About Cold Fronts
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Posted: October 20, 2006
About Cold Fronts
1. In the Bahamas and other islands offshore, a cold front may come through like a fast moving brick wall of wind. One hour you may be swinging from the southwest on pre-frontal winds. Then the frontal winds may hit you from the north or north west at 40 knots or more, ripping up anchors.
2. When a front is coming and you’re anchored, always plan for the rapid shift and the initial strong gusts mentioned above. Sometimes this means deployment of two anchors, but we’ve found that in the vast majority of the times we’ve done fine on one as long as we had out ...... Read More

Any Regrets?
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Posted: October 20, 2006
Any Regrets?
Arlene H. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, writes that she and her husband are in the exit lounge, getting ready to quit their jobs and set off next summer on their Bavaria 47 for long-term cruising. She writes: "We're getting a lot of advice from people as we get closer to our cruising date. Did you get any bad advice before you left home? Any regrets?"

From Bernadette: Well, we wish we'd sold our home closer to the top of the real estate market, a...... Read More

From the Bottom
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Posted: October 20, 2006





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Toms Tips About Dealing With Trouble
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Posted: October 19, 2006

Always be in tune to things different. If there’s a different sound, smell or feel, there’s probably a reason.

Ask those aboard if they notice anything different. If they do, without describing it to them, ask them if they can describe it to you. If they’re noticing the same thing, it’s less likely to be your imagination.

Try to locate the source or at least the area of the source.

Go through a quick checklist in your mind of things that could be causing it.

Don’t put off trying to find the cause and, if needed,...... Read More

The Lions in the Jungle
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Posted: October 06, 2006

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Safety Harnesses
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Posted: October 06, 2006
Safety Harnesses
Carl L., from Chicago, who sails the Hylas 45 Demitasse, emailed us, asking "Do you guys wear harnesses, and if so when?"

From Douglas: Actually, we're religious about them. When we're making passages, harnesses go on before nightfall. We wear them whether we're on deck or in the cockpit, until it's light again, and we also wear them during the day if the wind strengthens too much. Sometimes, this is a pain, but once you're cruising, you...... Read More

Bits and Pieces
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Posted: October 01, 2006
October 1, 2006
Sandy Bay--El Bight
Isla de Guanaja, Honduras, CA
16º 27.313 North
85º 52.161 West
Bits and Pieces
By Douglas Bernon
We have a friend, a successful sailboat racer, who admits that in his youth he would try and confound his opponents by any means, fair or foul. When passing another boat or being passed, he would sometimes throw rusty cotter pins or half-sheered bolts up against their main sail, so that when they fell to the deck, either the sudden sound or the later discovery would unnerve ...... Read More

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