Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front

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Elan Impression 45

The new Elan Impression 45 is a thoroughly modern family cruising boat that can be tailored to each owner's needs  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) The afternoon after the Annapolis sailboat show that we had a chance to give the new Elan Impression 45 a sail trial turned out to be very

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Jeanneau 54

The new Philippe Briand design is a family cruiser with passagemaking capabilities  (published March 2016) The first thing you notice about the new Jeanneau 54 as you walk down the dock is just how large the boat is for a 54 footer. The transom with its wide fold-down swim platform

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Delphia 40.3

Built in Poland, the Delphia 40.3 is a classic cruising sloop that can be configured in many ways to suit each buyer's needs  (published January 2016) The morning after the Annapolis Sailboat Show that we got to go for a test sail of the 40.3, the breeze was light and

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Integrated Nav Systems for Passagemaking

Some 350 boats sailed in last fall's rallies and most of them used advanced navigation and routing systems  (published January 2016) Last November, I was lucky to join Rick and Julie Palm for the passage south from Hampton, VA to the British Virgin Islands aboard their new Outremer 51 cruising

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Beginnings

Captain's Log November 2015 Every fall, on both coasts of the U.S. and Canada and in Europe, sailors step onto their cruising boats, let loose the docking lines and point their boat’s bows south toward the sun. But, as sailors have long said, great voyages often have bad beginnings. Ours

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Basseterre, St. Kitts

17° 10’ N, 62° 43’ W  (published February 2015) We picked up our 40 foot charter cat from the Horizon Yacht Charter base in Jolly Harbour, Antigua and, after clearing out, set off on a one way charter from Antigua to the Horizon base in St. Martin. As we were

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5 Single Sideband Tips

Five ways to make the signal you transmit from your SSB clearer and more reliable  (published February 2015) We were on a passage from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean Sea. The night we reached the halfway point across the pond, we fired up our ICOM and tuned into WOO

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Comms for Cruisers

For offshore sailors, here are three modern communication solutions for three different budgets  (published February 2015) Skippers and their crews headed offshore should take their onboard communications seriously because the safety and well-being of the crew and your boat may depend upon you being able to get a message out

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