We just got back from two weeks working on Morgan's Cloud, to get the jump on the spring to-do list. It was good to get our hands dirty again. While we were there, we continued our project to learn more about motorboats. But don't panic, we're going to be sailors for a while yet. More in [...]
A quick reminder that sales of my Arctic Noir Print end in two days. So if you want one, please order before midnight on Monday so Phyllis and I can get on with making and shipping them. If you would like a print if we publish another edition please contact us.
It doesn't matter how much you read and who you talk to, your first multi-day (and night) passage at sea will be nothing like what you imagine. And your first experience of a gale at sea will be ten times as intense as you think it will be. I’m not saying this to put you [...]
A while ago, we got an email from an American reader who wanted to know where he could clear Canada Customs in Nova Scotia. He had searched Canada Customs’ (Canada Border Services Agency—CBSA) website and couldn't find an answer. So, thinking he must have just missed the relevant page, I spent a long time searching [...]
The Arctic is a spectacular place to make photographs and I have been privileged to spend a cumulative total of several years there, over the last 20. And I have been fortunate to make many photographs that I treasure of the place and the people. But in my quest to not only portray what I [...]
Sure, diesel electric drives, lithium ion batteries, unstayed carbon masts, and composting toilets are fun technology and interesting too. But if your goal is to actually get out there cruising as soon as you can for a relatively reasonable amount of money, we recommend that you only use gear that has been in wide general use for at least 20 years. Here’s why:
Phyllis has just completed a six month long self-assigned course on polar bears. In this post she shares what she has learned about this beautiful animal and the ways her new knowledge will affect our behavior when we go north. She also expresses deep concern about what we believe to be the badly flawed policies of Parks Canada.
Are you struggling to get out there cruising? Do there seem to be a million obstacles between you and your dream? We have 10 sure fire tips that will help you get out there sooner and have more fun and be safer when you do.
So how do you unwind from a long and challenging voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil by sailboat? Well, if you are Colin, you do a long and challenging science project by...you guessed it, sailboat.
A single post summarizing Adventure 40—a reliable, simple, safe, fast and reasonably priced offshore voyaging boat—and the mission for said boat.
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.
Wow, AAC is actually becoming a real company rather than just a hobby that got badly out of control. We are looking for one person, or possibly more that one, to sell advertising on the site. The position is strictly commission based and you will be a private contractor rather than an employee, but the [...]
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.
Developments in alternative energy systems are coming thick and fast these days, so Colin visited the Southampton Boat Show and has filed this report on the latest in fuel cells, solar panels, and hydro-generators.
In the last chapter on chain we looked at the three grades of chain normally used for anchor rodes on cruising sailboats. In this chapter we carry on from that base and examine the trade-offs between the grades and the things that you need to know when selecting the right anchor chain and gauge for your boat.