Bermuda to Newport the Long, Fast Way

An end run was the best route home for Waianiwa and her crew  (published May 2013) When Dean Matthews and I arrived in Bermuda to help our friend Chris Bouzaid deliver his 60-foot pilothouse sloop back to Newport, R.I., there was just one thing on our minds: the deep low

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Atoll Cruising 101: The Tuamotus

How to safely negotiate atolls of the South Pacific  (published May 2013) By now, every cruiser has certainly heard of the Tuamotus, a string of low-lying Pacific atolls straddling the central section of French Polynesia. Although the wonders of GPS have “downgraded” the Tuamotus from their status as “the Dangerous

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Weather Routing Software

The good, the bad and the ugly truth of it all  (published May 2013) As night settles on the deck of the boat, a glow emanates from the nav station. It used to be red to protect the night vision of the deck watch. For years, it has increasingly become

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Antifouling for Cruisers

With new laws coming that restrict toxins in bottom paints, researchers are exploring new technologies to keep our boats barnacle free  (published April 2013) In the United States and a few other countries, environmental concerns are beginning to shape public opinion and policy in ways that will soon have a

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Live It, Learn It

Hands-on sail repair and maintenance with Carol Hasse and crew  (published April 2013) Though my home was moored in the shadow of Carol Hasse’s front door at Port Townsend Sails, I didn’t feel the need to dig out the tape recorder for our meeting. The objective wasn’t to delve into

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Christmas Cove, U.S. Virgin Islands

18.308 N, 64.832 W  (published February 2013) “Welcome to paradise,” the woman on the next mooring cried as we slipped into our first anchorage on St. John at sunset. The next day, we were stunned to watch bright fish flitting under our boat in 30 feet of crystal-clear water, and

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The Strait Route

Sailing from Thailand/Malaysia to South Africa  (published February 2013) Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has made a dramatic impact on many cruisers’ circumnavigation plans. Scores of yachts staged in Thailand and Malaysia have abandoned plans to sail to the Red Sea and into the Mediterranean. Rather than deal with

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whiling away the weeks in a friendly, history-filled cruisers' paradise  (published February 2013) As the sun rose across the island, we short tacked between Isla Mujeres and mainland Mexico. Among the ferries and pleasure boats, we saw several offshore sailboats that confirmed the chatter on the VHF radio: a few

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Idle Musings on Potential Disasters

Having a few tricks up your sleeve might help more than merely greeting the problem with a puzzled look  (published February 2013) Problems can happen as a result of a variety of precipitating events. What caused all of the electronics instruments to go out as we crossed the North Atlantic?

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Saba, NA

17° 38' 44" N, 63° 13' 14" W  (published January 2013) The weather window did not open as predicted, and 75 miles due east of St. Croix, Saba jutted out of the Caribbean like a beacon, offering a rest and adventure before we continued our passage south. We accepted the

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