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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Cruiser/Racer As we approached the mark I instructed my crew to get ready for a jibe. Green, and a bit unsure as to what that would entail, I talked them through each task that needed to get done and when, … Continue reading

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Get Some Over a decade ago I, a newly minted 19-year-old, bought a plane ticket and flew from Portland, Oregon to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to find a ride on the sea and to chase a burgeoning dream. I landed and … Continue reading

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Year One Rain thumped heavily on the hatch above me as a gust of wind whipped its way through the rig, causing my son Porter to stir in the comfy confines of his V-berth. We were out for a guys … Continue reading

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Raft Logic The lights of the shop shined through the bright, fluorescent-orange roof of our life raft as I zipped up the doors. It was an eerie feeling to sit, look around and take stock of what being in a … Continue reading

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Friend Ship While having dinner on Friday night with a group of landlubbing friends, the discussion turned to us living on a sailboat and they soon asked if we could go sailing on Saturday. I thought it was a great … Continue reading

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Near or Far As the sun was setting, the wind was slowly veering from the east to the south and building to 20 plus knots. Given my perpetual willingness to sail at night in a good breeze, I was thinking … Continue reading

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Iron Maiden The diesel engine, the old iron genny, it can be a sailor’s best friend or worst enemy—sometimes all in the same day. Monday afternoon I was elbows deep in engine oil as I changed our Perkins 4-108’s lifeblood … Continue reading

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The Name Game Boat names. They can be funny, inspiring or downright confusing and hard to pronounce on the VHF, but every name has a story behind it. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while because from … Continue reading

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Boat Dreams Cruisers tend to be dreamers. We dream about things like far-flung anchorages and endless broad reaches. And we also dream about upgrades or toys to bring along on our sailing adventures–at least I do. Recently I’ve decided that … Continue reading

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Hi from the B.V.I. With an anchor and shore tie firmly set, our boat hovered in place in about 15 feet of gin clear water as I sat on the stern to put on my mask and fins. I’d never … Continue reading

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Escape Plan Living aboard here in the Pacific Northwest during the winter isn’t generally too bad. With our temperate marine climate we rarely see snow and temperatures are typically mild. But a few weeks each winter we get these clear, … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows Some friends were on our boat for dinner the other night who had just returned to the Pacific Northwest after spending two years cruising Mexico and crossing the South Pacific to Australia. Their stories were plentiful, fascinating … Continue reading

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Sailing in Soup Last Sunday morning we set off with frustratingly little wind in a thin blanket of fog. Trying to hit narrow Agate Pass between the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island before slack and the approaching flood, there was … Continue reading

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Lifelines? It finally happened. After many years of successfully climbing over sailboats’ lifelines without incident, I had the dreaded foot catch. While backing into a slip over the weekend I was hastily getting off the boat to secure the stern … Continue reading

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A New Year Life aboard has changed. Our youngest crewmember began crawling last week and that simple movement now enables him to explore like never before. From pulling himself up on the first step of the companionway to crawling over … Continue reading

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Weather World As we entered our third hour of a class discussion and presentation on the various cloud formations and their names, I came to the realization that I was actually piecing it all together. Like many experienced cruisers, I … Continue reading

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BVI Bound It’s time to dust off my good old cruising guide to the British Virgin Islands. That’s right, come February we’re leaving the friendly confines of the Salish Sea for a weeklong family charter, and I have to say, … Continue reading

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Cat Fancy With one hand on the tiller and the other on the mainsheet, I watched as a dark gust of wind moved quickly across the water. Timing the gust as it came I eased the sheet slightly to twist … Continue reading

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That Smell… Returning from a hike around the island to the warmth of our boat was welcomed, but it was the distinct smell of thanksgiving dinner that made me weak at the knees as I dropped down the companionway. We … Continue reading

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A High Tech Life Since the dawn of recreational sailing and cruising, sailors have long mixed the pure simplicity of sailing with the passion to expand the sport and lifestyle with new technology. The GPS for instance, can be credited … Continue reading

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