It’s easy to try to read what you want to in a weather forecast. It’s better not to. [More] (Re)Learning Weather Lessons
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.
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
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