Island Bound

Heading to the Caribbean from the East Coast always incurs the bitter and sweet reality of a Gulf Stream crossing. It will certainly have elements of one or the other  (published November 2015) Whether racing or delivering boats to or from New England or further south along the East Coast,

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What Worked

After having spent the past eight years crossing oceans on our 40 year old Valiant 40, we have discovered what equipment has given us the best service and lasted the longest  (published October 2015) STEERING PEDESTAL [caption id="attachment_8637" align="alignleft" width="360"] Looking towards the future: Cricket Edson steering[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignleft"

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Seasickness: Suffering Sailors and Condition

Seasickness can affect anyone and range from an annoyance to debilitating, however there is relief.  (published October 2015) On a recent passage from New Caledonia to Vanuatu I battled against the age old affliction of seasickness. It had been awhile but I was expecting to feel unwell on this particular

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Black Clouds on the Horizon

Sunshine and blue skies: they're the hallmark of another terrific day spent sailing on moderate blue seas, and they account for the vast majority of days at sea. There are, however, exceptions.  (published October 2015) Seeker was a well-found sloop with a few miles under her keel. The year before,

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Antares University

Antares University provides new and prospective owners a program that details the boat from stem to stern  (published September 2015) The breeze brought relief to a warm day on the water in southern Florida, and as we sailed at 9.3 knots in 14 knots of steady wind, tracking a thunderstorm

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The New Inland Navigation Rules

What you need to know about the recent change to the US Inland Navigation Rules  (published September 2015) Last year about this time, the USCG changed the US Inland Navigation Rules and their Annexes. These are the rules that apply inside most point-to-point lines across coastal bays or inlets leading

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The Inevitability of Problems

It's a virtual certainty that problems will arise at sea. Solutions are not always as inevitable. The goal is to minimize the number and severity of the problems and handle them with grace and composure.  (published September 2015) Spain or bust: as always, it could have gone either way. Prior

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Let’s Knot Argue

Keeping the marital knot tied  (published August 2015) From time to time Jill and I (okay, mostly Jill) are asked by other sailing couples (okay, mostly the women) about getting along on their boats (okay, mostly about the tyrannical behavior of the men).  We reflect on our own experiences and

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