Doug has sailed over 30,000 miles with us on “Morgan’s Cloud”. He’s a dab hand at tying knots.
Way, way, way back in time when I attended our yacht club’s junior sailing class, one of the tasks that the instructors set us each summer was to make a knot board. The kid that made the most complex esoteric knots, most beautifully arranged, on the most beautifully varnished board, won a prize.
I never won that prize. In fact, I never even came close. OK…really…the truth is I sucked big time at knot boards.
So maybe that’s why I decided early on that fixating on how many knots one can tie is at worst an affectation and at best a kind of quirky hobby that has very little to do with being a competent offshore sailor.
Be that as it may, here’s a secret for you: We only need to know how to tie five simple knots to be a competent sailors. Really, that’s it.
Thinking of voyaging with Children? Aspiring to voyage offshore? Reading this account by experienced wilderness educators about their ten years tackling the same challenges will smooth your way.
We have a new writer joining AAC, complete with a whole new view on voyaging.
Does your boat swing violently back and forth at anchor when the wind is up? Colin has a solution that is simple, inexpensive, and easy to rig.
Having the right spare parts aboard is one of the biggest contributors to a fun and stress free voyage. But how do you decide what to buy and then keep track of what you have?
John answers those questions and provides downloads of our parts list and the program we use to keep track on "Morgan's Cloud".
We have lots of exciting news to relate about the Adventure 40: engineering, builders, even a tentative schedule.
I'm in rant mode again, but not just to stir things up. This is a situation that genuinely scares me, and it needs fixing.
This web site will be moved to a new, more reliable and faster server tonight (Wednesday over to Thursday. If all goes well, we should only be down for a few minutes. But that's like saying that if all goes well my new marine electronic system will work perfectly right out of the box. Anyway, [...]
If you want to reef from the cockpit, you have to do it right. Colin shares how.
We are considering a new policy on comments here at AAC and it's pretty radical so we want to give you, our readers, a chance to have your say before we go ahead with it. And what's the change we are plotting, you ask? Although comments will be visible on free posts to everyone, adding comments will [...]
Don't miss John's in depth review, complete with many photographs, of one of the most interesting and all around cool boats being built today.
To be safe we need to be open to reviewing our assumptions in the light of new information. John takes a fresh look at the Spinlock Deckvest that he and Phyllis have used for years, and also revisits the whole issue of wearing crotch straps, or not.
Phyllis tackles the thorny subject of garbage management on an offshore voyaging boat.
A quick photo post, just for fun.
Pretty much all of us rely on GPS, but have you every wondered how the thing actually works? Matt has the answers, and they are fascinating.
Even the best of seaman get rusty after a period ashore. Colin shares the process of getting back in the voyaging groove.