The debate is incessant in the cruising community: what is the best cruising boat? John comes up with an answer that may surprise you.
As usual, we have made a slideshow to share our year, although this year we have gone for a cool and modern mobile-friendly approach.
Details matter on an offshore cruising boat, and nowhere more than the running rigging. John shares how to select the right rope diameters, attach sheets and halyards to sails the right way, and keep chafe from ruining your day.
Andy shares how he used his understanding of the weather and strategic route planning, together with high-tech tools, during his recent Atlantic crossing, to make a faster and better passage than just sticking with the normal route would have.
We offshore sailors are presented with a bewildering array of options when buying rope for running rigging. John demystifies the process and makes detailed recommendations, including brand names, based on decades of experience, together with recommendations from one of the best riggers in the business.
The final chapter in John’s magnum opus on aluminum boat care. Includes some good news about how durable the material really is and some thoughts on why you might want to buy a boat built of it.
John’s thinking about food (always), cool tools, stinky towels, and other stuff.
Andy takes a deep dive into the world of automated weather routing, integrated with navigation, and all running on an iPad, a very different approach than the one John has detailed earlier in this Online Book. You can decide which works best for your type of cruising.
What started as a simple list post is now a care manual for aluminum boat owners. If you are an aluminum boat owner or are considering buying an aluminum boat, don’t miss this series, it could save you tens of thousands of dollars and untold heartache.
John tackles a frequently-asked question and reports on the status of our in-progress Coming Alongside Online Book.
A quarter century of caring for an aluminum boat has taught John a lot and he is sharing it all.
Many waterborne cruisers have thought about trying the land-based version. Matt, who has done a bunch of the later, explores the challenges and rewards.
John nostalgically buys a book written by a cook on ocean racers and Phyllis extrapolates!
Learning everything we need to go cruising can be overwhelming, but John helps by exposing seven commonly-recommended skills we actually don’t need to master and, better still, sharing simple filters that will help all of us decide what’s not important so we can focus on what is.
Many experienced voyagers rave about the benefits of understanding how the upper level (500-mb) charts influence future weather, but how can we gain that understanding with a reasonable amount of effort? John has built a study guide that will do just that in about 10 hours.