Heavy Metal: Part II

What to consider when installing and operating a new windlass  (published November 2013) So you have spent the money and are now the proud owner of a new windlass. All that remains to do is get the thing to work and then keep it running smoothly. Here are a few

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Bank On It

How to assess and choose the right house batteries for your boat  (published November 2013) We were reaching south halfway between Annapolis and Norfolk when the chartplotter faded and blipped off. I immediately knew the problem, low house batteries, but was puzzled because they were inspected and topped up before

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Galapagos to Marquesas

Part II: Life is but a dream on a passage from one unforgettable island chain to another  (published November 2013) On the eve of our departure from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, each member of our crew was preoccupied with his or her own thoughts. Sure, we had already

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Tsunami! Tsunami!

Handling the unsettling warnings of a potentially destructive force  (published November 2013) I am awoken by the spurting cough of an outboard engine and roll over to find Steve missing from our bunk. In my haze I remember that he got out of bed a few hours earlier, complaining of

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Landfall Bermuda

Sailing to Bermuda isn't always the easiest passage, and stopping there can have surprises of its own  (published November 2013) The delivery out of the BVI aboard Alerre, a Swan 61, had gone smoothly. With plenty of sailing behind us and reserve jugs of diesel, we had enough fuel to

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  Skeptics abound, but this unique Caribbean port should not be missed  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the

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Safety At Sea

recommendations and consideratioins for outfitting your sailboat to go offshore  (published October 2013) With the amount of gear and opinions available on what you should or should not have, fitting out a sailboat for blue water has never been more daunting. Couple that with the highly personal nature of the

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What Worked, What Didn’t

Gear and personal cruising items that have kept us safe, happy and healthy after six years of world cruising  (published October 2013) Cruising into our sixth year of exploring oceans, we have had little go wrong. But now, when we anchor in a location with good mail service from the

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The 15-year Refit

Boats of a certain age will almost always be in need of a refit. here's how we are refitting our 15-year old 45 foot sloop  (published October 2013) Rosie and I, with our partners Tony and Judy Knowles, bought our Jeanneau 45.2 in the fall off 2010 with the intention

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the US East Coast who warned us of lurking dangers and rampant

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