It's funny...people we meet often assume that Phyllis and I are great travelers. And it's easy to see how they might come to that conclusion. After all we have spent most of the last 20 years moving from place to place around the Atlantic rim. But actually nothing could be further from the truth. That [...]

High Latitude Sailing Course With John

Have you thought about sailing in the high northern latitudes, to Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland or Svalbard? If the answer is yes, we have a great course for you.

Feed Hiccup

Apologies to all of you subscribers, we had a glitch in our feed that resulted in no notification email being sent out when we published our latest post "The Ultimate Cruiser Camera". I fixed the problem, and I think a notification will go out on Monday morning. But just in case that doesn't work out--our [...]

The Ultimate Cruiser Camera

Chapter 4 of 8 in the Online Book Photography For Cruisers

If you are serious about telling the story of your travels and voyage in images, this post, about the best camera I have every used, is for you.

And, for those not interested in the ultimate travel photographer's camera, with the price to match, I have some thoughts about alternatives.

Watertight Integrity, Part III—Deck

Chapter 3 of 3 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity

As I think I've made clear in the previous two chapters of this Online Book, keeping the water out is a number one commitment for any offshore boat. And not just large amounts, although obviously that’s a fundamental priority, too. Relatively modest amounts of water can cause real issues with sensitive electronics, especially in today's shallow [...]

Trade Wind Music

It all started with John’s post on our friend Shelly, whose beautiful voice got us thinking about the connection between sailing and art. I followed that up with a post about our friend Stephanie, who is a very talented painter, and that in turn led me to think about Marcy. We met Marcy and Michael [...]

Seamanship, it's a word that those of us who write about voyaging love to throw around, me especially, but what does it really mean? Can we define it? No, I don't think so, not completely, because what constitutes seamanship can depend on the person, the boat, and the circumstances. And for each of us our [...]

Lights Out!

There’s nothing like a departure that has been long anticipated to get the adrenaline flowing. Add to the risks inherent with going to sea the possibility, however slim, of a possible attack and boarding by pirates, and you’ll be wide-awake, I can assure you. As indeed we were as we set off on our first [...]

AAC Tune Up

Some of you may have noticed that this site has been a bit slow to respond lately, and you may even have run into a couple of occasions when we were down for a few minutes. The problem is that we are a victim of our own success in that, as our readership grows, we [...]

Lithium Ion Batteries

Chapter 11 of 11 in the Online Book Battery Installation & Maintenance (Second Edition)

There's a good chance that you are currently sharing the room with a half-dozen or more lithium ion batteries. The computer in front of you has one, your camera has one, your phone has one, the R/C car your kid is racing around your ankles has one. Lithium battery technology is almost everywhere. And, soon, [...]

Adventure 40–January Bulletin

Chapter 15 of 15 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 [...]

Two Yacht Losses, Many Lessons Learned

Earlier in the winter, I was saddened to learn of the loss of the junk rigged schooner Easy Go and today I was shocked to learn of the abandonment of the 42-foot catamaran Be Good Too; luckily there was no loss of life in either case. I think there is a lot we can all learn from both these cases [...]

We just published the second edition of our Battery Installation and Maintenance Online Book. Reading this book can save you a lot of money by extending the life of your batteries by as much as 400%.

Topsides

Chapter 2 of 3 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity

There are few things more miserable on a boat at sea than salt water below from deck leaks. And if said leaks get bad enough, they can sink you. Colin has a whole series of tips on how to stop that happening to you.

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