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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Family Charter Downeast

Experienced dinghy sailors take a week off to explore the Maine coast and the wonders of Penobscot Bay  (published March 2017) My family has sailed a lot of miles and, while that includes several cruises, the majority of our time is spent on Midwestern lakes racing on course circles. We

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Sailing Blue Nun

Circumnavigators downsize to a smaller cruising boat and find themselves asking , "when is small too small?"  (published March 2017) Looking back, Frenchman Bay in Downeast Maine was a fitting place for Tom and me to open the third leg in our cruising career. This was the part where we

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The Chesapeake Bay: Hidden Wonders

From secluded creeks to bustling cities the Chesapeake Bay has it all  (published March 2017) I grew up sailing dinghies on fickle-winded northeastern lakes, but it wasn’t until I lived on the Chesapeake Bay that sailing became a major part of my life. It would take a lifetime to describe

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Girls Gone Sailing in the Abacos

The Abaco chain in the northern Bahamas offers lots of beautiful harbors and plenty of flat-water sailing  (published March 2017) Sometimes when planning a charter you start with a series of constraints rather than a destination in mind. In our case recently, we had an important crew member who was

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Victoria to San Diego

Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast  (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under

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