Cruising with three young children, a staple of everyday, often several times a day, is swimming. Where there is swimming on a sail boat, there are wet towels hanging from the lifelines. Tiring the boys with swimming is an important part of our daily sanity, but it sure does suck to have big wet beach […]
Among my humongous list of things to do is to figure out how to carry more diesel fuel. The Tartan 41 was always intended to race, so only had a 27 gallon tank. On Alchemy, the previous owner had replaced that with a 40 gallon tank. With a 1,500 mile crossing to get to the […]
Still working on our safety gear list, I have been turning my attention to flares and signalling devices, and in about five minutes, I was confused. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) sets rules on what signalling devices and flares you need to carry.
Cruising is a strange word when applied to living aboard a sailboat. From my limited experience, most of the time (especially with kids) is spent in the same place. Perhaps a better name would be “anchoring”. If you are using a chain rode, a critical part of a successful anchoring is to use a snubber. […]
The engine of a sailboat is its sails, and we need new ones. These things are not cheap, for a 41′ boat like our Tartan, you can shell out $4000 – $9000 for a single mainsail. For a budget conscious outfitting like ours, we need to think hard about the cost, it will be one […]
Or are they? With the beginning of our trip 8 months away, we are doing more and more gear buying as we work through our lists of needs. One of the lists I have been working on this week has been safety gear. Specifically, I have been figuring out the scope of what I need […]