Setting up your boat for offshore passages includes adding lee cloths for crew to sleep. Going upwind, the forward accommodations will be uninhabitable. The best place for rest is in the middle of the boat.
Boats and their owners are in a kind of relationship where each takes care of the other. You can't assume it to be otherwise. There are the exceptions, however, such as the Westsail sailboat in The Perfect Storm that was later found in good condition on a beach after being abandoned by its crew. But those are not the norm.
Pam shares her thoughts on what to look for when searching for the right boat. Looking beyond the interior appointments and creature comforts is key. By following her advice you'll not waste your time and money falling in love with a boat that won't pass a proper survey.
With so many choices out there, it is easy to get into more boat than you need, or even the wrong boat entirely. It is best to identify what your needs really are and search for a cruising boat that best matches that mission statement.
The scene around Annapolis is crazy when it is boat show season. Every serious boater comes to town for one of the shows and we celebrate boating on a scale that is almost overwhelming. Friends, old and new, share stories, food, and wine. This is what cruising is all about.
It is my favorite time of year, and I wish I could share it with everyone I know.
Every so often something upsets the apple cart and created a new market for a product or service. It is called Disruptive Innovation. The cruising community is ripe for something new and different, something that challenges the status quo of big, expensive cruising boats that don't fit a more enlightened approach to sustainable cruising.
Finding ways to make your trawler or sailboat better capable of traveling offshore. All of these efforts result in a better seaboat, even if you are not planning to cross oceans. And these upgrades will better familiarize you with the many systems on a cruising boat. And that brings confidence.
It is much more fun to live with a boat that fits your actual cruising plans, not some fantasy dream machine that is way more than you need or can afford. Finding a good fit makes for a memorable adventure rather than a trip down bummer lane. The number of big trawlers for sale for "health reasons" is proof that one should focus on the smallest boat that is big enough.
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.
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.
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?
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.