Going Up The Mast—More ImprovementsReading Time: 8 minutes
Further refinements to the mast climbing system we figured out last year. Even after 50 years of climbing masts, we are still learning.
Liferafts For Cruisers—40 Years of Real-World ExperienceReading Time: 12 minutes
John shares which raft he and Phyllis would buy for various cruising scenarios and why.
Nine Autopilot Usage Tips and HacksReading Time: 12 minutes
So far in this series we have got deep into the technical weeds of how autopilots work, and how to make them work better. Now let’s look at some simple tips, several of which will help with vane gears too.
Liferafts For Cruisers—Purchase CriteriaReading Time: 8 minutes
It’s tempting to just shop for the “best” liferaft, but it’s way smarter to think first about why we are buying one.
How To Tune An Autopilot To Steer Better—Part 2Reading Time: 10 minutes
How to set gain, counter-rudder, and trim to make an offshore passage faster and more comfortable, and save battery, too.
Finding and Buying a DreamReading Time: 10 minutes
Now Colin and Louise have found and bought their new boat, the real work begins…but they got the basics right. Here’s how.
Adventure 40 Deck-2.0Reading Time: 13 minutes
Maxime and Vincent have been hard at work over the last couple of months refining and improving the Adventure 40 deck design. Let’s take a look.
How To Tune an Autopilot to Steer Better—Part 1Reading Time: 12 minutes
We can make a huge difference to comfort, speed, and electrical use by manually adjusting our autopilots.
Autopilot Buyer’s GuideReading Time: 14 minutes
How smart and expensive an autopilot do we need for offshore shorthanded cruising? Lots of options. Here’s how to make sure we don’t select the wrong one and that we get what we paid for.
Storm Strategy—Fore-ReachingReading Time: 11 minutes
Comparing fore-reaching to heaving-to and streaming a Jordon Series Drogue as storm survival strategies as well as equipment and techniques required for safe fore-reaching.
Colin and Louise Have a New BoatReading Time: 7 minutes
After two years of diligent searching, one of the most knowledgeable boat buyers anywhere has selected his next offshore cruising boat, and an attainable one, too.
Eight Steps to Get Ready For Lithium BatteriesReading Time: 5 minutes
Many cruisers have already made the jump to lithium. But what if we would like to delay the considerable expense and complications of lithium, but want to be ready at a later date?
Q and A—Trucking a BoatReading Time: 6 minutes
Trucking a boat can be a viable, and in some cases less expensive option than sailing her, but what are the pitfalls?
A Real World Tested Tool Kit For CruisersReading Time: 9 minutes
A recommended kit that weighs less than sixty pounds and tool budgets for coastal and offshore cruising, as well as refits.
Five Boat Lift Usage TipsReading Time: 10 minutes
A hair-raising account of a boat-lift collapse and tips to reduce the chances of this happening to us.