As we did this time last year, Phyllis and I are going on a two week hiking holiday, so AAC will be quite with no new posts until we get back.
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As soon as we get back, we will complete commissioning Morgan’s Cloud and get back out there, which always inspires lots of new content.
In the mean time, this is what we are working on:
Colin draws on his decades of experience racing and cruising to share some tips and tricks that will make reaching and downwind sailing faster and more comfortable. Chapter FREE to view for three days.
The second most important anchor on our boats after the best bower is the kedge. What type should it be and how big? We make it simple.
Update May 1st, the course is full. Last year we presented a two day course for sailors who wish to expand their cruising to the high latitudes. The course, which we presented in Munich, was a huge success. Here are just a few of the unanimously glowing testimonials we received from those who attended: Congratulations, you managed a convincing synthesis of [...]
You should lubricate your Seacocks every year before launching, and here's an easy way to do that.
The members pay the bills here at AAC and so are, in effect, partners in this endeavour that is AAC.
So think of this post as a report to the partners on what's been going on behind the scenes, how we are spending your money, and what we are planning for the future.
I recently came across a video that asks adventurers how they define "adventure", which made me think about how I define it. This is important--we call our business Attainable Adventure Cruising!
Alter two full seasons in the Eastern Caribbean, Colin has found the best places...and he is even willing to share them with us in his usual lyrical prose.
This is just a short little post to share the wonderful news that on April 8th Katy, our Engineering Correspondent Matt's wife, gave birth to their first child, a baby daughter whom they have named Julia Isabel. Apparently mother and baby are happy and healthy, though not getting a lot of sleep (neither is Matt!). Congratulations Matt and [...]
In the last chapter we covered the best anchor types for your primary anchor. In this chapter we move on to size and material--even tricker things to decide on. But not to worry, we make it simple.
Free to view for three days. We in the offshore cruising community talk a lot about the right way and the wrong way to equip and maintain our boats but that's all bullshit until we have answered one basic question:
When you have decades of experience running commercial research yachts where downtime is not an option, you learn how to make repairs while "out there". Colin shares information that could save your cruise, and maybe even your boat.
John tells a story about an exceptional seaman, and what we can all learn from it about the seamanlike way to make decisions.
There are so many anchors and so many conflicting claims it's hard to know what to buy. In this chapter we cut through the fog with clear recommendations of the anchors that work and a warning list of those that we don't trust.
After voyaging and living aboard their Ovni 435 for 7 years, Colin gives us an update on what electrical kit has worked and what has died, as well as a look at newly available gear he and Louise have installed or are considering.
We have completely rewritten and updated our Anchoring Made Easy Online Book and are rolling that out starting with a brand new introduction.