Cruising

Learn to Read the Water

by Connie McBride, Posted September 30, 2013

Reading the water is an important skill you should practice often to ensure there’s always water under your keel


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It was a beautiful afternoon for sailing out on the Chesapeake, and our non-sailing friends seemed delighted to be taking an active part.


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Protecting Wires on Deck

by Connie McBride, Posted September 20, 2013

We have an extra solar panel we keep unmounted on deck so we can move it where the sun is brightest. This leaves us with two loose wires running across the deck that are easy to trip over. My husband, Dave, found this unacceptable and decided to sheath the wires with an old piece of doublebraid rope.


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Solar Panel Lifelines

by Connie McBride, Posted September 20, 2013

Finding a place to locate solar panels on a small boat is a challenge. We wanted our two 50-watt panels to be adjustable, but secure. Ultimately, we were able to meet both criteria by mounting them on the lifelines of Eurisko, our Creekmore 34.


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Sailing Through Reefs

by Andy Schell, Posted September 20, 2013

Negotiating a reef inlet, be it in the Bahamas or the South Pacific, requires precise navigation and skilled seamanship. Detailed charts are essential, and you should always consult any local sailing directions you have onboard in advance.


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