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Tagged With: cruising

Cruising Tip: Working aloft – the Gantline

A proper gantline is essential for both long-distance racing and offshore cruising unless you always sail with a large, strong crew. If you have a varnished or painted spar it is even more important. A gantline is simply a four-part block and tackle arrangement that lets you haul yourself aloft with ease. We use two … Continue reading »

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December 2011

Dear Friends: Refit time – for us it’s come late this year. Here in the southern hemisphere December actually marks the official beginning of summer. Unfortunately, the month of November, when we had hoped to start work on Taleisin, was one of the windiest on record – gale force easterlies: south, north, due of the … Continue reading »

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Thoughts on Baksheesh and Cruising in the Middle East

Like most westerners we have always resented the idea of paying Baksheesh when we were cruising around the North of Africa and into the Middle East. To us baksheesh and bribe seemed synonymous. I recently read a letter which gave me a new perspective. It was written by Rob and Dee Dubin who cruised in … Continue reading »

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Ready for Cruising? (Video Cruising Tip)

Are you ready to cruise offshore? In this video, Lin gives you a way to gauge for yourself. Cruising Tip: Are You Ready for Cruising?

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An Interesting and Affordable Cruising Boat Choice

An email that arrived the same day as the one from the “What is a Cruiser’s Residence?” tip made me cut out this excerpt from the brand new 3rd edition of Capable Cruiser which has just arrived from the printer. It is from the chapter called “First Time Voyagers: What did they worry about that … Continue reading »

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Capable Cruiser 3rd Edition

Buy Now! Click here to see inside the book! This revised and expanded third edition of a cruising classic includes nine completely new chapters with such advice as: sixteen ways to encourage your lover (partner) to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at … Continue reading »

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Children and Cruising

While we were deciding which chapters to keep, which to delete and what new information to add for the 3rd Edition of Capable Cruiser one of us came across Jordan Rich’s story about her reaction to returning home at the age of 14 after several years of cruising with her family. (May 2009 issue of Cruising World magazine.) When I contacted Jordan, she kindly gave us permission to reprint her complete article here. Continue reading »

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Get Ready to CRUISE

Join Lin and Larry Pardey at their home base in New Zealand as they share ideas and hints to make your boat safer, easier to handle, and more enjoyable to use. Continue reading »

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Get Ready to CROSS OCEANS

So you feel confident with cruising local waters and are thinking of setting off across an ocean . . .Before you start planning, join Lin and Larry Pardey on board Taleisin in Fremantle, Australia, as they demonstrate gear storage for offshore voyaging, dinghy choices, warping out a stern anchor, proper life-raft storage, storm trysails, sail repairs, and other valuable hints to help you prepare. Continue reading »

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Cruising has NO LIMITS

Skimming before caressing tradewinds, savoring NO LIMITS tropical landfalls, evading stormy seas—such is the image of the cruising life under sail. It is all this, but it can be so much more. Join Lin and Larry Pardey at their New Zealand home base as they recount some of their most memorable adventures during more than 30 years of cruising. Continue reading »

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Storm Tactics Handbook, 3rd Ed.

“In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan.” So write Lin and Larry Pardey in this, the third edition of their highly regarded Storm Tactics Handbook. As in the first two editions of this book, they describe their concerns about the tendency of modern sailors to discard the classic methods used to bring sailing vessels of all sizes—from vast clipper ships to tiny yachts—through amazingly strong winds and heavy seas. Continue reading »

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Seraffyn’s Oriental Adventure

A tale of adventures, as two young dreamers continue their voyaging on board their self-built 24’4″ cutter. They cross the exotic sea that spawned Homer’s tales of Ulysses’ Odyssey, then sail through the strife torn Red Sea and across the typhoon tossed waters of the Bay of Bengal. Continue reading »

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