Where and how to store your boat’s ditch bag so that you can grab it instantly, plus five tips so it’s ready for an emergency and will serve you well. [More] Where to Store the Ditch Bag
Cruising & Chartering
Ahhh, living the dream! But what's it really like? What do I need to know?
Tips and skills to help you have a great time, whether it's on your own boat or a charter:
Also check out my free and paid courses to help every step of the way.
Sunset is an important time of day for cruisers, and we’ve all developed rituals it seems. [More] Sunset Traditions
Cruising is mentally challenging. There are so many new things to be learning, to be coping with. Seven helpful ways to deal with the stress and make cruising enjoyable. [More] The Mental Aspect of Cruising
What to know in choosing your emergency contact for your EPIRB, float plan and medical emergency, including what information to give each one. [More] Choosing Your Emergency Contact
Travels by boat are so much more uncertain than travels by land. We think we understand that and allow for it, but any cruiser’s first trip seems to be filled with surprises about just how long it takes. [More] Travel Time
How feasible is it to support yourself by working while you cruise? What does it take to really do it? Elena from Kittiwake tells all! [More] Cruising Stories: Working from a Boat
What is being a success at cruising? Jaye Linder tackles that question as friends have changed their plans and feel somewhat apologetic. [More] Cruising Stories: Successful Cruising
Is it really feasible to spend the summer on a boat in the Keys? My experience (spolier: this is our second summer here). [More] Summer in the Keys
How do you decide what back-up systems and components you need on your boat. Here’s the framework we use. [More] Redundancy and Back-Up Systems
A smartphone (or tablet) app to check in to the US when arriving by small boat — regardless of your nationality! Learn the ins and outs of the CBP ROAM app. [More] US Check-In via ROAM App