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some whale populations are recovering, but many threats still exist Photo courtesy of NOAA From sailors to kayakers to swimmers, there’s one thing everyone who spends time on the ocean has in common: a stake in protecting it. For decades human activities have been taking a toll, and there’s every reason to believe the worst
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Illustration by Tadami Takahashi Our anchoring adventure took place a few years ago as my family and I were nearing the end of a weeklong bareboat charter along the west coast of Florida. With me was my wife, Diane, our son and three of his high school classmates. The boys were all age 16 and
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Today marks the beginning of Spindrift’s standby window for an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy: the record for the fastest global circumnavigation. The current record, held by Francis Joyon aboard IDEC Sport, was set in 2017 at 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds. In the past 30 years, The Jules Verne
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In 1989, the 58ft yacht Maiden made a splash in the Whitbread Round the World Race with the first all-female team in the race’s history. Despite intense criticism and many roadblocks, then 26-year-old Tracy Edwards and her crew won two legs of the race and finished in second in their fleet—the best finish of any
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It should come as no surprise that lots of owners want a boat that can do it all. Monohull sailors, in particular, tend to love the idea of a performance cruiser that will be as at home on a racecourse as it is anchored off some remote island. Along these same lines, if there’s one
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Experience: Up the Mast I gazed aft over Hazel James’ port quarter and patted her well-travelled 31ft hull. “It’s time to sail, girl. We’ve got a long way to go,” I said. As the Virgin Islands sank below the horizon, my thoughts were filled with Caribbean memories, a curious and sundry collage of …read more
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Experience: Up the Mast I gazed aft over Hazel James’ port quarter and patted her well-travelled 31ft hull. “It’s time to sail, girl. We’ve got a long way to go,” I said. As the Virgin Islands sank below the horizon, my thoughts were filled with Caribbean memories, a curious and sundry collage of …read more
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The author at the helm of the good ship Hazel James Photo by Dan Coate I gazed aft over Hazel James’ port quarter and patted her well-travelled 31ft hull. “It’s time to sail, girl. We’ve got a long way to go,” I said. As the Virgin Islands sank below the horizon, my thoughts were filled
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EWOL sailboat propellers are made of stainless steel super-alloys assuring the highest mechanical and corrosion resistance. Under sail blades feather to reduce drag, while micrometric pitch-setting allow to optimize thrust to lower RPM with consequent fuel savings. Blades flip 180° giving exceptional thrust and reduced prop walk while docking Dynamic balancing and a central pinion
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KVH’s ultra-compact TracNet™ H30 delivers integrated satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi with automatic switching, DC power, and single-cable installation so you stay connected to the best communication options. Plus, KVH’s Tracking Avoidance Zones (TAZ) and layered satellite network enable uninterrupted communications, avoiding blockage from carbon sails, aerofoil masts, and more. https://kvh.com
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The Hanse 460 combines easy sailing with easy living, making for an all-around simple, luxurious package. All the sailhandling can be done from the twin helms via a single set of winches, keeping the rest of the cockpit clear for entertaining or stretching out in. The option of a second set of winches is also
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The Neel 47 trimaran bridges the gap between the Neel 45 and Neel 51. It also shares the same outstanding interior volume and clever use of space as seen aboard not only these two boats, but also the flagship of the line, the Neel 65 Evolution. Standout features include a pair of large double cabins
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G/flex is a toughened epoxy that makes permanent, waterproof structural bonds. Known for tenaciously adhering to plastics, this formulation is also excellent for bonding metal, glass, masonry, wood and fiberglass. It is even effective on typically hard-to-bond substrates including dense, oily or damp wood varieties. Perfect to keep on hand for small repair jobs on-the-go.
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Photo courtesy of Ginger Niemann Perseverance and an embrace of adventure have always been prerequisites for sailors who earn the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal, but like everything in these pandemic-influenced times, Ginger and Peter Niemann had to take both up a notch when they completed a second circumnavigation as a way to
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Following a change of control and reorganization in 2018, Bavaria Yachts, one of Europe’s biggest builders, tapped a new design team and started updating its entire range of boats. The first new “C-Line” Bavaria, the C42, designed by Maurizio Cossutti and Alessandro Ganz, was a surprise success in Europe in 2020 and pulled down some
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Securely anchored with plenty of chain; note the transition to the rope rode Photo courtesy of Andy Schell In 2015, our friends Lee & Rachel Cumberland were onboard their Tayana 37, Satori, tied to a mooring buoy in a Bahamian anchorage when a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through. The rare weather phenomenon known as
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Teal with her mast and rigging all set During the three months my little ship lay in Belfast, Maine, I had three friends. The first was a schooner bum I’d met sailing in Florida who now worked for the shipyard next door to where I had just bought my boat, Teal, a 1963 Tripp 29,
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Photo by Ellen Massey Leonard We didn’t get off on the right foot sailing into Hawaii. It was our own fault, of course. We should have known better. It’s never a good idea to assume that just because procedures were a certain way one year, they will be the same the next. It was an
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Many of us who are cruising sailors have been sailing mid-ocean or walking along a perfect beach in the middle of seemingly nowhere, only to be appalled at the amount of plastic trash we find. Few of us, however, have taken that disheartening reality and turned it into a lifelong mission to transform the plastic
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Sarah and Alani in Central America I met Captain Sarah Schelbert back in 2019 while on the boat trip from hell aboard a seaworthy but poorly run Triton 28 in the western Caribbean. I was trying to help the owner sail his boat back to Florida from the Rio Dulce, in Guatemala. Outbound from the
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