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The Office in the Islands
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Posted: July 07, 2014
In the far gone good ol' days of Bahamas cruising I used to love the fact that I did my work from my boat, not from an office in the US. But I soon realized that even in the Bahamas I had to go to an office. It just wasn't quite the same.
If you had to make a telephone call back in the day you usually had to find a booth on an island or go to what we called a BATELCO office. I preferred the latter, although there were a few problems.
First, the islands didn't have BATELCO offices unless there was also a village on the island. You had to sail to one that did. This was usually easy to figure...... Read More

The Good Fortune and Tragedy of the Steamship New Orleans
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Posted: June 04, 2014
When we think of the early steamships, we think of the Clermont and even earlier creations. But there was one that fought her way through incredible odds and helped to change our country.
For centuries seamen have spoken of lucky ships and cursed ships. Legend and lore describe sure fire ways to cause one or the other. Changes in name, pursuit by an albatross, and departure on a Friday are but a few of the "bad luck" occurrences. There's one ship that not many have heard about. She had a remarkable life. You be the judge as to whether she was cursed or blessed.
The Steamship New O...... Read More

Boat Jobs
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Posted: May 06, 2014
If you’ve done a boat job, no matter what it is, you know the ugly truth. They NEVER go the way you expect them to.
The Day that Mel got 3M 5200 in her hair wasn't a good day. Bad hair day, yes, but I'm not talking about bad hair days. I'm talking about bad boating days — the kind that have nothing to do with the weather, or even paying the boat bills. They're what almost always happens when you take on any boat job to make things "better."
5200 is really interesting stuff. I've been using it for years and I hope I'll be using it for years to come. This stuff redefin...... Read More

Aren’t You Afraid of Pirates?
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Posted: April 03, 2014
People often ask me if we've feared pirates as we've cruised in remote areas. Yes, we have and we still do; but perhaps not the way you'd expect. Piracy comes in many forms.
Pirates aren't Disney cute. They've been responsible for sadistic horrible crimes, often against helpless people. Running around in bars and parties wearing fake hats and yelling "Aargg" doesn't change this fact. Fortunately those of us who cruise don't have to worry so much about the traditional type of pirates, even though there are areas of the world, usually distant from this continent, where it still happe...... Read More

Fire On Boats
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Posted: March 04, 2014
Fire on boats has always terrified seamen. But in recent years, with more safety equipment and rescue assets available, there seems to have been less thought about it. Here are some reasons why it's just as serious as ever and why, arguably, we may have more to fear from boat fires in modern times than did seamen of old.
People often think that fire on boats is so bad because you can't just walk out the door and stand in the yard waiting for the fire trucks to come, safe at that distance, even though your house is burning down. That's just a part of it, but it's only the beginning. Following ...... Read More

Magellan’s Magenta Line
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Posted: February 06, 2014
Magellan didn't need a Magenta Line. He accomplished some of the toughest boating and seamanship imaginable. It ended for him with a bloody battle, not a shipwreck. But even though he didn't make it around himself, he was responsible for the first circumnavigation in a boat.



NAO Victoria... Read More

Boat Emergencies: What To Do When Something Happens Onboard
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Posted: January 02, 2014
People buy a boat to fulfill a dream. Usually that's what happens. But sometimes the dream can turn into a nightmare in the form of an emergency at sea. Here are a few tips for handling "stuff" when it hits the fan.
Three Key Points
In most emergencies, three things must happen and they must happen very quickly.
1. Someone must make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.
2. Someone must decide the best response.
3. That response must be immediately put into effect and it should always include signaling for help when appropriate.
No Time
Interfering with the execution of all or m...... Read More

Waiting For A Hurricane On A Boat
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Posted: December 04, 2013
I've collected a lot of hurricane stories. I'm sure you have some of your own. It's fun to share them — when the storm is long gone. Here's one of the experiences I remember, and a lesson that these storms can be flavored with good and bad from the people involved.
I remember Hurricane Edouard; at least, I think that's the one. There have been so many the names sometimes run together. It came during one of the summers during which we lived on the hook in Newport Harbor. This was a beautiful place, exciting, and always with the smell of the sea. But it was no place to be in a hurricane. W...... Read More

Tips For Taking Your Boat Cruising
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Posted: November 04, 2013
Many of the questions that we get on the BoatUS Ask the Experts site have to do with going to destinations. This is really great, because that's one of the best things that you can do with your boat. Whether your boat is a canoe, a center console, an express cruiser, or large long-range cruiser, it can take you to new places. It can let you go exploring, and it can bring you new and exciting experiences. But typically the questions we get have to do with the concern or even fear of the skipper because he or she is going to a new place. Will the water be deep enough? Will the channels be confusi...... Read More

The Boat That Didn’t Die
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Posted: October 03, 2013
She was a log canoe and I found her lying on the shore of the marsh after a hurricane. It'd been a particularly strong storm and she was washed far in from the water. I knew they hadn't built log canoes for a long time and this must be a very special lady. When I parted the marsh weeds around me and stepped out on the riverbank and saw her, I stared in amazement. Some log canoes were built out of one huge log from one huge ancient tree. But those hadn't been seen for a long time, at least not by many of us. Others had been built by adding logs together after carefully shaping them to fi...... Read More

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