Cruising

Fresh Water

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

We always try to collect rainwater aboard our Serendipity 42 so we can enjoy plenty of cool, sweet-tasting water without having to run our watermaker. To do this we designed our shade awning so that it is also a super-efficient rainwater collector.

We shaped the awning with a belly on each side where water can collect; a rope running along each side of the awning forms a gutter. A


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Cruising

Flat is Fine

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

When you’re outfitting a cruising boat’s galley, it’s wise to select flatware that has no pattern. Leave the Climbing Rose and Parthenon patterns at home. When you’re on the water, particularly salt water, you want the surface of your eating utensils to be as featureless and smooth as your chainplates—for the same reason. Every ripple and crevice in a piece of patterned cutlery can harbor


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Cruising

Dinghy on Deck

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

I know this idea isn’t popular with a number of cruisers, but I don’t think it is ever seamanlike to tow a dinghy when on a passage. For starters, the drag is considerable and a real impediment to sailing speed. There are many other reasons, of course, starting with the fact that towing a dinghy is bound to be a distraction. Then there’s the question of potential danger to the crew if the


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Cruising

Rafting Redux

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

We stopped overnight at North Minerva Reef on our way from Tonga to New Zealand. Our friends aboard Layla, a 40-foot sloop, were also headed to New Zealand. They anchored first, and, when they were satisfied their anchor was set, they called us on the VHF and asked us over for pizza. Because we were in passage mode, our dinghy was securely lashed on deck, but we didn’t want to miss Layla’s


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Cruising

Coastal Cruising

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008
Practice with paper instead of plasticBy Chris Lab

During a passage along the South American coast on our Passport 40, Aquamarine II, we ran into a strong storm cell with lightning, high winds, and rain. In the hopes of preventing damage from a lightning strike, we unplugged our GPS, radar, radios, and chartplotter and put as much of the gear as we could in the


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