Mel and I moved aboard full time in 1979. Since then we’ve traveled thousands of miles a year, spending 19 winters in the Bahamas and visiting many wonderful places. We’ve had some very tough times and some very good times, but we’ve loved the experience and would start again in a heartbeat.
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.
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.”
“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.
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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