Wintering in the Great Land

(published March 2018) A fresh blanket of snow covers Yahtzee when I arrive to tackle another day of boat projects. Before heading below to switch on heaters and plug in power tools, I spend a few minutes shoveling the cockpit and decks, and pushing snow off the solar panels on

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We Love Morocco

From Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands, to Morocco and then the Canary Islands, the crew of Mahina Tiare had one adventure after the next  (published March 2018) As soon as our Leg 6 crew came aboard our Halberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare, we departed La Lonja Marina Charter for lunch at

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The Maiden Voyage

Hong Kong to the Philippines in the ongoing saga of the new Kraken 66 White Dragon's maiden voyage from China to Gibraltar  (published March 2018) We were finally ready to leave Hong Kong on the Kraken 66 flagship White Dragon’s 18,000-mile voyage to Gibraltar. We were a couple of days

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Cruising the Windward Islands

From Antigua south to Grenada, the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles offer near-perfect cruising without the crowds (published June/July 2018) The islands of the Eastern Caribbean form a graceful arc from Puerto Rico south to Trinidad, close to Venezuela. The Leeward Islands run from Anguilla to Dominica and the

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The Rebirth of Island Packet

(published April 2018) Over the weekend of March 16 and 17, something happened that many sailing industry veterans had hoped for but never quite believed would occur: Island Packet Yachts had a large, friendly IPY Owners’ Rendezvous at the factory in Largo, Florida. More than 60 owners representing 33 boats

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The Year of the Refit

Boat work means lists, projects and knowing it will all be worth it  (published January/February 2018) Switching my electric sander off, I watched dust settle around Yahtzee’s cabin. A steady, cold rain fell outside and I could see my breath in front of me as I surveyed the area I

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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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