These tips, which we have developed over two decades of coming alongside double-handed in a 56-foot boat without a bow thruster, will take the stress out of docking and make it easy...even fun too.
Introduction to a new Online Book on docking (coming alongside) that will truly take the drama out of this everyday activity for cruisers.
Changing survival strategies in the middle of a storm at sea is not something that any of us want to be faced with, but here are some thoughts from John about how that might be done safely.
There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan's research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours' use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.
John is thinking about modern anchors, the Vendée Globe, winter storage, and why the heck is it so hard to sell Nova Scotia as a winter yachting destination?
In the last chapter, John wrote about the two different types of tethers he and Phyllis use on "Morgan's Cloud". In this chapter he follows up with the details of how they build each type.
Our project to improve person overboard prevention systems has been a long and winding three-year-to-traverse road. But we are nearly there. Here's the first of two chapters on tethers.
John had a great chat with a deeply experienced (250,000 miles) ocean racing sailor. Here are some insights.
John takes a look at recent disturbing trends that could result in bad outcomes for us voyaging cruisers.
John takes a look at the latest news on Iridium satellite phones and GO!, some real world reports from users, and finishes with some solid purchase and usage recommendations.
Let's face it, cruising boats are horribly unreliable, and gear failures are the most common cruise-ruiner. But we can reduce the problems a lot by thinking about fault tolerance. Here are three real world examples you can use right now to make your boat better.
Navigating with tablets and phones is here to stay, but what are the dangers? And what can we do to make sure we don't have an iThing-assisted wreck? Here are ten tips.
John's thinking about seasickness (yet again), climate change, RIBs, oil analysis, good books for long winter evenings...and the beach.
It's been a while since we looked at the ultimate cruise spoiler, seasickness. Here are a couple of new-to-us remedies and an appeal for more. Complimentary Post
John is back on one of his favourite hobby horses: tips for buying the right marine electronics for going offshore...rather than the right marine electronics to enrich the companies that make this stuff. And he wants your help on this in the comments. Complimentary Post