In the golden age of sail, a ship’s sails were attached to the masts with wooden hoops. Today only a few artisans have the tools and know-how to craft sailing tackle for traditionally rigged ships and other vessels. Ralph Johnson is one of them.
Plenty of people might call friends Stephen Denette and Alix Kreder crazy. The two are building a 38-foot Atkins ketch in their backyard — from the keel up, using trees they felled and milled themselves.
Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute captains.com
Many of us don’t cruise in large trawlers with stabilizers, vast stowage lockers and workshops, yet we do cruise with provisions, spare parts, gear, tools and consumables.
A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook heavy-weather crew rescued four stranded men from an “unseaworthy” 22-foot boat in Raritan Bay, New Jersey, late last year.
Are you strong enough to survive 13 hours in the water? That's exactly what the writer did when he chaperoned an ocean survival course.
When a single-skin fiberglass boat has a hole or severe gouge, the damaged fibers have to be replaced with laminates that match as closely as possible the construction of the original.
Anyone who knows me is aware of the two women who are the loves of my life: my lovely wife and first mate, Soitza, and the little retired salmon troller Josephine.
If you’ve ever had a day on the water held up by a bridge with a complicated opening schedule, you know how frustrating that sort of holdup can be. Florida boaters could soon experience additional closures at two railroad bridges across the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers if a high-speed rail company gets its way.
What’s the one man overboard device you should pack in your life jacket? The answer is, “Yes,” writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
Exploding lava, missing and unlighted buoys, channel shoaling and daymark destruction are just a few things you can find in a Coast Guard Local Notice To Mariners (LNM). Mario Vittone explains why you should check the LNM for your area every week in his latest Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
“In my dreams, I am standing a 2 a.m. wheel watch, running down some long, lonely reach of flat water, snow-capped mountains glistening in the moonlight on either side … [cruising] endlessly through the black Alaskan night,” says watercolorist Cooper Hart.
Anyone who has cruised offshore knows the sea can play tricks on the mind.