Escape From Pago Pago

Cruising American Samoa is not as impossible as it seems  (published September 2017) It appeared that we were victors and victims of that strange luck, circumstance: victors because we had somehow easily, magically procured the rare permission from the harbormaster of Pago Pago to sail our boat to the remote

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Top Ten Items to Have Onboard

Not necessarily the "big ticket" items but items that have over the years the author has come to rely on  (published September 2017) I’ve delivered countless cruising boats within and across virtually every ocean. Some of the vessels had the things I liked. Others may have missed a few things.

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Elan GT5

Built in Slovenia, this new 40-foot Rob Humphries design brings the real meaning of “Gran Tourismo” to the yachting world  (published January/February 2018) It was a lovely, light air morning on the Chesapeake Bay the day after last fall’s Annapolis sailboat show when we got a chance to give the

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Discovering Poros

Legend has it that once you visit Poros you will always return  (published August 2017) The azure sea was smooth as satin, touching the infinite sky under a veil of silvery haze. We had been motoring for nearly eight hours from Kythnos to Poros, a tiny island clinging to the

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Beneteau Oceanis 51.1

The new Berret-Racoupeau design is a dream to sail—fast, handy, seaworthy and very comfortable  (published January 2018) From the first day that I saw the drawings and renderings of the new Beneteau Oceanis 51.1, I had been looking forward to taking this fairly radical new design out for a test

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Diving Bonaire and Curacao

For cruisers who like to scuba dive, the Dutch islands in the southern Caribbean offer some of the world's best and least crowded dive sites  (published August 2017)      One of the greatest things about the cruising life for my wife Virginia and me is the freedom and ability

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Landfall

The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks  (published August 2017)     On the 21st morning of our passage I wake long before the alarm goes off for my 0600 watch. The early morning air is warm so I dress lightly in a short

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Paradise Found

A charter in French Polynesia's Isles Sous les Vents offers wonderful sailing, beautiful anchorages and amazing diving  (published August 2017) It was a while ago. Perhaps it’s been too long since the sight of jagged tropical mountains and the smell of freshly baked baguettes pierced the morning.  Now, through a

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