A while ago I wrote about how we keep our hands warm when sailing and a number of commentors mentioned they really like Sealskinz gloves. Well, when something gets that much good press, who are we to argue? So we went ahead and bought ourselves a pair of Chillblocker Sealskinz gloves. And yes, you all were right—they’re awesome!
Best Offshore Boat Cockpit CushionsReading Time: 4 minutes
Good cockpit cushions are a lot more important on an offshore boat than you might think.
Sealskinz Gloves, Take TwoReading Time: 2 minutes
For cold weather sailing we figure we have foul weather gear, the clothes to go under it, as well as boots and hats, pretty much sorted out, but gloves have remained a challenge…until now.
A Confession From (Not So) Intrepid Northern ExplorersReading Time: 2 minutes
A little tip that can make a big positive change to your quality of life when voyaging in cold climates.
Stay Warm, Stay Dry, Stay Safe: Tips For Hiking In The NorthReading Time: 3 minutes
Phyllis shares tips about the gear we use that makes hiking such an enjoyable activity for us, from woodland trails in Nova Scotia to wilderness scrambles in Greenland to non-technical (small) mountain climbs in Norway.
If They’re Good Enough For Seals, They’re Good Enough For UsReading Time: < 1 minutes
When Injury StrikesReading Time: 3 minutes
Okay, you have your medical kit, but what about medical insurance? Colin discusses options in light of an injury he suffered when working on their boat.
Dubarry Boots—Arctic Voyage Gear TestReading Time: < 1 minutes
In our Warm Feet, Please post of several years ago, we mentioned that we had purchased Dubarry Ultima boots and, after several years, were impressed. At that time, however, we weren’t ready to commit to anything until we had given them a thorough testing.
Q&A: Foul Weather GearReading Time: 3 minutes
Question [edited for brevity]: I did a quick search on your site, but didn’t find anything discussing foul weather gear. I’ve researched all lines and all levels of gear—West Marine, Gill, Henri Lloyd. I’d like to think this stuff may last me 10 to 15 years with proper care and avoiding snags anywhere on the boat. We’re planning several trips along the U.S. east coast this year and one to Bermuda.
Maui Jim…Aloha*Reading Time: 2 minutes
John and I have been ardent fans of Maui Jim sunglasses for many years and many pairs. Their glasses get ever lighter in weight and more comfortable and their lenses get ever better at cutting glare on the water (we prefer their super-thin polarized glass lenses in gray).
Earplugs For CruisingReading Time: < 1 minutes
Wearing earplugs can reduce anxiety while cruising.
We Need Our SleepReading Time: 4 minutes
It’s a funny thing, sleep, isn’t it—too much of it can make us sluggish, not enough and we can come close to collapse. Preparing for a passage, it’s vital to get enough rest in advance, but we find that’s one of the most difficult things to achieve. Resting well in the days before departure should be the best approach, but there always seems to be a list of things that have to be done to keep us busy until the last moment. And on the night before, even early to bed after a light supper doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep. At 0100 you’re wide awake, with your mind going at ninety miles an hour.
The Perfect SeaberthReading Time: 2 minutes
One of the most important factors in making safe seamanlike passages is getting as much rest as possible. And one of the most important factors in getting enough rest is having a proper seaberth.
Warm Hands, PleaseReading Time: 2 minutes
A while ago I wrote about how we keep our feet warm when sailing in colder climes. In this post I will address the issue of keeping our hands warm, which aren’t, unfortunately, as easy to please.
Quality Custom LinensReading Time: < 1 minutes
I don’t know about the rest of you, but figuring out how to get bedding to fit the odd size and shape of boat bunks has been an ongoing battle for me.
Q&A: Warm Feet, PleaseReading Time: 2 minutes
Question: Four of us sailed my 36-ft Moody Halberdier from Buffalo, New York to Rimouski, Quebec in Oct./Nov. last year. The biggest problem was cold feet. Sailing boots with extra socks did not do the trick in -5°C weather. Rubber boots with liners were OK. I’m planning a trip to Northern Labrador next summer. Any advice on footwear?