Cruising Most Commented

Muddling Towards Golden Gate

by Michael Petrie, Posted November 21, 2008
They say you never forget the first time. For me, cruising offshore began back in 1976 onboard Azulo, a 20-year-old, 31-foot Mariner ketch. Three friends—Dave, Karl, and Allen—and I set out to follow the path of 19th-century writer Richard Henry Dana, up the California coast. A motley crew of four young sailors off sailing the high seas!

I kept a journal during that first cruise,


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A Year Afloat With The Family

by Sail Staff, Posted November 21, 2008
Living onboard a 50-foot sailboat with six members of your family for a year isn’t always easy—especially in a space the size of your living room. For example, what are you to do when your brother uses up all the hot water—for the rest of the day? Or when, after a bitter spat with your sister, the length of the saloon is the farthest you’re going to get away from each other—for the next two
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Chartplotter Protocols

by Steve Henkind, Posted November 20, 2008
Chartplotters are powerful extensions of GPS technology and provide tremendous convenience, but they can get you into trouble if you’re not careful. While my focus is on vector-based plotters (digitized charts, which are the ones typically found on recreational sailboats), most of my observations also apply to raster-based (scanned charts) plotters.

Scale change matters.


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Sailing for Science

by Peter Nielsen, Posted November 5, 2008
Acting on studies showing that ocean ecosystems are seriously threatened, a pair of non-profit organizations are collaborating on a one-year circumnavigation of the Americas aimed at building awareness of the ocean environment.

Boston-based Sailors for the Sea, co-founded by David Rockefeller Jr, is dedicated to providing education and resources to boaters to preserve coastal environments.


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Attack in South America

by Rebecca Waters, Posted November 4, 2008
Philip Armand Leudiere, age 61, the skipper of a French catamaran skipper was shot dead last month during an attack on board his boat at anchor outside Marina de Caraballeda, on the Central Litoral coast between La Guaira and Cabo Codera, Venezuela.

Four robbers boarded the boat undetected. In resisting the attack, the skipper was shot several times in the head. His wife, Catherine Marie,


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