Crew

Members' Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 7 of 7

Good Communication—A Vital Key To Cruising Happiness

Good communication is a skill that, like every other skill on a cruising boat, needs to be developed and practiced. Molly shares tips for good communication on board, garnered during the last three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with her family on Sila, a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia.

Members' Online Book: Getting Out There Cruising, Chapter 11 of 13

The Three Keys To Cruising Happiness

Family happiness and crew morale are vital for a successful voyage. During the last three years, while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles on "Sila", a Boréal 47, Molly Barnes and her family have come up with "The Three Keys To Cruising Happiness".

Voyaging With Children: Ten Tips From A Kid

Jack, 12 years old, shares ten tips for kids and parents to help make life on a boat easier and filled with great experiences. This is stuff he learned over three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with his family on "Sila", a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia. Complimentary Post

Members' Online Book: Getting Out There Cruising, Chapter 6 of 13

Want to Get Out Cruising? Don’t Be a Pioneer

Sure, diesel electric drives, lithium ion batteries, unstayed carbon masts, and composting toilets are fun technology and interesting too. But if your goal is to actually get out there cruising as soon as you can for a relatively reasonable amount of money, we recommend that you only use gear that has been in wide general use for at least 20 years. Here’s why:

Members' Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 5 of 7

Crash Testing a Relationship—Part 1

Going cruising with your partner may sound romantic, and it is. But there are also few activities that are more stressful on a relationship. Colin tells the story of his first tough passage with Lou. One that they took on intentionally to see how they would manage as a team at sea. It's an example that all couples considering the voyaging life should emulate—Crash Test the Relationship before committing everything to a new life on the ocean.

Members' Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 4 of 7

Briefing New Crew

Once your crew are safely aboard it’s time to brief them on the boat and life on board. We always believe that this is best carried out once they have had some rest and settled in, as this allows us to go through things methodically—even a simple boat with basic safety equipment can be a [...]

Members' Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 3 of 7

Crew Briefing Document–Our Sample

As promised, here is an example of our briefing document. As I outlined in Part II of this series of posts, it comes in two sections, the first two sides being for our guest, the third side to be copied and distributed to family and friends as necessary. Obviously this is only a rough example, [...]

Members' Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 2 of 7

Preparing For New Crew

Welcoming friends or family to join you on a long leg is something we all look forward to, but in order to make sure that the reality matches the expectation, it pays to plan ahead. Oversights at this stage can lead to delays later, upset good relations, and even compromise safety, so it’s only sensible [...]