Close to Home Charters

Interesting, educational and fun places to charter around or near North America  (published March 2016) So you want a boating getaway but don’t want the travel headaches including long flights, currency issues, minimum charter time commitments and language barriers? That’s easy—just charter close to home. Whether you’re looking for small

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Caribbean Escape

This winter, escape the ice and snow by jetting south to the Caribbean for a week or two of charter.  There is nothing like a week or two in the sun and warmth of the Caribbean for chasing away the winter blues and restoring your spirit. The Caribbean has so

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Cruising the “Twelve”

The Dodecanese Islands of Greece  (published October 2015) We were cruising the Turkish coast for six weeks aboard Celador, a 41-foot Beneteau, and enjoying Turkish culture, history and food.  Offshore, islands floated in the haze. They were the Dodecanese, a string of twelve Greek islands lying close along the coast

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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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Boatbound

Boatbound is a 'pier to pier' renting service that connects boat owners with renters  (published August 2015) In the summer of 2012 Aaron Hall (founder and CEO of Boatbound) and his family were on vacation and trying to rent a boat, however the marina had no more boats available. “We

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Sailing Around the World One Charter at a Time

17 of the world's best places to charter can lead you on a round the world adventure  (published August 2015) For many of us, the point of the cruising life is to enjoy the world’s best and most interesting sailing areas. The ocean passages between them may offer challenges and

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Confessions of a Reluctant Voyager

An experienced sailor finds the inspiration and education he needs to fulfill his passagemaking dreams  (published March 2015) I’m no Magellan, Cook or Ericson. No Chichester, MacArthur or Knox-Johnston. Hardly. I’m a 60-year-old music producer/ad man with a voyage monkey on my back. I’ve read Slocum, Moitessier and the Pardeys.

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Chatham Bay, Union Island

12.60° N, 61.43° W  Enjoy island life away from the crowds  (published April 2013) A bright smile, cold rum punch, island music to sooth your ears, warm sand to cover your toes and the blue Caribbean spreading out to the setting sun. A cruiser’s heaven? We think so. This is

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Searching for Birds

Circumnavigators savor the pleasures of birding on the Chesapeake Bay  (published April 2013) Our first visit to the Chesapeake Bay had been cold and rushed. My husband Seth and I were still completing the refit of our 38-foot cutter-rigged sloop Heretic for our global circumnavigation, and Jack Frost had been

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