OCTOBER 2017

26 Bluewater Adventure Sailing Sabbitcal Why I decided to sail around the world after college graduation by Haley Haltom 30 World Cruising Black Sands and Black Magic Vanuatu by sail by Heather Francis 38 Fitting Out 38 Ten Years After, What Worked, What Didn’t by Patrick Childress 42 Essential Upgrades

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Pirate Attack

In the Gulf of Vietnam, they were chased by pirates and barely got away. Here's what happened and what they learned  (published May 2017) “Rebecca, QUICK, I need another flare from the hanging locker!”     The jib alone was just barely pulling Brick House southward at a pace slower

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Sailing Phuket

Exploring Thailand's Phang Nga Bay on a 14-day Sunsail charter  (pictures by Michaela Urban, published May 2017) I spent a number of years working as a journalist in Southeast Asia in the 1990s, and fell in love with the region, especially Thailand. However, it wasn’t until recently that I finally

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Cuba Today

Twenty three boats and a hundred intrepid cruisers joined the Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba  (published May 2017) Landing in Cuba is like stepping off a time machine. Colonial era architecture, 1940’s and 1950’s era American cars in great shape, oxen drawn ploughs, trash burned by incinerator or open air,

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Galley Guide

The pressure cooker, a galley essential?  (published May 2017) When we bought Kate I had both boating experience and cooking skills, but  had never needed to combine them in such a small space before. I figured there were a few tricks of the trade I didn’t know. So, I went

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Performance Propellers

(published April 2017) What does an extra knot of boat speed mean under sail? On a day run of 30 miles, it will cut almost an hour off the time under way. On a coastal passage of 250 miles you will save seven hours. And, on a 1,500 mile passage

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Building a Better Cruising Sail

(published April 2017) It’s time for our semi-annual review of sail construction and material options. While most of this is well documented, an overview is handy given the bewildering variety of ways available to build a sail. In the good old days, the whole debate centered on the weight of

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SV Honeymoon Forever

Fitting out for a multi-year cruise  (published April 2017) My dream of cruising long term actually started as a child standing on the south shore of Long Island looking out over the ocean and dreaming of the explorers I was reading about in history class at school. Explorers like, Magellan,

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