category_outlined / Boating & Aviation
Cruising WorldCruising World

Cruising World Charter 2018

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
$6.51(Incl. tax)
$39.15(Incl. tax)
8 Issues


access_time4 min.
editor’s log

Smart FOOD Aside from renting a sailboat and possibly buying a plane ticket, the next biggest expense you’re likely to encounter on a bareboat sailing vacation is provisioning. And come to think of it, some of the most tedious decisions you’ll have to make before casting off won’t involve where you’ll go, but what you’ll eat. While in theory, your sailboat is your ticket to a week or more of freedom, in reality, most charter companies have exclusion areas where they don’t want you to go because of shallow water, poor holding or, in some parts of the world, crime. And, they will insist you be anchored or moored each day well before dark. Given the limitations of boat speed, wind and current, there are only so many miles you can cover…

access_time4 min.

BOUND FOR THE EXUMAS For many sailors, the Exuma island chain in the central Bahamas holds a special place in their cruising memories. I know it does for me. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit these islands several times, beginning in 2003 and most recently in 2017. Each occasion is a blend of discovery and homecoming — the excitement of anchoring somewhere new, or the comfort of revisiting an old favorite. The Exumas, which include some 365 cays and islands spread over 130 nautical miles, offer plenty of opportunities for either. New for 2018, both The Moorings and Dream Yacht Charter offer bareboat and crewed charters from bases in Nassau, which is about a 30-mile sail to the northern end of the Exumas chain. If you’re planning a cruise of the Bahamas,…

access_time1 min.
passage notes

New Powercat in the BVI Virgin Charter Yachts has a new powercat available for bareboat charters in the British Virgin Islands. Purra Vida is a Hudson HPC48 powercat that can accommodate up to eight guests in four double cabins. Made by the same builders who produce the high-tech HH Catamarans, the HPC48 features modern, high-end appointments throughout. Chartering 101 Thinking about a charter vacation but don’t know where to start? Check out the Chartering 101 section on our website. There you’ll find information on charter types, locations, qualifications and more. Showtime! Check out the new boats and chat with representatives from the charter companies at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, October 4-8, 2018.…

access_time1 min.
certified sailors: the count is growing

Thirty-five years, 350 schools worldwide, half a million “Keelboat 101” grads. Since 1983, more than 507,000 people have learned to properly handle a 20- to 27-foot sloop-rigged sailboat during the day in moderate conditions via the American Sailing Association ( curriculum. That April 2018 announcement from the group tells only a part of the larger success story. The multilevel ASA certification system includes textbook study, hands-on education, opportunities for active participation, and testing. Including 101, a total of a million certifications have been issued to graduates of course levels 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising) and 104 (Bareboat Cruising), standards that convey the ability to sail and charter boats up to 45 feet in length. As one of several educational options available in the recreational marine market today, the ASA’s network of affiliated schools, teachers…

access_time2 min.
charter planning made easy

Booking a charter vacation can be daunting, particularly if you’ve never done it before or are looking to cruise in a new area or on a different type of boat. But there’s no need to go it alone — a charter broker can help you through all stages of your trip. To get a better idea of what exactly charter brokers do, I asked two experts in the yacht charter field, Scott Farquharson, of Proteus Yacht Charters, and Steve McCrea, of Ed Hamilton & Co. Yacht Charter Agents, to fill in the details. Cruising World: First off, can you explain just what a charter broker is? “A charter broker is a company or person who has a lot of experience within the charter industry and knows the yachts, the fleets, the operators…

access_time1 min.
learn to sail

Sailing Made Easy (2010; American Sailing Association; $25) This full-color, beautifully illustrated handbook takes new sailors and guides them through stepping aboard a sailboat for the first time to planning a daysail. In between, you’ll find easily digested chapters on the parts of a sailboat, the basics of sailing and sail shape, docking, seamanship and more. Sailing Made Easy is used as the textbook for the ASA 101 class, but will provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to get their start sailing or brush up on the basics. The Complete Sailor by David Seidman (second edition, 2011; International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; $19) It’s like the next best thing to having a friend who’s an old salt (and willing to explain everything to you). While The Complete Sailor goes over the basics for sure, it…