Beyond the Blowouts

Without warning, the sudden dull pop of the spinnaker exploding shook us to our feet and into action. Thousands of miles to our landfall and with a limited sail inventory for downwind sailing, we needed to pull some rabbits out of hats  (published June/July 2018) It happens. Usually, it’s unexpected.

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Steering By Any Other Means

Problems come in assorted flavors. When they strike your steering system, you need to have a backup plan that will work. Lashing the head door to the spinnaker pole is not among them  (published May 2018) Many years ago on a delivery from the east coast of the U.S. to

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Fitting Out

Whether you are getting ready for a spring launch or going through your annual haul out, here’s a guide to the essential tasks  (published April 2018) Most cruisers are fairly hands on and will undertake many if not most of the chores in an annual prelaunch refit when getting our

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Lists & More Lists

Recognizing my own shortcomings, I know that when it comes to tasks, if it’s not written down, it’s not getting done. Something similar may be said for those things that I really want to have onboard for longer passages  (published April 2018) Winter may be getting ready to fade into

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Shrinkwrap Over Awlgrip

Take care when covering your boat with shrinkwrap   Its difficult for dirt and grease to adhere to Awlgrip but over time a buildup of dirt can dull the finish. Wrapping the boat in shrinkwrap can cause chafing which allows for contaminants. Therefore,  shrinkwrap is only taken to the sheer

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Summer Sailing Vacation Guide

How to plan a summer sailing vacation that will take you to new cruising grounds and help you build cruising skills along the way  (published March 2018) Before we took off to sail our own boat on an extended cruise that ended up being a circumnavigation, Rosie wanted to build

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Francois Gabart: Superman

The handsome, mild mannered Frenchman, did the impossible when he knocked six days off the solo round the world record  (published March 2018) Imagine yourself on board a massive 100-foot trimaran. You are alone, sailing through the Southern Ocean in an attempt to break the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. It’s

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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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