Some of the most fun we can have while cruising is while exploring ashore, but what if there is no dinghy dock? How do you make sure your dinghy is safe while you're gone? Here's an easy-to-deploy mooring you can build that solves the problem...and it will save your back too.
Colin continues his tale of a fall voyage to Scotland, complete with snug loch anchorages, a gale in confined tidal waters, and a fast canal transit, wrapping up with a summary of the Boréal 55 based on a good real-world test—lots more to learn and enjoy.
A quick read with a quick tip that will make us all better navigators and safer users of weather forecasts.
There are few trickier places to sail than the waters surrounding the British Isles and when you throw in fall weather that goes double. Colin puts his decades of experience in the area to work to make it look easy—we can all learn a lot about coastal passagemaking from this article on the maiden voyage of the first Boréal 55.
John and Phyllis have cruised Canada's East Coast from the Bay of Fundy to Baffin Island for over 25 years. Here are some of their favourite places.
There's a lot of great weather information out there these days...and a lot of hype too. Here are some tips that will help you tell the difference and decide what's worth spending your money on.
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.
When radar really matters, what unit should you buy? John has the answer based on 30 years of radar experience, much of it in places where reliable radar is vital.
We have just uploaded a complete redesign of this website and would like some help with a new logo and font selection.
After seven years of building great expedition sailboats, Boréal have put everything they have learned into the new 55. And no one is better qualified to tell you about this new boat, that we can all learn from, than Colin, who supervised her build.
Though a lot of the offshore cruising life, and therefore a big portion of our writing on this site, is about the technicalities of maintaining and operating a boat, let's not ever forget the payoff: the opportunity to visit new, exciting places, under our own steam (or sail).
Three new destination Online Books coming over the next few weeks. All will include free introductory chapters for non-members.
Having yanked your chain in the last post on marine electronics, John is now getting real with solid recommendations, starting with communications.
We're starting 2016 off with a bang here at AAC with a new fully mobile-responsive web site. Check it out.
The latest whiz-bang, all-singing, all-dancing integrated electronics package that I'm designing for our boat. And since I'm an electronics technician by trade this is going to be leading edge and way cool! Everyone loves a gear-head post...and this one has a twist.
Should you buy a Navtex? There are alternatives, but there are also trade-offs.