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
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
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
It’s a cry that is so alarming that it’s against the law to falsely scream that word in a movie theater. It’s no less alarming at sea. But the time to prepare for emergencies is long before the dock lines are tossed off. Safety at sea begins now! (published March
Not necessarily the "big ticket" items but items that have over the years the author has come to rely on (published September 2017) I’ve delivered countless cruising boats within and across virtually every ocean. Some of the vessels had the things I liked. Others may have missed a few things.
Two of the world's most experienced offshore sailors and dedicated seamanship educators, share what they have learned over lifetimes at sea (with John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal, published June/July 2017) Having spent most of our lifetimes sailing and teaching ocean passagemaking, we enjoy following those new to sailing as
Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training will help you cope with that reality (published March 2017) It was only
Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under
A seasoned offshore sailor and business consultant takes a systematic approach to managing risk for those heading off passagemaking (published February 2017) November is not the best month for sailing from the U.S. East Coast to the Caribbean, but for lots of reasons, that’s when most of us sail down.
Before heading offshore, take some time to know how your boat responds in various conditions (published October 2016) While sailors often think first of checking the condition of all the gear on their boat, making sure they have all the latest gadgets, checking weather, going through checklists and thinking of