When everything that was on deck has to come below, stowing it safely becomes a challenge. Two important things I've learned.
Not sleeping well is one of the biggest complaints that new cruisers have. It's a big change on every level -- new bed, new "home," new noises and new worries. Some tips to ease the transition.
Living on a boat and cruising certainly puts you in closer touch with nature. And one of the things I've come to love is watching the ever-changing night sky.
You can just hand-pull the anchor every time. But if you're full-time cruising, there are some safety tradeoffs to consider.
Don't assume that important safety gear -- such as your Lifesling -- is ready to go. Check it periodically -- and immediately if you bought a used boat!
If you’ve had a horrible, awful, miserable trip I want to give you hope that future ones are almost certain to be better.