Some really useful information from a really smart and honest weather router, and then some tips on the quickest way to learn about weather.
John has a few preliminary thoughts ending with a key point.
John believes that AIS person overboard beacons are the biggest advance in person overboard (POB) recovery in his lifetime.
That said, we have recently discover two issues that meant that for much (maybe most) of the first season after we fitted them to the Spinlock lifejacket/harnesses that we wear at pretty much all times when underway, they would not have self-activated.
And while most of the fault lies with us, our experience does bring to light two potential problems that others relying on the auto-activation features of the MOB1 beacon from Ocean Signal, particularly those who bought before mid 2018, need to be aware of.
The first of Colin’s voyaging articles on their 2018 season cruising Atlantic Canada.
John links to a must-read article on hull design for heavy weather and highlights a couple of really important things he learned from it.
The Golden Globe Race 2018 has started, and Colin, who lives in Falmouth, site of the feeder race start, takes a look at the boats and the competitors.
“Things are different now” is a mantra on “Morgan’s Cloud”. And never more so than now, as John and Phyllis try and act their age.
Phyllis and John are back out cruising and in one of their favourite parts of the world.
John muses on why doing basic seamanship tasks, like moving heavy weights safely and efficiently using only the boat’s own gear, are so satisfying…and why the practice is important too.
John gets a fright and is once again reminded of that old law of boats: Anything that can happen, will happen, and at the worst possible moment.
In case we didn’t manage to cure your insomnia with Part 1, we now have Part 2. The good news is that this is the last one that’s relevant for members, and now we can all get back to something we actually care about: offshore voyaging.
There’s so much writing about the latest and greatest gear in the cruiser’s world. Here’s a pleasant break from that in which Colin shares simpler gear that takes him back to a time when his fascination and love for voyaging was still fresh and new.
A thought on yacht design that will help us end up with a better boat.
So what can we do to reverse the steady decline in offshore cruising? Here’s a book with an idea that just might help.