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 [...]
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 [...]
What hardware should you buy for receiving weather information and other communications? In this chapter I take a look at the two main options, HF SSB and satellite phone, and make some recommendations.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Erik de Jong, designer, and one-day builder of the Adventure 40, has arrived at Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, after a passage from Halifax with a single refuelling stop at St. John's, Newfoundland, in his expedition sailboat "Bagheera". This is the first leg of Erik's planned science and filming cruise of the west coat of [...]
A tale of bilge pump woe got me thinking about one of the best pieces of gear we have ever fitted to our boat: The world's best bilge pump switch.
I don't know about anyone else, but after my last three posts, two on yacht losses and one on the Adventure 40, I'm feeling like it's time for some lighter fare. Last weekend, after a long day updating the software that runs this website and other general AAC housekeeping chores, I grabbed my all time favourite [...]
My thoughts on the loss of "Cheeki Rafiki". One of the most difficult posts I have ever written. Have a read and see if you think I got it right.
After over two years of work and collaboration, here is the hull design for the Adventure 40, together with a discussion of the hull form.
Actually, this post should more properly be called 1100 thanks. You see, that is the number of readers that have signed up for membership since we rolled out the AAC Bookclub on May 24th 2013. Thank you all. Back then, when we rolled out membership, having spent 11 years developing the site and having tried [...]
My analysis of the abandonment of the French yacht "Tao". While researching the weather at the time, I discovered something interesting...
We just finished teaching our new High Latitude Voyaging course for the first time. We had a capacity audience of 25 in Munich, Germany for two days of intense work as we packed in as many of the lessons that we have learned in 22 years of sailing in the Arctic and adjacent North Atlantic [...]
Writing our High Latitude Voyaging course materials reminded me of four great quotes that really apply to cruising, and then I added one. Also a quick report on our activities at Boreal.