Easy reefing while running off the wind, using a simple system.
Cruising books, wise sailors, and this website all promote the benefits of simple boats and systems. Our journey from vacationing on a smaller and simpler boat (35′ Cape George Cutter), to sailing full time for two and one-half years on a more complex one (Boreal 47′), has taught me that simplicity is a journey, not a destination.
There is so much wrong with commonly-used person overboard prevention systems that I couldn't fit it all in one chapter...here's Part 2.
Enough with all the person overboard stuff, time for another reminder of what it's all about.
Most of us offshore sailors rely on clipping our harness tether to a jackline to stay safe. But, in many cases, we are totally deluding ourselves, because if we do go over the side, something may break and cast us adrift, or we will drown by dragging.
Another of Phyllis' posts in our series about our cruise of Newfoundland this summer. This one on the unique wharf-culture.
We don't normally do book reviews, but we made an exception for this book because it will save so many people so much heart ache. Does not require membership to read.
Sure, listen to local knowledge, and cruising guides can help choose a destination, but sometimes it's better to go your own way and make up your own mind. Free post.
There are so many skills required to be a competent seaman. The trick to getting out there cruising is prioritizing the ones that really matter. Membership not required to read this post.
Our own Colin Speedie is one of the best sailing travel writers in the business, but he has truly outdone even his own high standard with this loverly tale of tropical islands, drug smugglers, and folk musicians. Free post.
Phyllis picks up the story of our summer cruise to Newfoundland.
No matter how long you have been around boats, there's always something new to learn. Free post.
We sailors love to talk about anchor tests, and yes, they are useful, but never forget that they are all fundamentally flawed.
Now we get to the nitty gritty: How to convert your boat to a cutter rig and how to make existing cutters better.
If you are a cruiser, the health of coastal communities will be of interest. Phyllis has some thoughts.
When does the cutter rig make sense, both when buying a new boat and considering a conversion? We have a simple decision-tree to make things simple.
There are few things more interesting and useful than a tour of another experienced offshore voyager's boat. So here's a video deck tour of "Morgan's Cloud". Free post.