John Kretschmer's Darkest Hour at Sea

by John Kretschmer, Posted July 24, 2014

Over his three decades of ocean voyaging, author John Kretschmer has been in more than his fair share of heavy weather. In this excerpt from his new book, Sailing a Serious Ocean—Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea, he looks back at his darkest hour at sea 


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Columns

One Hull or Two?

by Pat Schulte, Posted February 4, 2014

A cruiser's take on the great debate


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Cruising News

Cruising Sailors Rescued by EPIRB Twice in Six Months

by Rachel Kashdan, Posted July 16, 2014

Just before sunset, nine hundred nautical miles from shore, three sailors and a dog jump into in a four-person liferaft as waves crash around them. For four hours they bail water by the gallon, surrounded only by a vast and encroaching darkness. 


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Expert Advice

What It's Really Like to Own a Boat in Charter

by Paul F. Jacobs, Posted October 7, 2014

My wife, Nancy, and I are big-time charterers. We love to sail, we love to travel, and we love to do the two of them together—so much so that after several years of chartering once or twice a year, we were looking to increase that to four or five times a year. In our travels we’d heard about owning a charter boat in a fleet


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Electronics

In recent years it has become more feasible than ever to navigate using a smartphone or tablet. Apps have improved to the point where they rival paper charts and chartplotters. With so many good navigation apps available, the question is: which is best for you?


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