It seems like almost every cruiser I talk to has a tale of woe about all the problems they have had with their boat and how much those problems have screwed up their plans. For crying out loud, if cars were as unreliable as cruising boats, we would have stuck with horses! But really, it does not have to be this way. How can I say that? We have had a twisted mast, a defective engine, and half a hundred other things go wrong on Morgan’s Cloud but, in the last 16 years, nothing has broken that has caused us to change our plans, or even delay us, in mid-voyage—touch wood. And since we started cruising some 23 years ago, we have only had one such incident: a broken intermediate shroud necessitating replacement of all standing rigging. I don’t say this to boast. Undoubtedly there has been an element of luck in this record. But I also think that the boat maintenance rules that we have developed over many years of voyaging have helped too. Here they are:
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- Three Tips to Make Your Cruising Boat More Reliable
- Estimating The Cost of Maintaining a Cruising Boat
- Boat Maintenance—Don’t Go Broke Saving Money
- Boat Maintenance—What’s Your Screwup Tolerance?
- Priorities In Preparation
- The Unknown Unknowns
- Perfect or Good Enough?
- Spare Parts—Which To Buy and How To Keep Track Of Them
- You Need More Than Money
- Don’t Get Stuck!—Tools and Techniques for Cruisers
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 1
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 2
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 1
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 2
- Apps We Use to Manage our Boat and Cruises
- 8 Things I Learned From a Lazy Man’s Galley Makeover
- Washing Machines: Complexity and Space Considerations
- Four Hand Tools I Should Have Bought Years Ago
- Cruiser’s Power Tool Kit
- Cruiser’s Tool Kit—Wrenches
John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.