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.

A delivery crew spotted this upturned racing trimaran in mid-Atlantic, five years after it capsized en route to France

Sailboat Cruising

Capsized Boats that Would Not Sink

At 0500 on the stormy morning of December 2, 2010, the Multi50 trimaran Region Aquitaine-Port Medoc, en route from Guadeloupe to France, was hit by a violent squall and capsized in mid-Atlantic, 1,000 miles from land. Skipper Lalou Rocayrol and his crew were soon rescued by a passing freighter and the boat was never seen Read More

A fouled dinghy painter leads to a close call

Lifestyle

VOE: Dinghy Painter Caught in the Prop

At the end of the third day of our Intermediate Coastal Skipper course in Canada’s Gulf Islands, the four of us—three students and one instructor—anchored our Jeanneau 35 charter boat in Clam Bay, a quiet spot between Thetis and Penelakut islands. Snugging down for the night, we put a snubber on the anchor chain, put Read More

Even in the peaceful Caribbean, you need to take precautions

Cruising Tips

Safety and Security in the Caribbean

Generally speaking, the Caribbean is a safe place to sail—petty theft is not uncommon, and you only have yourself to blame if you don’t lock your dinghy, outboard and gas tank together when ashore—but sometimes worse things happen. Over Christmas week last year, two cruising boats were boarded by pirates in the Leeward islands. Both Read More

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The author’s Catalina 34 at anchor

Profiles

Hooked on a Catalina 34

A few years back I made the decision to ditch my pressure-cooker job in favor of a midlife sailing hiatus. I went searching for my floating getaway machine, and given my modest economic status at the time, one name kept popping up: Catalina. “They sail well, and you get a lot of boat for your Read More

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Cruising Tips

Sketchbook: Bilges

A Bilges can be mucky places, so make sure there’s enough slack in pipes and cables to get blocked pumps out. B A plastic crate with garden mesh at the bottom creates both a filter for fine particulates that can catch any soap and hair, and a coarse filter to keep out labels, paper or Read More

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Profiles

Remembering Thomas Tangvald

It is just over two years now since Thomas Tangvald went missing at sea while sailing singlehanded from French Guyana to Fernando de Noronha, an island far off the coast of Brazil, and I find I am still haunted by the loss. I never met the young man (he was aged 37 when he disappeared), Read More

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Cruising Tips

Practical Tender Tips

A Some slimline tenders can be used as recreational exercise machines, because they are fitted out with sliding seats, outrigger oarlocks and sophisticated oars. B They can even be fitted with rear-view mirrors, which is something we plumper beings could copy. Or, we could just make sure our passengers point us discreetly in the right Read More

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