I had always thought, like most sailors I suspect, that a naval architect sat down with his or her computer and over a number of weeks a fully formed design emerged. But, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as I'm learning watching Erik design the Adventure 40. Boat design is an iterative [...]
Have you ever wondered if a diesel electric drive would be a good option for your boat? It's a complicated decision, but it just got a got simpler.
There has been a huge brouhaha in the media in the last day about a security bug called Heartbleed. We want our members, and others who have bought items from us, to know that your financial information is safe and has not been compromised. You see we don't store, or even see, any of your [...]
In Part 1 of this post I looked at the role that letting the interior drive the design and confusing the mission play in the birth of bad boats. Today I have three more ways that bad boats happen: Boatbuilders want to build as many hulls as they can to the same design. Stands to [...]
Buying a poorly designed boat is one of the most costly and heart breaking mistakes anyone can make. But maybe if we understand how bad designs come to be, we can avoid that.
We have long had a problem with Spam comments here at Attainable Adventure Cruising but lately the hackers have gone nuts with this stuff. We are currently getting over 1000 spam comments a day. In fact, it's so bad that the load is crashing our server about once a day and slowing it down the [...]
The publishing team here at AAC world headquarters is ready for spring. We have some other news too.
For many navigators the idea of going to sea without any paper charts aboard at all is pure heresy. But is that really true? Are we just hanging on to paper charts because we are stuck in our ways?
Pretty near all of us are now using electronic navigation systems, that's a given, but can you safely dispense with paper charts altogether?
Part 2 of my article on preventers. In Part 1 I explained why a proper preventer is vital and in this part I share how to make rigging one easy and safe.
A head injury is a terrible event wherever you are, but at sea far from medical help it's even worse. Rigging a proper preventer is one of the surest ways to reduce the risk to you and your crew. In part 1 of this two part series we look at the risk and what constitutes a proper preventer.
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.