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The Vagabonde Life
Once upon a time conquering your dream of sailing off into the sunset was enough, but these days it seems like you have to be popular on social media too. Balancing the stresses of sailing around the world while keeping a successful—not to mention fi
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Anchoring
In almost 40 years of cruising my wife, Terrie, and I have almost never set a tripping line on the anchor. We lost one anchor while riding out a gale in a tight anchorage in Belize lying to two anchors in 60ft of water. Toward the end of the gale the
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After the Storm
We live in interesting times. I’m not sure if that phrase actually is an ancient Oriental curse, but sometimes it sure feels like it. In early September, I watched with a mixture of horror and resignation as Hurricane Dorian first squatted over Grand
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Push-Button Reefing
Boats have never been easier to sail, and yet designers and builders still strive for that extra iota or two of convenience. A case in point is the growing acceptance of powered headsail furlers. Roller-furling headsails are ubiquitous not only on cr
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Powered Furler Manufacturers
Among other things, this Italian company builds bespoke furling systems and sail-handling equipment for superyachts, so its engineering chops are not in doubt. Bamar does not neglect the smaller end of the market and has recently introduced a new lin
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Letters
Further to Finding the Way (October), I too remember when the GPS revolution began and the naysayers and detractors who poo-pooed the technology. Here we are decades later, and if you don’t have GPS on board your boat, you are considered by your sail
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Installing an Electric Furler
So, what exactly is involved in installing an electric furling gear? If you’ve ever installed an electric windlass, part of the process will be familiar to you—you’ll be hooking up an electric motor to switches and a control box, running cables the l
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Choosing the Right Outboard
Two of the most indispensable items on board a cruising yacht are a dinghy and an outboard motor. At anchor or on a buoy, of course, they are your only means of getting ashore. They also have a thousand other uses. For example, they can allow you to
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To Sail or Nor to Sail
When I was young I would unflinchingly go out sailing in anything. Big boat, little boat, alone or with a crowd, it didn’t much matter. Same thing with setting all kinds of sail, weather forecast be damned. Reefing is for wimps! This, of course, resu
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Holding Action
My dissatisfaction with the head and holding tank plumbing arrangement on our 1987 Sabre 38 had grown as we cruised the boat away from the comforts of a marina for longer periods of time. When we are tied up at a marina, the use of regular bathrooms
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InBrief
A big tip of the hat to British sailor Jeanne Socrates, who at the ripe young age of 77 became the oldest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world when she brought her Najad 380, Nereida, home to Victoria, British Columbia in Sept
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Ask Sail
Q: I need to replace the jib sheets on my 35ft performance cruiser. I keep hearing about how high-modulus line can benefit sail shape and wonder if I should maybe spring for something fancy. Or will good old double-braid polyester still do the job? I
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Cruising Tips
When I was looking to buy a used boat a few years back, I was horrified at the state of many of the yachts I came across. Do people try to sell their homes with a pile of rusty motor parts strewn around the front room or a heap of soaking bedding mou
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10 Movies for Perfect Group Bonding Before a Charter
The fall boat shows have come and gone, winter is settling in, and sailing may seem like a distant dream as you hold your breath until your warm-weather Christmas charter. All is not lost, though, as this is also a great time to both distract yoursel
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Cup Boats Hit the Water
Emirates Team New Zealand may have been the first to launch a new-generation America’s Cup boat, but it was the New York Yacht Club’s challenger, American Magic, that had the last (first?) laugh. Just a few days after ETNZ’s radical-looking AC75 hit
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Mooring Pirates
When I was a younger man, with less money and a stronger back, I was a regular anchoring snob. Free parking, I believed, is a fundamental right when cruising under sail, and if you want to be a true cruiser you must exercise it as much as possible. I
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The Race is On
It’s official—Volvo Ocean Race veterans Mark Towill and Charlie Enright will campaign an IMOCA 60 in The Ocean Race 2021-22. Their team, 11th Hour Racing, has become one of the first official entries in the round-the-world race, which is open to both
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Holiday Gift Guide
The new GPSMAP 86 series from Garmin is comprised of four models, including the top-of-the-line GPSMAP 86sci with built-in Garmin/Navionics charts and inReach functionality, making them just the thing for a daysailer or pocket cruiser, in particular.
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The Beat Goes ON
The fall shows may have drawn to close here in the United States. But in today’s global marketplace, the business of building and designing new sailboats never stops. And, of course, lest we forget, the Miami boat show is just around the corner. What
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X-Yachts X4°
There’s something especially fun about sailing a boat on the home waters of the company that built it. And when you’re sailing the latest performance-cruiser from X-Yachts, the X40, on the “Little Belt,” just down the road from the company’s squeaky-
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Trouble in Paradise
It was just after sunset, and Nina and Mario were belowdecks on their Bavaria 40, Seatramp, anchored a few miles southwest of Linton Bay Marina on Panama’s Caribbean coast. When they heard noises on deck, Mario went out to investigate, and two men hi
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Fly Like an Eagle
Sailing at 19 knots in 15 knots of breeze is not an earth-shattering experience any more. I was thinking about that on a perfect late summer day in Narragansett Bay while we were slicing along on the most technologically advanced cruising catamaran I
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Say No To Waypoints
Ever since they first appeared in my navigational toolbox decades ago I have been wary of waypoints. They certainly do seem helpful, these electronic flags we plant in the ether to guide us to where we want to go. But I noticed early on they also ten
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Wild Ride
My Hartley 38, Moet, is pounding into massive Pacific Ocean seas. One week of continuous storm conditions has taken me 700 miles south of Fiji, heading for New Zealand. Every few seconds the bow lifts out of the water and hangs in midair for a moment
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Exotic Charters
If anyone tells you that they plan to sail into the sunset and live on $5 a day because they’ll be “world cruising,” you may want to remind them that in most places today, you can’t even get a $5 margarita. The world has grown smaller since adventuro
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Up and Over
SailGP, the new high-performance stadium-style series introduced by Oracle Team USA’s Larry Ellison, has not disappointed those who expected thrill and spills. The high-powered F50 catamarans, based on the AC50s that contested the last America’s Cup
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Bavaria C57
There is much new going on at Bavaria Yachts. Only a few months under new ownership, and the German builder has already launched a new flagship—the C57, which presumably will be the template for future models, including possibly an even larger boat t
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Pan American Success
Team USA’s young sailors went to the quadrennial Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru this summer with high hopes, and returned with a good haul of medals—two Golds, three Silvers, and two Bronze. Gold medals went to Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffma
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