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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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Guests Aboard

Guests Aboard

For those of us who have been on board for years, an excited voice on Skype or an animated e-mail suggesting a visit sometimes brings fear and trembling. To be fair, it’s mostly our fault because we’ve been out so …

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Eleuthera Bound

Eleuthera

As we continue exploring the Bahamas, we find ourselves at Harbor Island in the northeast part of Eleuthera. This is one of those well known laid back vacation spots, due to the wonderful beach, where there are specks of red …

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FCI Watermakers Demystifies Reverse Osmosis

Watermakers

Understanding the simple mechanics behind reverse osmosis (RO) helps boat owners understand how watermakers work and why they’re not as complicated as many have been led to believe. FCI Watermakers provides an overview to demystify RO and watermakers. Simply put, …

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That Little Boat is Going to Cross the Atlantic?!

Little Boat Undaunted

In 2011 Matt Kent, bosun of the tall ship Niagara, was picking old oakum out of the deck in Erie, Pennsylvania, when he had an epiphany.  “I wonder, he ruminated, what the smallest sailboat ever to cross the Atlantic was”?  Just like …

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Taco Marine Easy To Install Rub Rail Kits

While rub rail is primarily designed to protect a boat, it is also an easy way to upgrade its value and appearance by giving it a bright new look and accent.

While rub rail is primarily designed to protect a boat, it is also an easy way to upgrade its value and appearance by giving it a bright new look and accent. Replacing damaged or worn out rub rail is easy …

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Fresh to Seawater Flush with the Touch of a Button

Flushing a marine toilet with seawater saves onboard fresh water supplies. Unfortunately, that same plentiful source also provides minute ocean organisms

Flushing a marine toilet with seawater saves onboard fresh water supplies. Unfortunately, that same plentiful source also provides minute ocean organisms. When they die, an offensive, rotten egg smell permeates the boat. Raritan Engineering’s innovative SeaFresh lets users select between …

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Guyana – The Land of Many Waters

All photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens: www.sherryspix.com

Night has fallen on the Rupununi River in the jungles of Guyana, the stars overhead bright as a Las Vegas skyline. We’re chugging upstream in a battered aluminum runabout, underwater deadheads thudding against the hull every few minutes. Unnerving. More …

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