We offshore sailors are presented with a bewildering array of options when buying rope for running rigging. John demystifies the process and makes detailed recommendations, including brand names, based on decades of experience, together with recommendations from one of the best riggers in the business.
The final chapter in John’s magnum opus on aluminum boat care. Includes some good news about how durable the material really is and some thoughts on why you might want to buy a boat built of it.
John’s thinking about food (always), cool tools, stinky towels, and other stuff.
What started as a simple list post is now a care manual for aluminum boat owners. If you are an aluminum boat owner or are considering buying an aluminum boat, don’t miss this series, it could save you tens of thousands of dollars and untold heartache.
John tackles a frequently-asked question and reports on the status of our in-progress Coming Alongside Online Book.
A quarter century of caring for an aluminum boat has taught John a lot and he is sharing it all.
Learning everything we need to go cruising can be overwhelming, but John helps by exposing seven commonly-recommended skills we actually don’t need to master and, better still, sharing simple filters that will help all of us decide what’s not important so we can focus on what is.
Many experienced voyagers rave about the benefits of understanding how the upper level (500-mb) charts influence future weather, but how can we gain that understanding with a reasonable amount of effort? John has built a study guide that will do just that in about 10 hours.
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.