I have finished the long awaited Adventure 40 update and will post that in a week or so. But before we do that, there is an Adventure 40 fundamental I need to write about. Nothing to do with yacht design or gear, but getting it right will determine whether or not the Adventure 4o is a success or failure.
I have been thinking about this issue for the past year, since Steve Dashew and Jean-François Eeman, both experienced boat builders, told me that the Adventure 40 is doomed to failure if we don’t solve this. The problem is bundling.
A chapter that will give you a whole new way to think about boat maintenance, including an easy to use gear selection method that will save you a bundle as well as untold grief.
The near-universal availability of accurate weather forecasts and GRIBs is great, but over analyzing the data can lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. Colin tells the story of an imperfect forecast that lead to a perfect voyage. Free feature post.
I'm seeing gross misuse of the Beaufort scale. Let's not do this. Free post.
Your engine mixing elbow can damage your engine. Here's how to prevent that.
After 20,000 miles of voyaging, including some of the world's toughest cruising destinations, Christopher and Molly tell the real story about how their Boréal 47 has performed.
Do you carry aluminum propane tanks like we do on "Morgan's Cloud"? If so, you need to listen up as Phyllis shares some things about re-certifying and replacing them that we learned the hard way...$500 worth of hard way.
FREE Post. I would be the first to commend the authors of the report on their diligence in analyzing the capsize of the Beneteau First 40.7 "Cheeki Rafiki" and the tragic loss of four lives.
Having said that I believe said report failed the offshore sailing community in its recommendations. Here are my thoughts on what we need to do to prevent another tragedy in the future.
Here's a simple easy to build gadget that makes a huge difference to the effectiveness of your freezer, by circulating the air so the stuff at the top and farthest from the plates does not thaw, while the food at the bottom and against the plates remains frozen, particularly when the freezer is packed tight.
You pay as little as $1.66 a month to join AAC and you can immediately use your member number to print coupons that are worth hundreds of dollars off great gear.
The Virgin Island are a great place for a charter escape, but do you really want to cruise there? And if so, where are the hidden gems? Colin tells all.
After we have bought our best bower (primary anchor) and kedge, what should our third anchor be? The logical answer will surprise you...as it did me.
A few thoughts and photographs in a FREE post to start the month off: lee shores, pubs, books, and a sobering reminder.
Matt explains those graphs that adorn engine brochures and manuals. Understanding these diagrams is the key to better fuel economy and less problems with your diesel engine.
Most yacht engines are horribly inefficient, but that can be fixed. In this series Matt, AAC engineering correspondent, explains how in easy to understand terms, and cuts through the marketing hype surrounding the many options.
Every owner of a boat with an engine--auxiliary sail or power--will benefit from reading this, even if you only use the knowledge to better manage your existing engine and, into the bargain, make it last longer and breakdown less often.
Thinking smart, rather than lazy, can make all the difference when voyaging...and in life.