Captain’s Log

CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2014

SEA  TIME Over the last few years we have been involved with several rallies and offshore sailing events and have literally seen thousands of sailors take off on passages. We are one of the founding sponsors of the Salty Dawg more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2014

CHECKING IN This month we are happy to bring you our annual guide to communications for cruisers and offshore sailors. There are so many ways to stay in touch these days that you almost have to make a philosophical decision more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2014

BLIND FAITH • Almost all of us have been sailing with GPS for so long that we take its accuracy and reliability for granted. It just works. We have it in our phones, tablets, cars, even wristwatches, as well as more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2013

The Departure • Experienced cruisers will tell you that the hardest part of getting away for a long cruise—such as heading to Mexico or the Caribbean for the winter—is the process of getting your boat and yourself ready to get more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2013

On Your Own • There is an old saying that cruising is nothing more than sailing your boat from one exotic repair facility to the next. But while the locations can be exotic, they are often without what we would more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2013

Our Cruising Community • When I think back to the day we sailed into Bermuda from Europe on our last leg of a five year circumnavigation, I remember well how pleasant it was to anchor in St. George’s Harbor among more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2013

New Dreams, New Boats • It is no secret that Blue Water Sailing fosters the cruising dream in many sailors and helps those who are getting ready to set off for a season or a year of cruising to prepare more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2013

Pure Sailing • As we look over the harbor in Newport, RI now in late June, there are boats everywhere sailing in all directions having fun. But it was a long winter. We took our boat more or less apart more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JULY 2013

FIRST PASSAGE • Every July we turn our attention to the world of small cruisers and daysailers and this year we have three compelling small boat cruising stories for you plus a roundup of some of the new and interesting more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JUNE 2013

Performance Cruising There are some cruising sailors who consider performance cruising to be an oxymoron and anyone who suggests it to be a moron. But performance means a lot of different things to different people. That’s why we asked a more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MAY 2013

The Three P’s. As the sailing season around most of America gets underway this spring we are happy to bring you our annual special report on Safety at Sea, starting on page 40 with an in depth look at “safety more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | APRIL 2013

Take Her Apart • It is almost March here in the Northeast as we go to press with this issue. The snow is still piled up on both sides of the driveway and there was a new dusting of the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2013

200 Issues and Counting • When Rosie and I returned from a five-year circumnavigation with our sons, Si and Tim, we needed to launch ourselves into the next chapter of our lives. We’d sailed 40,000 miles aboard Clover, our Mason more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2013

Experience Matters • With this, our 198th edition of BWS, we are happy to bring you a new logo on the cover and a new layout inside. By renewing the look of the magazine, we are setting our sights on more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2012

This fall as we made the rounds of the boat show circuit, we spoke with dozens of readers who were buying gear, sails and even new boats. The spirit of the shows was upbeat. It’s as though we’re ready to more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2012

Energy Independence • The rest of the world is taking its time learning what cruising sailors have known for generations. If you want to be self-reliant enough to sail all about the planet in your own boat, you need to more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2012

Weather Windows • It is fair to say that most sailors are obsessed with the weather. When Rosie and I are aboard Lime’n coastal cruising, we monitor the VHF national weather service reports every morning and evening. If we have more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2012

Ways to Own Your Own Boat • Owning a boat is immensely satisfying. You’re the master of your own ship and you can fit it out just the way you want it, then sail it wherever you want to go. more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2012

Enjoying the Journey • As we go to press in late June, we can look back at a great month for offshore sailing. June is usually the best month of the year for making passages along the East Coast, so more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JULY 2012

Small Boats, Big Voyages • On April 21st of this year, young Matt Rutherford completed a 309-day circumnavigation of the Americas via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn when he sailed into his homeport of Annapolis, Maryland. The voyage was more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JUNE 2012

Cold iTurkey • In April, Rosa and I had the chance to get away to the Exumas in the central Bahamas for a couple of weeks of cruising aboard our 45-foot sloop Lime’n. This was the first time we had more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MAY 2012

On to Plan D • The term “cruising schedule” is an oxymoron. Every cruiser knows that when you try to construct a rigid timeline, one of two things happens: either you stay on schedule despite having to slog through weather more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | APRIL 2012

The DIY Age • Boat owners have always been “do-it-yourselfers” when it comes to maintenance like oil changes, varnish upkeep and bottom painting. But recently, the need to tackle projects ourselves instead of hiring workers at $90/hour has become more more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2012

CRUISING COMMUNITY • Over New Year’s, we left our boat Lime’n on a town mooring in Vero Beach, FL for a couple of weeks so we could fly back to the office while this edition of BWS was finished and more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2012

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO TORTOLLA • Last fall, a group of boats that had sailed in the Caribbean 1500 (now owned by the World Cruising Club) in years past decided to skip the rally and go more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2012

THE THREE P’s • In November, three rallies left the East Coast bound for Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. November is the month boats sail south from the East Coast because October 30th is normally the end of the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2011

THE GIFT OF SAILING • As we sail into the holiday season, we begin to think about the gift giving that goes on among families and friends. We sailors are easy, since we are always happy to receive anything to more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2011

GO GREEN, GO SAILING • As anyone who has ever sailed knows, a boat under sail has no carbon footprint. Sure, running a diesel will create carbon emissions, and we all run our engines at times. But, in the raw, more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2011

ROLLER FURLING REVOLUTION • It was not so long ago that blue water sailors looked askance at roller furling headsails on cruising boats. They were considered to be labor saving gadgets that were prone to failure at exactly the wrong more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2011

LIFE WITHOUT GPS • Last July, word went out through the blogosphere, including our own Cruising Compass (www.cruisingcompass.com), that the FCC was considering licensing broadcast frequencies close enough to the frequencies used by the Global Positioning System to potentially degrade more »

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CAPTAIN’S LOG | JULY 2011

Cruising with Pets • One of the hardest decisions to make when we head out for a day sail, a week’s cruise or even a winter away in the Caribbean is what to do with our pets. A lot of more »

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