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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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The SECRET to removing a rusted screw

HOW TO REMOVE A RUSTED OR FROZEN SCREW If a rusted screw has ever brought your boat project to a grinding halt, you’re going to love this little trick for removing a frozen screw. We learned this technique from Paul Hrabowski at Ocean Rigging & Hydraulics when he was helping us rig our 35-foot sailboat …

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Offshore sailing schools – choosing the right one for you

OFFSHORE SAILING CLASSES – A FAST TRACK TO GETTING BLUEWATER CRUISING EXPERIENCE Considering the time and cost to outfit a bluewater boat, an offshore sailing class is the quickest and cheapest ways to get offshore sailing experience. This is Part II in a series of articles on getting offshore sailing experience from guest blogger TJ of Savvy …

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Give your boat interior a fresh look

10 QUICK AND EASY BOAT INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS When we first moved aboard, our sailboat interior was a mess and we didn’t have budget to update it. We wanted to go cruising and our priorities were things like new sails, rigging, fiberglass repair, and electronics. As much as I wanted a beautiful yacht interior it …

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Find the best dinghy for you

If you’ve perused West Marine’s dinghy section or searched for a used dinghy for sale on craigslist, you’ve probably realized that there are an overwhelming number of styles, makes, and materials. If you’ve seen the price tags you probably feel even more “deflated”. I know the frustrations of dinghy shopping because we underwent our own …

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Why sailing is fun (even when it isn’t)

You say you love sailing, but… To the outside observer, sailors must appear to have a real masochistic bent. We terrorize dinner party guests with tales of harrowing sea conditions; with wave heights and wind speeds increasing commensurate to the amount of wine imbibed.  We lament cantankerous engines, torn spinnakers, and exorbitant moorage fees. We’ve …

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