“Sila” in the Chilean Channels
Can't see the whole post? click here. Eleven years ago, as we got back into sailing on a 35′ Cape George Cutter, we hatched a plan to cast off the lines and head for the high latitudes.
Our preparations included sailing to meet John and Phyllis to talk “ideal boat”, reading this website, taking a few courses, and stretching ourselves a bit further on our sailing vacations each summer. We also started thinking about a new and bigger boat.
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.
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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.
Poling out the headsail to sail downwind can be intimidating, particularly offshore in big breeze, but Colin has a way to make it easy and safe.
We are off on holiday for two weeks, but here's a teaser for all the great content that we will be publishing when we get back.
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 [...]