2021 March 1
Dear Boat Doctor, I brought my boat from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean for the first time this year and now the corrosion on my boat’s stainless steel is making me crazy.  It has gone 20 ye
2021 March 1

March 2021

Features  Secrets of the San Juans The San Juan Islands are a treasure trove of unspoiled beauty good enough to make sailors want to keep some secrets The danger of deferred maintena
2021 March 1

Fixing little problems at fitting out time can prevent dangerous and expensive issue laters

Yacht surveyors have an interesting perspective on boat maintenance. They see what happens when a boat isn’t given the care it needs often leading to damage that requires expensive repair  and
2021 February 9

In the most extreme Cup ever sailed, a promising American challenge flops as a small fleet pushes the limits of technology

It was a scene that looked more like a futuristic movie than one from a sailing racecourse. Patriot, the New York Yacht Club’s AC75 challenging for the America’s Cup, bucked out of Auckland’s Ha
2021 January 1

Fresh out of college, a young couple found the boat they didn’t know they were looking for and set about on a major refit

When my husband Chris and I found Avocet, a 1979 Cheoy Lee 41, she was a sturdy, well-loved boat in need of the kind of care any nearly 40-year-old boat would require. Truth be told, it was not love a
2021 January 1

At first this liveboard couple feared the isolation of a pandemic lockdown, and then they embraced a new way of life and found the cruising lifestyle they dreamed of

Hundreds of miles from anything resembling a western city, in the lagoon of an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific, our floating home, Agape, sat quietly in crystal clear turquoise water. As the re
2021 January 1

The modern cold-molded cruiser has speed and style for fast passages

Here’s a handsome new design by my friend Kevin Dibley. Kevin is a very good designer and a nice guy. The builder is Lyman-Morse and the company’s pedigree goes back many years. I have been to tha
2021 January 1
This month we have two very nice cruising boats to review. It’s hard these days to clearly define “cruising boat.” My definition is any boat that you can cruise. That leaves a lot of latitude.&n
2021 January 1

The monohull rules don’t necessarily apply to multihulls, so understand the difference before you set sail

There was a time when multihulls were enough of an oddity that they’d routinely turn some heads as they entered the harbor. Sailors have now embraced the many benefits of multihulls, and more and mo
2021 January 1

This bluewater cruising catamaran can take you on fast passages in style and comfort

Sailors shopping for a new cruising catamaran should start their search at the Miami International Boat Show, where all the latest models are on display. Making its U.S. debut in 2020 was the 52-foot
2021 January 1
Dear Boat Doctor, I am having some problems with my Raymarine autopilot. It’s an older unit and worked great right up until it didn’t. It’s a ST6000+ control with a Type 300 computer and a Typ
2020 December 28

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Features  Keeping a legend sailing Two fathers and sons take on a pair of refits to bring new life to an 85-year-old classic Paradise bound, sanctuary found A liveaboard couple finds sol
2020 December 5

In the dark of the night in the far south Atlantic, Jean Le Cam, right, rescued fellow solo skipper, Kevin Escoffier, left, after his boat broke in two and sank in the Vendée Globe Race

"I need assistance. I am sinking. This is not a joke. MAYDAY.”That was the last message Kevin Escoffier was able to send from his foiling IMOCA 60 PRB before it sank in the  South Atlant
2020 December 1

Just 16 miles from San Diego, Mexico’s Coronado Islands are a perfect spot for a staycation cruise

Exotic destinations will always have their allure, but 2020 has been the year of the staycation. For landlubbers, it meant camping in the backyard, but for sailors it became the perfect excuse to beco
2020 November 1
Dear Boat Doctor, I am setting up my boat for long-range cruising and trying to be as self-sufficient as possible. I can cover my electrical needs with solar panels. My watermaker produces all the wa

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