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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Grand Soleil 46LC

The new Grand Soleil 46LC is a very interesting, high quality cruiser that will take her owners anywhere in style, comfort and speed  (published April 2018) Grand Soleil is an Italian builder of fine cruising and racing boats that has been a European leader for more than four decades and

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490

The latest generation of Sun Odyssey combines innovative design details with a true performance cruising hull and rig and a bright, comfortable interior  (published April 2018) The brand new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 was introduced at the Miami International Boat show in February to rave reviews. The 490 is the

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Cruising Guide to the Western Caribbean

For a change of pace, spend a winter cruising from Florida to the Western Caribbean and back. Here’s how  (published May 2018) For U.S. east coast cruisers looking to extend their cruising experience beyond the Bahamas, a Western Caribbean cruise offers an adventurous alternative to the more common Eastern Caribbean

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Beneteau 46.1

(published October 2018) When Beneteau launched the all new Oceanis 51.1 last winter at the Miami boat show, it was obvious that the new line of designs under the Oceanis banner was going to revolutionize the brand. With a hard chine that runs the full length from bow to stern,

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