Time After Time

A concept that is both fixed and fluid aboard a cruising sailboat  (published November/December 2017) When I came on deck at 11 p.m. it was still light out. The spinnaker was drawing nicely and we were galloping westward at a cool 7 knots across the vast Gulf of Alaska. After

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Solar Survival

Bright ideas to keep you going in any situation  (published Nov/Dec 2017) Watching the drama unfold as hurricane after hurricane battered the Caribbean and Atlantic this season was horrifying. Broken boats, broken homes and broken dreams were the only thing that seemed to make the news for weeks. As sailors

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Stop and Go

Making tough decisions to keep the cruising life afloat  (published October 2017) Sitting on a pebble beach, I poked our fire with a stick while Jill and I discussed what our next moves were going to be. A deep fjord lay in front of us and jagged mountains shot up

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Ten Years After

What Worked, What Didn't  (published October 2017) After 10 years of cruising, we aren’t going home any time soon. We are on our way across the Indian Ocean to South Africa; then, Tierra Del Fuego has an enticing tone. Along the way we are still finding some things that work

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Black Sands, Black Magic

Vanuatu by Sail  (published October 2017) Since we left Panama and started sailing west across the Pacific it has felt like we were twenty years too late. Paddles had been abandoned for outboards, dugout canoes had been replaced by sleek fiberglass skiffs. Few were the opportunities to trade and those

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Sailing Sabbatical

Why I decided to sail around the world after college graduation  (published October 2017) Senior year of college is a poignant time, filled with nostalgia and excitement about the future, but it is also very stressful. Professors, friends, strangers, and most relentlessly, parents, anyone who knows you are about to

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What’s In Your Ditch Bag?

(published October 2017) Imagine that your worst nightmare has come true; a catastrophic equipment failure, irreparable damage due to a collision at sea or human error puts your vessel in peril. You find yourself getting ready to abandon ship, but how prepared are you? Last year in western Canada there

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