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.

Boréal 47

Opinion

A Boréal 47 is born in Minihy-Treguier, France

A trail of broken promises leads to yet another dream fulfilled It is a very slippery slope, this business of owning sailboats. We all like to throw around the old saw about the two happiest days of our lives when buying and selling them, but the first time I ever bought one, and by that Read More

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Opinion

VOE: Docking Goes Awry

If you spend enough time on the water, stuff happens. And when you sail solo like I do, “stuff” can take on a new and scary meaning—like when my top-down furler drum got freakishly fouled by the asymmetrical spinnaker’s tack line in a sudden knockdown wind, or when I was transiting the Chesapeake Delaware Canal Read More

Rousmaniere has put in many hard miles under sail. Photo Credit-Chip Adams

Profiles

An Interview with John Rousmaniere

John Rousmaniere is a titan of yachting journalism, having written hundreds of articles and several books on sailing and seamanship.    He was an onboard reporter for both the 1972 Bermuda Race and the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race, races in which both fleets experienced extreme heavy weather. Rousmaniere’s book Fastnet: Force 10 helped create change Read More

The author works with Anna on her reading skills in a Tierra del Fuego anchorage

Lifestyle

Homeschooling on the High Seas

If you’re planning to set sail for a year with your kids, you have one narrow goal—to keep up so your children will be able to rejoin their friends when they return. For kids in kindergarten to eighth grade, this usually means studying math, a bit of writing, a lot of free reading and they’ll Read More

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Lifestyle

Liveaboard Winter Storm Checklist

If you have lived aboard in a colder climate then you know what can happen if you aren’t prepared for a storm. I had to learn the hard way, my first year as a liveaboard, in Boston during the harsh winter of 2015. It wasn’t until my sink was full of dishes and I was Read More

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Profiles

Citizen Science, Sailors and the State of Our Oceans

As a child, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, decisively, a marine biologist. Did I have any clue what a marine biologist was? Not really. I was only 5. But it sounded smart and had something to do with the water and seals. Today, however, Read More

Photos courtesy of Andy Schell

Profiles

An Interview with Magnus Rassy

Magnus Rassy is the CEO of Hallberg-Rassy yachts in Sweden and the son of the venerable company’s founder. Hallberg-Rassy has a fascinating family history that Magnus is an integral part of. Andy Schell sat down with him aboard the flagship HR 64 in Sweden last year to talk about Magnus’ upbringing, his nine boats all Read More

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Opinion

VOE: An Unexpected Storm Tests Boat and Crew

Last August, my wife, Lily, and I took ownership of our 2011 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, Summerwind, in St Martin, and set sail toward her new home in Stuart, Florida. After lengthy stopovers in St Croix and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic—the latter to wait out Hurricane Otto—I was joined by my close friend Read More

The author’s  swollen nose, dressed with a Band-Aid after he clubbed himself with a winch handle

Opinion

Self-Inflicted Wounds— Keep a Good Medical Kit

When I was younger and more invincible I didn’t think much about medical emergencies on boats. The first time I headed offshore on a boat of my own it never occurred to me to assemble a medical kit, until a sailing buddy of mine, a doctor, asked about it just a few days before my Read More

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