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  • Boat Safety – How To Keep Safe On The Water

    When it comes to boat safety it’s quite a broad category.  You might immediately think that it’s just life jackets, a GPS positioning device and Man Overboard equipment but that’s only a very small tip of the iceberg. As with most things boating related, safety is yet another huge category Click here for full post: […] More

  • Sailboat Security Systems: a GOST will always be watching now!

    TweetSailboat Security Systems…a GOST will be watching now! Well, today I returned from the USA to South Africa to my sailboat “Brick House”. I was on a frequent flyer ticket, so I flew the long, wrong multiple connections route. I of course, had lots of boat bits, so I came… Click here for full post: […] More

  • Quickest & Easiest Man Overboard Procedure

    When it comes to sailing and sailboats there are several different ways to do a variety of tasks. Some captains and sailing schools preach one method and others preach another. Your best bet is to understand the options and then choose the system, or way, that works best for you. Click here for full post: […] More

  • Female Crew on a Sailboat: Sailing Safe

    Tweet   Female Crew on a Sailboat: Sailing Safely I met an interesting man this past year, on another boat. His name is Matt Ray. Yes…a man…And he has written this interesting blog for me…because crewing seems to be in his blood. He has coined a new phrase: “Global HitchHiking”,… Click here for full post: […] More

  • Is Cruising Safe? Panama Pirate Attack in Guna Yala/San Blas Islands

    TweetIs Cruising Safe? Panama Pirate Attack in Guna Yala/San Blas Islands I just read the news of a family on a cruising boat, a trawler attacked, with resulting death of the husband, Alan Culverware, and injury to his daughter, in a previously considered safe area to cruise in the Guna… Click here for full post: […] More

  • Murder in paradise: is cruising dangerous?

    A few days ago we learned that a cruising family was attacked on their boat in Guna Yala (aka San Blas), Panama, with the tragic outcome of death aboard. We met the New Zealanders in the Bahamas in 2017: their uncommon boat (a sky-blue trawler) and friendly crew made Click here for full post: […] More

  • Mozambique Cyclone Idai – Sailing towards a storm In March (a little earlier than planned-still in cyclone season!)

    TweetMozambique Cyclone Idai – Sailing towards a storm, a little earlier than planned, during cyclone season… Late April, May and June is the right time to sail this coast….We left mid March because of an extraordinary weather window which would carry us the first 1000 miles downwind, instead of upwind… Click here for full post: […] More

  • Season Three: Panama!

    Class of 2018-2019 at Barra de Navidad Each season begins with a plan. This season Michael and I shook hands on taking the Central American route to Panama. We thought we would have made it there last season, but plans changed. This year we seem determined, albeit somewhat scared to leave what has become our […] More

  • LIFERAFT SURVIVAL Pt 3: Search and Rescue

    What are the four basic requirements for survival in a liferaft? Imagine if the unthinkable happens and you have to ABANDON SHIP? What should you do as soon as you are in the liferaft? If the seas are are heavy, it is likely you will be exhausted. The craft may roll several times, and you […] More

  • Falling Overboard – Can it be Avoided?

    Safety at sea – the real risks of sailing Post updated May 15, 2018 When stories are reported as the recent “Man Overboard on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag” was, it is a sobering reminder of the greatest risk we face as ocean-going sailors. Falling overboard. And though it is human nature to wonder at every […] More

  • Chartering in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Safety

    We expected that St Vincent and the Grenadines would treat us with guaranteed warm weather, steady trade winds and amazing white sand beaches and deserted palm islands especially at Tobago Cays. However, prior the trip we were also a bit concerned, as the safety situation in SVG was said to be one of the worst […] More