When it comes to bluewater sailing, having a reliable sail furler is essential. Furling systems allow sailors to quickly and easily reef or unfurl sails as needed, even in adverse weather conditions. In this article, let us explore the different types of sail furling systems commonly found on bluewater sailboats and the factors to consider[Read More]
Live Aboard Cruiser 101
A live aboard cruiser is a person who lives on a sailboat, typically a blue water sailing cruiser, as their primary residence. This lifestyle is often referred to as “liveaboard cruising.” A person who chooses to live aboard a sailing cruiser is often someone who has a deep love of the sea. They also have[Read More]
Cost of Living on a Sailboat
The cost of living on a sailboat is typically lower than that of living on land, but it is not entirely free of expenses. Sailing has long been considered a romantic and adventurous way of life, with the freedom to explore the world while being one with nature. For many people, it is an alluring[Read More]
Boat Maintenance – Solving Three Issues
This video covers common boat maintenance issues that can occur on a sailboat and how to deal with them. It demonstrates what happens when a window is left open while sailing and how to clean up. Additionally, Captain Simon works on fixing a water maker and repairing the hydraulic system for the boom vang. The[Read More]
Prevent Boating Fails – Close all Windows!
When it comes to sailing preventing boating fails should be a number one priority. Ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone on board is paramount. One seemingly small mistake, such as leaving a window open, can lead to disastrous consequences. In order to prevent this from happening, checklists can be an effective tool. How Checklists[Read More]
Boat Water Makers – Do You Need/Want One?
Boat water makers are an essential piece of equipment for sailors who want to remain self-sufficient on extended voyages or in areas where potable water is not readily available. This device is designed to convert saltwater into fresh drinking water. It also provides sailors with a reliable source of hydration while they are at sea.[Read More]
Sailboat Hydraulic Systems – How Can Hydraulics Help You?
Sailboat hydraulic systems are an essential component in modern boats. They allow sailors to control various sail and rigging systems with ease. Let’s explore how hydraulics are used on sailboats and their benefits. Hydraulic systems on sailboats use pressurized fluids to power various components. These systems are typically comprised of a pump, hydraulic lines, a[Read More]
Sailboat Mast Inspection
No sailor wants to experience a demasting. Make sure to complete a sailboat mast inspection, as part of your overall rigging inspection, at least once a year. Have you ever seen a sailboat with its broken mast hanging precariously over the bow of the boat. The sails are trailing in the water and the boat[Read More]
How Do I Get Sailing Experience?
One of the biggest questions we get asked is, ‘How do I get sailing experience?’ Aside from joining a sailing club, offering to crew for boat owners, or chartering a vacation boat for a week, you can join Simon on Britican. Why Britican? With Simon you can learn not just to sail but how to[Read More]
Learn to Sail – Tacking
Guests join Britican to learn a wide variety of skills and gain real-life cruiser experience. Learn to sail – tacking is one of the fundamental basics that we teach, practice, and improve on. Tacking is turning the boat while allowing the sails to move from one side to the other. Tacking is done while the[Read More]