by Meredith Laitos, Posted May 28, 2013Dear SAIL, Your charter stories in the March issue had my mind traveling afar, and I’d like to be a bareboat captain. How does a charter company know that someone is sufficiently qualified or experienced to charter its craft? Some sailors are extremely capable, but have no specific schooling or credentials. Charles Hammond, Kingston, MA
by Sail Staff, Posted November 14, 2003Bill Springer discussed the difference between towing and salvage in the July 2003 SAIL. For more information log on to the following sites.SeatowMembership provides:24-hour/7 day-a-week dispatch, Unlimited service area towing, Soft ungrounding assistance, Fuel drops, Jump starts, Prop disentanglements, Reimbursed world-wide/out of service area coverage, Optional trailer assistance.
by Sail Staff, Posted June 26, 2003Piracy is a problem that inflicts huge expenses and losses, billions of dollars a year. Most of the targets are commercial shipping, but the threat to yachts is real, and there are regions where the threat to commerce and yacht traffic overlap. Reported incidents have increased in the last year.The Maritime Global Net, which operates a web site for
by Charles Mason, Posted October 1, 2003With interest rates at historic lows, what are you waiting for? asks SAIL's Executive Editor Charles MasonNow that the annual percentage rate (APR) on the unpaid balance of a 15- or 20-year boat loan in some areas of the country is lower than comparable financing for a house, buying a boat just might be a smart decision. If the boat meets certain standards
by Sail Staff, Posted May 21, 2003To begin You don't need to know much about how a piston engine works in order to drive a car. You get in, turn on the engine, shift into gear, step on the gas, and off you go. In a sailboat, though, you play a far more active role in harnessing the energy that propels you forward. You can get
by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2003There are courses to help racers move up in the standings, courses that teach the skills needed for chartering or overnight passages, and even courses where students learn celestial navigation and passagemaking while sailing offshore with an instructor.Most sailing schools are affiliated with an umbrella organization that issues certification. The web sites of these umbrella groups have
by Sail Staff, Posted January 22, 2008Betsy waves me over as I jump off the stern of La Mouette, our chartered Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 453, into the warm waters of Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay. My mask and fins are already on. Betsy has found an octopus hiding against a rock shelf; it pulls an empty conch shell over itself when I get too close. I follow a couple of stingrays over to a reef where I spy a school of sergeant majors,
by Charles Mason, Posted August 21, 2008If you really want to know what kind of weather is coming your way, skip the radio and TV broadcasts and look up at the clouds. Even though forecasts are a lot more reliable than they used to be, this old-fashioned way is still valuable.With today's sophisticated devices, including satellite imagery and Doppler radar, an international network of weather experts can keep an eye on