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Cruising Tip: An elegant and highly useful rigging bag

An elegant and highly useful rigging bag A few weeks ago I posted this photograph of Larry on my Facebook page. He was cleaning out the rigging bag Jay Greer made as a gift for us when we launched Seraffyn. It served us for years and years, traveling not only on Seraffyn and Taleisin, but … Continue reading »

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June 2016 Cruising Tip

An Affordable Fitting so you can Adding a Removable Staysail Stay There are many reasons to have a staysail stay or babystay, even if your boat is not cutter rigged, even if you don’t need the extra sail power of a staysail. As winds get heavier, a babystay will help ensure your mast stays straight.  … Continue reading »

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June 2015 Cruising Tip

Where to get an inflation collar to convert your hard dinghy into a combo tender/lifeboat We have often had emails and letters from folks who read the chapter Cost Conscious Cruiser about how we converted Cheeky, our 8 foot tender into a combination tender/lifeboat. They have asked where to get affordable floatation tubes custom made. … Continue reading »

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April/May 2015 Cruising Tip

Everything I Need to Know I Learned on a Sailboat While I was in Oakland for the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show last month, John Arndt, editor of Latitude 38 came over to chat about his pet project, Summer Sailstice, his way of sharing the sheer joy of sailing by getting hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading »

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March 2015 Cruising Tip: Hints on Choosing a First Offshore Cruising Boat

There was a note in the Seven Seas Cruising Associate Newsletter a few years back, asking, “What hints would you give to someone who was looking for their very first offshore cruising boat.” When the next issue of the newsletter arrived I read some of the answers and felt that they reflected budgets and desires … Continue reading »

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January 2015 Cruising Tip

Check that Passport Date An invitation to attend the Moscow Boat Show in March of this year and then a visit to St. Petersburg seemed too good to refuse. I of course said yes to the publisher who has translated two of our books into the Russian Language, (The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew … Continue reading »

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November Cruising Tip

One of our newsletter readers, in a comment on this website, asked for details of how we rigged the gantline we use for going aloft. Herewith a short excerpt from Safety Aloft, which I think is one of the more important chapters in the 3rd edition of The Capable Cruiser.  A proper gantline is essential for … Continue reading »

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October 2014 Cruising Tip

Love Handles for easier Mainsail Reefing and Dowsing A squall threatens; you want that mainsail down quickly. You ease off the halyard then try to grab hold of the sail to get it moving downward. Nothing to grab, you can’t get your hand between the luff rope and mast. Now you have to head directly … Continue reading »

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August/September Cruising Tip 2014

Just how fresh is an egg? Though I’ve written lots about keeping eggs fresh, all I could have told you about checking for freshness is – if the shell looks very solid, opaque and feels slightly bumpy the egg is fresher than one that feels very smooth. Then I happened across a book called How … Continue reading »

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June 2014 Cruising Tips

The Documents you need with you when you leave your boat in a foreign country A young cruising sailor contacted me via Facebook. “I know you and Larry live near Auckland, I am stuck here for a few days and would like to buy you a drink.” We were headed into the city for a … Continue reading »

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April 2014 Cruising Tips

Night Watch Tips for Two handed Crews Last week another relatively new-to-cruising couple stopped by for a visit. “Did you really keep watches every night at sea, even when you were out in the middle of nowhere?” In reply, I related the story of almost running down another yacht in squally weather 400 miles from … Continue reading »

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February 2014 Cruising Tip

The Disadvantages of Leading Halyards and Reefing Lines Aft to the Cockpit. Though Larry and I had little time to visit on board the boats which were on display at Chicago, the balcony in front of each of the seminar rooms gave me a birdseye view of the deck layouts of every boat on display. … Continue reading »

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