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Sailing with Charlie: Pets

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s a bit ambivalent about pets aboard a cruising boat. When he sees a beautiful retriever, or even an island mutt, standing on the bow of an inflatable dinghy whizzing toward shore, ears pinned back by the breeze, tongue lolling …

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Don’t Mask Odors, Eliminate Them

The first whiff inside a boat that’s been stored or little used is often one of musty air, mold and mildew. With Iosso Products’ Odor Buster, offensive smells are neutralized and eliminated at the source, without masking them with an …

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Learning and Planning For Hurricane Season

Journey is hauled out for the hurricane season. Photo: Monica Pisani

Prior to our Caribbean adventure, we were clueless as to what we should do or where we should go as hurricane season approached. Early in our research, we found we had to make a choice dictated by time constraints, preference, …

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Yankee Trader, Fatty-Style

Fatty and his Simon's Town trinkets

  For many decades I’ve earned my living under sail. Mostly I do this by trading words for money, but occasionally I’ve been forced by economic necessity to buy and sell stuff—to temporarily become a sailing Yankee Trader. Most of …

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Wars, Views and Backwards Forts

View of St George’s - The city on the hill. Photo Rosie Burr

Guarding the entrance to St George’s harbour, on the hill to the west of the capital city, is Fort George. It is the oldest standing fort in Grenada, originally named Fort Royal, it was built by the French in the …

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Don’t Miss the 5F

  We are going to start our last issue in the Exumas at Black Point on Great Guana Cay and continue working south as I hit on the highlights. This sleepy little town of 200 does not seem like it …

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Hold Fast

Research/Survey vessel Elsa aground south of Ladder Bay, Saba. Photo courtesy of Guenter Schmidt © 2017

Recently, St. Martin and surrounding islands saw a high incidence of vessels going ashore, more in one month than in 2014 when hurricane Gonzalo blew through. Monohulls, multihulls (private and day charter) megayachts and ships have all ended up on …

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Florida Keys Municipal Feature Bountiful Amenities

  Municipal marinas in the Florida Keys boast plentiful amenities and prime locations. Two are like country clubs in terms of their offerings. Special events with live music and arts and crafts often are held on the adjacent community park …

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Girl Power: Interviewing Charlotte Guillemot

When single-handing, independence is the name of the game

Women have caught up with men in most disciplines and professions, but single-handed female sailors remain a rare sight. In the Caribbean we still met a few, but that changed in the South Pacific. Maybe women are discouraged by the …

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How Now WiFi

When we cruised in the past we communicated by VHF, SSB and Morse code (just kidding about that last one). Radios were what we had at sea and it was enough. Having a scratchy sked with a friend a thousand …

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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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