On to Cuba

Six friends take in the sights and sounds of Cuba  (published June/July 2017) Plate after plate of food piled in front of us as our crew of six eagerly crowded around the open-air picnic table. In the distance, the lush green mountains of Viñales jutted up out of the earth. Our friendly Cuban cab driver

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Fitness Afloat

Everyone knows that a balanced diet and regular exercise are the pillars of maintaining a healthy lifestyle but it can be difficult to put that knowledge into acton, especially on board  (published June/July 2017) We spent 2016 exploring the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Choosing to stay close to the equator meant that we

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Staying Safe at Sea

(published June/July 2017) While the rest of the world is worried about terrorism, it’s easy to feel safe from attacks when living aboard out at sea. Days go by without seeing another boat. The vast majority of cruisers never have to be concerned with safety; thousands of good-hearted people have wonderful years living aboard their

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The Right Boat For You Is…

(published May 2017) When I overheard Porter, our newly minted four-year-old, say, “Mom, I love Yahtzee” while being tucked into bed for the night, I couldn’t help but smile. The topic between he and Jill was boats, ours and others, and it was comforting to know that he loves his nomadic home.      

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Pirate Attack

In the Gulf of Vietnam, they were chased by pirates and barely got away. Here's what happened and what they learned  (published May 2017) “Rebecca, QUICK, I need another flare from the hanging locker!”     The jib alone was just barely pulling Brick House southward at a pace slower than a lame lamb, but

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Sailing Phuket

Exploring Thailand's Phang Nga Bay on a 14-day Sunsail charter  (pictures by Michaela Urban, published May 2017) I spent a number of years working as a journalist in Southeast Asia in the 1990s, and fell in love with the region, especially Thailand. However, it wasn’t until recently that I finally had time to return to

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Cuba Today

Twenty three boats and a hundred intrepid cruisers joined the Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba  (published May 2017) Landing in Cuba is like stepping off a time machine. Colonial era architecture, 1940’s and 1950’s era American cars in great shape, oxen drawn ploughs, trash burned by incinerator or open air, and more. And, add in

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Cruising Earth's Edge, Spitsbergen to Iceland

John and Amanda Neal, aboard their Hallberg Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare, take their expedition crew on a true high latitude adventure on the 1,500-mile cruise from Norway’s Spitsbergen Island to the island nation of Iceland  (published May 2017) July 11, 2016, 1400 hrs, 75.26 N, 03.12 E, Log: 195,381 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 63 F

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Galley Guide

The pressure cooker, a galley essential?  (published May 2017) When we bought Kate I had both boating experience and cooking skills, but  had never needed to combine them in such a small space before. I figured there were a few tricks of the trade I didn’t know. So, I went in search of the magic

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Dragonfly 28 "Touring"

The Danish designed and built trimaran combines comfortable cruising accommodations with exciting sailing performance (published fall 2017) In early June, we had the opportunity to cruise on a Dragonfly 28 “Touring” in Denmark’s “South Sea”. After a full week of sailing with the entire family over hundreds of miles, varied weather conditions, and multiple harbors,

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