John

Perfect or Good Enough?

One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day...and have no life. The [...]

Enough With The Northwest Passage, Already

This whole transiting the Northwest Passage (The Passage) in a yacht is getting out of hand and many (maybe most) of the crews and boats trying it shouldn't be anywhere near the place. How can someone who has spent much of the last 20 years in the high latitudes in a yacht say that without being a [...]

Staying Attached To The Boat

Chapter 3 of 8 in the Online Book Person Overboard Prevention

The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly. Updated and video added, October 2014.

This is the first of four posts I'm going to write on ways to save money while cruising. These are not the sort of tips beloved of the sailing magazines that can save you a few dollars--you know the ones, "how to make your varnish brushes last longer"--but tips that can save you real money and keep you out [...]

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 [...]