How Much Does It Cost To Cruise?
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Posted: January 27, 2006
How Much Does It Cost To Cruise?
The big question. Greg J, from the Great Lakes says he and his wife are going cruising in just two more years. "From what I've read," he says, "it sounds like you can live like a king on a thousand a month. Is this still true? Assuming the boat is paid for, have the costs surprised you at all?"



From Bernadette: This is, by far, the most frequently asked question we receive from readers. Yes, the costs have surprised us; we spent our enti...... Read More

Packaging Paradise - 1/26/06
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Posted: January 26, 2006
Packaging Paradise
January 26, 2006
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Tom’s Tips About Wind and Fire
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Posted: January 26, 2006
1. When you’re moving down a channel where current and/or wind is crossing the channel, don’t just look at the navigational aid or landmark ahead. Frequently also look astern to be sure you’re not being swept to the side.
2. Also look at your wake. If it’s curving off to the side it can indicate that’s where you’re going or have been. The wake may by affected by the current/wind, but it also shows your trail.
3. It’s best to have another watch keeper do the sighting astern so that the helms person can devote full attention to traffic and other matters...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - January 26, 2006
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Posted: January 26, 2006
NOAA Charts Online:
The boating community is abuzz with information about the free NOAA charts available online. The USCG Local Notices just made this announcement: NOAA has posted all 1,000-plus of its U.S. nautical charts on the Internet at www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/OnLineViewer.html. They can be viewed using any Internet browser. Each chart is up-to-date with the most recent Notices to Mariners. Use these on-line charts as a ready reference or planning tool--then use one of NOAA’s printed or digital charts for actual navigation.
Sunken Hazard in MA:
The USCG 1st District LNM...... Read More

Wind and Fire
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Posted: January 26, 2006
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Preparing To Cruise, From A Womans ...
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Posted: January 15, 2006
PREPARING TO CRUISE, FROM A WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE
From Harry:
We are from Southern California, in the process of selling our homes, and contemplating buying a 44' Beneteau center cockpit sailboat. My partner Judy has had a dream of sailing through the Panama Canal for several years now. Myself, I would just love to sail to anywhere in the Americas. Judy has some minor reservations about what is needed to make the trip successful, including types of stores, things we wish we had thought about before we left, etc. It would be nice if you folks could advise her, from a woman's prospective, about t...... Read More

Feliz Ano Nuevo, Cartegena! January 15, 2006
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Posted: January 15, 2006
January 15, 2006
Cartagena, Colombia
10° 24.388 North
075° 31.576 West
Feliz Ano Nuevo, Cartegena!
By Douglas Bernon
Once you decide to go somewhere, the psychological departure begins, and you’re already no longer heart-and-soul wherever your body is. That’s us. For a week, with our bodies here in the Cocos Banderos, and our heads in the excitement of Cartegena for New Year’s, we’ve been looking at weather faxes, GRIB files and, for a dose of close-up reality, directly out the portholes. It’s not that the ...... Read More

Cruising On Social Security
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Posted: January 14, 2006
CRUISING ON SOCIAL SECURITY
From Janet & Julian:
Is it possible to live on $1313 per month (social security check) on a 79 Hunter 30 in the Caribbean just going from anchorage to anchorage? We would like to set out in November 2005 and would appreciate your input.
Hi Janet & Julian,
Yes, we think it's possible to live aboard and cruise frugally in the Caribbean on a monthly budget of around $1300. We know an American couple who were barely getting by on their boat in Isla Mujeres, Mexico for several years on his social security cheques of $600 per month. We also know cruisers who sp...... Read More

Crewing On A Sailboat
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Posted: January 13, 2006
CREWING ON A SAILBOAT
From Jack:
I’m a “prairie boy”. My wife Jackie was recently in Guatemala going to a Spanish language school and spent a weekend on the Rio Dulce on the sailboat of two of her classmates. I'm thoroughly surprised that she's fully embraced the idea of full time cruising.
One thing her sailing hosts said to look into was finding a sailboat owner who would be looking for crew to help sail a boat from point A to B, probably overnight. Jackie’s interpretation of this is that one would not need to know anything about sailing and would get the experience...... Read More

Leaving Ithaka in the Rio Dulce, Guatemal
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Posted: January 13, 2006
Leaving Ithaka in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Bill H of Vancouver, BC, wrote to us wondering how you leave a boat in a place like Tortugal Marina. "What do you do to put a boat to bed when you leave it for an extended time in a foreign place?"


From Bernadette: In the Rio, it was so easy. The marinas there are extremely well protected from weather by a bowl of mountains, and from theft by guards. The water is freshwater, so there was no barnacle growth while we were there (four months)...... Read More

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