Beneteau Launches New First 53

The First series of racer/cruisers was launched by Beneteau in 1977 and remains today a standard for combining spirited sailing and racing performance with comfortable cruising accommodations. In the flee,t there are designs that remain classics many years after they have gone out of production, including First 38, the First

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Cuba Closed to Cruisers Again

On Tuesday of this week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it was restricting travel to Cuba for American citizens and specifically mentioned that it was prohibiting travel to the Caribbean country by private planes and boats. For the last four years, cruising folk who wanted to explore Cuba were

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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Good Tan’

Faced with a cancer scare, this cruising couple did some scientific analysis on just how well dodgers, biminis, clothing and sunscreens protect us from the sun’s rays  (published February, 2019) So often, when we have met folks on sailing vacations, we watch them spend hours up on the bow, “catching

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