The claims made for battery pulse desulphators seem to make them ideal for voyaging boats. A cheap, easy to install gadget that will dramatically extend your expensive batteries' lives. What's not to like? But do they really work? John takes a look.
John has finally learned about podcasts and specifically offshore voyaging podcasts. He has now been interviewed not just once, but twice. Complimentary Post
Jack, 12 years old, shares ten tips for kids and parents to help make life on a boat easier and filled with great experiences. This is stuff he learned over three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with his family on "Sila", a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia. Complimentary Post
When an anchor that thousands of sailors rely on seems to have a dangerous flaw, we need to write about that...and we do. Also, some thoughts on the new Vulcan anchor. Chapter will be complimentary for two days...extended to four days.
If you want to watch John have a complete melt down, just mention 5200 bedding compound...but stand well back, it ain't pretty. Not just a rant, John suggests better alternatives. Complimentary Post
Colin and Louise continue cruising Nova Scotia, the land of big tides, thick fog, and strong currents, and discover the joys that the effort brings: friendly people and secluded uncrowded anchorages. Complimentary Post
No question that cruising sailboats have been getting bigger in recent years. And that begs the question, what's the safe top end for a couple to handle? John has a simple answer.
The first of this season's articles that capture the true feel of cruising as only Colin can. Bound for Nova Scotia after a winter's hiatus from sailing, Colin and Lou face gear failures galore. But, undaunted, they fix what they have to and carry on. Complimentary Post
The story of how John nearly wasted a bunch of time and money, but finally got a grip of himself. Lots of electrical system recommendations and a caution to make sure that the complexity we choose is right for us.
John and Phyllis reduced their battery ownership costs by a factor of four. Here's the report. Complimentary Post
When we have a problem on our boats, it's always tempting to try to fix it by adding gear, but often a better approach is simplification. We look at mainsail hoisting as an example and provide several tips to make the job easier.
Phyllis expands a bit on our (very slow) transition to part-time voyaging and discusses the upcoming very important month of December. Complimentary Post
Some of the world's most interesting cruising destinations are subject to theft and violence. Colin provides tips to stay safe. Fixation on risk plays no part in adventure...but planning does. Complimentary Post.
Charging batteries fast has all kinds of benefits: less engine wear, fuel savings, less carbon. But how far can we go and what are the lurking dangers?
The latest news on the Adventure 40, a high quality, fast, voyaging boat for just US$200,000.