John’s Tips, Tricks and Thoughts—September and October

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Due to tropical storms and travel, I only wrote seven entries over the last two months, so it made sense to consolidate this notice.

This is the most useful and actionable, with this one a close runner-up.

These TT&T posts are continuing to evolve from short tips to more in-depth thoughts on new products and happenings in our world of offshore sailing.

That begs the question of whether or not some of these, particularly the ones linked to above, should have been articles? If you have any thoughts on that please share them in the comments to this post.

To give you some context, the biggest benefit of posting in the Tips area is that I don’t feel compelled to fully research and explore the subject. Rather I can just dash it off as a heads-up or thought.

Of course, in a perfect world I would do the full-article treatment on every thought I had but there are not enough hours in the day for that, so with a TT&T post at least it sees the light of day rather than falling off the end of the editorial queue, as used to happen.

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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 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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Arne Mogstad

Since no one commented anything, I just thought I could. I don’t really mind whether something is posted as a “tips” or a full article. That I do think is that I use the “books” quite a lot, both reading new-to-me articles, and looking up things I have read before but want to refresh. So for new readers (which I was a year or two ago), having things accessible in the “books” was very valuable. So if relevant tips is added to the books it would be very useful. Maybe in the form of a “relevant tips article” that essentially contains links to the appropriate tags that you put on the tips?

Anyway, the grand total is that I am quite happy, and I think things are pretty good! Keep up the good work, it is highly appreciated! 🙂 And somewhat unrelated, I hope you guys keep taking the holidays you need in the future to stay young and healthy and motivated to keeping this website alive, regardless of what changes you make to it.

Kindly, Arne 🙂