Sailboat Cruising

Whether you’re looking for insights into the best cruising grounds of the East Coast, West Coast, Caribbean or Great Lakes, or the latest in tips and techniques for doing everything aboard from set the anchor to fix your engine, recover a man-overboard victim or trim your sails, our editors and contributors have the answers.

An F-RIB on display at the 2016 Annapolis Boat Show with an electric motor and solar array (above); the same F-RIB folded up and in its carrying case (right)


Finding the Perfect Dinghy

In the pantheon of mythical creatures—right up there with unicorns, hippogriffs and manticores—we have in the realm of cruising a most important one: the perfect dinghy. This, of course, is a very subjective concept that exists in Platonic form in every sailor’s mind, but never in reality. Personally, I’ve always favored roll-up inflatables, about 9ft Read More

Illustration by Jan Atkins


A Night at Anchor Ends in Hurricane-force Wind

Musandam, lying south of the Straits of Hormuz in the Sultanate of Oman, is known affectionately as the Arabian Fjords. There, steep glacial mountains plunge into crystal-clear water hundreds of feet deep, and numerous long, broad channels push some 10 miles inland from the Arabian Gulf. It’s a remote area, accessible only by boat, with Read More

“The monster,” a 210lb yellowfin tuna, aboard the boat, finally


Catching a Yellowfin Tuna on a Sailboat

Mine is a fishing family. Whether we are running lines off the stern, spearfishing or casting from the boat, we’re always fishing. So, of course, we were fishing while we sailed as part of the 2015 Pacific Puddle Jump. Among our mini-group of boats, a competition had been arranged; the boat to catch the biggest Read More

Safety first! The crew tries the storm sails on for size before setting off


Five Sailors go in Search of Heavy Weather — and Find It

I got seasick the second day out. My stomach had been rolling ever since we’d slipped out of Howe Sound that morning, but we were all busy on deck working an easterly blow through a finicky strait just above Typhoon Songda—which had put the lights out in nearby Vancouver the night before. Nature comes at you Read More


Go-to Islands Destinations: Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island By Fred Bagley            45.7026° N, 82.0372° W Ah, sailing off to a remote island—dolphins on the bow wave, palm trees on the beach and a tiki bar serving rum drinks until dawn… Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron has none of those. Instead, you will find trophy bass on Read More

Rick Tomlinson


An Interview with Rick Tomlinson

Rick Tomlinson is one of yachting’s most accomplished photographers, but he is also an accomplished sailor. We recently traveled to his studio in Cowes, on England’s Isle of Wight, to find out more about his career. How did you get into sailing? I grew up on the Isle of Man, a small island in the Read More

Vegemite on toast—an irresistible sailing snack?


Haute Cuisine on a Sailboat

It’s true! Everything does taste better on a sailboat It is fairly miraculous how appetites are sharpened while sailing. I have conducted experiments and can tell you it isn’t simply a question of being afloat. A meal aboard a powerboat tastes pretty much the same as a meal ashore and, among other things, is normally Read More



How to Choose a Cruising Crew

My partner, Jeff, and I needed crew for a two- to three-week sail down the Mexican coast of Baja California on our new-to-us Antares 44i catamaran, El Gato, so we put an ad in one of our local sailing publications. We received some promising letters of introduction, but thanks to social media, I was able Read More


13 Ways To Ensure BBQ Success

July is here, and it’s officially grilling season. If you’ve ever envied friends with “a natural talent for grilling,” you may be surprised how easy it can be to turn out mouth-watering food. However, if you think that success is as simple as lighting up your grill, you’ll probably be disappointed. Like learning to sail, Read More


The Art of Organic Coasting

Coasting is less a sport than art and those who wander under sail spend a good deal of energy seeking an elusive balance of mind, body, boat, sea and subtlety that elevates it from the merely functional to a certain state of finesse. The way we address time is first among such matters. Time is bliss, time Read More