Thanks to Stuart Ritchie for this beautiful shot of his Beneteau Oceanis 45 SoBasic taken at Mosquito Island, Madagascar!
While walking through the marina parking lot in Bellingham, WA the other day towards the nearby chandlery, I couldn’t help but pause to admire an obviously well-loved, early 90s vintage Toyota Camry. I stopped because it looked eerily similar to the car we had sold just a month and a half prior. It wasn’t, of course, but the moment got me thinking about how great it is to be carless.
There are many wonderful and convenient things about owning an automobile, but as a cruiser there are many more great things about not owning one. No fuel. No insurance. No parking. No maintenance or new tires to purchase. Minus the tires, we’ve got enough of that stuff to worry about with our boat. Plus, cars don’t allow for the added exercise, the dinghy dock friendships, or the ability to explore tiny coves and remote beaches well off the beaten track. Our old Camry didn’t at least.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico hoisted six boaters to safety Monday, after their 48-foot sailing vessel Aurora ran aground on the ...On November 25, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Atlantic Odyssey skipper Nicolas Hauzy had to be evacuated from his yacht Cocojet III on Saturday evening after he broke his ankle in rough seas. Nicholas was attempting to ...On November 25, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Duluth, Minn., is the westernmost point of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in North America. It is some 1,500 miles away from Woods Hole, Mass. Earlier this ...On November 20, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Wish they taught this when I was in high school… Renovations complete, the schooner Adventuress will spend this winter serving as a floating classroom. For the past five winters, the ...On November 19, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Sailors are hardly the breed to complain about too much breeze but up to 35 knots for the Leg 2 opening circuits around Table Bay followed by warnings ...On November 19, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Here’s a comprehensive article by Chuck Hawley on this important piece of safety equipment… Life rafts are designed to keep ...On November 12, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Here’s another great navigation tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Imagine that you are sailing offshore and approach ...On November 5, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Strangers at Sea: Two Men Cross the Atlantic, Sailing Together for the First Time
Here’s an excellent video by the New York Times on what it’s like to sail doublehanded across the Atlantic…
Without ever having sailed together before, Ryan Breymaier and Pepe Ribes crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 60-foot monohull as part of the 2014 IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race. Read More
The 2014 Massachusetts Maritime Boat Sale & Sealed Bid Auction will be held this weekend, Nov. 22 & 23, ...On November 24, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
The Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, Inc. and event host the Harraseeket Yacht Club announce a cruising yacht rally from Maine ...On November 20, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a two- session Boating Essentials course on Saturday, November 15 from 10 ...On November 5, 2014 / By Andrew Cross