Portobelo, Panama

09° 33' 0" N   79° 39' 0" W  (published August 2013) Panama’s Portobelo is a gem of a place, the perfect intermediary stop between the San Blas Islands and gritty Colon, the Caribbean gateway to the Panama Canal. Originally, this quiet port—a deep indentation open only to the southwest—wasn’t even

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Heiva on Tahiti

Experience Polynesian flair at this unique celebration  (published June 2013) The summer of 2012 was London’s Olympic summer, but half a world away we were enjoying spectator sports of a different type. Who needs track and field when you can cheer for competitors in events like fruit basket races, stone

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Atoll Cruising 101: The Tuamotus

How to safely negotiate atolls of the South Pacific  (published May 2013) By now, every cruiser has certainly heard of the Tuamotus, a string of low-lying Pacific atolls straddling the central section of French Polynesia. Although the wonders of GPS have “downgraded” the Tuamotus from their status as “the Dangerous

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Surefire Survey Strategies

Getting the most out of every type of boat evaluation  (published December 2012) If only we knew then what we know now! In five years of owning our current boat, a 1981 Dufour 35, we’ve had three professional surveys of vastly differing qualities. Comparing our experiences taught us how to

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Quick, Easy and Good

Convenience foods for the offshore sailor  (published November 2012) Sure, we’d all like to be accomplished galley chefs, amazing and delighting the crew with our ability to whip up delicious meals regardless of the boat’s angle of heel. But let’s face it—sometimes, just being in the galley while underway is

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Shake Down South

A cruising family gets reacquainted with the liveaboard lifestyle on an East Coast run  (published September 2012) The dream part of every cruise is exhilarating sailing and the anticipation of interesting places to visit. The downside? A constant stream of problems that demand solutions. Somewhere in between is the reality:

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Sardinia

39°14’47” N, 09°03’27” E  Not just for megayachts   (published August 2012) While much of Sardinia is rural and undeveloped, the northeast coast has become an aquamarine playground for the rich and famous and their floating palaces. Persian Prince Aga Khan “discovered” these magnificent cruising grounds in the 1960s and

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A Sailor’s Mecca

Maine's slogan is right: this is truly the way life should be  (published June 2012) Ah! What pleasant visions haunt me As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who penned these words in “The Secret of

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Milos, Greece

36°41’N, 24°25’E  (published April 2012) Concluding our cruise of the Cyclades on the island of Milos, my husband and I did the usual Med moor to tie up at the quay in the port of Adamas. Making our lines fast, we casually asked our Swedish neighbor for his opinion of

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Malta

The crossroads of the Mediterranean  (published January 2012) It’s hard to cruise the Mediterranean and miss Malta, an island literally at the crossroads of Europe and North Africa. There, it’s as common to meet sailors heading east for the Red Sea as those heading west to Gibraltar, as we were.

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