Seamanship | PassageMaker


Seamanship is the art and science of operating a boat. Seamanship encompasses navigation, radio communications, boat handling, watch-standing, anchoring, docking, engine and equipment maintenance, towing, weather forecasting, search-and-rescue techniques, and more. These skills are attained over time, but there are many books, videos, and courses available to acquaint you fully with the wide range of subjects.

Bathymetric Navigation: Line of Soundings Method


As contributor Robert Reeder continues his Seamanship columns on navigation in the absence of GPS, we will be producing videos to supplement to his column submissions. You’ll be able to find Robert’s original columns here, as well as the videos that accompany each article. The…

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Docklines: preparing for winter storms

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For those of us whose boats winter over in the water, one thing we must always be prepared for is the arrival of winter storms.  From Hurricanes along the SE coast to the blustery squalls of the Pacific Northwest, the winter storm season is upon…

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Spring Fever: PassageMaker’s Recommissioning Checklist


Maybe you don’t live in a year-round cruising paradise like our many bloggers (See our collection on cruiser blog here), but sunny days are ahead and it’s time to prep your trawler for 2016’s cruising season. Recommissioning your boat in the spring can seem like…

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