Tag Archives: Sailing Tips

Free Cruising Guides for Countries Outside the U.S.

First he brought you free cruising guides for the U.S., and now Captain John from www.skippertips.com offers up a way to obtain free international cruising guides and charts. Nothing beats the price of free when it comes to navigation publications. … Continue reading

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Sheet Lead

This week’s sailing tip comes straight out of Blue Water Sailing‘s August issue! By Connie McBride One of the easiest sail trimming mistakes to avoid is over-sheeting. Simply remember the phrase, “When in doubt, let it out.” Let the sheet … Continue reading

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Free U.S. Cruising Guides

Who doesn’t like something free? Especially something as valuable as a good cruising guide. Captain John from www.skippertips.com offers up tips on how to obtain a free wealth of information. If you are anything like me, you read all you … Continue reading

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Have You Updated Your Float Plan Lately?

Captain John from www.skippertips.com explains the in-and-outs of creating a thorough float plan. Learn to sail like a pro when you leave a clear, concise float plan with a friend, relative or neighbor. That way, in case you fail to … Continue reading

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Are You “NavRules Legal” Under Sail and Power?

Captain John from www.skippertips.com gives a colregs refresher on the required dayshapes you need while under sail or power. Did you realize that the Navigation Rules (sometimes called the “NavRules”) require that you hoist day shapes in certain situations. Now, … Continue reading

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Heaving-To: The Ocean is Your Parking Lot

By Andrew Cross For centuries, heaving-to has been the most reliable trick in a sailor’s arsenal for “parking” a sailboat at sea.  Throughout that time, sailing vessels have changed and sailors have changed with them, but one fact remains—heaving-to is … Continue reading

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Know Your Seabed Symbols for Safer Sailing Navigation

Did you know that if you can read sea bottom chart navigation symbols, this will help you when you anchor or go aground. This skill could even save you lots of money if you choose to clean and paint your … Continue reading

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Five Sailing Tips for Safer Sail Handling

Captain John from www.skippertips.com shares a few little secrets he used on an offshore passage. Guaranteed to make your sail handling better all around. If you are anything like me, sailing tips that cut the time you spend at the … Continue reading

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