I don’t have any solid data to back this up, but I’m going to guess that one of the most common ways that people get killed or maimed on a sailboat is by being hit by the boom. So, what can we do about that? Pretty obvious answer: Rig a preventer.
Such a nice simple solution, right? Well, unfortunately, no, it’s not. Rigging a proper preventer can be a pain in the neck. But there are things we can do to make rigging a proper preventer easy and quick.
But before we get into that, have you noticed that I seem to be overusing the word “proper”? That’s no accident. You see, a lot of the gear I see out there being used to restrict the swing of the boom does not constitute a proper preventer.
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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.
It's funny...people we meet often assume that Phyllis and I are great travelers. And it's easy to see how they might come to that conclusion. After all we have spent most of the last 20 years moving from place to place around the Atlantic rim. But actually nothing could be further from the truth. That [...]
Have you thought about sailing in the high northern latitudes, to Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland or Svalbard? If the answer is yes, we have a great course for you.
Apologies to all of you subscribers, we had a glitch in our feed that resulted in no notification email being sent out when we published our latest post "The Ultimate Cruiser Camera". I fixed the problem, and I think a notification will go out on Monday morning. But just in case that doesn't work out--our [...]
If you are serious about telling the story of your travels and voyage in images, this post, about the best camera I have every used, is for you.
And, for those not interested in the ultimate travel photographer's camera, with the price to match, I have some thoughts about alternatives.
As I think I've made clear in the previous two chapters of this Online Book, keeping the water out is a number one commitment for any offshore boat. And not just large amounts, although obviously that’s a fundamental priority, too. Relatively modest amounts of water can cause real issues with sensitive electronics, especially in today's shallow [...]
It all started with John’s post on our friend Shelly, whose beautiful voice got us thinking about the connection between sailing and art. I followed that up with a post about our friend Stephanie, who is a very talented painter, and that in turn led me to think about Marcy. We met Marcy and Michael [...]
Seamanship, it's a word that those of us who write about voyaging love to throw around, me especially, but what does it really mean? Can we define it? No, I don't think so, not completely, because what constitutes seamanship can depend on the person, the boat, and the circumstances. And for each of us our [...]
Love sailing? Love taking Photographs? How about combining the two in one of the most beautiful places in the world?
There’s nothing like a departure that has been long anticipated to get the adrenaline flowing. Add to the risks inherent with going to sea the possibility, however slim, of a possible attack and boarding by pirates, and you’ll be wide-awake, I can assure you. As indeed we were as we set off on our first [...]
Some of you may have noticed that this site has been a bit slow to respond lately, and you may even have run into a couple of occasions when we were down for a few minutes. The problem is that we are a victim of our own success in that, as our readership grows, we [...]
There's a good chance that you are currently sharing the room with a half-dozen or more lithium ion batteries. The computer in front of you has one, your camera has one, your phone has one, the R/C car your kid is racing around your ankles has one. Lithium battery technology is almost everywhere. And, soon, [...]
With the Adventure 40 well and truly on her way to becoming a real boat that you can buy, I thought it would be a good idea to keep everyone informed of what's going on with a series of bulletins. This is the first. Andy Schell, over at 59 North interviewed me, in the form [...]
Earlier in the winter, I was saddened to learn of the loss of the junk rigged schooner Easy Go and today I was shocked to learn of the abandonment of the 42-foot catamaran Be Good Too; luckily there was no loss of life in either case. I think there is a lot we can all learn from both these cases [...]