I Part 1 we looked at eleven ways to make ourselves and our boats more attractive insurance risks. Now let’s look at the tough job of negotiating the best deal
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get insurance for ocean passage making, but these tips will help.
John uses some 30 years of offshore voyaging experience to come up with a recommended kit of hand-held power tools.
The biggest contributor to getting off a dock against a strong wind or current in good order is how we rig up the lines and fenders.
The first decision we need to make when leaving a dock is whether to go out in reverse or forward. Here’s how to choose.
Getting Insurance for offshore passages is one of the biggest challenges facing many cruisers. The first step to success is understanding the problem.
In Part 1, I covered seven tips to get set up for coming alongside single-handed. Now let’s look at the tricky part: actually getting alongside alone.
Bringing a sail or motorboat alongside (docking) by ourselves can be difficult, but good preparation will make it much easier.
To be reliable, marine electronics networks must be properly documented. Here’s a quick and easy way to do that.
John forgot two important anchor selection criteria in the last article, so this one fixes that.
John starts with testing from “SV Panope”, adds a large dollop of experience, and comes up with his own best anchor table.
A cruising boat without adequate shade and ventilation can make life a living hell once we head for the palm trees. Here’s how to choose a cruising boat that will be comfortable in hot places.
Lessons we can learn from Jimmy Cornell’s Elcano Challenge when considering electric drive for a cruising sailboat.
An interesting question from a member gets John thinking about how to handle headsail roller furling failures, and risk versus reward on a general basis.
John takes a deep dive into the tradeoffs between open cockpits, dodgers, enclosures, raised salons and wheelhouses on offshore boats.