After a lifetime of cruising with sextant and hand-bearing compass, Lin Pardey goes cruising with GPS and compares the experience. Is GPS really safer, or just easier? [More] Navigation Tools
Life underway is full of excitement and fun, but can be challenging too.
Here's some of our "standard operating procedures" that reduce the stress and increase the enjoyment.
A rigging failure is one of the scariest things that can happen on an offshore passage. Techniques for getting yourself to safety without outside assistance. [More] Jury-Rig Your Rigging
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
A planned anchored just won’t work in the condtions, and it’s pretty disappointing. But maybe the alternate will be even better! [More] Magic in Choosing a Better Anchorage
How do you prepare for an unexpected squall? Can you? Sure you can! Tips for anchoring. [More] Anchoring for Squalls
Storms, running out of food, breaking gear, is this the reality of setting sail across an ocean? First timers worry it is. So listen in to see what some of these first timers actually encountered once as they crossed their very first ocean. [More] For First-Time Voyagers
Being prepared for offshore cruising not only means having gear to handle heavy weather, but also gaining confidence to face your first storm at sea. [More] Overcoming Fear and Gaining Confidence
Lin Pardey provides eight tips for the on-watch passagemaker to ensure that all is well with the boat and the other crew stay well-rested. [More] 8 Tips for the Night Watch
Cooking — or even just eating — while you’re underway is a bit of a learned skill. Quicken your climb up the learning curve with thirteen of the most important things I’ve discovered to make it easier and safer. [More] 13 Tips for Cooking & Eating Meals Underway
A chilling story from a reader brings home an important point: never assume your safety gear works. Check it. Frequently. [More] Safety Checks