Chippewa Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, MI

48° 02’ 68” N, 88° 65’ 92” W  (published September 2012) Many sailors dream of voyages to tropical shores and swaying palms, but Great Lakes boaters need look no further than their backyard for some of the world’s best cruising. Vast inland seas, the five lakes hold one of the

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Shake Down South

A cruising family gets reacquainted with the liveaboard lifestyle on an East Coast run  (published September 2012) The dream part of every cruise is exhilarating sailing and the anticipation of interesting places to visit. The downside? A constant stream of problems that demand solutions. Somewhere in between is the reality:

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Island Hopping the Abacos

The joys of chartering the Bahamas' Out Islands (published August 2012) The Sea of Abaco spreads from the Bahamas’ Out Islands in pale aquamarine like a sheet of gently undulating blown glass. Beneath the bright sunshine, the shallow water glistens atop a seafloor of pristine white sugar sand. The only

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Sheet Lead

One of the easiest sail trimming mistakes to avoid is over-sheeting. Simply remember the phrase, “When in doubt, let it out.” Let the sheet out until the sail just begins to luff and then bring it in until it stops. But what happens if part of the sail is set

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Great Heights

Exploring St. Pierre, Martinique from the ground up  (published July 2012) On a close reach in 15 to 18 knots, headed for the beach of St. Pierre, Martinique, I was told to “go get the anchor ready.” Anchoring under sail between the local fishing boats moored off the beach was

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Coral Bay, St. John

18° 20' N 64° 44' W  (published June 2012) Though Cruz Bay on St. John’s west coast is considered the preferred anchorage for cruisers who want to be close to the island’s version of civilization, the ferry to St. Thomas, and a wilder night life, we chose to anchor instead

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Destination Maine

How to sail to Maine and back this summer  (published June 2012) Maine is one of America’s fabled cruising destinations, yet few East Coast and Caribbean sailors actually make it all the way Down East for a summer cruise. Time is always an issue, as is the likelihood of having

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A Sailor’s Mecca

Maine's slogan is right: this is truly the way life should be  (published June 2012) Ah! What pleasant visions haunt me As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who penned these words in “The Secret of

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Terrific Tobago

Clean, green and serene, indeed  (published June 2012) I live on board Discovery V, a Bowman 57-foot cutter-rigged ketch, with my husband, Kirk, and 12-year-old twins, Wesley and Claire. We sailed from Toronto and spent 2010’s hurricane season in Trinidad, working on boat projects, enjoying time with friends, and getting

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Milos, Greece

36°41’N, 24°25’E  (published April 2012) Concluding our cruise of the Cyclades on the island of Milos, my husband and I did the usual Med moor to tie up at the quay in the port of Adamas. Making our lines fast, we casually asked our Swedish neighbor for his opinion of

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