Moving Pictures: Tall Tales and Seascapes

How to get the most out of sharing your sailing experiences using modern video cameras  (published December 2013) Since the very beginning of sailing, sea stories of giant waves and monsters as told by sailors have captivated and enthralled audiences the world over. These days with modern waterproof cameras we’ve

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Heavy Metal: Part II

What to consider when installing and operating a new windlass  (published November 2013) So you have spent the money and are now the proud owner of a new windlass. All that remains to do is get the thing to work and then keep it running smoothly. Here are a few

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Bank On It

How to assess and choose the right house batteries for your boat  (published November 2013) We were reaching south halfway between Annapolis and Norfolk when the chartplotter faded and blipped off. I immediately knew the problem, low house batteries, but was puzzled because they were inspected and topped up before

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Energy Saving Tips

As Ben Franklin might say, an amp-hour saved is an amp-hour earned  (published November 2013) Modern cruising boats tend to be well equipped with refrigeration, marine electronics, computers, home entertainment systems, and energy gobbling options like electric winches, watermakers and more. If you are not careful, the daily onboard energy

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Safety At Sea

recommendations and consideratioins for outfitting your sailboat to go offshore  (published October 2013) With the amount of gear and opinions available on what you should or should not have, fitting out a sailboat for blue water has never been more daunting. Couple that with the highly personal nature of the

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What Worked, What Didn’t

Gear and personal cruising items that have kept us safe, happy and healthy after six years of world cruising  (published October 2013) Cruising into our sixth year of exploring oceans, we have had little go wrong. But now, when we anchor in a location with good mail service from the

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Heavy Metal

Things to consider when purchasing a windlass  (published September 2013) Marinas and moorings are convenient, but sooner or later you may wish to venture further afield, which means you will need to anchor. And when it comes time to set your hook, the process is going to be made a

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Do It Yourself

Tips for anchor windlass installation  (published June 2013) I no longer need a mirror to see that time has finally caught up with me—let’s face it, I’m getting old. Having made this admission, high on our list of cruising equipment was a new 12-volt anchor windlass. As we sail shorthanded,

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A Sole with Soul

Fitting a new cabin sole takes time and careful planning  (published May 2013) When we began the restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, S/V Regina Oceani, on the edge of a corn field in Colorado, some 39 months ago, I promised Admiral Jill, that I would not replace the

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