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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.

Cruising Tips

HANDY VHF REMINDER

There’s a right way to communicate via VHF radio—and many wrong ways. The reason for VHF protocol is to avoid ambiguity and ensure that messages are kept on point—your safety, and that of your crew, may depend on clear communication. So we’ve worked up this useful VHF protocol card, which you can print out, laminate (if Read More

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Cruising Tips

SAIL-U: How to Keep in Touch From Your Boat

In today’s cruising world, communications are an important element of getting mission-critical information onto your boat and for keeping in touch with friends, family and business interests. In his seminar next week at Sail U at the International Cruising Boat Expo in Essex, CT, experienced blue-water sailor Dave Skolnick will review all the alternatives for Read More

Lifestyle

Growing and Learning through the Joy of Sailing

It was our first time sailing any distance in the dark. We were taking Renegade, our 37ft Hunter Legend, to Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle, Washington, in preparation for a race the following morning. Ahead of us there were two bridges and the Ballard Locks to get through. Read More

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Profiles

Voice of Experience: Weathercocked

No self-respecting sailor could resist taking a last sail before hauling out for the year. Not this sailor, anyway—even with 20-knot northeast gusts that sent the wind turbines ashore moaning and the waters of New England’s Buzzards Bay squirming. Read More

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Cruising Tips

Setting Tandem Anchors

A Category IV hurricane was heading our way, and we did not want to leave our boat in a marina that would have no protection from the ravages of a storm of this magnitude. Instead, we chose a lesser evil, one in which our boat had a better chance of survival—we anchored it, using tandem anchors— Read More