Fly the CPS-ECP Flag Contest Fly the CPS-ECP Flag and Win! Share a picture of yourself hoisting the CPS-ECP flag (regular/life member) on Twitter or Facebook and automatically be … Continue Reading
While sitting in a hotel room during our (most recent) move, we decided to look back on our previous location, and this inevitably led to what we accomplished on the cruising front. Our first … Continue Reading
John had 2 vacation days left that he had to expend prior to the end of the fiscal year, so we bought some (very) cheap plane tickets from Naples to … Continue Reading
Another step in our (cruising) master plan was to get SCUBA qualified, and we wanted to combine it with a vacation to a “suitable” tropical location that we have yet … Continue Reading
Now that we’ve become weather wimps living in Southern Italy the next trip had to be somewhere warm. Our recent trip to Austria and Germany between Christmas and New Years ranged … Continue Reading
We have had pretty good luck with our docking adventures so far. Most of our time has been spent on a Dufour 36 and a Bavaria 46. We’ve had some sporty … Continue Reading
We’ve gone from being able to tie a bowline in the dark (or with our eyes closed) to having to look it up again! We have a couple of good books … Continue Reading
For a number of reasons we haven’t been able to get back on a boat since our trip to Tunisia. In the mean time we continue to plow through our … Continue Reading
The Practical Mariner’s Book of Knowledge: 460 Sea-Tested Rules of Thumb for Almost Every Boating Situation is described by Amazon as, “either the most useful boating book ever designed to … Continue Reading
OK, this won’t tech you anything about actually making a trucker’s hitch…unless you’re really sharp near the end, but it is still a great video.
We’ve all heard the stories of Credit Card Captains in the Caribbean. There is even a pretty good YouTube video here that amply demonstrates the issue. Essentially the problem is … Continue Reading
Even though this may make us a shill for YBW, they do have a really nice online weather tool: Weather Tool For Sailors.
Here’s something that is taken directly from Captain John’s Sailing Tip of the Week. Something so silly and obvious, but we all get lazy don’t we… We have a primer for “seacock … Continue Reading
An even better video than the previous one explain why the sail reacts the way it does.
Not a bad beginner’s video on YouTube about how to watch and trim your sails, both downwind and upwind.
Now that we have a few miles under us, we have taken all the various checklists that we have come across and developed our own. We had a few templates/drafts … Continue Reading
This is an entertaining/scary look at one of the many reasons why we don’t want to be this guy, and are taking some fairly involved sailing courses before releasing ourselves onto … Continue Reading
During our voyage, I picked up many pointers about sailing but the true “lessons learned” were things that will be transferable to other areas of life as well. 1 – Importance of crew … Continue Reading
So we sailed all the way from Valetta, Malta to Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia via Lampedusa, and back again. We achieved our RYA Coastal Skipper qualification in the process, which is … Continue Reading
It was already light out at 7am as we were approaching Comino Channel between Malta and Gozo, a much smaller island next to Malta’s main island. We anchored in famous Blue … Continue Reading