Where Do We Go From Here?

A boat built to cross the oceans.

A boat built to cross the oceans.

I rarely attend major boat shows these days, and sincerely don’t regret it. In the past I spent many a day on stands for whoever it was that I was working for, or supporting, at that time, generally in the foul aired mausoleum that housed the late, lamented (?) London Boat Show at Earl’s Court.

Not only was it a trial physically, but even then there didn’t seem to be much to get excited about, and that was in the days when the likes of Swan still attended and displayed, and money seemed to be far more plentiful. But now?

Regardless of the era, it’s obviously the case that boat shows offer the interested observer an insight into the direction that the market (and indeed yachting in general) is going, so when I get the chance I’ll still turn up.

Attending the recent La Rochelle Boat Show gave me a golden opportunity to catch up on ‘the industry’, and see where we’re currently headed, and if I’m correct in my analysis, it isn’t the direction I think we’d all like to see.

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Perfect or Good Enough?

One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day...and have no life. The [...]

This whole transiting the Northwest Passage (The Passage) in a yacht is getting out of hand and many (maybe most) of the crews and boats trying it shouldn't be anywhere near the place. How can someone who has spent much of the last 20 years in the high latitudes in a yacht say that without being a [...]

Staying Attached To The Boat

Chapter 3 of 8 in the Online Book Person Overboard Prevention

The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly. Updated and video added, October 2014.

This is the first of four posts I'm going to write on ways to save money while cruising. These are not the sort of tips beloved of the sailing magazines that can save you a few dollars--you know the ones, "how to make your varnish brushes last longer"--but tips that can save you real money and keep you out [...]

In The Season

Being as how we ended up commissioning Morgan’s Cloud too late for any high latitude shenanigans (we left Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington, Maine on August 1st), we decided to take our time on the 250 nm passage to our Base Camp near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A while ago I wrote a post about [...]

Let’s Go Sailing!

OK, enough with all this talk of motorboats, let's go sailing in a bit of breeze on Morgan's Cloud. We made the video below a few days ago in a solid Force 7 blow (near gale, 28-33 knots). By the way, look for a timely reminder from Phyllis at the halfway mark in the video--I'm suitably ashamed of [...]

Motor Boat Musings–Part 2

We just published part 2 of our thoughts on Motorboats generally, and those from Nordhavn specifically. We look at seaworthness, fuel burn, the environmental implications, and what all this means to Phyllis and me.

Motor Boat Musings–Part 1

Most sailors, even those who won't admit it, have harboured thoughts about motorboats. But what's it really like on an offshore motorboat, and how does that compare to sailing? Read on to find out.

Adventure 40 Rig and Deck Design

Chapter 10 of 17 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

Having finished recommissioning our own Morgan's Cloud, we are now ready to get back to revealing and discussing Erik's design for the Adventure 40. Back in June we published the hull lines and now we are moving on to the rig and deck. Erik has come up with a clean and simple layout that will function well at sea. [...]

More years ago than I care to admit, I made my first foray into my favourite cruising ground, the western isles of Scotland. Not only did it have a special resonance for me as a Scot living in exile, but it also offered a vastly different experience from my usual haunts in the western Channel. [...]

He’s Back!

The first of Phyllis' two posts on cruising Nova Scotia. Sometimes the best cruises are close to home!