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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The Floorboards Are Adrift!

It’s 2:00 AM. You’re 200 nm Offshore and Your Floorboards Are Floating!   For years while on long distance passage, others on the crew and I discussed a wide range of “what if scenarios” while sitting on the rail.  Some had a basis in our respective pasts.  Others were merely

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Get Outta That Rack!

Watch systems don’t need to be as abrupt as Marine Corps Drill Instructors would have you believe. But they do need forethought and structure  (published September 2018) As you leave the dock and head out to sea, everyone is thrilled to be underway. Enthusiasm runs high. The excitement continues through

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Beyond the Blowouts

Without warning, the sudden dull pop of the spinnaker exploding shook us to our feet and into action. Thousands of miles to our landfall and with a limited sail inventory for downwind sailing, we needed to pull some rabbits out of hats  (published June/July 2018) It happens. Usually, it’s unexpected.

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Steering By Any Other Means

Problems come in assorted flavors. When they strike your steering system, you need to have a backup plan that will work. Lashing the head door to the spinnaker pole is not among them  (published May 2018) Many years ago on a delivery from the east coast of the U.S. to

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Fitting Out

Whether you are getting ready for a spring launch or going through your annual haul out, here’s a guide to the essential tasks  (published April 2018) Most cruisers are fairly hands on and will undertake many if not most of the chores in an annual prelaunch refit when getting our

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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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Shrinkwrap Over Awlgrip

Take care when covering your boat with shrinkwrap   Its difficult for dirt and grease to adhere to Awlgrip but over time a buildup of dirt can dull the finish. Wrapping the boat in shrinkwrap can cause chafing which allows for contaminants. Therefore,  shrinkwrap is only taken to the sheer

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