Visiting Rodriques Island

Smallest of the Mascarenes  (published November 2012) If you ask many North Americans to locate the Mascarene Islands, Rodrigues in particular, you will likely be greeted with shrugged shoulders and a puzzled look. The volcanic Mascarene Islands, comprised of La Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues, lie east of Madagascar in the

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Replacing Sanitary Hoses

A cautionary tale  (published October 2012) In the year 2000, when Island Packet built my precious IP 380, MoDachaidh, apparently modern technology hadn’t yet perfected the “guaranteed impermeable” sanitation hose. Instead, Mo’ came equipped with a permeable rubber hose that began to lend the unmistakable aroma of “eau de sewer”

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Year 5: What Worked, What Didn’t

(published October 2012) Setting off from Rhode Island five years ago to sail around the world, we installed a multi-page list of new equipment on our old Valiant 40. But nothing on a long range cruising sailboat stays new for long. Here is a short list of items that are

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Fitting Out for Cruising

15 top upgrades that transform your boat into a liveaboard voyager  (published October 2012) Whether you are buying a new boat through a dealer or a used boat through a broker, you will have abundant help deciding just which model is right for you and your cruising plans. But once

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A Harrowing Journey

Crossing the pirate-infested Indian Ocean can be a life-or-death guessing game  (published October 2012) There were times—many times—in the past few months when Chris and I asked ourselves, “How on earth did we end up in this situation?” Times like when we were caught in the spotlight of an unknown

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30- Something Cruisers

Why wait for retirement? Put your cruising plans on fast forward and go now  (published October 2012) If you refer to acquiring the cruising fever as “catching the bug,” you’ve hit the nail on the head. For us, once the idea of taking off on an extended cruise was planted,

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HIghlights of a Homeward Bound Voyage

(published October 2012) February 18th—I recorded our departure from Easter Island in the logbook and noted that we had cleared out of New Zealand exactly one month earlier. We were ultimately bound for the Chesapeake Bay, bringing home Elcie, an aluminum catamaran recently built in New Zealand. We had a

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Magical Moments in Remote Places

(published October 2012) While departing Cape Town, South Africa during past summer trips, I often experienced the same conditions—the sun would beat down while moderate breezes pushed us northward toward our destination in the Caribbean. After quite a few trips along that route, delivering or racing boats of one kind

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Overtaken

A sudden storm dampens a passage from Grays Harbor, WA to San Francisco  (published September 2012) When I tell the story of a recent storm encounter, most experienced sailors wonder how we got caught in the first place. Didn’t we listen to the forecasts before leaving and have NOAA weather

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Sail Fish

A couple takes their first sailboat from Argentina to Virginia, bringing their passion for fishing along for the ride  (published September 2012) [caption id="attachment_4782" align="alignleft" width="486"] The crew from Argentina to Recife[/caption] The first leg was fast and furious; the second was filled with drama and tension as Escapade fought

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