The Terrifically Terrible Tether

Taking the road less traveled by sailboat  (published May 2018) The hardest part about having an adventurous spirit is the inevitable aloneness that accompanies it. I’m not just talking about the physical aloneness felt by a distance through-hiker or a solo sailor. I’m also talking about the mental aloneness ingrained

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The Case for Laminated Cruising Sails

No longer sails only for racers, modern membrane, laminated sails will make your cruising boat sail a lot better and will hold their shape longer than conventional sails  (published April 2018) Have you ever sailed alongside an old classic and been amazed by how fast the boat was going? The

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Tartan 395

(Published November/December 2018) I was scheduled to take the brand new Tartan 395 out for a sail on the Tuesday after the Annapolis sailboat show in October. But, at 4 pm when we were to set sail, the wind died completely leaving Back Creek, The Severn River and the Chesapeake

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Beneteau 30.1

FROM INLAND WATERWAYS TO HIGH SEAS With an overall size of under 9x3 metres and a light displacement of less than 4 tonnes, the Oceanis can be trailed by road by a professional, without having to deal with an extra-wide load. If you prefer to go to your sailing grounds

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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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Becoming a Yachtmaster

Earning a prestigious RYA Yachtmaster certificate can take a sailor many years of courses and training. The author earned hers the Fast-Track way in 10 Demanding Weeks  (published April 2018) I didn’t know, but the five guys reviewing the basics of VHF communication in the cockpit of the yacht close-by

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Theft in Bequia

Another perfect day in paradise? Well, maybe not when an iPad goes missing and the police and lawyers get involved  (published April 2018) I was enjoying a peaceful breakfast at Wildcat’s cockpit table Wednesday morning, watching the sailboats tied up to mooring balls behind us in Bequia’s Admiral Bay harbor

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One More Last Time

Having made the passage from Newport to the Caribbean dozens of times, the author skippers a big Swan in the NARC one last time and reflects on the challenges and pleasures of the offshore passage  (published April 2018) Strong gusts threw short rollers into the marina pinning our Nautor Swan

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keeping the Crew Clean

The dirt on doing laundry  (published April 2018) When we reached Palau in early 2017 I was giddy with the prospect of dropping off our oversized bag of dirty clothes at a laundromat. It wasn’t because we had just finished a rough 3-week passage and the hamper was overflowing, or

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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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