Antigua for Cruisers

Falmouth and English Harbours are the sailing capital of the Caribbean With its turquoise waters in varying shades of blue, Antigua is a popular island destination of the Eastern Caribbean. It’s said the island has a beach for each day of the year and enough anchorages to spend a night

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Pocket Cruisers That Sail Far

It is not the size of your boat that matters, it is the size of your dreams  (published June 2018) Today’s cruising fleet is made up of boats that are much larger than they were only just a decade ago. There is a lot to be said for the comfort

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Island Packet 349

If you are ready to “go small and go now,” then the new IPY 349 may be just the new cruising boat for you  (published February 2019) Right after the Annapolis sailboat show last fall (2018), I had the chance to go for a sail on the brand new Island

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Small Steps to a Greener Galley

Provisioning, food storage and meal prep require a lot of time and effort when you must organize and cook almost every meal you eat. Making small, conscious changes in your routine doesn’t take much effort, but it will make a difference both in your galley and on the planet. (published

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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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The Terrifically Terrible Tether

Taking the road less traveled by sailboat  (published May 2018) The hardest part about having an adventurous spirit is the inevitable aloneness that accompanies it. I’m not just talking about the physical aloneness felt by a distance through-hiker or a solo sailor. I’m also talking about the mental aloneness ingrained

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The Case for Laminated Cruising Sails

No longer sails only for racers, modern membrane, laminated sails will make your cruising boat sail a lot better and will hold their shape longer than conventional sails  (published April 2018) Have you ever sailed alongside an old classic and been amazed by how fast the boat was going? The

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Tartan 395

(Published November/December 2018) I was scheduled to take the brand new Tartan 395 out for a sail on the Tuesday after the Annapolis sailboat show in October. But, at 4 pm when we were to set sail, the wind died completely leaving Back Creek, The Severn River and the Chesapeake

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Beneteau 30.1

FROM INLAND WATERWAYS TO HIGH SEAS With an overall size of under 9x3 metres and a light displacement of less than 4 tonnes, the Oceanis can be trailed by road by a professional, without having to deal with an extra-wide load. If you prefer to go to your sailing grounds

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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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