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Coastal Cruising

  • New: Cruising Rallies... what is it that leads some boats to succeed and others to fail? None of us can cross oceans with any guarantees. But the choices we make can have a big impact on the results.

  • New and Regularly Updated: Aleria's Great Adventures
    Alex and Daria, with Onyx their cruising kitty, packed up their Bowman 57 sailing boat and sailed across the Atlantic to Ireland. The winter was cold so the next year they sailed to Spain and Portugal and on to the Caribbean via the Madeiras and Canaries. Then they missed Ireland so they sailed back via the Azores, completing a spiral around the Atlantic. Now they sail here and there, depending on their mood when they pull up anchor. These are a few stories about their continuing adventures.

  • DIY in Real Life: amassing the tools for self-sufficiency


Many things to know that will improve your coastal boating skills



Coastal Boating Features

  • New: Top Ten Holiday Gift ideas
    Electronics keep getting smaller and lighter and stronger, giving us plenty of choices for great gifts for the boating enthusiast. There are loads of apps out there targeting the boating market so we are not going there in this list, but we’ll do a top 10 apps update shortly.  Here is a list of our favourite gifts for boaters.  We’re a bit heavy on the safety side, but there have been some dramatic improvements in safety equipment recently.   What are you asking Santa for this year?

  • New: Boaters make better lovers

  • New: Hurricane season in the Atlantic comes to a fizzling close

  • New: Are you in need of a 'green' expedition vessel for Arctic conditions? Check out The Dragon Project (pdf)

  • Let us never forget 9/11 - Thinking back on Sail for America September 14, 2002

    Davidsons Boat Yard
  • Best practices in watch keeping procedures
    Most skippers have rules they adopt for their vessel on passage. Ask questions if you are not clear. The most important thing for the skipper is to know they can trust that you will alert them if you are not certain of something.

  • Boat Builders and Boat Yards of Westchester and Long Island - “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders of Westchester and Long Island” a major exhibition at the Port Jefferson Village Center on the traditional occupational and recreational culture of boat builders and boatyards in the region.  In collaboration with ArtsWestchester and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Council for the Humanities and Suffolk County, this exhibition is the culmination of two years of planning and field research on the current and historical art of boat building by folklorists Nancy Solomon, the executive director of Long Island Traditions, and Tom Van Buren, staff folklorist at ArtsWestchester.  The exhibition runs through September 2. 

  • Solar Powered Anchor Light - For years we had a solar powered commercial Navigation aid light on our boat at her permanent mooring as self defence against nocturnal dinghies and larger boats cruising through the mooring field. And yes, before we put this up, our boat did receive the occasional scratch or scrape.

  • Dinghy Attachment Points - When we got our current inflatable dinghy, we added two sturdy eye bolts to the transom, as we wanted to be able to lift the dinghy out of the water on a halyard while cruising – both for security and to keep the bottom from fouling while living at anchor for extended periods of time in some tropical paradise.

  • Top Ten Cruising Seamanship Best Practice Resoluitons - The truth of the matter is that although the governing bodies of sailing as a sport prepare detailed instructions for safety at sea, they are usually woefully inadequate and totally unfeasible for cruisers and sailors who view sailing as a hobby, a pastime, or a lifestyle rather than a racing sport.

  • The Future of Sailing - In most parts of the world, people lament the decline in enthusiasm for sailing. And yes, we do see so very, very many boats that never seem to leave the harbor. We have heard many tales of youth sailing programs that have serious rates of attrition from one year to another. What can one do about this?

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    SECCHI App
  • Please Participate: You can help track effects of climate change
    Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone SECCHI app to record the effects of climate change.

  • US Coast Guard Captain's License update - Transit Workers Identification Card
    To TWIC or nor to TWIC

  • Disaster Preparation - Now we are not predicting a disaster, but this is what we did after one struck and we anticipated the follow-up
  • Sailing Music
    There's something curious about sailing and being on the water. It's not always that just any music will do. Sometimes you have to hear that soothing rhythm that reflects a soul borne on the water. A selection of our favorited with additions from our readers.
    Here are a few samplings.

  • World on the Water TV - Weekly Global Boating Report - the Internet's best free weekly sailing news and action programme - View this past week's sailing and boating events live here On

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Coastal Boating Resources

Order your copy today: Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring

by (us!) Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell

Unless you are far offshore, at some point or another you are going to need to park your boat. Just like knowing how to stop your car before you start is perhaps the most important part of driving, we feel that anchoring is perhaps the most important skill you can and should acquire in boating. 226 pages, 182 Illustrations

Happy Hooking is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - simply stated a must have!

To view reviews by the Ocean Cruising Club, the Cruising Club of America and other impressive bodies or to order, please click here.

More Resources

  • Cruising Ireland By Mike Balmforth and Norman Keane
    Book Review: Cruising Ireland By Mike Balmforth and Norman Keane; a beautiful addition to a shipboard or home library! Buy it on Amazon: Cruising Ireland

  • Co-Branded Books - a great marketing tool!

  • Cruising Outpost - The latest and greatest source of all things Cruising and Adventure Voyaging. - Formerly: Latitudes & Attitudes - Bob Bitchin's irreverent (or is it irrelevant) rag supporting the cruisers lifestyle. It is truly a breath of fresh air. Not for everyone (or at least some won't admit it while reading it in the closet).
Coastal Boating Events
  • Happy Hooking Anchoring webinar
    Click on the link above to view the recording!

  • Blue Planet Odyssey
    Want to sail around the world in the company of like-minded sailors with a higher purpose? Then join the Blue Planet Odyssey, Jimmy Cornell’s newest and boldest venture.

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