Reef Piloting

Heading to the tropical reef systems of the world is the driving reason for many cruisers. However, when we get among the reef systems of the cruising world we can no longer rely solely on electronics and the safety of the boat now relies on our reef piloting skills. (published

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Marquesas Landfall

Most of us who cross the Pacific to French Polynesia are doing the passage for the first time. It is the first step of the euphemistically named Pacific Puddle Jump or the Coconut Milk Run  (published October 2015) Whether you leave from Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica or the U.S.

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Galapagos Cruising

How to navigate the various government agencies  (published September 2015) Every sailor, naturalist and even school kids have a vision of what the Galapagos is like. Giant land tortoises, islands topped by isolated volcanoes, Darwin’s finches flying through the bushes and sea iguanas heading out to sea for breakfast, not

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Agents, part 2

Preparing your boat and crew for the Panama Canal Transit  (published July 2015) In last month’s issue we got your boat signed up for a Panama Canal Transit without paying an agent. Your boat now has its official Panama Canal Ship Identification number. You’ve signed your life away in official

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Agents

Part 1: How to transit the Panama Canal without an agent  (published June 2015) Transiting the Panama Canal is one the highlights of any cruiser’s voyage. There’s the excitement of changing oceans and doing it mixed among the giant cargo ships of the world in a historic set of locks,

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The Cruiser’s Scavenger Hunt

How to successfully navigate the clearing in and out process as you cruise, and the valuable cultural experiences that make it worth the effort  (published March 2015) After arriving in a new port once a long passage has been completed, the fatigue of the rotating watches fades away and is

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Alarmed

How installing an alarm can boost your on board security and peace of mind  (published December 2014) Security is always a concern to cruisers. Hearing about the pirates in the Gulf of Aden or violent boardings in the Caribbean brings at least a moment of caution to even experienced cruisers

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