Cruising Skills

Aluminum Voyager

Offshore sailors have long sought the perfect material for building blue water voyaging boats. One of the strong contenders for "best material" is aluminum. And one of the premier boatbuilders working in aluminum is Kanter Yachts of St. Thomas, Ontario.…

A notice to mariners

AN IMPORTANT ADDITION to Notice to Mariners might read as follows: "Mariners be advised. Approximately 25 fast-moving sailing vessels are presently scattered around the mid-Atlantic. These vessels are being steered by powerful autopilots and the single crew-member on board may…

Alternate Power

Humans have been harnessing wind power to perform useful work for hundreds of years. The same force that drives our sailing craft has been employed ashore in centuries past to mill grain into flour, and more recently it has been…

Notable new books

The Elements of Boat Strengthfor Builders, Designers, and Owners by Dave GerrCertain books, because of their thoroughness, tend to become industry standards; such is the case with Dave Gerr's latest reference volume, The Elements of Boat Strength. The book details…

Monitor

Monitor The Story of the Legendary Civil War Ironclad and the Man Whose Invention Changed the Course of History by James Tertius deKay When an impassioned Swedish inventor, already with a dubious reputation, unveiled his plans for a semi-submersible iron…