Get Outta That Rack!

Watch systems don’t need to be as abrupt as Marine Corps Drill Instructors would have you believe. But they do need forethought and structure  (published September 2018) As you leave the dock and head out to sea, everyone is thrilled to be underway. Enthusiasm runs high. The excitement continues through

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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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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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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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Bahama Bound or Bust

A hurried finish to a refit, a new captain and mate, an owner who wanted his catamaran out of New England in late November and in the Bahamas for the holidays: what could possibly go wrong?  (published January/February 2018) Methodical and timely refits are the preferred way of getting things

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The Winds of Christmas

Technically the hurricane season is behind us. The reality is that while some of the devastation remains in some places, the weather will be idyllic in the Caribbean again this winter  (published January/February 2018) It was a particularly rough fall for many of the islands in the Caribbean. Hurricanes mercilessly

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Stay in Touch

"Stay in Touch!" It's a common enough term, but one that takes on many places and is important to many people  (published November/December 2017)   As I write this, two days ago Hurricane Irma roared through Florida. Yesterday, September 11th, marked the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade

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Paradise Found

A charter in French Polynesia's Isles Sous les Vents offers wonderful sailing, beautiful anchorages and amazing diving  (published August 2017) It was a while ago. Perhaps it’s been too long since the sight of jagged tropical mountains and the smell of freshly baked baguettes pierced the morning.  Now, through a

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