Landfall Bermuda

Sailing to Bermuda isn't always the easiest passage, and stopping there can have surprises of its own  (published November 2013) The delivery out of the BVI aboard Alerre, a Swan 61, had gone smoothly. With plenty of sailing behind us and reserve jugs of diesel, we had enough fuel to

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  Skeptics abound, but this unique Caribbean port should not be missed  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the

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Safety At Sea

recommendations and consideratioins for outfitting your sailboat to go offshore  (published October 2013) With the amount of gear and opinions available on what you should or should not have, fitting out a sailboat for blue water has never been more daunting. Couple that with the highly personal nature of the

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What Worked, What Didn’t

Gear and personal cruising items that have kept us safe, happy and healthy after six years of world cruising  (published October 2013) Cruising into our sixth year of exploring oceans, we have had little go wrong. But now, when we anchor in a location with good mail service from the

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The 15-year Refit

Boats of a certain age will almost always be in need of a refit. here's how we are refitting our 15-year old 45 foot sloop  (published October 2013) Rosie and I, with our partners Tony and Judy Knowles, bought our Jeanneau 45.2 in the fall off 2010 with the intention

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the US East Coast who warned us of lurking dangers and rampant

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Panama to the Galapagos Islands

Part I: The mighty Pacific Ocean shows its serene and tender disposition  (published October 2013) Having crossed the Atlantic via the “Milk Run” aboard our 1981 Dufour 35, my husband Markus and I felt we were ready for the “Coconut Milk Run” in the Pacific. Our son Nicky had crossed

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Heavy Metal

Things to consider when purchasing a windlass  (published September 2013) Marinas and moorings are convenient, but sooner or later you may wish to venture further afield, which means you will need to anchor. And when it comes time to set your hook, the process is going to be made a

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Which Island is the Best?

Experienced Caribbean Island hoppers answer an unexpected question  (published September 2013) Get a group of cruisers together and the word “best” will be mentioned frequently: the best type of anchor, the best chartplotter, the best weather and routing advice, the best storm tactics. But when we recently mentioned that we

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Portobelo, Panama

09° 33' 0" N   79° 39' 0" W  (published August 2013) Panama’s Portobelo is a gem of a place, the perfect intermediary stop between the San Blas Islands and gritty Colon, the Caribbean gateway to the Panama Canal. Originally, this quiet port—a deep indentation open only to the southwest—wasn’t even

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