Rule Number 1: Prepare above decks first! But here are a few tips so that you won’t bury all the food under the sails or have knives fly out of drawers. [More] Prepping the Galley for a Storm
Common Problems & Worries
Living on a boat isn't all palm trees and umbrella drinks.
Worried about fire, sinking, hurricanes . . . or being overrun by bugs?
Wondering what in the world you've gotten yourself into? It happens to us all. Find practical help and words of encouragement here!
My Mom’s words convinced me I could go cruising, even if I didn’t know everything. [More] What I Needed to Know . . .
Sometimes we get a VERY undesirable stowaway: a mouse or a rat. How do you get rid of it? What’s best? What shouldn’t you do? And what do you have to watch out for? [More] Rats! There’s a Mouse Onboard!!
Fed up with no-see-ums? Can’t find anything that works against them? Try making your own repellent — and fight mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other bugs, too! [More] No-See-Um Repellant
Hurricane preparation begins long before a hurricane is bearing down on you. If your boat is in hurricane waters, check out these helpful articles for everything from getting forecasts to ground tackle and boat prep to the aftermath. [More] Hurricane Preparation
With no professional salvage crew in the area, cruisers helped cruisers to save 9 boats that had gone aground in Hurricane Marty. [More] Re-Floating Winsome
A detailed guide to preparing your boat and yourself to ride out a hurricane at anchor, published as “Riding Out Marty at Anchor” in BWS (cover feature). [More] Hurricane Warning — Riding Out a Big Blow at Anchor
Simple, non-toxic and inexpensive way to rid your kitchen of ants. [More] How to Get Rid of Ants