Meeting up with Steve and Linda Dashew is always both fun and fascinating, with a lot to learn about offshore voyaging in boats of any size, even though their designs are way beyond the reach of most of us. John shares two of those lessons.
Most of us know about the risk of electric shock drowning in fresh water, but what about in sea water? Should we be concerned?
With modern weather reception and analysis tools we can plan our cruises and voyages as much as two weeks ahead. John shares how.
Most discussions about weather reception and analysis in the cruising community end up focused on the tools and technology. But that’s not what matters. In fact, planning fun and safe cruises is all about how we USE the tools and THINK about weather. That’s just what this chapter, based on some 25 years of real cruising experience, is about.
There are so many weather reception and analysis tools out there, all claiming to be the best. But which ones really work? John has been testing a bunch of them all summer on a real cruise to challenging places and tells all.
What if we could plan our cruises around the weather for as much as two weeks into the future, even without internet? Well, now we can. John introduces two new chapters in which he will explain exactly how. Hardware, software, and a step-by-step guide.
John explores a little-known selection criteria that every anchor buyer should know about.
Seamanship is a word that gets bandied about all the time in the cruising community. But what does seamanship really mean? John and Phyllis get a hard real-world reminder.
So you bought a satellite phone or Iridium GO! to get email and weather information while at sea. But what software is best to use with it? John has the answer based on some 15 years of real world experience.
So what’s the best computer to run navigation software on? John, who has spent most of his working life around computers, takes a deep dive into the issues and then reveals his choice.
We all have navigation lights, and many of us AIS transponders too, so we assume that other vessels can easily see us at night, but can they really? John shares some tips learned from a real life night encounter with another yacht.
John is back out cruising and thinking about great anchorages, small cruising boats, camping and prime lenses.
What about using a climbing harness with tether for Person Overboard Prevention? John takes a look at this oft-suggested idea.
Bringing a boat alongside in good order is one thing when it’s calm, and quite another when it’s blowing the dog off the chain. John shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a good safe docking in big breeze, with no drama, shouting, or crashes.
Phyllis and John are out cruising again. Here’s what that means for Attainable Adventure Cruising members.