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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Cruising Tips

Sketch Book: Creating Cockpit Tables

A. Dining al fresco is one of the joys of being afloat. Eating off a cockpit table is much more civilized than eating off a plate in your lap. B. Often a simple picnic table will do the job nicely. Or a combined “table and chairs” model C. Can be used, with the legs up and Read More

Lee Quinn (right) with one of the crews that made him famous

Opinion

Around the World With an All-Girl Crew

Lee Quinn always believed that women make the best shipmates Sailors of a certain vintage may remember seeing a B-movie back in the day titled I Sailed to Tahiti With an All-Girl Crew. The plot was pretty thin—two yachtsmen get into an argument about who’s a better sailor, and one bets the other he can Read More

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Cruising Tips

What Mast Rake is All About

Mast rake is the angle at which a mast slopes aft from vertical as viewed from the side. In the rare event that a mast is raked forward it is said to have forward rake. For reasons that aren’t fully understood, most boats seem to sail best with a bit of rake. They also look Read More

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Cruising Tips

Sketchbook: Cook Safe

A. A solid fiddle that fits tightly around the top of the stove helps keep spills in place. To prevent it from interfering with the handle of a frying pan, the front part of this fiddle is hinged. B. Before you move the pots to one side of the burner to simmer, make sure the Read More

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It is best to practice rigging it in calm conditions (far left). You can adjust tack height to suit your boat (left)

Cruising Tips

Know Your Storm Sails

To sail to windward in heavy weather, you need a flat-cut headsail. A heavily reefed roller genoa typically is anything but flat. The draft in the sail migrates aft as the sail is reefed, and you end up with a baggy sail that presses the boat down and won’t allow it to point. One solution Read More

Opinion

Windshifts: It’s Not Easy Being Green

“Why are there two bottles of rum in the cockpit?” I ask, pausing in the midst of vigorously scrubbing the boat. Rubin is strolling leisurely down our pier, hands in his coat pockets, blue eyes sparkling, a good-natured smile stretched across his face. I can tell, even without asking, he’s been wandering about the marina Read More

It might be a cold day on the water, but the fruits of labor are clear

Lifestyle

Crabbing from a Sailboat

Once again, January finds me jobless. I’ve developed ways of coping with this. I read, fix things, take long walks and take to the water. What I hadn’t developed—until now—is a way to beat the guilt of not spending every waking moment looking for a new job. Like the writer and sailing enthusiast Hillaire Belloc, Read More

Cruising Tips

Sailing with Safety in Mind

From the moment my father first put me in a sailboat he told me that safety and seamanship come first, above all else. He served in the Coast Guard in the North Atlantic during World War II and knew why these things are important. Later, when I went sailing with his wartime crew, every one Read More

Safe and sound: the Baltic 56 Spirit V closes in on the finish in Colombia after a successful first leg in the 2016 World ARC.

Rallies

The Importance of Good Bluewater Route Planning

On the one hand, timing is said to be everything. On the other, anyone in real estate will tell you the thing that really matters is location, location, location. When it comes to passagemaking, though, it’s not one or the other, it’s both. Making a passage from, say, Bermuda to the U.S. Virgin Islands, in February, Read More

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