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Robin

Robin was born and raised in the Canadian North. His first memory of travel on water was by dogsled across a frozen lake. After studying environmental science and engineering he moved to Vancouver aboard a 35’ sailboat with his partner, Fiona, with the idea to fix up the boat and sail around the world. He has written for several sailing publications and is a Contrbuting Editor at Good Old Boat.

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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Checklist for troubleshooting an overheating engine

  The 30hp marinized Kubota engine on our 1979 Dufour 35 had always run a bit hot.  The previous owner told us it was happiest at 190°F and 1800 RPM, even though the manual specified an operating temperature of 170°F and 2400 cruising RPM.  We didn’t know any better, so we shrugged and bought the …

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What makes a bluewater boat?

  WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF A BLUEWATER SAILBOAT? One of the oldest debates in the sailing community surrounds the essential features of a bluewater boat. After buying a boat and crossing the Pacific we began to seriously question our definition of a bluewater sailboat and surveyed 56 boats that crossed the Pacific in 2016-2017 …

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How to Write for Sailing Magazines

Sailing and writing go hand in hand.  Almost every sailor I know has a blog or website or keeps a journal of their experiences.  And there seems to be a ready appetite for sailing related stories.  It captures the imagination and transports the reader to a far away place of romance and adventure, and quite …

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No watermaker, no problem – Low-tech solutions for making water

No watermaker? No problem… As young cruisers, we often don’t have the option of buying a water for a long trip or ocean crossing.  It wasn’t that that long ago, sailors crossing the ocean had to take or capture all the water they would need on their trip.  And cruisers used to find and treat …

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Call for Sailing Vlogs 2017

Do you have a Sailing Vlog?  Do you have a great recommendation? There has been an explosion of Sailing Vlogs in recent years.  Thanks to pioneers like Sailing La Vagabonde and SV Delos, most young cruisers are video documenting their experiences.  There are some well established Sailing Vlogs (see Top 10 Sailing Vlogs), but there …

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Gear Review – PredictWind Offshore

  *Updated with information provided by PredictWind (15/07/07) We recently used PredictWind Offshore on a recent Pacific Crossing to provide weather routing information.  Overall it was a great product that we came to heavily rely on thanks to the apps quick download speed, single screen user interface and access to a variety of forecast models. …

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