Comms for Cruisers

For offshore sailors, here are three modern communication solutions for three different budgets  (published February 2015) Skippers and their crews headed offshore should take their onboard communications seriously because the safety and well-being of the crew and your boat may depend upon you being able to get a message out

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Roger Dodger

How I upgraded our dodger with the generous help of friends and fellow cruisers  (published January 2015) While sailing close hauled into a steep chop created by a strong northeasterly breeze that was greeted by a north running current, waves crashed aboard and quickly met the windshield of our new

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The Queen Goes Digital

How we assissted, purchased and upgraded our electronics with the past, present and future in mind  (published January 2015) After three and a half years in a Colorado cornfield, the complete restoration and refit of our Pearson 424 ketch, Regina Oceani (Queen of the Ocean), was almost complete. Trucked 2,000

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Self-Steering Matters

Part III: Making sense of emergency rudder options for your boat  (published December 2014) The most harrowing disaster aboard a cruising vessel, short of sinking or fire, is loss of steerage. Cruising lore is full of stories of vessels losing rudders, or hydraulic steering pumps blowing out seals, or other

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Self-Steering Matters

Part II: Calibrating your windvane for top performance  (published November 2014) You are sailing just fine somewhere over the briny blue when you notice something is not right in your heading and in the setting of the airfoil, or “airvane,” of your windvane self-steerer. The airvane is set for a

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Beyond the Ditty Bag

Essential things every sailor should bring along when sailing on someone else's boat  (published December 2014) By now, the contents of a sailor’s ditty bag have been thoroughly discussed in countless articles. Every sailor knows how many hats—and what kind—they should bring, ways to sort and separate wet and dry

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Silent Running

Re-powering a 36-ketch with an electric motor  (published November 2014) When my diesel engine’s exhaust manifold, raw water header tank, and other critical and expensive systems collectively showed terminal stages of corrosive failure in late 2010, I was faced with a very costly decision: purchase new parts for the aging

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LEDs Save the Night

Retrofitting our cruising boat with LEDs drastically reduced our energy bill and significantly improved the lighting experience below decks  (published November 2014) Rosie and I and our boat partners Tony and Judy Knowles spend a lot of time cruising and living aboard on Lime'n, our 15 year old Jeanneau 45.2,

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Sustainable Energy Aboard

How to harness the elements to keep your boat's systems running smoothly and your life aboard more pleasant  (published November 2014) From the climates of tropical beaches to high latitudes fjords, cruisers crave the sun, wind and water. And with that, we delight in our ability to live a simple,

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