A new Online Book on docking (coming alongside) that will truly take the drama out of this everyday activity for cruisers.
Changing survival strategies in the middle of a storm at sea is not something that any of us want to be faced with, but here are some thoughts from John about how that might be done safely.
There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan's research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours' use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.
John is thinking about modern anchors, the Vendée Globe, winter storage, and why the heck is it so hard to sell Nova Scotia as a winter yachting destination?
An amazing coincidence provides a small glimpse into what life was like "in the day" on Cape Negro Island, Nova Scotia.
In the last chapter, John wrote about the two different types of tethers he and Phyllis use on "Morgan's Cloud". In this chapter he follows up with the details of how they build each type.
Lovers of Colin's lyrical and entertaining articles have a treat coming: he has written a whole book about his decades of professional sailing and work in basking shark conservation.
Our project to improve person overboard prevention systems has been a long and winding three-year-to-traverse road. But we are nearly there. Here's the first of two chapters on tethers.
John had a great chat with a deeply experienced (250,000 miles) ocean racing sailor. Here are some insights.
Colin and John have teamed up to share the fruits of some 70 years of combined radar use experience much of it in the foggiest (Atlantic Canada) and highest traffic (English Channel) areas of the world.
John takes a look at recent disturbing trends that could result in bad outcomes for us voyaging cruisers.
John takes a look at the latest news on Iridium satellite phones and GO!, some real world reports from users, and finishes with some solid purchase and usage recommendations.
Let's face it, cruising boats are horribly unreliable, and gear failures are the most common cruise-ruiner. But we can reduce the problems a lot by thinking about fault tolerance. Here are three real world examples you can use right now to make your boat better.
Navigating with tablets and phones is here to stay, but what are the dangers? And what can we do to make sure we don't have an iThing-assisted wreck? Here are ten tips.
Colin has covered gear and preparation for navigating in fog. Now we get to the meat of it: what to do when underway and the visibility shuts down. Includes a vital section on the rules of the road in fog.