It is Boating Safety Week so we thought we'd introduce you to one of the coolest, simplest and most affordable man-overboard recovery devices we've ever seen. It is totally modern and uses an app partnered with a smartphone and a wearable beacon that broadcasts a person's position in the water.
After a lightning strike, we had to replace all of our electronics-it was an eye opening task (published January/February 2018) A couple of years ago we were struck by lightning just as we were leaving West End, the Bahamas on our way north to our home port in Newport, RI.
"Stay in Touch!" It's a common enough term, but one that takes on many places and is important to many people (published November/December 2017) As I write this, two days ago Hurricane Irma roared through Florida. Yesterday, September 11th, marked the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade
Today's multi-function displays (MFDs) do so much more than manage charts (published April 2017) If the engine is the boat’s brawn, the multi-function display (MFD) is the brain and if what’s at your chart table is more than a few years old, Mach-speed changes in technology are leaving you at
Here are the modern tools that sailors use to signal distress at sea (published February 2017) Last November, when the 57-foot cruising catamaran Leopard flipped over in a violent micro-storm 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic, the crew was able to swim free of the boat with their life
Match your batteries to your needs and budget (published November 2016) Among the cruising fleet of sailors, the topic of onboard energy is a constant staple of cocktail conversation. Every boat has energy issues and every skipper has his or her own priorities and ways of making do. At the
To be truly self-sufficient, a cruising boat needs to use solar, wind and water energy to top up the battery bank (published November 2016) In the first leg of our five year circumnavigation, we sailed and cruised from the East Coast of the U.S. to New Zealand via the Panama
(published November 2016) Whereas long-term cruisers develop various communication strategies over time, offshore communication has always been a challenge for occasional passagemakers trying to balance cost and need. Once out of cell phone range, there have been three choices to maintain communication: single side band radio, purchase of various satellite
After nine years at sea, we are proof that a cruising sailboat is a maintenance treadmill. But occasionally there is equipment we replace because newer, better options have come onto the market. Investing in that equipment now can save us grief and expense later (published October 2016) RAYMARINE CHARTPLOTTER AND
A tiny sailboat built by a high school senior from Waterford, CT has successfully traveled thousands of miles from the coast of Cape Cod across the Atlantic to Ireland. Waterford High School student Kaitlyn Dow built the boat last spring as a project for her marine science class filled with memorabilia