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Coastal Cruising

Coastal cruising runs the gamut from transiting the Intracoastal Waterway to port-to-port passages along the California coast. In this section, we keep our stories about the experiences of our cruising writers and the lessons they have learned, plus the memorable places they have found along the way, as well as the memorable meals.

Circumnavigating Vancouver Island

If you go: Vancouver Island is not a journey for the faint of heart or those unprepared. This is the wild Pacific Ocean and it has constant swells and large waves and conditions change rapidly, turn left and the next stop is Japan. The few…

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Going It Solo

Heritage:  Something passed down from generation to generation. It used to be common in boat building, as family-run boat yards built just a handful of boats each year. Today, corporations run many of the boat yards, and mainstream production boats share little with traditional hand-made…

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Summing It All Up: Grand Tour 2006

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It was a voyage of nearly 800 miles, from a new and luxurious resort on Bedwell Harbour in southern British Columbia to the hard-working, congenial fishing port of Wrangell, Alaska. Twenty days of adventure, and misadventure. Days of hard work, excitement, and frustration. Days of…

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Trekkin Farther East


We motor out of the Damariscotta River in July 2006 and head east. The plan: travel along Maine’s shore, cross the Bay of Fundy, go up the east coast of Nova Scotia, cross Chedabucto Bay to Cape Breton, and enter the Bras d’Or Lakes. The…

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Taking A Lobster Hull To Florida

9. Hard aground in North Carolina

More than two years after buying a 2002 Duffy 37 lobsterboat and modifying her for long-range cruising, we realized our goal of wintering in Florida. Our plan was to leave our home port in Virginia Beach, Virginia, follow the Intracoastal Waterway south, and circumnavigate Florida,…

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Spring Commissioning: A Year-Round Challenge

I don’t do spring commissioning. Truthfully, I hire Dave Crofoot to do the work of washing, waxing, and buffing the boat (usually before spring arrives) because he is better at it, and I think he really enjoys doing that kind of stuff. For me, the…

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When Alan Saunders wanted a multitasking tender, he decided to take matters into his own hands and created an electric sailing tender that was reliable, easy, and stable. Follow along as Alan creates a charming dinghy that’s not only efficient, but lots of fun!  All…

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