Figuring out where to mount and how to secure a liferaft can be one of the most vexing problems in offshore boat preparation.
Colin continues the story of making a basically sound, but nearly half-a-century-old, boat ready for sailing. Vital reading for anyone buying a used boat.
Further refinements to the mast climbing system we figured out last year. Even after 50 years of climbing masts, we are still learning.
12 posts this month, including a couple of interesting questions answered and an important heads up about radars.
John shares which raft he and Phyllis would buy for various cruising scenarios and why.
So far in this series we have got deep into the technical weeds of how autopilots work, and how to make them work better. Now let’s look at some simple tips, several of which will help with vane gears too.
The story of our two decades of writing and publishing about offshore voyaging.
It’s tempting to just shop for the “best” liferaft, but it’s way smarter to think first about why we are buying one.
I got so absorbed in writing the recent Adventure 40 and autopilot articles, as well as winding up the two-winter refit on our new-to-us J/109—tell-all coming soon—that I completely forgot the March heads-up about new Tips Tricks and Thoughts posts. Anyway, over the past two months I have written 25
How to set gain, counter-rudder, and trim to make an offshore passage faster and more comfortable, and save battery, too.
Now Colin and Louise have found and bought their new boat, the real work begins…but they got the basics right. Here’s how.
Maxime and Vincent have been hard at work over the last couple of months refining and improving the Adventure 40 deck design. Let’s take a look.
We can make a huge difference to comfort, speed, and electrical use by manually adjusting our autopilots.
How smart and expensive an autopilot do we need for offshore shorthanded cruising? Lots of options. Here’s how to make sure we don’t select the wrong one and that we get what we paid for.
Comparing fore-reaching to heaving-to and streaming a Jordon Series Drogue as storm survival strategies as well as equipment and techniques required for safe fore-reaching.