Cents and sensibility

Cents and sensibility

It’s not just the size of your voyaging fund, but also your ability to improvise

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Dockside safety

Most of the time when we get back to the dock we feel pretty safe. We are safely tied up and shore is within just a few feet so how could there be any danger?

The right stuff

With a little imagination, voyagers can find jury rig supplies just about anywhere

Preparing for storms at sea

If we have time to prepare and a lot of sea room, Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter, handles the rough weather pretty well

Fighting topside leaks

Those of us northern sailors who have been out cruising in southern waters for a while know that leaks around ports, chain-plates and other deck fittings can be real pains in the neck

Pumps and priorities

Keeping unwanted water out of the hull is the first principle of staying afloat.

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

Many uses for a digital camera

Testing and equalizing batteries

In a typical cruising boat, life is hard for the batteries. They are often discharged to 50 percent or less of full charge and rarely, if ever, fully recharged.

Installing a life raft on the coach roof

Whether you are buying your first life raft or upgrading to a new one, make sure that proper installation is as high a priority as choice of equipment.

Mixer elbows and heat exchangers

Tucked away out of sight behind your inboard engine lies the exhaust mixer elbow. Its function is to cool the engine exhaust gases by mixing them with the cooling water discharged from the engine heat exchanger.