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.

L’Hermione’s cannon sound off as she enters the harbor.

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Classic Boats get Together in France

  Photos courtesy of Simon Cohen; Alexis Courcoux; Jose Guijarro Back in 1992, when I was working at a British sailing magazine, I volunteered for some tough duty—covering the first International Festival of Sail in Brest, France. Someone had to do it, and as a wooden-boat owner, I was the magazine’s de facto classic boat Read More

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Opinion

Dreams Behind Every Project Boat

Certain boatyards always seem to attract would-be voyagers with large ideas, small budgets and vessels of suspect provenance. I once kept a boat in one such yard in midcoast Maine, at the back of which was a handful of bizarre project boats. Most of these never came to anything and sat idle on their jackstands Read More

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Cruising Tips

Five Tips Guaranteed to Reduce your Anchoring Anxiety

The season is upon us and all manner of cruising sailors are wandering about trying to find interesting places to park their boats. Maybe you’re a novice eager to explore but are daunted by the mysterious art of securing your boat to the bottom of the sea with a curiously shaped lump of metal weighing Read More

Navigating in fog requires some skill and discretion

Cruising Tips

How to: Navigate in the Fog

Without question, fog is the biggest reason sailors cite for avoiding the Maine coast in summer, despite the fact that it is otherwise an excellent cruising ground. Although sailing in Maine can indeed be quite opaque, this need not be too disconcerting. Instead of being mindlessly fog-phobic, it is better to view fog, wherever you Read More

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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

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

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