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Change of plans – how sailing can help us navigate life’s changes

Change of plans – How sailing can help us navigate life’s changes Guest poster Hilary Thompson is a young cruiser who was embarking on a Pacific crossing when COVID-19 brought travel to a halt. She shares her story and how lessons learned from sailing helped her cope in a time of unprecedented change. We were …

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2020 Vendée Globe primer plus 5 fun facts

With the 2020 Vendée Globe less than a year a way, here’s some background on the race and five fun facts about the “Everest of the sea”. THE RACE The Vendée Globe is a single-handed, non-stop sailing race around the world without assistance, and the ultimate test of human endurance in ocean racing. THE COURSE …

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5 surprising facts about cold water survival

As a Pacific Northwest boater, I’ve always made it a priority to wear a lifejacket and avoid falling in, but I’ve never spent much time thinking about what I would do if I did fall in – until recently. At the 2019 NASBLA conference in Anchorage, Alaska, where US Coast Guard and boating law administrators …

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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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Hydrofoil boats for the rest of us

  Watching foiling boats fly around the America’s Cup race course, is enough to quicken any sailor’s pulse. But unless you’ve got a spare few million kicking around, most hydrofoil boats are still very much out of the average boater’s budget. There are however a few ways to experience the magic of foiling without racing …

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Sailboat hitchhiking – hitch a ride on a sailboat

Sailboat hitchhiking is a popular and eco-friendly way to see the world, but how do you actually get started? We wanted to get the low down and caught up with two sailboat hitchhiking pros, Mariusz ‘Maniek’ Hońka (27) and Maciek ‘Termometr’ Badziak (27), who hitchhiked from Poland to Bora Bora, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific …

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Seasickness – avoidance and treatment

We’re very excited to share this guest post on seasickness by John Neal of Mahina Expeditions. We’re huge fans on John and Amanda who spend seven months every years at sea (logging approx. 10,000 miles annually). They’ve authored over seven books on ocean cruising and contributed to many others. John has sailed 342,000 miles, rounding …

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