So much of writing on getting out cruising focuses on boats and gear. But, in fact, there is something even more important to think about...you. Complimentary Post
Few pieces of new gear have created more buzz in the offshore cruising community than the Iridium GO!. And there have also been few pieces of gear that have been surrounded with as many myths and as much confusion as the GO!.
John busts the myths and analyzes the benefits of buying an Iridium GO!.
Mick and Bee have cruised for 15 years and over 70,000 miles on less than US$250,000 all told, including the purchase price of their gaffer, "Hannah". And they have numerous northern high latitude cruises under their belt. Mick writes about what it takes to make live-aboard cruising possible on a tight budget. Complimentary Post
There's a whole genre of books and articles on how to buy a boat and go cruising on very little money. But really, how often do you meet people who have actually made it work for any length of time? Complimentary Post
We got our hands on a real live professional meteorologist, who is also an offshore sailor, and wrung 4 great tips out of him that will make your voyages both safer and more comfortable.
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.