WakeSpeed WS500—Best Alternator Regulator for Lead Acid¹ and Lithium BatteriesReading Time: 10 minutes
The WS500 alternator regulator was a great option for cruisers a year ago. It’s even better now. Here’s why.
Cruising Sailboat Standing Rigging InspectionReading Time: 12 minutes
Inspection tips and recommended replacement cycles for offshore cruising boat standing rigging, hydraulics, and vangs.
Report on Rod (RC) CollinsReading Time: 3 minutes
There are few people who have done more for us cruisers than Rod Collins of Marine How To. John reports on his recovery from a stroke.
Cruising Sailboat Spar InspectionReading Time: 11 minutes
Dismastings are dangerous voyage enders for cruising boats. Doing this inspection of spars, steps and chainplates will reduce the risk substantially.
Adventure 40—Introduction to the SpecificationReading Time: 7 minutes
With a team in place and a designer chosen for the Adventure 40, it’s now time to share and discuss the detailed specification.
Happy Holidays From Phyllis & JohnReading Time: 4 minutes
In the midst of a difficult time for all of us, here are some positive thoughts.
Going Alongside (Docking)—12 More Tips and TricksReading Time: 10 minutes
Simple tips and hacks that will make getting alongside easier, even in current.
John Goes Sailboat Racing and Learns StuffReading Time: 6 minutes
John went racing on a big Swan and learned a lot about asymmetrical spinnakers, accompanied by a big piece of humble pie.
Protecting Our Boat’s Underwater Metals From CorrosionReading Time: 7 minutes
A relatively inexpensive testing rig that every boat owner should have and use regularly.
Designer Chosen For The Adventure 40Reading Time: 4 minutes
John shares his excitement about the naval architect selected to design the Adventure 40.
Going Alongside (Docking) in Current—Backing InReading Time: 9 minutes
Backing our boats into a confined space is difficult enough normally, but what if we need to do this with current and wind? John explores how to, and when not to.
Details Matter—Engine Failure at SeaReading Time: 5 minutes
It’s easy to spend big money on our boats but still miss little details that will have big consequences once we go to sea.
Going Alongside (Docking) in Current—Turning in Confined SpacesReading Time: 9 minutes
Bringing a boat alongside with current flowing can be demanding, but what if we have to turn around, too? Here’s how.
John’s Thoughts and Photos, November 2021Reading Time: 6 minutes
John’s thinking about anchors (again), some great books to read, a tragedy, and boat design, as well as an attainable adventure.
Going Alongside (Docking) in Current—FundamentalsReading Time: 11 minutes
There are few greater challenges in cruising than coming alongside in current, particularly if it’s blowing. Here is a step-by-step way to dock in current.