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 [...]

Budgeting For a Boat

Chapter 21 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

So far we have written a lot about how to buy an offshore boat, but what about the elephant in the room: how can you possibly afford to buy said boat? Matt, tackles that thorny subject from the real life point of view of someone working toward just that goal.

Adventure 40 April Bulletin–The Design Spiral

Chapter 16 of 16 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

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 [...]

Five Ways That Bad Boats Happen–Part 2

Chapter 20 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

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 [...]

Adventure 40–January Bulletin

Chapter 15 of 16 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

With the Adventure 40 well and truly on her way to becoming a real boat that you can buy, I thought it would be a good idea to keep everyone informed of what's going on with a series of bulletins. This is the first. Andy Schell, over at 59 North interviewed me, in the form [...]

Adventure 40, An Overview

Chapter 1 of 16 in the Online Book Adventure 40 (Free)

A single post summarizing Adventure 40—a reliable, simple, safe, fast and reasonably priced offshore voyaging boat—and the mission for said boat.

Artnautica 58—Design Analysis

We continue our series on desirable offshore motorboats for those retiring from sailboats with a design analysis by AAC Technical Correspondent, Matt Marsh of the Artnautica LRC58 currently in-build in New Zealand, . Even if you are not interested in this particular boat, you will want to read Matts insightful analysis of hull form and cost considerations.

A Sailor’s Motor Boat—Part 2

How many of us aging sailors sailors have secretly thought about a transition to the dark side? Come on, fess up, you know you have. Today we published my second look at what an offshore sailor really needs in a motorboat and look at a boat that might just meet those needs.

Real World Impact Test

In the last few chapters of this Online Book, we have written a lot about hull construction materials and impact resistance. In this chapter I relate a true story about when construction strength and impact resistance were dramatically tested right before my eyes.

Risk Management and Watertight Bulkheads

Chapter 18 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

I have written at some length on watertight bulkheads because I think the subject represents an interesting exercise in risk evaluation, a process all of us who wish to sail offshore must become adept at, because if we treat all risks as equal, and try to guard against each of them equally, we will quite simply never leave the wharf.

Impact Resistance—Part 2: Two Collision Scenarios

Chapter 17 of 22 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

The sad fact is that many, perhaps most, production sailboats are not built to take the loads imposed by even a moderate collision or grounding.

In this chapter of our ongoing Online Book "How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat", Matt Marsh, AAC Technical Correspondent, explains the engineering and shares what to look for before buying an voyaging boat.