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Cruise North this Summer!

Mariners migration based on the weather is as old as seagoing itself. Nowhere is this perhaps more apparent than the movement of yachts from the Northeastern U.S. to the Caribbean in the fall and return to the northern climates of …

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Some Dingy Thoughts on Dinghies

Whichever dinghy you have, it’s the wrong one. If it rows well, it squats and powers poorly. If it is light-in-weight, it flips over in a gust. If it is heavy, it is hard to get on deck. Even its …

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Sailing with Charlie: Gone to Come Back?

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

May is a transition month. It’s a time when the season changes from winter to summer. We see it in our weather patterns. In the winter the northern Caribbean often gets bashed by the southern tip of cold fronts that …

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Panama Canal Transit Tips: What You Need to Know

Panama Canal Transit Tips

In March, Allison and Derek Parkes transited the Panama Canal on their Tayana 47 Arielle. Allison offers no-nonsense advice for those following in their wake. Use an Agent or DIY? That is the key question many cruisers are discussing. Agents’ …

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What’s That Pong?

Boats with marine heads will eventually begin to smell funky. Sometimes all it takes to remedy it is some simple maintenance, other times it’s a DIY repair. Either way, Raritan Engineering has boat owners covered. They offer two easy-to-use, safe …

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Sailing with Charlie: Vive La Difference

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s just started re-reading the 1970s classic: Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Among other things it describes the difference between riding a motorbike on long trips and doing the same thing sitting in a car. The former …

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RORC Caribbean 600: A Totally Unique Race

Bella Mente – Overall winner of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Photo by Tim Wright Photoaction.com

The 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean. Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the 9th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic offshore …

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The Skinny on Ham Radio, Fatty-Style

  Up until recently I recommended that all circumnavigators have valid, legal amateur radio (ham) licenses. Sadly, I no longer do. This isn’t to say shipboard ham radio is dead. It is not. In many ways it is better than …

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Exploring Southern Eleuthera

Exploring Southern Eleuthera

I left you as we just went south through Current Cut in Eleuthera. We are now going to continue traveling south on the west side of the island, which is also the bank side. Your first stop, Glass Window is an …

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Sayonara, St. John

Sayonara …

On a Sunday in June 2016, we sailed our boat, Violet, out of Coral Bay, St John, USVI, for the last time. Looking back at the harbor we had moved to at the start of this adventure seven years before, …

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Day-Tripping to Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke

Boats anchored off two distant strips of white sand beach are the only signs of civilization you see when sailing to the island of Jost Van Dyke. One, White Bay, to the east, and the other, Great Harbour, to the …

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Sailing with Charlie: Regatta

Caribbean regattas

Regatta – what a wonderful word. It sounds like an Italian dessert or perhaps a pasta dish. Actually, it does have its origins in Italy and it meant ‘contention for mastery’. From gondola racing in Venice it now applies to …

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A Chocoholic Harbor Angel

Fatty Goodlander

I am attempting to explain what a harbor angel is to my six year old granddaughter Sokú Orion. “They are wonderful people who help sailors in strange ports,” I say. “Why?” she asks. “That’s just it,” I say, “they don’t have …

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Salty Dawg Sailing Association Spring Rally to Cuba

The nonprofit Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) will launch a new cruising rally to Cuba this spring. The Rally to Cuba has been organized to comply with current US government requirements for US vessels and citizens visiting Cuba. Vessels from …

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Two New Cruising Guides

THE CRUISING GUIDE TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, 18TH EDITION THE CRUISING GUIDE TO THE WINDWARD ISLANDS 18TH EDITION Two splendid cruising guides that are essential reading for any yacht, of any size, bound for the Caribbean. We begin with the 18th edition …

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