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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Any Boat, Any Where, Any Time Sitting to leeward with my back resting against the stern pulpit and a hand on the wheel, I had a clear view of the jib and it’s telltales. Looking out beyond the sail I … Continue reading

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Derelict Disaster While swinging at anchor typing away in my cockpit, I heard the engine of a passing motorboat. Not thinking anything of it I didn’t look up from my computer. Soon after though, the soft sound of a well-maintained … Continue reading

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Size Doesn’t Matter BWS’ July issue is about to hit newsstands and the special section for the month is on pocket cruisers. Since finishing the issue, I’ve been thinking a lot about how sailing smaller boats is the best way to … Continue reading

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Conversation Planning One of my favorite things about living aboard a sailboat is the socializing. And a funny part of that is, when entertaining aboard you can pretty much map out how your conversations are going to go based on … Continue reading

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Year in Review After 52 weeks of putting together stories, photos and editorials for Cruising Compass, I want to start this edition with a big thank you to readers. Thank you for reading all the dock talk, boat reviews, sailing tips … Continue reading

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Starboard! In all the sailing and cruising classes I’ve taught over the years, from learn to sail to live-aboard passagemaking, I routinely get asked one question from eager students upon graduation, “What should I do next?” My answer, no matter … Continue reading

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Less is More I’ve been sailing my whole life and a parent for only seven weeks, but I can already draw a distinct similarity between the two. When other sailors and parents find out that you are a sailor or … Continue reading

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Just Sail It We gingerly motored out of the marina in Friday Harbor, set the main and shut down the engine just a few boat lengths from the entrance. That was the most the engine moved us forward for the … Continue reading

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Go Fly a Kite! Outside of racecourses and sailing photos, why is that you don’t see spinnakers all that often? Especially from the cruising crowd? Last Friday, as we sailed south under spinnaker across the Strait of Juan de Fuca … Continue reading

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Death and Taxes There are said to be just a few certainties in life, but there are many in cruising. One of those is that not only do things break; they just flat-out don’t work when we need them to. … Continue reading

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Savor the Flavor We are underway and pushing north through glass-flat water between islands. The sun has cleared the tall, snowcapped Cascade Mountains to the east, only to illuminate its sister range to our southwest, the Olympics. Two geese fly … Continue reading

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Respect the King When teaching students how to dock a sailboat, I try to make it clear that “current is king” and if you don’t know how it will affect your boat, there is a good chance you’ll end up … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Barometer Boy! It was a big week aboard–not only did I complete my third decade of sailing by turning 30, but our son Porter Henry was born happy and healthy early Friday morning. The experience was nothing short of amazing … Continue reading

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Tweaker As an unapologetic performance cruiser I have to admit that I am quite fond of sail shape and trim. Tweaking the sails from each corner and edge to make them more efficient, twisting them with the sheet or vang, … Continue reading

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Cockpit Confessions As cruising sailors know, the cockpit is one of the most useful spaces aboard a sailboat; it is a place to steer and trim, cook and eat, entertain and sleep. With nicer weather officially here, our cockpit was … Continue reading

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Make Room It was a sunny Sunday and as I looked longingly at sailboats racing beyond the breakwater, I knew we had more important things to do. Next to me, our boat appeared to have gotten seasick all over the dock. … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

After All, it is a Sailboat Out of necessity and purely for reasons of ease, I have sailed boats large and small on and off docks on numerous occasions. Monday morning I was mentally preparing myself to do the same. … Continue reading

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Fair Weather? “Oh no, it’s blowing 25 to 30 knots! Lets sit here and wait until there is 5 knots and then we’ll motor to where we need to go.” Are you kidding me? If the wind is even close … Continue reading

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