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Exploring the Jumentos Cays and Ragged Islands

  In this issue, our Bahamas series is going to explore the 60 mile long chain of small islands, rocks, and reefs called the Jumentos Cays (northern part) and the Ragged Islands (southern part).  They extend south from George Town …

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The Sink-ing Feeling

  Everything on a boat is complicated—even the kitchen sink. To prove my point, let’s focus on the lowly galley sink. Boring? Perhaps. But upon such technical details hinge the difference between the happy vessel and the pain-in-the-butt boat. Lubbers …

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Time to Go to Cartagena

Photo courtesy of Tourism Board of Cartagena

A spectacularly rich history that’s instantly recognizable by its colonial wall and fortress stronghold, both visible when approaching by sea, is just one reason to put Cartagena, Colombia, on your ‘must-visit’ destination bucket list. Other enticing reasons include location, below the …

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Mad Max Makeshift Magic

Boom repair while on passage. Picture by Birgit Hackl and Christian Feldbauer

Cruisers often have to rely on their own resources when something breaks, needs to be replaced or invented, especially for must-have items.  Sometimes the parts used for make-shift repairs or gadgets do not quite fit (together) and look like something …

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The South Atlantic Toddle

  We recently went 38 blissful days from Luderitz, Namibia (Africa) to Nevis in the Lesser Antilles. This is about 5,400 miles as the crow flies and 6,000 miles as we happily wandered it. It was, really, a 38-day orgy …

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The Little Yellow Boat

  Sometimes unexpected pleasures arise out of the blue (pun apology). A message came that a cruising lady, Shirley Carter, was passing through the Virgin Islands, a lady friend from 25 years ago, from another continent, a lifetime ago. We …

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Legendary Caribbean Guide Chris Doyle: On Tour

Photographing the view from atop The Quill, Statia. Photo: Lexi Fisher

The name Chris Doyle is synonymous with Caribbean cruising. His guidebooks, which cover every port and gunk hole from Anguilla to Trinidad, have educated, entertained, steered and saved many a sailor venturing from A to B. He’s been at it …

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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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