Storm Strategy—Fore-ReachingReading Time: 11 minutes
Comparing fore-reaching to heaving-to and streaming a Jordon Series Drogue as storm survival strategies as well as equipment and techniques required for safe fore-reaching.
Eight Steps to Get Ready For Lithium BatteriesReading Time: 5 minutes
Many cruisers have already made the jump to lithium. But what if we would like to delay the considerable expense and complications of lithium, but want to be ready at a later date?
John’s Tips Tricks and Thoughts—FebruaryReading Time: 2 minutes
Fifteen posts this month and some thoughts on how this new site feature is evolving, and a request for your views on that.
Q and A—Trucking a BoatReading Time: 6 minutes
Trucking a boat can be a viable, and in some cases less expensive option than sailing her, but what are the pitfalls?
A Real World Tested Tool Kit For CruisersReading Time: 9 minutes
A recommended kit that weighs less than sixty pounds and tool budgets for coastal and offshore cruising, as well as refits.
Five Boat Lift Usage TipsReading Time: 10 minutes
A hair-raising account of a boat-lift collapse and tips to reduce the chances of this happening to us.
Adventure 40 Reveal—Salon and Forward CabinReading Time: 12 minutes
In the last interior arrangement reveal article we covered the galley, head, and storage areas aft. Now let’s move forward into the salon and forward cabin.
John’s Tips, Tricks and Thoughts—JanuaryReading Time: < 1 minutes
A baker’s dozen of posts this month, including tablet navigation and Iridium Exec.
Going Up The Mast at SeaReading Time: 12 minutes
Up to now in this series we have been looking at going up the mast in sheltered water, but when we need to go up offshore everything gets hugely more difficult and risky. As usual, preparation is the key to safety and success.
A Simple Way to Decide Between Lithium or Lead-Acid Batteries for a Cruising BoatReading Time: 8 minutes
With all the claims and counterclaims for the two chemistries, how on earth do we make the right decision?
Good news, it’s not hard.
Adventure 40 Reveal—Galley, Head, and Aft StorageReading Time: 13 minutes
A good galley, storage, and head layout are much of what makes an offshore live-aboard cruising sailboat great. The A40 design nails these requirements.
John’s Tips, Tricks and Thoughts—DecemberReading Time: < 1 minutes
This area of the site continues to evolve in fun and useful ways.
Happy Holidays From Phyllis & JohnReading Time: 4 minutes
The world seems messed up, but people are back out cruising and there are other good things to focus on.
Gear Leveling and Mounting HackReading Time: 4 minutes
Boats are not square so it’s often necessary to mount gear at an angle and/or on a curved surface.
Here’s the easy way to do that.
Going Up The Mast—Four Dangerous But Common MistakesReading Time: 8 minutes
John highlights four more dangerous mistakes he has made and seen many others make too. With these mistakes fixed, he is now reasonable happy with his system.