Bahama Bound or Bust

A hurried finish to a refit, a new captain and mate, an owner who wanted his catamaran out of New England in late November and in the Bahamas for the holidays: what could possibly go wrong?  (published January/February 2018) Methodical and timely refits are the preferred way of getting things

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Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front

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Integrated Nav Systems for Passagemaking

Some 350 boats sailed in last fall's rallies and most of them used advanced navigation and routing systems  (published January 2016) Last November, I was lucky to join Rick and Julie Palm for the passage south from Hampton, VA to the British Virgin Islands aboard their new Outremer 51 cruising

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Island Bound

Heading to the Caribbean from the East Coast always incurs the bitter and sweet reality of a Gulf Stream crossing. It will certainly have elements of one or the other  (published November 2015) Whether racing or delivering boats to or from New England or further south along the East Coast,

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Gulf Stream Gallop

The mighty stream showed its many moods on the passage from the Bahamas to Newport, R.I.  (published July 2013) The afternoon we got away from West End, Grand Bahama, after clearing customs and immigration, the thunderclouds began to build ominously just as we sailed into the steamy waters of the

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No Small Feat

Crossing the Gulf Stream in a pocket cruiser  (published July 2012) Scrambling out of the V-berth, I studied the NEXRAD radar images on the chartplotter. I had slept through the 0400 alarm, but the extra couple of hours may have brought us a better weather picture. Yesterday’s angry skies between

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Bermuda and Beyond

Getting from the East Coast ato Bermuda can present a road full of potholes It’s another Bermuda Race year. That, however, is just one of the many reasons that sailors fetch up on those wreck-strewn, reef-surrounded, sandy, and yet still hospitable shores. At times, it can be a real trial

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