When three factors conspire, it makes for a hell-ride through a notorious inlet
I grew up in Southern California, which is surely the most benign boating environment in the United States. Thanks to the region’s perfect weather, desert-like topography and a generally placid Pacific, the boating there usually ranges from serene to soporific.
Safely operating a boat in difficult conditions is a matter of your mind-set, your skills and your boat
Chris Fertig and his two-man crew were nearly halfway through a 780-mile passage from New York to Bermuda when confused 8- to 10-foot seas forced them to call off their attempt to break the Bermuda Challenge powerboat record.
Small-boat expert Chris Fertig highlights four important areas to be aware of when running offshore or in rough water.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about sailboat sea trials.
The sea trial is your chance to determine how a prospective boat performs. Last month I discussed the conditions the boat should be taken out in, putting her through her paces, how she sails, how she handles under power alone, and more. But the sea trial is also an opportunity to “live the boat.”
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