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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What Worked

After having spent the past eight years crossing oceans on our 40 year old Valiant 40, we have discovered what equipment has given us the best service and lasted the longest  (published October 2015) STEERING PEDESTAL [caption id="attachment_8637" align="alignleft" width="360"] Looking towards the future: Cricket Edson steering[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignleft"

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Black Clouds on the Horizon

Sunshine and blue skies: they're the hallmark of another terrific day spent sailing on moderate blue seas, and they account for the vast majority of days at sea. There are, however, exceptions.  (published October 2015) Seeker was a well-found sloop with a few miles under her keel. The year before,

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Antares University

Antares University provides new and prospective owners a program that details the boat from stem to stern  (published September 2015) The breeze brought relief to a warm day on the water in southern Florida, and as we sailed at 9.3 knots in 14 knots of steady wind, tracking a thunderstorm

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The New Inland Navigation Rules

What you need to know about the recent change to the US Inland Navigation Rules  (published September 2015) Last year about this time, the USCG changed the US Inland Navigation Rules and their Annexes. These are the rules that apply inside most point-to-point lines across coastal bays or inlets leading

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Let’s Knot Argue

Keeping the marital knot tied  (published August 2015) From time to time Jill and I (okay, mostly Jill) are asked by other sailing couples (okay, mostly the women) about getting along on their boats (okay, mostly about the tyrannical behavior of the men).  We reflect on our own experiences and

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Sailing Schools and Community Sailing

Whether new to sailing or a boat owner, taking classes through a sailing school can ensure better and safer sailing for all  (published August 2015) SAILING ORGANIZATIONS Founded in 1897, US Sailing (at the time called the North American Yacht Racing Union) has a long history of training instructors and

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Life at the Extreme

The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race was the most exciting and closely fought edition of this round-the-world classic  (published August 2015) It’s hard to imagine a more choreographed ending to what has truly been an exciting and nail biting event. The twelfth edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (originally named the

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Heading Back to Sea

It's a familiar theme, but as with all long distance passages, there are-and will be-vast differences.  (published August 2015) It’s early June and another transatlantic passage is about to unfold, this one aboard Moondance, a beautifully maintained Swan 56. For me, it’s my 40th transat; for the seven others on

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