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 dive sites  (published August 2017)      One of the greatest things about the cruising life for my wife Virginia and me is the freedom and ability

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Landfall

The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks  (published August 2017)     On the 21st morning of our passage I wake long before the alarm goes off for my 0600 watch. The early morning air is warm so I dress lightly in a short

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Seamanship for Cruisers

Two of the world's most experienced offshore sailors and dedicated seamanship educators, share what they have learned over lifetimes at sea  (with John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal, published June/July 2017) Having spent most of our lifetimes sailing and teaching ocean passagemaking, we enjoy following those new to sailing as

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Going Coastal to New England

A flotilla cruise from Hampton, Virginia to Southern New England offers adventure, new friends and a taste of history  (published June/July 2017) In the summer of 2015, my wife Carol and I thought about sailing our boat Legacy, a 2011 Hunter 39, from her homeport in Hampton, Virginia, to New

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Running Dodd Narrows Under Sail

(published June/July 2017) We moved aboard Skibo, our Contessa 26, in April of 2012 and by July had twice conquered the challenge of sailing across Georgia Strait from our False Creek marina slip in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. We were eager for the delights and sights of summertime Gulf Islands

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On to Cuba

Six friends take in the sights and sounds of Cuba  (published June/July 2017) Plate after plate of food piled in front of us as our crew of six eagerly crowded around the open-air picnic table. In the distance, the lush green mountains of Viñales jutted up out of the earth.

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Fitness Afloat

Everyone knows that a balanced diet and regular exercise are the pillars of maintaining a healthy lifestyle but it can be difficult to put that knowledge into acton, especially on board  (published June/July 2017) We spent 2016 exploring the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Choosing to stay close to

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Staying Safe at Sea

(published June/July 2017) While the rest of the world is worried about terrorism, it’s easy to feel safe from attacks when living aboard out at sea. Days go by without seeing another boat. The vast majority of cruisers never have to be concerned with safety; thousands of good-hearted people have

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The Right Boat For You Is…

(published May 2017) When I overheard Porter, our newly minted four-year-old, say, “Mom, I love Yahtzee” while being tucked into bed for the night, I couldn’t help but smile. The topic between he and Jill was boats, ours and others, and it was comforting to know that he loves his

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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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