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Sailing with Charlie: Global Warming

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Climate Change has been in the news lately. There is no doubt that climate change and global warming are fact. But there seems to be some confusion as to whether it’s man-made or a natural Phenomenon – or, more likely, …

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Sailing with Charlie: Water Toys

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

It certainly is a changing world. Charlie remembers, as if it were yesterday, his first water toy. It was a rubber duck in the bathtub, used as an enticement to get him into the hated weekly washing regimen in England’s …

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Sailing with Charlie: Fishing Karma

fishing karma

I wrote a story not long ago about how we humans could learn a lesson or two from our underwater world. As we dive or snorkel through the clear warm waters of our coral reefs we see no signs of aggression …

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Wind Versus Solar—An Easy Choice

wind vs. solar

Just keep your wind generator for what it is best at—generating noise and vibration and not-much-else. As a journalist, it is drilled into me to be fair and objective. Also, marine advertisers pay my salary. Inkslinging sailors who offend often …

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Don’t Sing No Boatyard Blues!

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September and it’s time for our annual look at ‘what’s new’ around our Caribbean boatyards and spotlight the facilities that are upping their game. Happily, it seems like they all are and that is wonderful news for those about to …

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Antigua Classics – Charmed, I’m Sure

Antigua Classics: Charm III and her amazing crew. Photo courtesy of Janet Hein

  The 1928 Alden Schooner Charm III was returning to the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta having skipped a year. She was leaving Anguilla for St. Maarten on Friday April 8th to provision and pick me up. Charm’s owner/skipper, Richard West, …

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The Brighter Side of Bigger Boats and Smaller Brains

Bigger Boats: Cap'n Fatty Goodlander: Fatty in Singapore hanging out with his old cruising buddies from Turkey

I have spent my lifetime—particularly my professional life—extolling the virtues of small and simple craft. I’ve done this so well that I am now able to live aboard a large, complicated craft. Ah, sweet success! People often ask my religion and …

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Sailing With Charlie: Superyachts

Sailing With Charlie: Superyachts Graphics by Christine Taylor

Mega Yachts and Super Yachts have only been of passing interest to Charlie, him being more of a traditionalist, but when Charlie is asked to write a story about any facet of boats and the sea he jumps at it …

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Sailing with Charlie: Sailing with Music

Sailing With Charlie Humor by Julian PutleyCartoon by Christine Taylor

Charlie likes music; he also likes silence, but there’s a time and place for everything. When there’s a high pressure system over the islands and the atmosphere is crystal clear; and when this is accompanied by a light 10 to …

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Boat Lust!

  I am continuously amazed at how much time, talent, and money ordinary people lavish on their boats. It seems crazy, really. I live on my yacht, sail on my yacht, and do research for my writing on my yacht. It …

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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 Nitty-Gritty on the Writing Life

I get dozens of non-fan letters per day—but I have no desire to respond to the strident, insistent, and persistent demands for my dismissal. To those folks, I can only say, “Get a life!” However, every once in awhile, a …

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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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A Novel Approach to Earning Under Sail

Solitude – Ganesh anchored in St Vincent Bay, New Caledonia

For 35 years I’ve written a Caribbean boating column that chronicles how utterly and pathetically stupid I am. And, despite all logic and commonsense, I’m not about to stop now. I’m just getting good at it. I’m totally focused. No …

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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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Fifos, Sisos, & Other Cruising Wives

Carolyn confers with her fellow cruising wives about the latest acronyms

It is best not to allow cruising wives to meet other cruising wives. To put it another way: suffering at sea should be a solitary pursuit. A happy ship is one in which the crew isn’t fully aware how miserable …

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My Core Talent

Everyone one has a core talent—and mine is saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I learned this in a Chicago Police station. The Irish cop was debating whether to arrest me or not. I was attempting to subtly …

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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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