Open Water

If you haven’t taken an ocean cruise you have not really experienced emptiness, endlessness. It is that feeling of the enormous, uninterrupted expanse of sky, unbroken horizon, with no verticals – no trees, road signs, electric power and cell towers, mountains or skyscrapers to halt the vision. Life is so often defined by what is …

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The All Time Favorite Anchorage

Remembering departing Thunder Bay, Ontario, the shadow of Sleeping Giant Mountain, headed for “Crown Land” off Sibley Peninsula and one the most beautiful anchorages – Loon Harbor. Surrounded by three islands, Lasher, Spain and Borden and a very narrow channel to the east Loon Harbor has remained at the top of my memory. Imagine being …

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Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is the best insurance — and a key to enjoying your boat. There are a gazillion things that could go wrong aboard and 2014 was devoted to planned maintenance replacement of pumps for the bilge and holding tank, battery charger, hot water heater and propane solenoid and pressure gauge and propane hose. There …

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Hurricane Hugo Reconsidered

In the early part of this week, one could see the impact of Hurricane Hugo, which had a direct hit on Charleston. However, sailors know the worst winds in the Northern hemisphere whirl in a counterclockwise direction. The winds to the north of the eye come off the water, the winds in the south are …

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