It’s pitch black. My hands, the saloon, the cockpit — everything reeks of diesel. The wind is howling outside, and we are being thrown around as Aretha, our 53-foot sailboat, slides off one wave into the next, whitewater crashing over the lifelines, filling the cockpit.
In days of yore, navigators expended great energy and effort attempting to establish their position. When they finally did, it was often with great doubt.
At the engine instrument panel, there are usually alarms for low oil pressure and high coolant temperature, often with monitoring gauges. Although there are new technologies, most gauge transmitters (typically called senders) work on an electrical principle of varying resistance.
As boaters, we can stay out of harm’s way by gaining a better understanding of commercial ships.
Just as automobile technology is changing to match new environmental standards, so must our boats.
Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute, captains.com
In the winter of 1975, we sailed the 138-foot Herreshoff schooner Janeen (now the Mariette) to the Grenadines.
Two great cruising adventures are possible in North America: the Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Loop, which wraps the eastern third of the United States and the southeastern part of Canada.
You don’t have to be able to deadlift 400 pounds, but you do need to be able to keep your cool under pressure if you want to become a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
These 10 world adventurers cast off their lines and headed toward the locations of their dreams. You can, too. Read here the uncut answers to the questions we asked these globe-trotting cruisers, who have more than 100,000 cruising miles under their belts.