I suspect that this post is not going to make me popular, but I’m seething about what’s happening with these rallies and offshore voyaging in general, so here goes—brace yourselves.
What the heck is going on here? As I understand it, 116 boats were registered in the Salty Dawg Rally and at least five of them required US Coast Guard assistance.
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In the past I met many people who expressed amazement and envy for my then way of life: skippering yachts on wildlife research projects. And for the most part they were right, it was an enviable way of life. And although the pay was awful and the hours endless, the rewards were colossal, not least in [...]
Funny the triggers that get me thinking about larger issues. A few weeks ago, while we were visiting Bermuda and out with friends on the water, we passed the house in the picture above. It’s a pretty nice house. It shares an island in Hamilton Harbour with several other private residences. It has a small [...]
It's amazing how much great information our readers can impart in the comments. In this post I summarize the results of our last post. Don't miss it, you will learn a lot, as I did.
Almost all of us are now very reliant on electronic navigation systems. And that brings up the question of hardware redundancy and chart backup. A reader's question got me thinking about that. Here's my best take on the problem, together with an appeal for help.
Matt, AAC Technical correspondent, takes a look at an intriguing new technology that holds a lot of promise for cruising boats. But before we all rush to wire our boats this way, there are some questions that the vendors need to answer.
Anything learned from battery use on a boat that is not really out there cruising is…well, not very useful. Cruising is different, and much harder on batteries than most other uses. And so much of what you read about sailboat battery life is theory based on…well, not a lot. So it was great to get [...]
We have written before about young people who have chosen sailing as their way to have adventure, see the world, and, for a good number of them, make a difference, whether it’s through their films, photographs, blog, relationships developed while underway, etc. We've just added another young couple to the group we link to—thank you [...]
It’s amazing how often we see this: an otherwise substantial anchoring set up totally compromised by one small detail. Can you spot it? Please leave a comment. Just to keep things simple, I’m only talking about the starboard anchor. Colin, AAC European Correspondent, and Louise, Colin's partner in sailing, business and life, have a new [...]
One of the very best things about this site is the huge amount of wisdom and experience that you, our readers, share in the form of comments that: Keep us careful about our facts and honest about our opinions. Fill in the blanks in our knowledge. Inspire us to write new posts. And yes, sometimes [...]
On a cruising sailboat the batteries will likely be charged most often by an alternator on the main engine, particularly if the boat does not have a generator. And if you live aboard, the alternator that came with the engine is simply not going to cut it. In this chapter we share how to buy and install a real cruiser's alternator.
We just got back from two weeks working on Morgan's Cloud, to get the jump on the spring to-do list. It was good to get our hands dirty again. While we were there, we continued our project to learn more about motorboats. But don't panic, we're going to be sailors for a while yet. More in [...]
A quick reminder that sales of my Arctic Noir Print end in two days. So if you want one, please order before midnight on Monday so Phyllis and I can get on with making and shipping them. If you would like a print if we publish another edition please contact us.
It doesn't matter how much you read and who you talk to, your first multi-day (and night) passage at sea will be nothing like what you imagine. And your first experience of a gale at sea will be ten times as intense as you think it will be. I’m not saying this to put you [...]
A while ago, we got an email from an American reader who wanted to know where he could clear Canada Customs in Nova Scotia. He had searched Canada Customs’ (Canada Border Services Agency—CBSA) website and couldn't find an answer. So, thinking he must have just missed the relevant page, I spent a long time searching [...]
The Arctic is a spectacular place to make photographs and I have been privileged to spend a cumulative total of several years there, over the last 20. And I have been fortunate to make many photographs that I treasure of the place and the people. But in my quest to not only portray what I [...]