Andy Schell sails offshore more than most, and is my goto guy for the positive view on all things. We had a great chat about buying second hand fibreglass boats.
Boat Design & Selection
John just returned from the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. Here’s a report on the boats that caught his eye, along with some thoughts on getting “out there” in an affordable way.
John and Phyllis want to buy a 40-foot sailboat. There are thousands of second-hand boats for sale, but most of them are not fit to go offshore. So how do we weed through all the junk to find a decent and safe boat at a fair price? And what about refitting an older boat? This is the first of a series of articles to answer those two questions.
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.
A thought on yacht design that will help us end up with a better boat.
The debate is incessant in the cruising community: what is the best cruising boat? John comes up with an answer that may surprise you.
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.
Colin’s eagerly anticipated update on his involvement in the 2018 Golden Globe Race as project manager for one of the competitors.
John has long been a critic of the current state of motorboat design but now he’s seeing some exciting new designs that bode well for the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking to buy a new or used boat, you need to read this book, because it will save you a lot of heart ache.
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.