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5 small sailboats for sailing around the world

    A small sailboat can take you big places Many sailors will tell you that small sailboats are the ticket to going cruising NOW. They’re affordable, simple, and seaworthy…however, you’re unlikely to see many small sailboats in today’s cruising grounds. In three years and 13,000 nautical miles of bluewater cruising, I could count the …

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Sailing knots – the ones you need to know

If you’ve ever found yourself fumbling over a basic sailing knot in the early season, you’re not alone. As the saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and it’s not unusual to be rusty after a landlocked winter (Floridians have no excuses). Fortunately, once a knot is committed to muscle memory, it …

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How sailing around the world prepared me for lockdown

Guest poster Tom Dymond reflects on Stoicism, sailing, and surviving lockdown. Sailing around the world was the perfect preparation for a pandemic. My friend James and I returned to England in 2019, after a three-year circumnavigation on his Nicholson 32, Blue Eye. We sailed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, and with each crossing entered …

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Boat dogs! A guide to cruising with your canine

HOW TO GO CRUISING WITH A DOG “Go big or go home,” a saying we perhaps took too literally in selecting our four-legged, 130 lb. boat dog. We love our Great Dane and we love our boat. So, when the opportunity arose to cruise full-time, we decided to take the entire family, including the Dane. …

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10 online sailing courses to sharpen your skills

SAILING SCHOOL GOES ONLINE With more and more sailing schools taking their offerings online, landlocked sailors have cause to celebrate. If you’re new to sailing there are plenty of introductory courses that cover basic navigation, boating safety, and sailing lingo. If you’re an old salt looking for a challenge, you can study under America’s Cup …

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Seavenger Odyssey 3mm wetsuit review

KEEPING A WETSUIT ABOARD FOR ON-THE-WATER ADVENTURES High on my list of ‘things I wish I’d taken cruising’ is a good quality wetsuit. Recently, Seavenger sent us their women’s Odyssey 3mm neoprene wetsuit to test and review (they also make men’s and kid’s wetsuits). All things considered, it’s a piece of gear I wish I’d …

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Used boat values and pricing – determining a boat’s worth

BOAT VALUES AND PRICES SHOULDN’T BE A MYSTERY – HERE’S HOW THEY WORK  Understanding boat prices should be like understanding car prices, right? Just look up the NADA or Kelley blue book value and you’re on your way. Unfortunately it’s not that easy! Why? Because many personal watercraft and boat models aren’t listed in boat …

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12 boredom-busting freebies and discounts for boaters

With many folks stuck inside at the moment, sailing content creators and the boating industry have come together to offer some awesome freebies and discounts. It’s a great time to be brushing up on your boating knowledge or simply escaping with a salty book or documentary. Consider supporting small marine businesses. We know money is …

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