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.

Flying the screecher on a broad reach: or is it a Code 0, or a jib top?

Opinion

Waterlines: What’s That Sail?

Am I the only one confused by all the different names for headsails these days? When I first started sailing, things were pretty simple. A non-overlapping headsail set on a boat’s headstay was called a jib. An overlapping headsail was called a genoa. You might differentiate between different sizes of jibs with simple numbers or Read More

Cruising pets

Lifestyle

Pets Onboard: It’s a Dog’s (or Cat’s) Life

After working in veterinary medicine for more than 30 years in New England, I was well versed on the veterinary conditions pets in our area are exposed to. But what happens when you take your pet on a boat abroad? Many diseases are region-specific, and our pets may not be immune to them. When my Read More

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Cruising Tips

Sketchbook: Chain Grip

A pawl on the stemhead roller acts like a ratchet—it lets you pull chain in, but prevents it from running out while you have a rest. In waves, let a rising bow help pull in the chain. B. The “spring” that holds the pawl on the chain can be a shock cord that also acts Read More

The boat in its winter cocoon on a dark night

Lifestyle

Surviving Winter Aboard

Living aboard has its challenges, whether you do it full-time or part-time in the Caribbean or the North Pole—which, I imagine, is not too different from living aboard through a Boston winter. I’ve lived aboard through two New England winters. The first, the notorious winter of 2014-15, was a tremendous learning experience. The conditions were Read More

Illustration by Jan Adkins

Opinion

Voice of Experience: Helicopter Rescue

“My name is Petty Officer Jaime Vanacore. I am your rescue swimmer.” Her Dolphin helicopter hovering 70ft over the peaks of the waves, Jaime had zipped down from the helicopter to the ocean, first with 25 knots of wind whisking her around and then with 15ft waves smacking her. She had unclipped from the line Read More

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The author gets tucked in before his ambulance ride from the dock to a hospital in Newport

Opinion

Voice of Experience: Appendicitis Offshore

Forty-eight hours after having my appendix removed, and I was in a daze. I was stiff. I was sore. I hadn’t had a good poop in over half a week. I was bored. My beautiful boat was at sea without me while I was stuck recovering at my cousin’s house in Boston. The whole thing Read More

Baxter the dog in his lifevest, waiting to go ashore

Lifestyle

Boats, Dogs, Cruising and Training

Dogs are dogs and boats are boats, and somehow the twain must meet After persistent lobbying from daughter Lucy, who is crazy about animals of all sorts, we recently adopted a dog, and I’ve been confronted with the problem of introducing it to the boats in my life. Thinking about this, I realized there are Read More

A peaceful sunset in Georgetown

Destinations

Georgetown: End of the Trail

I remember once hearing someone refer to Georgetown as “Trail’s End Harbor,” because it’s as close to the Lesser Antilles as many U.S. and Canadian cruisers ever get. Not surprising, really. It’s relatively easy to bring a boat this far, playing the wind shifts and weather systems, island hopping all the way. But to continue southeast 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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