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Julian Putley is the author of ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI’, ‘Sunfun Calypso’, and ‘Sunfun Gospel’.

Sailing with Charlie: Mega Rich

MINE’S BIGGER THAN YOURS …

The season’s in full swing here in the Caribbean. Snowbirds are here in force; annual cruisers join the large numbers of charter boat guests and mega yachts are more numerous than ever. There is no doubt that the rich are ...

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Tips for Bareboaters, Snowbirds & Casual Cruisers

The tails on these bowlines on the boom end reefing lines are too short. Photo by Julian Putley

Here are some important tips for bareboaters, snowbirds and casual cruisers alike.  Lessons everyone can learn from. Have you ever pulled into an anchorage and noticed a bareboat tied to a mooring ball with a large triangle of jib sticking ...

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Produce From Farm to Boat

Farmer Drake with baskets of produce. Photo by Julian Putley

People are becoming more and more selective when it comes to food. An abundance of the food we eat in the Caribbean comes from the United States where ever increasing amounts of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are introduced into food ...

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Sailing with Charlie: Parties 101

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Happy New Year, everyone! Phew, that was quite a party, wasn’t it? The hangover hasn’t really gone away entirely and it’s January 2nd. Actually I’m just surmising … I’m writing this in November and telepathically moving forward to January, which ...

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Sailing with Charlie: Santa’s Sleigh

Graphics by Hannah Welch

The festive season in the Caribbean is uniquely special. First, it’s warm and sunny; sailboats are everywhere and instead of wrapping up against the cold, girls are donning bikinis and jumping into warm, turquoise water. But wherever you are (except ...

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Sailing with Charlie: Boat Show

Graphics by Hannah Welch

It’s approaching the season and charter yachts are busy preparing for the ‘boat shows’ where market specialists and yacht vacation brokers walk the docks examining the many craft available for charter. Yacht vacations taken by the well-heeled are becoming more ...

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Sailing with Charlie: The Help

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Charlie’s boat was in the yard for annual maintenance and this time he’d planned a major overhaul. He’d be pulling all the through hulls for maintenance and replacement if necessary. The prop shaft would be removed for inspection and the ...

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The Best of … Five Top Beach Bars in the British Virgin Islands

Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost van Dyke

The qualifications necessary to make this distinguished list were: A full-service bar with an impressive selection of tropical cocktails; a beautiful beach; a good menu; Wi-Fi; entertainment (some days) and an all-round great ambience.   The Soggy Dollar Bar This ...

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Sailing With Charlie: Help!

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Emergency procedures are not to be taken lightly when venturing out onto the ocean. There are all kinds of devices that can be employed in the event of a serious catastrophe. Charlie commonly teaches the ASA 104 Bareboat course and ...

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Memories of Hurricane Hugo – 25 Years On

2-Hugo-Victims

As a yachtsman there are some things you never forget: The day you buy your boat; the day you sell your boat; the most idyllic landfall; the quickest passage and the most terrifying experience. For many Caribbean sailors the latter ...

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More likely to give birth to a two-headed goat than suffer a shark attack

Graphics by Hannah Welch

One of the pleasures of Caribbean cruising is being able to jump into the warm clear water and take a relaxing, therapeutic swim. Charlie encourages all his charter boat guests to take the plunge at every opportunity. “But what about ...

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Cruising is The Spice of Life

Graphics by Hannah Welch

There is nothing quite as exciting as cruising the world’s little known destinations; it adds spice to the cruising life. Back in the 1980s when Charlie was cruising the world, he sailed to the remote regions of the Solomon Islands ...

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Plimsoll Line and Coffin Ships

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A coffin ship was the name given to a ship that was so poorly maintained that it had only a slim chance of making its destination. These ships were very prevalent in the latter 19th century when emigrants from Ireland ...

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Sharks: Maligned, Abused and Endangered

A de-finned Hammerhead. Photo: Jeff Rottman/The Pew Charitable Trust

One of the most common questions from tourists to the Caribbean, especially from boaters, is: “Are there any sharks in these waters?” It seems that the fictional film ‘Jaws’ from the mid 70s is still on everyone’s mind. Personally, I ...

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Sailing With Charlie: Rail Meat

Graphics by Hannah Welch

The regatta season is here and in full swing. Shiny racing machines line the docks, the bars are full of crews, ranging from lusty deck apes, trim young men and women, hot babes and suavely attired owners. Charlie’s friend Bruce ...

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If the boat is happy, the crew is happy

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Safety is always a concern for those venturing out onto the world’s oceans. On yachts there are mandatory safety requirements, which include fire extinguishers, flares, running lights, sound making devices and PFDs. The adequacy of the list is questionable; a ...

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Sailing with Charlie: Launchings

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Ship/Yacht/Boat launchings are such fun. A launching is the birthing of a yacht that months or years before was a mere concept. After much work, trial and tribulation a vessel is born; it is a time for celebration. In big ...

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Sailing With Charlie: Wines

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Charlie loves wine. Ever since he got a touch of gout he slowed down on his beer drinking and took to wine. The French and Italians loved him more, the Germans and Brits made fun of him and the Americans ...

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Sailing with Charlie: Perfection

Graphics by Hannah Welch

It’s a funny thing about absolutes but people are always trying to quantify them. I mean if something is perfect, that should be it. But, of course, nothing in life is. The word is an enigma. ‘Almost perfect’ shouldn’t exist. ...

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Sailing With Charlie: Paddy n’ Murphy

Graphics by Hannah Welch

Have you ever watched a TV show entitled ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’? I remember getting a few chuckles from that one a few years ago. But nowadays humor has descended into the depths of vulgarity, which sometimes makes you ...

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