Boating part of the “Bloodline” for Elmhurst’s Hansmann family

Five family members and three generations of the Hansmann family completed the 108th Race to Mackinac this summer. When it came time to name his newest boat, John Hansmann had little trouble coming up with a moniker. There really was only one choice for a boat co-owned by Hansmann, his brother,

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Fitting Out

Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing  (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should

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Alarmed

How installing an alarm can boost your on board security and peace of mind  (published December 2014) Security is always a concern to cruisers. Hearing about the pirates in the Gulf of Aden or violent boardings in the Caribbean brings at least a moment of caution to even experienced cruisers

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SAR Explained

How search and rescue procedures really work, with Michael Jacobs  (published May 2014) You’re 20 miles offshore and slogging to windward at 2 a.m. when one of your crewmembers reports that he just stepped from his berth into half a foot of water that is now sloshing back and forth

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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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