anchoring under sail between the local fishing boats moored off the beach was

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Coral Bay, St. John

18° 20' N 64° 44' W  (published June 2012) Though Cruz Bay on St. John’s west coast is considered the preferred anchorage for cruisers who want to be close to the island’s version of civilization, the ferry to St. Thomas, and a wilder night life, we chose to anchor instead

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