Offshore Boat Insurance
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Posted: December 30, 2006
Offshore Boat Insurance
Jack and Marla M., of Grand Rapids, Michigan, wrote to tell us that they're about one year from their cruising departure on their Manta 40 cat, and they wanted information about boat insurance. Many people lately have emailed us to ask if we have boat insurance and, if so, what kind, and this topic also is a frequent discussion among cruisers out here in the field.


From Bernadette: We do have insurance for Ithaka. First, we had BOAT/US insurance while we were ...... Read More

This Light Rocks
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Posted: December 29, 2006

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Best Remedy For Seasickness
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Posted: December 16, 2006
Best Remedy For Seasickness
Since we've been cruising, we've had many questions from readers, and from potential cruisers, about seasickness and what is the best way to guard against it.


From Bernadette: We've tried many different medications, and homeopathic solutions, such as pressure bands and ginger, and the best remedy by far is to take Stugeron. I first heard of this highly effective seasickness medication when I was working at Cruising World and interviewing a lot of the sailors com...... Read More

Staying Warm Underway
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Posted: December 15, 2006
Staying Warm Underway
1. We’ve found that our complete cockpit enclosure is invaluable for keeping us warm on cold days. When the sun is out, it acts as a green house, heating itself even on very cold days.
2. If it’s cloudy, we sometimes put a small electric space heater in the cockpit, running from our generator. (Be very careful with these. Be sure they’re safe and approved for use aboard. Features such as tip over kill switches are important. NEVER leave them unattended.) Just keeping the cockpit hatch open allows some of the warmer air below to rise up to make life bett...... Read More

Do you have air conditioning on Ithaka?
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Posted: December 15, 2006
Do you have air conditioning on Ithaka?

Walt, in Ohio emailed us, asking Douglas if we have air conditioning on Ithaka. “I don't recall any mention of it in your logs,” wrote Walt, “so I assume the answer is no. Assuming this is correct, did you purposely avoid getting air conditioning in a pathetic male attempt to keep your wife from wearing clothes at night? And if this is correct, does it work?”
From Bernadette: No air-con here. When we’re cruising in the tropics, we spend all our time at anchor, so we’re always pointing into the wind. We have awnings...... Read More

Invasion of the Hummigator
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Posted: December 14, 2006





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Tom’s Tips About Unwanted Boat Creatures
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 789 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 14, 2006
1. We didn’t have a rat, thank heavens, but there are a few things you should know about them—and cockroaches.
2. Rats not only swim, than can swim from one boat at anchor to another and climb aboard. It happened to a friend’s boat in the Abacos once and I’ve heard of it happening to other boats.
3. Always carry large rat traps aboard—the kind that snaps closed and kills them—not the kind that traps them in a cage. They don’t take up much space and if you need one you REALLY need one.
4. Cockroaches (the big southern kind also known as “Palme...... Read More

What are GRIB files and buoy reports?
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Posted: December 12, 2006
What are GRIB files and buoy reports?
John R asks: “What do you mean when you say you’ve ‘downloaded a GRIB file’ or that you’ve gotten ‘a buoy report’?
From Douglas: On Ithaka, every day, we get weather information in three ways: one, by observing our barometer and baroscope to note pressure changes in the atmosphere that signify coming weather changes and their intensity; two, by tuning our single-sideband radio into the morning cruising net, and listening to the weather forecast; and, three, through our single-sideband radio, where we download...... Read More

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