When To Go

Picking a favorable weather window from the east coast of the United States to the Virgin Islands  (published April 2016) The hardest part about the passage from the east coast of the U.S. to the Caribbean in November is making the best decision about when to leave the dock. The

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Doublehanding for the Distance

Shorthanded sailing presents both benefits and difficulties. Most of the difficulties can be overcome with a little forethought. Establishing a good watch system lays the foundation for problem avoidance as well as problem solving.  (published April 2016) Consensus thinking often leads one to believe that fewer crew implies fewer logistical

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Making a Visual Commotion

A guide to everything you should know about visual communication  (published March 2016) From our boat anchored alone between cities off the Indian River on July 4th, with NASA’s iconic vehicle assembly building to our east, we enjoyed at least 10 fireworks shows. Complementing the professional shows were any number

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Fiji: Flirting with the Date Line

On paper, crossing the Pacific in one season seemed like a perfectly good plan. But once there, we were like kids in a candy store: everything looked so good. We wanted it all! So when the chance came to decelerate our cruise from a two year run into a three

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Gaining an Understanding

Regardless of what you're trying to accomplish as a team or crew, clear communications is central to success  (published March 2016) Anchored off a lee shore the wind began to build around 2:00 a.m. The catamaran’s anchor had been well set in good holding ground, but as the seas stacked

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Pocket Protectors: Delorme & SPOT

These small satellite communications devices  can track your progress, send and receive short messages and send an SOS  (published February 2016) Pocket-sized satellite communications devices have been around for a while and have  proven to be both convenient and worth their weight in gold when a user is in desperate

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