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.



Giving Back to the Sailing Community

There are many different ways we can give back to communities that are important to us as sailors. For Hank Schmitt of Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO), it all began as a simple urge to help out a buddy he made soon after he arrived at the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean several years Read More

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


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

The author’s Catalina 34 at anchor


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


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