Attainable Adventure Cruising

The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

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*Lowest price option, paid annually.

Helping You Go Cruising

  • Over 20 Online Books: battery care to storm survival.
  • Answers to your questions.
  • New articles and book chapters every week.

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Phyllis Nickel and John Harries, editors and publishers of Attainable Adventure Cruising

Phyllis Nickel and John Harries, editors and publishers of Attainable Adventure Cruising

"We always make it attainable."

Get over 20 Online Books on the day you join, including:

Alternative Energy 

Solar, wind and hydro generation, it’s all here.

Anchoring Made Easy

The techniques you need to get anchored and stay anchored every time.

Battery Systems

A complete, but simple, protocol to get the very best life out of your batteries.

Offshore Motorboats

Better, safer and more economical offshore powerboats.

Canada’s East Coast

Cruising notes, collected over 25 years sailing this coast.


Tips  for fighting off the dreaded mal-de-mer and what to do once it strikes.

Engines For Cruising 

What makes an ideal cruising boat engine, and how to take care of it.

Get Out There Cruising

What you really need to do to get out cruising and have fun when you do.

Heavy Weather Tactics

Storm survival from heaving-to to drogue deployment.

Buying a Cruising Boat

Time-tested tips to help you determine what really matters.

Living The Dream

Do you dream of sailing in turquoise waters?  

Maintaining a Your Boat

Hard information that will save you money and aggravation.

Person Overboard Prevention 

Gear, tips and procedures that will help keep you and your loved ones on the boat.

Sail Handling Made Easy

Setting, reefing and striking sails. Tips, techniques, gear and sail selection.

Weather Reception and Analysis

Step-by-step methods to receive weather information while offshore and in remote places.

Over 1000 articles and/or chapters—that's bigger than War and Peace! 

More about two of our Online Books:

Anchoring. There's a lot of information out there, but we cut through the guff to the good stuff.

  • A short and simple list of the anchors that work.
  • And the ones that don't.
  • Solid well-researched information on chain types, what grade to buy and why.
  • Swivels, kellets, snubbers, shackles, and much more are all covered in detail with specific recommendations.

And that's just the gear. Then we move on to how to use it.

  • Picking an anchorage.
  • Setting techniques that work.
  • Tips that will save you untold aggravation.

Say you are equipping your boat to survive a storm.

You could:

  • Try and figure it out yourself...but getting it wrong will suck.
  • Buy a book, but it is most likely out of date, and what if you have questions?

​Or you could join us and:

  • Read our Heavy Weather Tactics Online Book that covers the options and then makes specific recommendations with step-by-step instructions.
  • Ask questions and get answers from the author and the combined wisdom of hundreds of experienced offshore voyagers.

But don't take our word for it:

"I recommend your site to everybody, keep up the good work."

-John Kretschmer, professional sailor and author of Sailing a Serious Ocean

"A great resource and well worth the modest membership fee."

-Steve Dashew, legendary voyager, designer and builder,

" won't find a finer resource for voyaging information anywhere, at any price.

John Harries and AAC speak the capital "T" Truth about ocean sailing that you won't find in any magazine, with a proper focus on fundamentals first. AAC espouses seamanship at its best--you won't find a finer resource for voyaging information anywhere, at any price."

-Andy Schell, professional sailor,

We have for some time felt a need to confess to you that literally every decision that we have made during this build has been compared to and deliberated over, in relation to the wisdom drawn from AAC.

-Stuart and Charlie Kirk, Owners/Builders of a Good Hope 56

We focus on what matters:

  • Keeping the water out
  • Keeping the crew on the boat
  • Keeping the keel side down
  • Keeping the mast up
  • Keeping the rudder on

5 Day Money-Back Guarantee

"We are so confident that you will love being a member that we guarantee it"

What You Get:

  • Unlimited access
  • All Online Books
  • All new Online Books
  • Questions answered
  • Community membership
  • Six to eight new articles every month

OK, what's all this going to cost me?

$2.00 / Month

Lowest price option, paid annually

...the most useful and technically sound bunch of stuff I have seen on the internet...

The information here is so useful as I am in the process of buying a boat and making all the tradeoffs with systems. This is simply the most useful and technically sound bunch of stuff I have seen on the internet after 1.5 years of research. 

-Don M.

...worth a lot more ...

The annual subscription fee is very low and I think you should increase it substantially. You bring a lot of value to all your members...I would pay substantially more for my membership...I think $35.00 per year would be reasonable (but for me, it is worth a lot more than that!). 

-Jean J.

Happy to be aboard. It’s about time you started charging something to reimburse you for all the time and effort spent developing and maintaining the Morgan’s Cloud website to say nothing of the extremely valuable information you and your colleagues have been sharing with us for free over the years… 

-Patrick K.

...most informative sailing website on the web...

You have perhaps the most informative sailing website on the web, I hope lots of people help support it. 

-Max F.

I have passed on the link to your site more than any other website I can think of. I think you have one of the best and most informative sites that I’ve seen. In fact I’m challenged to identify a better one. 


I am a member and find the site useful and entertaining. I like the technical discussions as they help me gain a better understanding of all kinds of issues. I also like the opinionated discussions as long as they remain civilized, which you manage very well.


...I get exactly what I need on this site...

Member here and glad of it. I have subscribed and unsubscribed to all the major and some minor cruising mags. I have visited and quickly left several forums due to the rude, negative, dogmatic, or preachy comment streams.

I get exactly what I need on this site: a reasoned discussion of basic, intermediate and advanced topics related to keeping on the boat, keeping the stick up, etc. I may not always agree; some of the content is less relevant to me than others; but I have found time and again that the next article is very relevant and the other sailors providing their input have knowledge, experience and generosity.


Why Wait?

Joining is the single best thing you can do to get out there and stay out there cruising, and above all, have fun doing it.

All for less than a cup of coffee each month!

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