Sailing Phuket

Exploring Thailand's Phang Nga Bay on a 14-day Sunsail charter  (pictures by Michaela Urban, published May 2017) I spent a number of years working as a journalist in Southeast Asia in the 1990s, and fell in love with the region, especially Thailand. However, it wasn’t until recently that I finally

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Cuba Today

Twenty three boats and a hundred intrepid cruisers joined the Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba  (published May 2017) Landing in Cuba is like stepping off a time machine. Colonial era architecture, 1940’s and 1950’s era American cars in great shape, oxen drawn ploughs, trash burned by incinerator or open air,

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Galley Guide

The pressure cooker, a galley essential?  (published May 2017) When we bought Kate I had both boating experience and cooking skills, but  had never needed to combine them in such a small space before. I figured there were a few tricks of the trade I didn’t know. So, I went

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Dragonfly 28 “Touring”

The Danish designed and built trimaran combines comfortable cruising accommodations with exciting sailing performance (published fall 2017) In early June, we had the opportunity to cruise on a Dragonfly 28 “Touring” in Denmark’s “South Sea”. After a full week of sailing with the entire family over hundreds of miles, varied

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Northward Bound

Daylight lengthens, and rumor has it that the weather is getting warmer further to the north. It's time to leave the tropics in favor of northern summers  (published May 2017) Aquamarine water and pastel sunrises, warm breezes amidst softly swaying palm trees and the sound of tree frogs chirping: it

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Anchors for Cruisers

There are lots of choices but some pretty obvious answers, too  (published April 2017) For cruising sailors who like to explore off the beaten path, anchors are their most important safety gear and insurance policy. If you are going to sleep well at night when anchored, you have to be

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Offshore Power Management

How to build an energy system that is robust, reliable and up to the rigors of offshore sailing  (published April 2017) For the past 30 years we have been able to meet the challenge of designing reliable offshore power systems that are fully sustainable with the use of wind turbines

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Ten Qualities of a Long Term Cruiser

Do you have what it takes to sail into the sunset?  (published April 2017) A cruiser is someone who sails for pleasure without an exact destination, and in some cases without an exact duration. Not as a cruise ship passenger, of course, but as a sailor on his or her

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