We start this book by looking at the most important aspect of good and safe navigation. More important than fancy electronics. More important than paper charts. More important than radar. Situation awareness—knowing where you are at all times.
An introduction to French lifting keel boats and how Boréal have refined that proven concept.
Continuing the theme of making the right decisions when selecting a voyaging boat, this chapter tackles the thorny question of engine space, cockpit space, and a covered area to operate the boat from. Can you have it all? Read on to find out.
These days, with all the focus on the latest whiz-bang gadgets, many sailors are forgetting to think about and spend money on their boat’s primary means of locomotion. In this post we look at why spending time and money on good sails is vital. Not only is a boat that sails well more fun, it’s also a lot safer.
I have written a lot about weather up to this point in the book, but in many cases routing for the combination of the prevailing weather and any current or tide can be the most important contributor to a comfortable and safe passage. In this chapter I look at a real Gulfstream passage and discuss what to look for.
John shares the checklist he uses to prepare Morgan’s Cloud for a gale or storm when at anchor or on a mooring.
John doesn’t understand the move to swept back spreaders in sailboat rig design. And he’s not shy about saying so.
In the last two chapters we covered preventers. But what about controlling the boom once the wind comes forward and also slowing things down when gybing? Colin has the answer.
John explains why he feels confident that going with carbon fibre for our new mast has given us a stronger mast than could be built in aluminum, as well as a faster, more stable and safer boat. And all without any appreciable increase in lightning strike risk.
So, how much did the new carbon fibre mast for Morgan’s Cloud cost? John shares the bottomline.
Pictures of Americas Cup-class boat hulls breaking in half and their masts, supported by a plethora of rigging and spreaders, collapsing in relatively benign conditions, have given structures built of carbon fibre an undeserved reputation for fragility. John challenges this impression.
Which is better for the staysail stay? Roller furling and fixed or hanks and removable? John says it depends.
Over the years we have answered many questions about putting together a good anchor rode. In this chapter we have gathered some of those answers together.
In this chapter I have a good old rant about one of the most common and unpleasant faults of many modern designs that claim to be offshore capable. Reading this chapter could save you from buying a boat you will come to hate.
Carrying on from the last chapter, I take a look at motorsailers, again by answering a question from a reader. Do motorsailers make sense for offshore cruising? Read on to find out.