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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2014

World Cruising | Destination Niue: The Rock of Polynesia: Experiencing a unique and pleasant isle along the Coconut Milk Runby Nadine Slavinski Classic Passages | Marquesas to Panama: Onwards and upwards from French Polynesia eastwards to Panama by Eithne Sweeney more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2014

Cruising Life | Sweet Spots on the Rio Dulce Part II: Getting to one of the western Caribbean’s best hurricane holes by Christine Myers. World Cruising | We Come to Bear Witness: Sailing Haida Gwaii Exploring the amazing history and more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2014

Bill Biewenga Offshore North to South: Pointing the Way. How magnetic compasses work in the real word.  David Burch, At the Helm: Limitations of GPS. Why we should learn to navigate. Cruising Life Bar Exam Part I: Getting to one more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2013

DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Bill Biewenga Offshore: Bitter Winds Cold weather sailing can be hard and dangerous. Or, it can be a rare pleasure. Daniel Collins: Tech Talk Moving Pictures: Tall Tales and Seascapes How to get more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2013

NOVEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Living Aboard: Tsunami! Tsunami! Handling the unsettling warnings of a potentially destructive force by Heather Francis. Classic Passages: Galapagos to Marquesas Part II: Life is but a dream on a passage from one more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2013

OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Living Aboard: The High Life Boatyard living’s delicate mix of timing, work and life. Classic Passage: Panama to the Galapagos Islands Part 1: The mighty Pacific Ocean shows its serene and tender disposition more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Classic Passages: Uphill to Tahiti A couple takes the road less traveled across the South Pacific by Eithne Sweeney. Cruising Life: Which Island is Best? Experienced Caribbean island hoppers answer an unexpected question more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2013

AUGUST 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Sailing Adventures: 12 Caribbean Charter Hot Spots. Southern Learning by Andrew Cross. A World of Opportunities by Andrew Cross. World Cruising: Wintering at 70 Degrees North, A couples challenges in high lattitude more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JULY 2013

JULY 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Cruising Life: Navigating a successful partnership. How a cash-strapped 24 year old fulfilled a dream by Daniel Shea. World Cruising: Samoan Sojourn, A family finds more than just a great destination in the more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JUNE 2013

JUNE 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising: Reprieve at Rum Cay by Todd Duff, Living Aboard: Balance Pose, Striking the balance between work and cruising by Sarah Curry, Cruising Life: The Voyaging Galley, foods from around the world more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MAY 2013

MAY 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising: New Zealand’s Unknown Isle. Discovering rugged yet laid-back Stewart Island by Katie Thomsen. Sailing Smart – Atoll Cruising 101: The Tuamotus. How to safely negotiate atolls of the South Pacific by more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | APRIL 2013

APRIL 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising; Bountiful Bonaire. Spend hurricane season soaking in Bonaire’s laid back beauty by Diane Gorch. Classic Passage; Newport to Annapolis. Traversing the inside route between two great sailing cities by Skip Pond. more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2013

March 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Practical Passagemaker: The Five Stages of Crisis Management; how to deal with the unexpected and learn more from your experience. By Dennis Jud. World Cruising: Discovering the Eastern Mediterranean; The Eastern Med Yacht more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2013

February 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. World Cruising: Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Whiling away the weeks in a friendly, history-filled cruisers’ paradise by Connie McBride. Classic Passages: The Strait Route. Sailing from Thailand/Malaysia to South Africa by Marci Paravia. Cruising more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2013

Real Inspiration • Following last summer’s London Olympics, in which U.S. sailors failed to medal, there was a lot naval gazing and second guessing in the sailing community as the Olympic Committee struggled to understand the problem. A thoughtful report, more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | TARTAN FANTAIL 26

Tartan Fantail 26 •  The new daysailer-weekender from Tartan Yachts packs a lot of performance in a compact package. We had our first look at the new Tartan Fantail 26 at the Annapolis sailboat show last fall, and we must more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2013

January 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. BWS Interview: Multihull Master: Gino Morrelli. World Cruising: A Feast for the Senses A leisurely cruise in Fiordland, New Zealand by Katie Thomsen. Practical Passagemaker: In Mosquito Country Learning about malaria’s lesser known 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU SENSE 46

Beneteau Sense 46 • Fall head over heels for the stability and performance of Beneteau’s latest offering by Andrew Cross. As I stepped out of the car, clouds hurried across the sky, giving way to sunshine and what promised to more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2012

December 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Seamanship: Unleashing Women’s Potential. Thinking beyond “pink and blue” boundaries leads to smoother sailing by Teresa L. Carey. Destinations: Feliz Navidad! Celebrating a colorful Christmas in Z-town by Emily Fagan. Practical Passagemaker: Surefire more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 41DS

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS • The new deck saloon design embraces simple cruising elegance while offering innovative sailing systems. The October afternoon we set off from the docks in Back Creek near Annapolis, we had aboard Jeanneau America president Paul more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2012

November 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Avoid Boom Doom Rigging a preventer or boom brake by Andrew Cross. Destinations: Long Island, Bahamas Fast boats and tranquil diversity by Bill Kund. Cruising Life: Barracuda! A cruiser in Cuba 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | BLUE JACKET 38 by Island Packet

Blue Jacket 40 • The new Tim Jackett-designed performance cruiser is being built by Island Packet. The new Blue Jacket 40 that is scheduled for launch in December is a unique project among American builders and promises to be one more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | DUFOUR 36P

Dufour 36P • The new racer-cruiser from France is a winner in both categories. The summer afternoon we test-sailed the new Dufour 36 Performance was warm and clear and the promise of a sea breeze was turning steadily into a more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2012

October 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Classic Passages: Highlights of a Homeward Bound Voyage by Jessica Rice Johnson. Cruising Life: 30-Something Cruisers. Why wait for retirement? Put your cruising plans on fast forward and go now by Jen Williamson.  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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BLUE WATER BOATS | MORRIS 52

Morris M52 • A graceful Sparkman & Stephens design, the new M52 is a sailing craft of which dreams are made. In an age when so many cruising boats are evolving toward hulls with large interior volumes, long waterlines and more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | JEANNEAU 509

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509 • Jeanneau and Philippe Briand score another winner with their newest 50-foot cruiser. The trade winds were huffing and puffing the afternoon we got out on Miami’s Biscayne Bay to test sail the new Jeanneau 509, more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2012

September 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Adding Reef Points by Heather Hamilton. Destinations: Into the Wild, The perils and rewards of South Georgia Island by Peter Smith. Practical Passagemaker: Shake Down South, A cruising family gets reacquanted more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2012

August 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Sheet Lead by Connie McBride. Destinations: Finding Refuge, A tale of two approaches to an enchanted Australian cove by Anthony Baxter. World Cruising Adventures. The Best Destinations for Long Weekend Charters. 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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CURRENT ISSUE | JULY 2012

July 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Heaving-To, The ocean is your parking lot by Andrew Cross. Destinations: Great Heights, Exploring St. Pierre, Martinique from the ground up by Connie McBride Boatswain’s Locker: Fenders for Tenders, Strategies for more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JUNE 2012

June 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Fresh From the Oven, Jeffrey Stander writes  about  baking the best bread at sea. In Destinations, Elizabeth Brouse explores the clean green and serene of  Terrific Tobago. In The 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | MOODY DS 45

Moody DS 45 Magic • The Bill Dixon-designed pilothouse cruiser combines elegant indoor-outdoor living with fine sailing and cruising capabilities. We sailed the Moody DS 45 in Newport, RI on one of those clear, warm fall days that make me more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MAY 2012

May 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In The Well Dressed Cruiser, Shayne Benowitz writes about layering for comfort and safety from head to toe.  In Classic Passages: Pit Stop in Paradise, Todd Duff explores Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. In 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | HYLAS 56

Hylas Yachts makes a luxurious world cruiser for a couple or family • The Hylas 54 proved to be one of the most successful 50-foot plus cruising boats ever built and continues to set a standard for a couple’s ultimate more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | APRIL 2012

April 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Sail Tips, Sam Vineyard discusses “Sail Purchasing 101.” In Destinations: Mexico’s Costa Alegre, Emily Fagan  writes about cruising the “Gold Coast”. In Practical Passagemaker: Post-Its Be Damned, Marcia Paravia demonstrates the art 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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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2012

March 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip, Sharon Dale writes of Food Heresy Offshore. Bill Kund writes “Why don’t Sailors sail anymore?” in Cruising Life: I See a Miracle. In European Charters: Athens, The Other Windy 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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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2012

February 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Should I Donate My Boat, Captain Charles Saylan writes about the nuts and bolts of vessel donation. In Sail Tips: Twist in Your Sails, Scott Akerman writes about how 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | CATALINA 385

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Catalina 385 • This mid-size family cruiser combines traditional good looks (and values) with a long list of innovations and refinements The afternoon we test-sailed the new Catalina 385 on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, the breeze was a pleasant more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2012

Janurary 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Way Out There: Getting to Know the Galapagos, Todd Duff writes about a month relaxing and repairing in the islands of enchantment. Rachel Robertson writes about the rewards of venturing off the 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU OCEANIS 45

BENETEAU OCEANIS 45 • This thoroughly modern cruiser offers great sailing in a design that will make a comfortable floating home By George Day (Photos courtesy Gilles Martin-Raget) Last summer I signed on to crew aboard the brand new Beneteau more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2011

December 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Rust Not, Want Not, Pete Dubler writes about putting your engine up for a long rest.  In BWS Interviews, the king and queen of cruising, Lin & Larry Pardey, 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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BRUCKMANN 50 | Classic Mark Ellis Designed Motorsailer

Bruckmann 50 MKII • It was a lovely summer afternoon when we set off from Falmouth, Massachusetts in the company of three Bruckmann 50s to see if we could get some photos of the big motorsailers engaged in “synchronized sailing” more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2011

November 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In  Classic Passages: A Bounty of Adventure, Edo Ankum writes about chasing history down the Swahili coast. In Practical Passagemaker: New river Exit, we take a look at 10 tricks for a successful more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2011

October 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In  Classic Passages, Jessica Rice Johnson writes about building a cruising cat in New Zealand as a Maryland family starts their homeward journey. In Blue Water Boats, we take a look at the more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2011

September 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In our Boat Show Preview,  European designs dominate the new boat scene this fall, but American builders have also stepped forward with some innovative and interesting cruising boats. In Blue Water Boats, the more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2011

In the August 2011 issue of Blue Water Sailing, we take a look at the 10 best places to bareboat charter in our BWS Editors’ Choice. In Blue Water Boats, BWS reports on the German production builder Bavaria joining a more »

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