From time to time you’ll come upon an anchorage where it seems impossible to get your anchor to dig in. Anchoring in poor holding anchorages is not fun. But let’s step back and start at the beginning. Here are the key steps to anchoring: Drop anchor Go in reverse to let chain out While the chain
Couples and families that set off with high expectations regarding the cruising lifestyle can be met with disappointment. What’s necessary for a successful sailing lifestyle is realistic expectations and these 11 secrets to long term cruising. Keep reading… 1. Being flexible If you’ve been reading my articles, books or guides for a while you’ll know
One of the most common complaints I hear from a newbie sailors is, ‘I can’t adjust to the heat!’ Whether you plan on sailing in the Med during the summer, the Caribbean throughout the year or anywhere near the equator it’s going to get hot. Here are 22 ways to stay cool on a sailboat.
A huge amount of time and effort has to go into getting a boat, planning the finances and preparing to set to set sail. But there’s also the issue of fitting in as a new cruiser within the cruiser community. Are there rules? How about things that happen that are different from land life? Are
During our first year of living on our sailboat I kept a running list of sailing maintenance tips, tricks and little known secrets. Some of the items noted are big-time money and/or time savers and others are simply common sense that isn’t common when you’re a newbie sailor. Considering that this has been our first year living
If picking up a mooring ball, also called a mooring buoy, is something new for you, it can be a bit daunting the first time; especially if there are many onlookers. Read these steps to picking up a mooring buoy so that you understand the procedure and then consider a few tips below to avoid making common
In the pilot book, the author states that, ‘The first approach of the northern end of the Lefkas Canal can be hair-raising.” Hair-raising – Yikes! If I was a new sailor and read through the rest of the pilot book information I think I’d forget the canal and just spend several hours voyaging around the