Learn Your Life Raft

(published April 2017) With sea boots and foul weather gear full of water, I stepped onto the bottom rung of the life raft’s boarding ladder and tried to stand up. Nothing. Groping at the inside of the raft’s door, I urgently searched for a handle that I knew was there

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Digging for Treasure

Spring is upon us, and it's time to ort through the various treasures hidden in the dark recesses of my seabag. Some are old standbys, others recent additions. They all have their place as sailing season warms up  (published April 2017) That humble, tattered canvas seabag doesn’t seem to get

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Honing Your Cruising Senses

(published March 2017) Laying in my bunk, I could hear and feel the wind changing. A soft harmonic wind blew through the rigging and I listened intently to the speed of the boat match it. As our pace increased, the rustle of water against the hull went from a soft

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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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More Wind Than We Ever Wanted

Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training  will help you cope with that reality  (published March 2017) It was only

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A New Glow for the Old Girl

She was a magnificent yacht in her day, and you’re the new proud owner. With a little tender loving care she can regain that youthful appearance, but, as with any new workout program, it doesn’t need to be accomplished in one undertaking  (published February 2017) Perhaps periodic routine maintenance by

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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a

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