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Hard Lessons from Hurricane Florence

August through October are hurricane months in the Carolinas. While it’s almost always best to haul out for a hurricane, it’s not an option...

Preparing Yourself for Solo Sailing

Last week, I covered some of the things I suggest you need to think through on the boat before heading out solo. Now, what...

How to Select Crew for a Passage or Delivery

Lots of skippers—in fact probably most—do not want to sail solo and I am the last person to try to encourage them to change...

New Marine Fire Suppression Tools

A new generation of fire extinguishers, resembling a fat flare in appearance, promise to solve most of the problems of standard fire extinguishers. The biggest...

What You Can Learn on a Quick Test Sail

Summer is in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and everyones fancy turns to boat buying (you were expecting me to something...

Preparing A Boat to Sail Solo

You have probably heard people say sailing solo is dangerous or irresponsible. How can you keep a proper watch? What happens if you have...

Safety At Sea Full Interview With Joe Cooper

Joe Cooper joins us for a full-length interview about safety at sea giving us advice he’s obtained from his decades of ocean sailing and...

Medical Emergency on a BVI Charter

Just another beautiful BVI day. The forecast was for  87 degrees and sunny and the weather Gods were in fine form, with a predictable...

What Your Boat and the Baltimore Super Container Ship May Have in Common

When the mega container ship Dali struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge at 1:28 am on Tuesday, March 26, the world saw a remote...

Check Your Shorepower System for Hidden Dangers

One of the often overlooked maintenance items in the pre-season rush to the water is the AC shorepower system. Over the years of surveying,...

Beneteau 46.1: What You Should Know | Boat Tour

Looking to buy a 42-46 foot sailboat? Considering a Beneteau Oceanis 45 or the newer Beneteau 46.1? See a Beneteau for sale? What are...