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Cruising Life through the Eyes of Tom Neale

Real world tips for when the ‘stuff’ hits the fan

A couple was enjoying the beautiful waters of the Bahamas in a trawler that they’d carefully prepared for years of cruising. One morning, shortly after getting under way, they smelled smoke. Less than half an hour later the trawler was burned to the waterline and on the way to the bottom.

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Shedding a little light

Good lights are very important to have on board. Here are a few that we’ve found to be particularly helpful. Keep in mind that this is not equipment you should buy “cheap.”

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Love the boat you’ve got and have some fun

Own a Grady-White? Consider meeting up with 'The Grady Bunch' for some cruising in company.“Having Fun Since 1988,” proclaimed the large blue banner. It was grandly draped over the side of YaBut’s cabin. She was part of a small flotilla of Grady-Whites from about 25 to 36 feet tied up at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Balance your fuel budget

Develop new habits that save fuel. Different boats and different circumstances require different tactics, but there’s usually more than one trick that’ll work for your boat.

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In search of the wily 'hummigator'

You never know what an anchorage might hold.The anchoring experience is a benchmark of wonderful cruising. Relaxing in the cockpit, listening to the wind in the trees ashore, hearing the gentle waves lapping on the hull and watching the sun lower to the western horizon reminds you that all is right with the world and you look forward to an uneventful evening in paradise.

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