You can’t avoid high winds if you’re going to be a bluewater sailor – squalls and even minor storms pop up unexpectedly. Heck – just last week a Tropical Storm unexpectedly popped up over the top of us and we had absolutely no warning. So…if you’re going to become a bluewater cruiser it’s important to
Our intention was to leave Trinidad and Tobago and head 90 miles north to Grenada. After two different Diesel engine leaks, pulling up someone else’s anchor chain, fouling our prop with a huge fishing net and getting an unidentifiable alarm, we wondered if the gods were against us. And that’s before we had a run in with suspected Venesualan pirates. Boy did we have troubles in Trinidad and Tobago.
Before purchasing our sailboat I never realized the variety of rigging options available. In fact, I’m not even sure I understood exactly what the rigging was! Rigging consists of the mast and all the wires attached to it. Not only does the rigging hold the mast in place – it also determines the sails you