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.
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. [...]
More years ago than I care to admit, I made my first foray into my favourite cruising ground, the western isles of Scotland. Not only did it have a special resonance for me as a Scot living in exile, but it also offered a vastly different experience from my usual haunts in the western Channel. [...]
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.
The first of Phyllis' two posts on cruising Nova Scotia. Sometimes the best cruises are close to home!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Free Introductory Chapter Buying a boat is really difficult: What features are vital? Which features are dispensable? In this chapter, John comes up with a way for you to figure out what you need in a boat...and what you don't.
There is not a lot of point in writing about maintenance without addressing the 800 pound gorilla in the room: what it really costs to maintain a voyaging sailboat. Get this wrong and your cruise will be miserable and short.
In this chapter we give you a simple, but surprisingly accurate tool to estimate what maintenance is going to cost.
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.
Some thoughts from Colin on vital training for voyaging sailors. Taking the steps he suggests could save your cruise.
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 [...]
What hardware should you buy for receiving weather information and other communications? In this chapter I take a look at the two main options, HF SSB and satellite phone, and make some recommendations.