Even when your boat is in a warm climate, you need to be prepared for a winter storm. Here’s what we do when a norther passes over our location. [More] Preparing for those Winter North Winds
Skills for Cruising
Cruising involves so very many things -- and some skills that many of us find a little different than for living on land.
Good news -- you can develop many of these long before you set foot on a boat.
New technology has brought many changes to navigation. Here’s how to make sense of AIS aids to navigation before you get into trouble. [More] The Future of AToNs
When you first start living on a boat and cruising, the learning curve is steep. But pretty soon, you figure out what works. [More] Learning What Works
Step-by-step how to use your phone’s GPS information on a wifi-only iPad (without GPS) with AquaMap. Cost: less than $10 vs. $100 for external GPS. [More] GPS to Wifi iPad for Aqua Map – Under $10
The best books for cruisers, to help you buy a boat, maintain it and cruise it. Reference books you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again. [More] Best Books for Soon-To-Be Cruisers
Nine great books on everything from deciding to go cruising and how to do it to buying a boat and maintaining it, with a couple of “let’s dream about it” selections too. [More] 9 Great Books for the Soon-to-Be Cruiser
Yes, Googling IS an essential cruising skill and a great one to be practicing as you’re in the pre-cruising learning phase. [More] Building Cruising Skills: Googling
Seconds count in an emergency. Are you really ready? Can you lay your hands on everything IMMEDIATELY? [More] Where Are the Wood Plugs?
If being willing to try something new is a basic cruising skill, being willing to stink at things while you’re learning them might be just as important. [More] Doing New Things . . . Badly
Cruising itself may be new, and it’s made up of all sorts of individual items that are going to be “something new” too. Preparing for the challenge of doing all sorts of new things. [More] The Courage to Try Something New