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Let’s Go Sailing!

OK, enough with all this talk of motorboats, let's go sailing in a bit of breeze on Morgan's Cloud. We made the video below a few days ago in a solid Force 7 blow (near gale, 28-33 knots). By the way, look for a timely reminder from Phyllis at the halfway mark in the video--I'm suitably ashamed of [...]

Motor Boat Musings–Part 2

We just published part 2 of our thoughts on Motorboats generally, and those from Nordhavn specifically. We look at seaworthness, fuel burn, the environmental implications, and what all this means to Phyllis and me.

Motor Boat Musings–Part 1

Most sailors, even those who won't admit it, have harboured thoughts about motorboats. But what's it really like on an offshore motorboat, and how does that compare to sailing? Read on to find out.

Adventure 40 Rig and Deck Design

Chapter 10 of 17 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

Having finished recommissioning our own Morgan's Cloud, we are now ready to get back to revealing and discussing Erik's design for the Adventure 40. Back in June we published the hull lines and now we are moving on to the rig and deck. Erik has come up with a clean and simple layout that will function well at sea. [...]

Twenty Adventure 40 Core Principles

Chapter 2 of 17 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

A chapter to keep us all, including me, on the straight and narrow path to a good boat as we reveal and discuss the Adventure 40 design in the coming weeks.

Our New Crash Pump

Chapter 6 of 6 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity

The sound of gushing water from below has got to be right up there on any voyaging sailor's list of worst nightmares. On Morgan's Cloud, given that we believe that any pump that is practical for a yacht, no matter how powerful, is going to be of limited use in a flooding situation, we have always [...]

Two Sailors Try Power Boating

Phyllis and I have never been the type of sailor that gets snooty about power boats; in fact, I have even written about my ideas for an ideal sailor's power boat. But the fact is, aside from having motored many tens of thousands of miles on sailboats and a bit of time inshore on various (mostly [...]

Summer Is Here and The Living is Easy

Regular readers may have noticed a rather, shall we say, relaxed pace of posting in the last month or so. This does not indicate any lack of interest on the part of Phyllis, Colin, Matt and I, but rather is a manifestation of our usual summer slow down due to all of us being extremely [...]

The Right Way to Buy a Boat…And The Wrong Way

Chapter 1 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

You are going to think I have completely gone off topic, or maybe off my head, but bear with me and all will become clear. I used to own a computer systems integration company. We specialized in providing accounting systems to small businesses. This was in the early days of small computers, and business owners faced with unfamiliar technology [...]

Estimating The Cost of Maintaining a Voyaging Sailboat

Chapter 22 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

In the last post in this Online Book, Matt did a great job examining the challenge of saving for an offshore boat. And we are working hard on reducing the capital cost of said boats with the Adventure 40. But what about maintenance? How much does it cost to maintain a voyaging boat once you finally have [...]

An Electric Bilge Pump For The Ages

Chapter 5 of 6 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity

In the last chapter in this Online Book, in reaction to a members's tale of frustration, I recommended a bilge pump switch. But what about the bilge pump itself? When we bought Morgan's Cloud she had a Jabsco 36600 bilge pump that was installed when she was built 27 years ago. And we still have [...]

Barbarians at The Gates, Yet Again

Sorry to keep bothering everyone with posts about our efforts to deal with hackers and spam. I assure you that we are not any happier about this constant distraction from more interesting things...like offshore voyaging...than you are. Anyway, once again AAC is under attack: Spammers trying to access the comments, hackers trying to break in [...]

We Are Not “Captains”

This post is going to get me in all kinds of hot water, but I just can't stand it any more. I tried to ignore it, I really did, but it's no good, I have to say something. What's making me crazy is the current fashion for recreational mariners, particularly on VHF radio, to call each other [...]

How To Get A Better Marine Survey

Every time I post about structural issues or refits the subject of poor surveys of used boats comes up. Now I'm sure there are many reputable surveyors out there striving to do the best job they can, but on the other hand I am hearing a distressing number of stories about surveys that were sketchy at [...]