In the last chapter, I specified the perfect offshore voyaging boat anchor roller and how existing rollers can be improved. But what happens if we need to scrap the piece of junk the builder saddled us with and start over?
Also, are there any benefits to having two rollers? And, if so, how should they be designed to work well together?
After dealing with a pesky health issue, John and Phyllis finally get out cruising at the end of August. Complimentary Post
There are few pieces of gear on many voyaging boats that are as poorly designed as the anchor roller. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Good communication is a skill that, like every other skill on a cruising boat, needs to be developed and practiced. Molly shares tips for good communication on board, garnered during the last three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with her family on Sila, a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia.
Family happiness and crew morale are vital for a successful voyage. During the last three years, while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles on "Sila", a Boréal 47, Molly Barnes and her family have come up with "The Three Keys To Cruising Happiness". Complimentary Post
A quick read that will do more to get you out there cruising than all the gear in the world. This will really make a difference...we promise. Complimentary Post
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
Cape Sable is beset by ferocious tides and uneven shoals. Throw in regular doses of dense fog and you’ll need no convincing to avoid this place in bad weather. With the right weather and timing, however, you can have a pleasant rounding, opening up the whole Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia for you to explore.
There's more to Yarmouth than meets the eye—don't just sail on by.
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.
Crossing from Maine to Nova Scotia can be daunting, due to the big tides in the Bay of Fundy. But the rewards of entering a new cruising ground make it worthwhile. Here are a few tips on how to make the passage.