by Wally Moran
The cost of hiring a yard to repaint a 30- to 40-foot sailboat is likely to be over $10,000, which is uneconomical given the actual value of most older boats. The alternative, if you’re willing to put in long hours with a rotary sander, is doing it yourself.
The impetus for anchoring restrictions, particularly in Florida, comes from waterfront homeowners who object to people anchoring “in their backyards." Barb Venturi, a town commissioner in Oriental, North Carolina, is jazzed. New dockage for transient cruisers is being installed on the popular sailing town’s waterfront.       

Man's Best First Mate

by Wally Moran, Posted August 19, 2011
After putting 10 years, eight countries and over 30,000 miles under my keel, I was certain I’d learned most of what there was to know about the cruising lifestyle.

Thin Water Conversion

by Wally Moran, Posted April 22, 2011
The boats I sail today, including my own, are typical cruising boats. They have deep fin keels, and they’re spacious, well equipped and comfortable. I spend a lot of my time on a boat, so I want at least a few of life’s luxuries. And I like a boat with a bit of heft to it, like my Dufour 34, to handle bad weather. That’s why I’ve never considered owning a

Pacific Pearl

by Wally Moran, Posted March 23, 2011
Polynesian tradition has it that if you throw flower petals into the sea and they return to you, you will return to the islands.I was in French Polynesia for the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, regarded by many as one of sailing’s premire regattas after only seven years in existence. I am pleased to report that many are very likely right.My host for the regatta was Tahiti Tourisme, and true

Sailor's Smorgasbord

by Wally Moran, Posted November 8, 2010
Southwest Florida is one of my favorite cruising areas, especially in early November when the Chesapeake Bay is starting to get chilly and Lake Huron’s North Channel is just plain miserable. The winds have shaken off the summer doldrums, the temperature is in the mid to upper 70s, and anchorages and marinas are not yet crowded with winter visitors. In short, it’s the ideal time and place for a

Cruising Cuba

by Wally Moran, Posted April 9, 2010
Approaching Cuba from Ragged Island, at the south end of the Jumentos in the Bahamas, I noticed something I hadn’t seen for some time—mountains. After the low-lying islands and cays of the Bahamas, Cuba’s coastline at Puerto de Vita offered an exhilarating vista, nearly forbidding in its immensity. A frisson of anticipation ran down my spine.Cruising through the Bahamas, I had followed a

Soul Sailing

by Wally Moran, Posted July 30, 2009
There are sailors who have spent over twenty summers cruising Lake Huron’s North Channel. They’ll tell you it is always fascinating, still surprising, and still, unceasingly, continues to feed their souls. My first week-long cruise was in 1978, and I now spend up to 10 weeks each summer in the North Channel working as a charter skipper for the Canadian Yacht Charter fleet,

Personal Bests

by Wally Moran, Posted November 21, 2008
Ask any two sailors what they like most about traveling the Intracoastal Waterway and you’re unlikely to get much, if any, agreement. We can all gripe agreeably about the downsides of the Ditch—long turns at the wheel, shoaling, brutal currents, inconsiderate boaters—but rarely, if ever, do you hear the upsides of one of the most fascinating water routes in America.Do we snowbirds ever
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