Bahama Bound or Bust

A hurried finish to a refit, a new captain and mate, an owner who wanted his catamaran out of New England in late November and in the Bahamas for the holidays: what could possibly go wrong?  (published January/February 2018) Methodical and timely refits are the preferred way of getting things

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Rough Night to Havana

Part 2: After a boisterous delivery from Pensacola to Key West, the author and two pals set off in his Catalina 31 with an organized rally to Cuba  (published January/February 2018) A blast from the air horn at 3 pm announced the start of the rally to Cuba, 97 miles

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Rough Passage to Havana

Part One: An American and two Russians get their boat and themselves ready for the fateful cruise to Cuba  (published November/December 2017) In the summer of 1958, my father and I had just finished watching the Miami Marlins defeat the Havana Sugar Kings in a Class AAA International League baseball

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Smith Island, The Chesapeake Bay, Is the Last Island Standing

(published November/December 2017) From the marina in Deltaville, VA on the Rappahannock River, we pounded upwind on Ukiyo, our Catalina 34, through small craft advisory waves, a “noser” as it’s called here. We were bound for Reedville, Virginia on an oppressively humid day. But for a lone tanker heading north,

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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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