There are few problems that detract more from the pleasure of sailing than a bad case of weather helm, a surprisingly common affliction. The good news is that this problem can be fixed.
A new, and much requested, feature for our members and a reminder of how to save money on gear.
The details of how batteries charge and how voltage regulators work together...or not. Practical information that will help make sure you have electricity when you need it.
Colin's report on testing some of the latest and coolest gear on a brand new Boreal 55: autopilot, plotter, radar, stove, hydrogenerator, it's all here. A real gear-heads article.
Electricity, batteries and how to charge them are the source of more confusion in the cruising world than just about anything I can think of. But suppose you could really understand electricity? Now you can, and it's not hard. Read on. This post will be complimentary for two days only.
John has long been a critic of the current state of motorboat design but now he's seeing some exciting new designs that bode well for the future. Complimentary Post
Now we get to the payoff. In this fourth and final post Andy summarizes what he has learned from the three refits he's done, and provides some solid hard-earned tips for anyone considering refitting an old boat.
Andy continues the series with the third refit he has done on an old boat—a 1972 Sparkman & Stephens Swan 48—an ongoing project.
John's in rant mode. This time it's marine electronic and electrical technician training that has attracted his ire. But he's not just throwing rocks, he makes suggestions for improvement too. Complimentary Post
Andy continues this series by writing about his second refit, that of his father's 1986 Wauquiez Hood 38, a good boat that the refit made ocean-ready.
Andy writes about what it takes to refit a 45 year old 35’ Allied Seabreeze Yawl to the point where it is safe and fun to sail her across the Atlantic. This is the first of three refits Andy will analyze.
John introduces a new writer who debuts with four articles on refits, including three detailed case studies and a summary on how to do refits well. Complimentary Post
It's been a busy winter at Attainable Adventure Cruising. Here's what we did and how we are using membership revenue to make the site ever better. Complimentary Post
In the last chapter in this Online Book, John wrote about how chronic underloading of your engine can wreck it, as well as waste fuel and produce unnecessary carbon. In this chapter we get to the good stuff: how to solve the problem for both new and existing engines.
Running your engine at low power settings can slowly kill it. Here's what to do about that. This could save you a bunch of money and aggravation.