Author: Ann Hoffner

Boating media scholarship

The Boating Writers International (BWI) Active Interest Media Boating Journalist Scholarship was created to honor undergraduate college students who demonstrate a passion for the field of boating media. Applications for this year may be downloaded at and will be…

Battery changes?

Twenty years ago my husband and I were inside a Florida Sam’s Club buying deep-cycle lead acid batteries for our Peterson 44. That same year the Maxi-cat Playstation set a transatlantic speed record with a lithium battery on board.…

On-Board Medic

A piece of advice offered when I asked around for how to provision my first boat for cruising was, “Get a good medical kit.” It took years to fully understand what my advisor meant by this. It also took time…

Innovations in safety

It’s safe to say that sailors dwell on safety equipment like they do fridges and bottom paint — not so much powerboaters, as I learned from my fellow judges at the 2018 Miami Boat Show NMMA Innovation Awards.

Fires in the Tanimbar Islands

Our boat Oddly Enough motorsailed alongside our cruising companions on the 40-foot Auspray. We were going up the calm strait separating the main Tanimbar island of Yamdena from a string of sheltering islands to the northwest.

CAPSTONE Expedition at Maug Island

Often you can explore the ocean by yourself but not at the 2,000-meter depths where strange and wonderful creatures live — like bacteria that feed on sulfur at deep ocean vents and are eaten by other animals.