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.


Cruising Tips

The 10 Commandments of Successful Coastal Cruising

1: This is my plan, and behold, it is flexible All successful coastal cruises start with a plan. The trouble is, most of us who have managed well enough in life’s battles to be able to own or charter a cruising sailboat have developed a tendency to feel goals must be achieved, regardless. This may Read More

The author’s boat was named Star Cruiser before he renamed her Lunacy. It seemed a good idea at the time!


Waterlines: Appellation Controlée

Naming a boat properly can be harder than you think A rose is a rose, it is said, and smells just as sweet by any other name. If only it were true of boats! In fact, it seems all too many boats these days have perfectly horrible names. This can be very dangerous, in that Read More



Voice of Experience: Men Overboard

The motorsail—more motor than sail—from Belhaven, North Carolina, back to my home port of Oriental had been rough. A late June storm brought overcast skies and gusting winds that meant constant sail trimming, and I was tiring as the day progressed. I was alone onboard Anticipation Too, my Hunter 420, my crew having left me Read More

Bikes are a great asset for exploring a new port of call, but stowing them onboard can be difficult


Bikes on Boats

One of the biggest dilemmas new cruisers face when leaving the dock is deciding what items make the final cut and come aboard the boat. When it comes to items like musical instruments, personal electronics and recreational equipment, we all have our own preferences. My wife, Tara, and I are both avid cyclists. We like Read More

This was taken during a “rough sail” from Tortola to Anegada in the BVIs aboard our Bavaria 50, Moby. —Pete & Lyn Pierce


From SAIL’s Readers: SAIL Spotlight Photographs 2016

Summer is right around the corner and nationwide cruising season is about to be in full swing. Where are your favorite places to cruise in the summer months? Send your sailing recommendations and a picture of your favorite cruising grounds to for a chance to be featured in our upcoming August issue. Here are Read More



Giving Back to the Sailing Community

There are many different ways we can give back to communities that are important to us as sailors. For Hank Schmitt of Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO), it all began as a simple urge to help out a buddy he made soon after he arrived at the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean several years Read More