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 [...]

Always Take The Weather With You

Colin is back from sailing in Scotland with one of his loverly marine wildlife articles. If this doesn't move you...well, you are some cold hearted.

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 [...]

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.

You Need More Than Money

Some thoughts from Colin on vital training for voyaging sailors. Taking the steps he suggests could save your cruise.

An Electric Bilge Pump For The Ages

Chapter 5 of 6 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity

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 [...]

Far From The Maddening Crowd*

Colin's clear and insightful summary of their season cruising the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. Don't miss it, this is the real story on this popular cruising destination from a deeply experienced voyager.

Barbarians at The Gates, Yet Again

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 [...]

We Are Not “Captains”

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 [...]

How To Get A Better Marine Survey

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 [...]

“Bagheera” Reaches Greenland

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 [...]