Us And Them

sailing along the coast of Dominica

Sailing along the coast of Dominica

Cruising in the Caribbean has been a real eye-opener in many ways. Since we left the Canary Islands we’ve been sailing largely off the beaten track, and now we find ourselves back amongst a less nomadic tribe of sailors in a region that caters largely for the charter set.

This of course has good and bad sides. Services are far more available than they were in Senegal or Brazil, which is good, but the human dynamic that exists between the local people and the cruising crews is far more complicated. This is obvious when talking to regular cruisers of the area, when one subject always seems to rear its head above others–boat boys.

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Heartbleed Bug–AAC is Safe

There has been a huge brouhaha in the media in the last day about a security bug called Heartbleed. We  want our members, and others who have bought items from us, to know that your financial information is safe and has not been compromised. You see we don't store, or even see, any of your [...]

Five Ways That Bad Boats Happen–Part 2

Chapter 20 of 20 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

In Part 1 of this post I looked at the role that letting the interior drive the design and confusing the mission play in the birth of bad boats. Today I have three more ways that bad boats happen: Boatbuilders want to build as many hulls as they can to the same design. Stands to [...]

Unusually for this site, we've had a number of people unsubscribe from email notifications today. Now, that may just be a coincidence but, if you have or are thinking of unsubscribing from email notifications because of John's last post, don't. We are dealing with comment spam, not email spam. These are two different things. Your email address has [...]

Barbarians At The Gate, Spam Edition

We have long had a problem with Spam comments here at Attainable Adventure Cruising but lately the hackers have gone nuts with this stuff. We are currently getting over 1000 spam comments a day. In fact, it's so bad that the load is crashing our server about once a day and slowing it down the [...]

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth

When non-sailors ask John and me what it’s like to live on a sailboat, we often equate it to being in a spaceship, as in the sailboat being a self-contained entity immersed in an environment that’s hostile to human life. But is our analogy correct? What do we actually know about life in a spaceship? [...]

This and That–March

The publishing team here at AAC world headquarters is ready for spring. We have some other news too.

Paradise Found—or Lost?

Leaving Grenada was tough, as we’d had such an enjoyable stay, and there was still plenty to see. But with family aboard, and the whole of the rest of the island chain to explore, we were on our way without a backward glance. One of the great things about the Caribbean is that there’s so [...]

Rigging a Proper Preventer, Part 1

Chapter 19 of 20 in the Online Book Sail Handling Made Easy

A head injury is a terrible event wherever you are, but at sea far from medical help it's even worse. Rigging a proper preventer is one of the surest ways to reduce the risk to you and your crew. In part 1 of this two part series we look at the risk and what constitutes a proper preventer.


As an ocean sailor, or an aspiring one, we are sure you are as concerned as we are about the rampant overfishing of the world's seas. But there is some good news: you can eat fish sustainably and avoid dosing yourself with horrible industrial toxins at the same time. Learn how from this book.

Protecting Against Lightning Strikes

Lightning strike! Just the words can make us cruising sailors, who sail around the ocean with the highest thing in hundreds of square miles sticking up, nervous.

This post by Matt, AAC Engineering Correspondent, will help you understand how lighting strikes happen and what you can do to reduce the associated risks.

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