Fitting Out

Whether you are getting ready for a spring launch or going through your annual haul out, here’s a guide to the essential tasks  (published April 2018) Most cruisers are fairly hands on and will undertake many if not most of the chores in an annual prelaunch refit when getting our

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SV Honeymoon Forever

Fitting out for a multi-year cruise  (published April 2017) My dream of cruising long term actually started as a child standing on the south shore of Long Island looking out over the ocean and dreaming of the explorers I was reading about in history class at school. Explorers like, Magellan,

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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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The Experts Weigh In

BWS authors share their favorite safety and communication gear  (published September 2012) Without question, our most valuable and useful piece of electronics is an ICOM 802 SSB with Pactor modem. We use it for email, gathering WeatherFax and GRIB file data, chatting with friends and listening to weather forecasters like

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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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