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Monday Minute - Differential GPS Bids Us Adieu

Monday Minute - Differential GPS Bids Us Adieu

If you are an “experienced” cruiser (aka old person) you probably remember the days of Selective Availability (SA) and intentionally reduced GPS accuracy. The military only let us know our location within 100 meters. This continued for years, despite ongoing pleas from the FAA and USCG to provide everyone with the accuracy available from the GPS satellite system.

It took a jetliner being shot down to turn off this reduced-accuracy SA.

Today we could not live without accurate GPS information. At home, on the road, and on the water.

The Cost of Cruising - Part 4 - Cutting Expenses

The Cost of Cruising - Part 4 - Cutting Expenses

Let’s take a look at some ways to cut expenses, and conversely, how to make money while cruising. They both contribute to allow you to keep enjoying the lifestyle.

Not many couples can get by making video vlogs on YouTube of their adventures, and expect others to pay for their experience through donations and Patreon.

Monday Minute - The Mindset of Being on the Ocean

Monday Minute - The Mindset of Being on the Ocean

From an article I recently wrote for a club magazine, I wanted to share the philosophy of being on the ocean by the great sailor of the post-war period. He feats aboard his Finisterre are legendary.

Carleton Mitchell also introduced the world to the joys of the trawler lifestyle, starting with a Grand Banks 42 in the 1960s.

The Cost of Cruising - Part 2 - Known Costs

The Cost of Cruising - Part 2 - Known Costs

In Part 2, we identify some of the fees, rates, and fixed expenses of cruising. Knowing these up front really helps when creating a budget for extended cruising. The value of the cruising experience is worth every penny, of course, but it’s important to know ahead of time what you’ll need to keep going.

The Cost of Cruising - Part 1 - Ongoing Maintenance

The Cost of Cruising - Part 1 - Ongoing Maintenance

We start a new series that explores the cost of cruising. No matter what boat you own, there are certain expenses you will incur on an annual basis for maintenance. These are important to keep the boat cruise worthy.

But how much should one plan to spend?

New Technologies on the Horizon

New Technologies on the Horizon

A look at a few new innovations coming into the marine market. Who would expect self-docking yachts in the near future?

Monday Minute - Drones Go Cruising

Monday Minute - Drones Go Cruising

The consumer drone is becoming a useful tool that can serve more functions beyond taking fun boat selfies. Raymarine opens a new era in marine electronics.

Monday Minute - What's It All Cost?

Monday Minute - What's It All Cost?

So how much does it really cost to own a yacht? A recent article in Business Insider suggests the lavish yacht lifestyle is not for the faint of heart.

But is that really true for those who own a cruising boat? Maybe that’s something to explore in depth.

Monday Minute - More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!

Monday Minute - More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!

Announcing the start of the highly anticipated Daily Navigation and Weather Briefs at the Dock, conducted each day at Southport Marina, in Southport, North Carolina. This is the fifth year of this well-received briefing about current and forecasted weather, ICW issues and concerns, from experienced professionals specifically for transient cruisers headed south this fall.

ICW - Under Way At Last!

ICW - Under Way At Last!

Under way at last, heading down the Intracoastal Waterway to warm weather for the winter. It is the dream of many, and lots of cruisers and liveaboards make it an annual event.

Some continue on to the Bahamas and the islands.

Monday Minute - The BVIs are Back!

Monday Minute - The BVIs are Back!

The BVI Tourist Board hosted a Friends of the BVI Brunch on Saturday, to lure back the vibrant charter and tourism business the islands lost after the storms of September, 2017. Whether you charter a catamaran or stay at a lovely resort, they want you to come visit the islands.

Their message is clear. Come on back! We are open and welcome you to our lovely BVIs.

ICW - Have A Plan To Not Have A Rigid Plan

ICW - Have A Plan To Not Have A Rigid Plan

Let’s discuss various ways to keep the ICW trip south less tedious, and maybe inject a little fun along the way. But first let’s make sure the waterway is clear!

Monday Minute - Catastrophic Engine Failure and Insurance

Monday Minute - Catastrophic Engine Failure and Insurance

When it comes to an engine failure, where is the line with respect to insurance coverage? If an engine suffers from more than a simple breakdown, and needs an expensive rebuild or replacement, who pays for this?

A marine insurer explains.

ICW - Prepare Your Boat For The Trip

ICW - Prepare Your Boat For The Trip

Preparing your boat for the trip south on the ICW is much the same for preparing for the Great Loop or other extended coastal cruising. The time spent before you leave will pay for itself in less trouble and preventable issues once you leave home waters.

Monday Minute - Who Pays For Debris Damage?

Monday Minute - Who Pays For Debris Damage?

With the storms and heavy rains, we have a lot of debris fields in our waterways. The thumbnail image from WBAL-TV show one of the classic sandbaggers at the National Sailing Hall of Fame, surrounded by wood and floating junk that drifted into Annapolis after they opened the flood gates of the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.

If you have the proper boat insurance, are you covered if you damage your boat? I went to a reliable source to get the answer.

Time to Think About Going South

Time to Think About Going South

It’s an exciting time of year, to begin planning for the fall trip south. So many choices, so many new things to see, it is a wonderful experience.

But let’s get squared away with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence first, which disrupted a lot of territory in both North and Sount Carolina. Thankfully, we don’t need to rely on social media, as the team at Cruisers’ Net has stepped up to the task.

Monday Minute - What A Wild Week!

Monday Minute -  What A Wild Week!

It was a wild crazy week of a storm, world class racing, fake news, and best of all, a Viking ship!