Boat Design & Selection

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Meeting up with Steve and Linda Dashew is always both fun and fascinating, with a lot to learn about offshore voyaging in boats of any size, even though their designs are way beyond the reach of most of us. John shares two of those lessons.

A Tale Of Three Refits

John introduces a new writer who debuts with four articles on refits, including three detailed case studies and a summary on how to do refits well. Complimentary Post

Mick and Bee have cruised for 15 years and over 70,000 miles on less than US$250,000 all told, including the purchase price of their gaffer, “Hannah”. And they have numerous northern high latitude cruises under their belt. Mick writes about what it takes to make live-aboard cruising possible on a tight budget. Complimentary Post

The Golden Globe Race 2018

The Golden Globe Race 2018 is on and AAC will be there. This post is one of the most exciting we have ever published, with news that will make a real difference to you, the readers of AAC…don’t even think about missing this.

A Simpler Modern Boat

Christopher looks at the gear choices he and Molly made when they fitted out their Boreal 47, in light of their just completed 30,000 mile voyage to some of the world’s most challenging cruising destinations.

Wing Controls

I’m in rant mode again, but not just to stir things up. This is a situation that genuinely scares me, and it needs fixing.

Where Do We Go From Here?

I rarely attend major boat shows these days, and sincerely don’t regret it. In the past I spent many a day on stands for whoever it was that I was working for, or supporting, at that time, generally in the foul aired mausoleum that housed the late, lamented (?) London Boat Show at Earl’s Court. Not [...]

How To Get A Better Marine Survey

Every time I post about structural issues or refits the subject of poor surveys of used boats comes up. Now I’m sure there are many reputable surveyors out there striving to do the best job they can, but on the other hand I am hearing a distressing number of stories about surveys that were sketchy at [...]

Real World Impact Test

We have written a lot about hull construction materials and impact resistance. In this post I relate a true story about when construction strength and impact resistance were dramatically tested right before my eyes.

Benefits of Multihulls

Now there’s a benefit of multihulls that I hadn’t thought of. By the way, I don’t write much about multihulls simply because I haven’t had any experience with them since I skippered a head-boat catamaran around Bermuda some forty years ago as a moonlighting job when I was a barely-making-it sailmaker. We used to load [...]

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