Fire

It’s a cry that is so alarming that it’s against the law to falsely scream that word in a movie theater. It’s no less alarming at sea. But the time to prepare for emergencies is long before the dock lines are tossed off. Safety at sea begins now!  (published March

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Seamanship for Cruisers

Two of the world's most experienced offshore sailors and dedicated seamanship educators, share what they have learned over lifetimes at sea  (with John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal, published June/July 2017) Having spent most of our lifetimes sailing and teaching ocean passagemaking, we enjoy following those new to sailing as

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Staying Safe at Sea

(published June/July 2017) While the rest of the world is worried about terrorism, it’s easy to feel safe from attacks when living aboard out at sea. Days go by without seeing another boat. The vast majority of cruisers never have to be concerned with safety; thousands of good-hearted people have

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Making a Visual Commotion

A guide to everything you should know about visual communication  (published March 2016) From our boat anchored alone between cities off the Indian River on July 4th, with NASA’s iconic vehicle assembly building to our east, we enjoyed at least 10 fireworks shows. Complementing the professional shows were any number

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Gaining an Understanding

Regardless of what you're trying to accomplish as a team or crew, clear communications is central to success  (published March 2016) Anchored off a lee shore the wind began to build around 2:00 a.m. The catamaran’s anchor had been well set in good holding ground, but as the seas stacked

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Safety At Sea Seminars

Safety depends on planning, preparation and practice-and the hard information you will learn at a sanctioned Safety at Sea seminar  (published May 2015) The 1979 Fastnet Race in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Irish Sea saw one of the worst fleet disasters in sailboat racing history. In

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AIS for Cruisers

(published May 2014) The Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) that was put into action in 2002 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), mandated that commercial shipping be equipped with a VHF based transponder that would automatically broadcast and receive each ship’s identity and steaming data. The protocol to carry

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Personal Locator Beacons Save Lives

These small, inexpensive beacons perform mighty big jobs  (published February 2014) In the 2011 Fastnet Race, the mega maxi racer Rambler was leading the fleet when they rounded the infamous Fastnet Rock lighthouse. Then, the keel fell off and the big boat rolled over and turned turtle. The crew in

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