The Right Way to Cruise

(published March 2017) We were in the final days of preparing to depart for our voyage south from California, where we purchased Kate, when we met a couple who were in the final leg of their latest trip. I don’t remember their names but do recall that they were in

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AUGUST 2017

20 Cruising Life Landfall The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks by Heather Francis 24 World Cruising Diving Bonaire and Curacao For cruisers who like to scuba dive, the Dutch islands in the southern Caribbean offer some of the world’s best and least crowded

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The Sailor’s Nine

Some not so obvious choices for the cruising sailor  (published November 2016) BEAT MOLD WHERE IT STARTS Mold and sailboats go together, and everyone has their favorite anti-mold remedy. But, better than any mold remedy is to keep it from starting altogether. Mold loves heat and humidity, and one of

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Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40

(published September 2016-boat show preview) Introduced to the American audience at last winter’s Miami boat show, the Lucia 40 is an innovative new model in the well-established line of cruising cats from French builder Fountaine Pajot. The boat’s lines are thoroughly modern and eye-catching. The rig is tall enough to

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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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Delivery South

An early fall passage from Portland, Maine to Annapolis, Maryland  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) As the sun set on our first night out from Portland, Maine en route to Annapolis, Maryland, I listened to the forecast, checked GRIBs and knew we were going to be in for a wild ride. A

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A School with a View

Ever wonder if sailing school is for you? Here’s what it’s like to spend a week in hands-on training where teachable moments come hard and fast (Published August 2016) We really only had one shot at the next move. On the wheel, Doug brought us head to wind as Yi

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Exploring Guatemala

Every once in awhile, the cruising life hands you very special moments (Published August 2016) THE RIO CHOCÓN MACHACASseem to have those special moments with Bram Van Dijk on his Hughes Columbia 40, Donna Dee. I had just crossed the Atlantic as crew on another boat and still found that

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