Are anchoring techniques different for cruising?
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Posted: November 29, 1999
Are anchoring techniques different for cruising?

“Millie K. from Sausalito, California, wrote “Is anchoring when you’re cruising any different than anchoring in your home waters? Do you take any special precautions?”

From Bernadette : No matter where you are, home or away, the technique for anchoring securely is more or less the same. The only difference is that, when you’re cruising, you almost always use all chain and, to accommodate the varied bottom conditions, you carry several different anchors. Mostly we use a 45-pound C...... Read More

Did Douglas Ever Pass His Ham Test?
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Posted: November 28, 1999
Did Douglas Ever Pass His Ham Test?

Norm K. of Moline, Illinois, wrote “C’mon man, you said you were going to take your Ham test in June and we haven’t heard a peep about it. Didya pass or did you blow it? Also can you tell more about the programs you used to learn Morse Code?”

From Douglas: Nice talk, Norm. Of course I passed it — granted not by much. I’m now an officially sanctioned hamster with a general class license, and we’re really enjoying having Winlink as our onboard e-mail system. It’s reliable, es...... Read More

A 2004 Update From Guatemala’s Rio Dulce?
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Posted: November 27, 1999
A 2004 Update From Guatemala’s Rio Dulce?

Janet H. of Essex, Connecticut, sent us this note: “Two years ago you wrote enthusiastically about the Ak Tenamit project, a school and clinic for Q’eqchi Indians on the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala, where you did some volunteer work. Because of what you wrote, I sponsored a Guatemalan child to attend the school, and have received hand-written notes from him ever since. It’s been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience to sponsor this child. I was just wondering if you know any other cruisers who may b...... Read More

Have you ever felt threatened in any way?
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Posted: November 26, 1999
Have you ever felt threatened in any way?
“You’ve been to a lot of places that sound dangerous,” says Reggie P. from Victoria, BC. “Have you ever felt threatened in any way? Do you carry a gun on Ithaka?”

From Bernadette : We’ve experienced warm welcomes and helpfulness in every country we’ve visited. That said, however, over the three years we’ve been out, we’ve heard of boardings and gunfire in Venezuela and Brazil; a stabbing in San Andres; and dinghy thefts in Mexico, Honduras and Panama.
On Ithaka, w...... Read More

Where do you get books to read in English
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Posted: November 25, 1999
Where do you get books to read in English when you’re in foreign countries?
“You guys say that cruising gives you lots of time to read, but where do you get books in English when you’re in foreign countries?” asks Peter S. from Sacramento, California. “Do you have them shipped down or something?”

From Bernadette: The easiest thing in the world is to find good books to read while you’re out cruising. Often there are book-trade shelves in local restaurants where cruisers hang out. You just bring books you’ve read, and take books that inte...... Read More

Don’t you crave more privacy on the boat?
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Posted: November 24, 1999
Don’t you crave more privacy on the boat?

“How do you guys manage to live with each other, day in and day out, in such a small space, without killing each other?” asks Hillary S. “Don’t you ever crave a little privacy?”

From Bernadette : In our old lives, we each went off to work every day, had our own unique experiences, and returned home to see one another for dinner. Sure, we had weekends together, where we did a few errands and projects – often alone – then went to the movies together, met friends in resta...... Read More

Isnt it a pain fighting the sails all th
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Posted: November 23, 1999
Isn’t it a pain fighting the sails all the time?

“Isn't it a pain to fight with the sails all the time?” Walt asked. “I'd be pitching that genoa thing overboard with the anchor! It's a total lack of understanding of sailboats speaking when I say this, but more than once I've been reading your logs and silently screamed, ‘Start the damn engine!’ ”

From Bernadette : When the wind is blowing, and the sails are full, and you’re making great speed through the water, the feeling you get is one of thrilling and compl...... Read More

How easy is it to keep in touch with home
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Posted: November 22, 1999
How easy is it to keep in touch with home via email these days?
Peter W. who has a Sabreline 36 in the Chesapeake, wrote to ask how we stay in touch via e-mail with home when we’re cruising in the Caribbean, and how easy it is to find internet cafes in Central America.
From Douglas: For onboard email, we use two systems: Sailmail (www.sailmail.com), a relatively simple system. You connect an eight-pin cable from your single sideband radio (SSB) to a specialized Pactor High Frequency modem (about $800 from Special Communications Systems www.scs-ptc.com). You cab...... Read More

How do you handle paying your bills?
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Posted: November 21, 1999
How do you handle paying your bills?
Peter M of Charleston, South Carolina, asks about how we handle our bills and mail while we’re away.
From Bernadette : There are excellent professional services that many cruisers use to handle their mail and the payment of regular bills. You can find out about them by looking at the back of magazines such as Cruising World; most advertise in the classifieds. In our case, we have a rental house at home, so we need a bit more service than those companies provide (in case something goes wrong in the house, our tenant needs...... Read More

What are some great gift ideas for cruise
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Posted: November 20, 1999
What are some great gift ideas for cruisers?
We got a note recently from Maryanne M. of West Palm Beach, Florida, who wrote to tell us she’s throwing a good-bye party for her son and his wife, who are setting off cruising this fall. She wanted some good ideas for little gifts the guests could bring to the party.

From Bernadette: Before we set off cruising, our friends threw us a good-bye party, everyone brought us a bottle of wine, signed with a message. So in the months that followed, when we pulled a bottle of wine out of the bilge, it was always a wonderful treat to see who ga...... Read More