Another Uncertain Outcome

Getting a 48' Gunboat catamaran to Cape Hatteras in mid-December might seem like a good idea to some folks, but it could leave a great deal of risk to the imagination  (published February 2016) Anjella, a Gunboat 48 I helped to move north from Cape Town, South Africa ten years

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Integrated Nav Systems for Passagemaking

Some 350 boats sailed in last fall's rallies and most of them used advanced navigation and routing systems  (published January 2016) Last November, I was lucky to join Rick and Julie Palm for the passage south from Hampton, VA to the British Virgin Islands aboard their new Outremer 51 cruising

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Digging Into the Bag of Tricks

As technology continues to drive deeper into our lives, it's important to remember that an elegant simplicity still exists with the traditional navigational tools and solutions  (published January 2016) I’m scrambling. With one and a half days before I fly to France for another transatlantic passage, I’m deeply immersed in

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Fitting Out

Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing  (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should

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Fuel Cell Basics

The future of onboard energy production is here  (published November 2015) Alternative energy sources used to keep our batteries topped up and our amenities running have long been a hot topic amongst cruisers—with almost everyone staunchly defending their own version of what works for them. But as we all know,

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Choosing the Right Sails: Mainsails

There is a plethora of choices when it comes to sails for offshore passagemaking but as always there is the struggle between how many sails to carry on board and where to store them. Fortunately one sail never needs to be stored and that's your mainsail  (published November 2015)  

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Hidden Danger

Regularly inspect your chainplates to avoid an unexpected failure  (published August 2013) Servicing chainplates is not an item you often find on a sailboat owners list of maintenance tasks because many never think their chainplates need it. For the most part, they would be right, but like it or not,

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