Up, Up and Away

Tips and tricks for going aloft safely  (published February 2013) Climbing a sailboat’s rig is not something that prudent sailors should have to do on a […]

Nav System Basics

Three options for building the perfect nav system for your boat and your budget  (published January 2013) Over the past five years, we have seen quite […]


A cruiser in Cuba experiences a close encounter of the predator kind  (published November 2012) We were anchored in a lovely spot in the lee of […]

Avoid Boom Doom

Rigging a preventer or boom brake  (published November 2012) Warning: The only way to start this is with a dramatic, yet frightening reality.  “BOOM” isn’t exactly […]

Fitting Out for Cruising

15 top upgrades that transform your boat into a liveaboard voyager  (published October 2012) Whether you are buying a new boat through a dealer or a […]

A Harrowing Journey

Crossing the pirate-infested Indian Ocean can be a life-or-death guessing game  (published October 2012) There were times—many times—in the past few months when Chris and I […]


A sudden storm dampens a passage from Grays Harbor, WA to San Francisco  (published September 2012) When I tell the story of a recent storm encounter, […]