A seaworthy boat handles well, is stable, sheds water quickly, and has plenty of reserve buoyancy
A seaworthy boat to my mind is one that can reliably and safely carry out its function or mission. In that context, you would expect a runabout to stay afloat, handle well and ride comfortably in a light chop on inshore waters.
Solo sailor Nicholas Barham had no way of slowing the speedy Tahiti Belle’s rush to destruction.
Barham was asleep in a darkened bunk aboard his 31-foot trimaran Tahiti Belle, his dreams troubled by the same concerns he had when awake: Can the rig hold up in this gale?
1. Life jackets: Never use a life jacket without crotch straps and, preferably, a spray hood built into the collar. It is also well worth thinking about having a buddy line and two of the combined red flare/orange smoke canisters the lifeboat crews use attached to their life jacket waist straps.
Marina Hemingway in Havana is the exception to much of what you have read here.
While it is true the authorities are officious and may even ask for a small “gift” of cash, you will also find all of the amenities of a first-class marina and easy access to the attractions of Old Havana.
After cruising Cuba’s northwestern coast, one correspondent of mine rethought his plan for a passage to the South Pacific.
If he didn’t enjoy the need for self-reliance just a couple hundred miles from U.S. shores, he surely wasn’t going to enjoy the rustic pleasures of islands with a 2,000-mile ocean crossing as prequel.
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