Sailing Charter News

The modern charter industry makes it possible for ordinary sailors to explore some of the most extraordinary cruising grounds in the world, including the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Florida Keys, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, the Mediterranean and such Polynesian paradises as Tahiti and Tonga.

Destinations

Charter: Belize

The first sunset set the tone for the week. I’ve been lucky enough to see dozens of them at sea, in some of the most beautiful places in the world, but that first evening anchored in Belize was nothing short of surreal. The sky turned blood-orange red, and the line of palm-topped cayes to the Read More

Destinations

A Lake Champlain Charter

I spent many years exploring the wonders that lie along her shores. Fourteen miles wide, 125 miles long and up to 400ft deep, Champlain serves as the border between Vermont to the east, upstate New York to the west, and Canada to the north. Framed by the towering Adirondack Mountains on her western shore and Read More

Bareboats are just that—bare. Photo courtesy of courtesy of The Moorings

Charter Tips

11 Useful Things to Bring on a Charter

When you’re planning a charter you naturally focus on the most enjoyable big-picture aspects—researching the destination, working out where you’re going to spend each night, narrowing down the best snorkeling spots and so forth. And yet with bareboating, as with most other things in life, the devil is in the details. One thing I’ve learned Read More

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Charter Tips

A More Effective Bow Roller

A. If boats surge forward at anchor in rough weather, large side loads can be imposed on their stemhead rollers. Weak side cheeks can bend, but a nut and bolt across the gap helps spread the load between the two sides. B. Some simple locking pins can be rolled and released if a mooring line Read More

A busy day at Culebrita’s main anchorage

Destinations

Chartering the Spanish Virgins

A quarter mile offshore, the depth gauge was showing 50ft, but it might as well have been 15ft. The bottom was clearly visible, expanses of sand showing green-filtered white between dark swatches of weed. I’d not seen water that clear at that depth for many years. It was yet another weapon in the alluring armory Read More

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An iconic St. Lucia sight—the twin peaks of the Pitons.

Destinations

Charter News: St. Lucia

Sampling some goat roti may not rank high on your culinary bucket list, but I’m here to tell you it’s a very underrated dish—especially when eaten off a tin plate, with a tree stump for a table, at a street kitchen beside a winding mountain road in St. Lucia. Besides being blessed with one of Read More

St. Barths’s Gustavia Harbor is a hotbed of yachting action with boats of all shapes and sizes

Destinations

Charter Destinations in the Caribbean: St. Barths

Long known for it’s glamorous Hollywood visitors and luxurious accommodations, St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies has turned over a new leaf in recent years to make itself more accessible to the rest of us. A polished version of the wider Caribbean, the island’s charm lies in its central location, as well as the Read More

Quiet anchorages, nice beaches and quaint coastal towns seem to be around every corner when you’re cruising the New England coast

Destinations

Chartering New England

This is the beginning of one of the country’s—no, the world’s—great cruising grounds, stretching from the tip of Long Island Sound all the way up the Maine coast to the Bay of Fundy. Read More

Plenty of room to anchor in Suttons Bay

Destinations

Chartering the Grand Traverse Bay

Comprised of a pair of east and west arms, separated by the Old Mission Peninsula, Grand Traverse Bay measures some 30 miles north to south, from where it opens out onto Lake Michigan down to the town Grand Traverse. Although protected from the swells and occasionally severe storms found out on the open lake, the Bay can still experience some powerful conditions on its own Read More

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