Cruising

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

Sailors in Southern California now have more access to VHF communications. The difference will be noticed especially by boats south of the border, as far south as Ensenada, and well off the beach around San Diego. The difference-maker is a VHF radio transmission tower installed by BoatU.S. at the crest of 2,565-foot-high San Miguel Mountain, one on


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Cruising

'Round Africa the Old Way

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

If it gets your juices flowing to imagine circumnavigating Africa on a replica of an ancient ship, the Phoenicia Expedition is for you.

The story begins with one Philip Beale and his conviction that Phoenicians in ancient times, not Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, were the first to make the 17,000-mile voyage around the African continent.

Drawing parallels to


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Cruising

New Entry Regulations in Thailand

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

Since July 1, boats clearing into Thailand have been issued bright orange pennants marked with an identification number and the words "Phuket Immigration". Theses flags must be flown for the duration of the boat's stay in Thai waters and returned upon departure.

Armed Thai officials are conducting regular checks to ensure that all foreign vessels have properly cleared customs.


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Destinations

The End of the World

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Cruising the challenging waters of the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn

The change in the weather is as emphatic as it is fast. One moment we're meandering along, running wing-and-wing before a light northerly breeze that's just enough to get our heavy 56-footer trundling along at 5 knots. The next, the sky to the west takes on a gunmetal hue and the jib shakes itself as the


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Boat Reviews

Hanse 400e

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Hanse Yachts's stylish 40-foot 400e (the "e" stands for the epoxy resin used in the hull) is the first in the Judel/Vrolijk–designed line the German builder is billing as "crossover boats." It's already made a splash at U.S. boat shows with its clean hull lines and innovative styling belowdecks. I took one out for a test drive off Marblehead, Massachusetts, to see if "crossover boat" is just a
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