Safety At Sea Seminars

Safety depends on planning, preparation and practice-and the hard information you will learn at a sanctioned Safety at Sea seminar  (published May 2015) The 1979 Fastnet Race in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Irish Sea saw one of the worst fleet disasters in sailboat racing history. In

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Check. Check. Not Check.

Whether racing offshore or cruising, taking stock of a "safety equipment requirements and recommendations" list will show you what safety gear you have, but more importantly, what you don't  (published May 2015) When Jill and I consider our future sailing endeavors aboard Yahtzee, cruising as a family is the answer.

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The Cold Hard Truth about Refrigeration and Batteries

Switching out our old holding plate system for a modern and efficient evaporator plate unit  (published April 2015) During a few weeks of sailing in the Florida Keys, and just when Jill and I thought we were done with the refit and restoration of our Pearson 424 S/V Regina Oceani,

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Dry Suits for Cruisers

What's outthere in the realm of four weather gear for those looking to stay 100 percent dry?  (published April 2015) When sailors think of dry suits, an image of frostbiting in dinghies comes to mind, so too does the notion that they are ill fitting and difficult to put on

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Prop Shaft Line Cutters

A line or weed tangled in our pop can ruin your whole day, if not end your cruise. Here's the remedy.  (published April 2015) Every year we hear of boats that are abandoned at sea or along the coast because they have lines or sheets tangled in their props and

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Stop Galvanic Corrosion

Replace your anodes annually to save your boat  (published April 2015) Galvanic corrosion occurs under the water where the metal parts of your boat, and boats moored nearby, interact physically or electrically. There is metal everywhere on our boats—the stainless steel prop shaft, bronze propeller, bronze seacocks, stainless steel rudder

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Paint It Black

Afer two years, renewing the bottom paint quickly moved atop our spring fitting out list  (published April 2015) While kayaking back to the boat after a hike ashore, I decided to do a lap around the hull to take a look at the condition of our bottom paint at the

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The Tried and True of Traditional Tools

Venturing offshore still has its risks: We're caught unaware by the weather. Vessels run aground. Auxiliary power fails. But some things continue to work through it all.  (published March 2015) Nav stations have changed, and they continue to change. We now have more means to gather positioning, performance and weather

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VHF Operations

Getting your crew comfortable using the VHF radio  (published February 2015) One of the simplest yet most important pieces of electronics aboard your cruising boat is the VHF radio. Able to put you in touch with marinas, bridges, ships, other vessels and emergency services, the VHF is a valuable piece

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5 Single Sideband Tips

Five ways to make the signal you transmit from your SSB clearer and more reliable  (published February 2015) We were on a passage from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean Sea. The night we reached the halfway point across the pond, we fired up our ICOM and tuned into WOO

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