by Sebastian Smith
Take one look at a typical dinghy dock and you’ll see inflatables with outboard motors have won the popularity debate. But we use a hard Dyer Dhow dinghy with oars and a sail and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Along with a watertight hull and robust steering gear, there’s a third prerequisite for seaworthy sailboats: strong standing rigging. Before the round-Atlantic voyage we’re now partway through, I worked hard to ensure our Valiant 40 Moon River was up to speed in the first two departments.
When the customs officer in Bermuda asked for our next destination, I replied “the Azores,” just to keep things simple.
Have you ever noticed that sailing magazines never show pictures of people being seasick? There are always photos of manly men pulling up sails, but what about one of those fine-looking sailors with their head in a bucket?
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