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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.

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SAIL's ICW

Experience the ICW with SAIL

Let’s not kid ourselves—the ICW transit can be a long, lonely and sometimes daunting slog. Commercial traffic, strong currents, shifting shoal spots and lifting bridges—help! That’s why we came up with the idea for a Snowbird Rally down the ICW, to help make the ICW an experience you’ll look back on with a grin on Read More

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Cruising Tips

Handy Printable 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

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Destinations

ICW Hotspot: Beaufort, South Carolina

Stepping through Luther’s onto Bay Street, you’ll discover a beautiful downtown, replete with historic buildings and interesting shops. A few steps farther, and you’re in a designated historic residential district with many remaining homes from the English colonial settlement. It’s a great place to explore. Read More

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SAIL’s Inaugural ICW Snowbird Rally

This rally came about as the result of a discussion between SAIL’s editor-in-chief Peter Nielsen and myself, plus two years of planning and work by the SAIL staff. Nothing like this had been done before, so we had nothing to guide us and no real idea of how it would work out. What were we thinking? 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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Destinations

The Bay of Isla Navarino, Chile

The expedition yacht Seal lies at anchor in a shallow bay on Isla Navarino, on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, while its crew of charter guests explores an isolated homestead. Read More

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