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November 8, 2019

As the temperatures continue to drop, we need to focus now on skippering in heavy weather – because it is coming. This column is about that.

Heavy Water
Why is heavy weather more dangerous as we move into the Fall? Well, putting hurricanes aside which are in their own...

September 25, 2019

Usually, as soon as I write a column on de-commissioning the boat for the winter season, Indian summer arrives to bathe us in the last warmth of the year.  But I think we’re safe now! This is but a reminder that the many months of kindly weather are behind us and many...

August 29, 2019

Sometimes, the simplest thing can take on monumental proportions – if you get it wrong.  And setting a proper anchor, and retrieving (or “weighing it” so you can “make way”), can make all the difference in the world when the wind starts to stiffen and all the other fis...

July 29, 2019

When the perfectly calm day sneaks up on you while you are day-dreaming and turns into a snarly, life-stealing beast, all your training rushes to the front of the “screen.”  But sometimes, all your skill isn’t going to get you home.  And sometimes the boat itself is wh...

April 30, 2019

In the past, we’ve written about this topic with respect largely to the things we drop in the water.  So, what about the things we bring out there, like our copper-oxide bottom paint?  This column is about that.

Painting With Poison
Yes, if you really think about...