Author: John Kettlewell

A fog of regulation

You’ve finally crossed the border into Florida after more than 700 statute miles of Intracoastal Waterway cruising and your mind begins to wander to thoughts of that upcoming Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas.

Sydney Hobart Race underway

The 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has started from Sydney, Australia, and there are already drop outs due to damage. The 64th running of the race, known as one of the toughest ocean challenges in the world, has seen…

Boat Bog plugs leaks

I can't say that I've ever seen it, or for that matter tested it, but I just have to mention a product with such a catchy name: Boat Bog. This Australian product is claimed to be the perfect goop to…

Comment on 10-day anchoring limit

Under the auspices of Florida's Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, the City of St. Augustine has drafted anchoring ordinances that would restrict this practice everywhere within city limits outside of the existing mooring fields. Proposed rules include a limit at…

Benefits of a bow eye

Many, if not most, long-range power voyaging yachts utilize all-chain anchor rodes, or at a minimum a long length of chain backed up by nylon so that the majority of the time the boat is secured by nothing but chain.

Landing pads are in

Having just returned from the Newport International Boat Show I was most struck by the latest fashion wave in larger cruising sailboats, which is the stern landing pad. Apparently designed to allow easy access to hordes of boat show gawkers,…