Attainable Adventure Cruising

The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

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  • Information that will help you get out there and stay out there cruising.
  • 27 Online Books: battery care to storm survival.
  • Answers to your questions.
  • New articles and book chapters every week.

Helping You Go Cruising

*Paid annually.

I Need to Learn More

We want to go cruising but, let's face it, it's not easy.

We have to deal with expensive boats, poor quality gear, incompetent "professionals", and that's before we even go sailing. 

Then there is what to do about heavy weather, how to get weather information, anchoring, docking our boats, and on it goes. 

And what about the stuff no one wants to talk about like managing relationships between couples and/or crew? And the really big one...fear.

The magazines with their endless feel good and charter articles are no help​.

Attainable Adventure Cruising can help:

We have been through it all, and much more besides, over a combined 150 years (yes, you read that right) of offshore cruising.

And for the last 20 years we have been sharing our hard won lessons. 

Attainable Adventure Cruising Delivers

Real Information

Over 800 articles, carefully collated by category and searchable.

It's all here: boat design, anchoring, electronics, weather, storm survival, managing fear and anxiety, and much more.

Online Books

We have edited and compiled the best of our articles into focused online books on the subjects that really matter to voyagers.

The information you need without the blather you don't.​


Our community of cruisers has grown over 12 years to become the largest reservoir of combined offshore sailing knowledge anywhere.

New Content

And best of all, AAC gets better and better every day.

We publish six to eight new articles and/or book chapters each month.

"I recommend your site to everybody, keep up the good work."

-John Kretschmer, professional sailor and author of Sailing a Serious Ocean

"A great resource and well worth the modest membership fee."

-Steve Dashew, legendary voyager, designer and builder,

" won't find a finer resource for voyaging information anywhere, at any price.

John Harries and AAC speak the capital "T" Truth about ocean sailing that you won't find in any magazine, with a proper focus on fundamentals first. AAC espouses seamanship at its best--you won't find a finer resource for voyaging information anywhere, at any price."

-Andy Schell, professional sailor,

Attainable Adventure Cruising solves problems.

We have for some time felt a need to confess to you that literally every decision that we have made during this build has been compared to and deliberated over, in relation to the wisdom drawn from AAC.

-Stuart and Charlie Kirk, Owners/Builders of a Good Hope 56

It doesn't matter what you are working on, joining us will make the job easier and the results better.

Say you are equipping your boat to survive a storm.

You could:

  • Try and figure it out yourself...but getting it wrong will suck.
  • Buy a book, but it is most likely out of date, and what if you have questions?

​Or you could join us and:

  • Read our Heavy Weather Tactics online book that covers the options and then makes specific recommendations with step by step instructions.
  • Ask questions and get answers from the author and the combined wisdom of hundreds of experienced offshore voyagers.

But we are not just about heavy duty offshore stuff.

There is so much information out there about anchoring, but we cut through the guff to the good stuff.

  • A short and simple list of the anchors that work.
  • And the ones that don't.
  • Solid well researched information on chain types, what grade to buy and why.
  • Swivels, kellets, snubbers, shackles, and much more are all covered in detail with specific recommendations.

And that's just the gear. Then we move on to how to use it.

  • Picking an anchorage.
  • Setting techniques that work.
  • Tips that will save you untold aggravation.

And so much more:

  • How to buy an offshore boat
  • In depth reviews of good offshore boats
  • Battery installation and maintenance
  • Stuff that works
  • Stuff that doesn't work—we name names
  • Weather reception and analysis
  • Seamanship
  • Getting along with your crew
  • Health and comfort
  • How to maintain your boat
  • Lessons from losses at sea
  • Medical emergencies
  • Navigation
  • Photography for cruisers

CLICK on books to see the whole library

Over 900 articles and/or chapters--that's bigger than War and Peace! 

But we don't know it all.

Even with all of our combined experience, the thing we know for sure is that there's always more to learn.

Attainable Adventure Cruising is all about sharing and meeting challenges together as a community​.

Come and learn with us

We Focus on what matters:

  • Keeping the water out
  • Keeping the crew on the boat
  • Keeping the keel side down
  • Keeping the mast up
  • Keeping the rudder on

And we always make it attainable.

...Whatever an Attainable Adventure Cruise is to you, the information provided here will help you attain it.

Attainable Adventure Cruising is not about feats of derring-do; rather, this site is about gear and techniques that have let us, who are not particularly intrepid, cruise some of the world's more remote and challenging places without exceeding our capabilities.

For us, Attainable Adventure Cruising has often meant expedition voyages to the Arctic, but it has also meant a snug harbour in Down East Maine or a remote cove on the coast of Norway. Whatever an Attainable Adventure Cruise is to you, the information provided here will help you attain it.

-Phyllis and John, editors and publishers

It's the writers that make the difference:

  • Over 150 years of combined offshore sailing experience
  • Real cruisers who are out there
  • An electronics technician and sailmaker
  • A professional yacht skipper
  • A professional engineer
  • A family who learnt to sail, bought a boat, and are now out there
  • A woman whose first sail aged 36 was a 600 mile ocean passage...who has now sailed more than 40,000 miles

Only the best writers make the grade.

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What You’ll Get...

  • Unlimited access
  • All online books
  • All new online books
  • Questions answered
  • Community membership
  • Six to eight new articles and chapters every month

OK, what's all this going to cost me?

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...the most useful and technically sound bunch of stuff I have seen on the internet...

The information here is so useful as I am in the process of buying a boat and making all the tradeoffs with systems. This is simply the most useful and technically sound bunch of stuff I have seen on the internet after 1.5 years of research. 

-Don M.

...worth a lot more than $20.00 per year...

The annual subscription fee is very low and I think you should increase it substantially. You bring a lot of value to all your members and it is worth a lot more than $20.00 per year. I would pay substantially more for my membership. I do not have a number but I think $35.00 per year would be reasonable (but for me, it is worth a lot more than that!). 

-Jean J.

Happy to be aboard. It’s about time you started charging something to reimburse you for all the time and effort spent developing and maintaining the Morgan’s Cloud website to say nothing of the extremely valuable information you and your colleagues have been sharing with us for free over the years… 

-Patrick K.

...most informative sailing website on the web...

You have perhaps the most informative sailing website on the web, I hope lots of people help support it. 

-Max F.

I have passed on the link to your site more than any other website I can think of. I think you have one of the best and most informative sites that I’ve seen. In fact I’m challenged to identify a better one. 


I am a member and find the site useful and entertaining. I like the technical discussions as they help me gain a better understanding of all kinds of issues. I also like the opinionated discussions as long as they remain civilized, which you manage very well.


...I get exactly what I need on this site...

Member here and glad of it. I have subscribed and unsubscribed to all the major and some minor cruising mags. I have visited and quickly left several forums due to the rude, negative, dogmatic, or preachy comment streams.

I get exactly what I need on this site: a reasoned discussion of basic, intermediate and advanced topics related to keeping on the boat, keeping the stick up, etc. I may not always agree; some of the content is less relevant to me than others; but I have found time and again that the next article is very relevant and the other sailors providing their input have knowledge, experience and generosity.


Why Wait?

Joining AAC is the single best thing you can do in your quest to get out there and stay out their cruising, and above all, have fun doing it.

All for less than a cup of coffee each month!

To me AAC is simply the best cruising website out there. At $20 a year it is a bargain...


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