Sustainable Energy Aboard

How to harness the elements to keep your boat's systems running smoothly and your life aboard more pleasant  (published November 2014) From the climates of tropical beaches to high latitudes fjords, cruisers crave the sun, wind and water. And with that, we delight in our ability to live a simple,

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The Major Refit

Time and miles have taken their toll. It's time to manage a refit to all your boat's essential systems.  (published Ocdtober 2014) The miles have slipped beneath the keel, the storms have been endured, and the sunsets have been enjoyed. Periodic routine maintenance has kept your boat up to its

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Choosing a Generator

Part II: Installation tips for the faint of heart  (published September 2014) So you have done the research, studied the brochures, completed a dozen electrical needs analysis surveys—the complexity of which would have made Einstein weep—and endured hours of haranguing advise from salespeople, friends, relatives and total strangers in dubious

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Life Raft Servicing

Taking proper care of your life raft is critical to making sure it will work when you need it most  (published May 2014) When I stepped into my life raft at Westpac Marine Services in Tacoma, Wash. and sat down, I tried to imagine what it would be like to

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Bottom Paint for the Long Haul

Beating the barnacles on a cruising boat is a constant battle that can make the difference between fast and slow passages  (published April 2014) Over the last few years we have cruised our 45-foot sloop from New England to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for the winters. That meant we

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Spring Safety Checks

Commissioning for the upcoming season is the perfect time to inspect your boat's safety equipment  (published April 2014) As springtime rolls around and we start to get our boats ready for the upcoming season, we turn our attention to doing the usual chores; bottom paint, varnish, engine maintenance and all

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Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

A guide to decommissioning and commissioning your boat in a foreign port  (published April 2014) A high percentage of cruisers we meet each year plan on leaving their boats in a safe place and flying home, often once a year. Avoiding cyclone season in the Pacific and hurricane season in

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Blowout!

Sail repairs at sea are not a matter of "if" but "when"...since sails that are used hard offshore will eventually need your tender loving care  (published April 2014) As a team, we had crossed the North Atlantic twice and sailed from England to South Africa without a serious equipment failure.

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New Boatyard in Panama

(published April 2014) For those familiar with Almirante in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama, it is the water taxi gateway to Isla Colon and Bocas town, the main town of the archipelago. Almirante is on the Caribbean side of Panama about 35 miles from the Costa Rica border.

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