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Cruising World October 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.

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Bonnier Corporation
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8 Issues


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editor’s log

PEGGY’S Race Though named after the swift and agile jackalope, our four-decade-old Sabre 34 is not a race boat. I’ve sailed on race boats, and I would observe that they seldom have full water and fuel tanks, packed lockers, a dodger, or a barbecue mounted on the stern rail when they cross the starting line. Still, there we were, my wife, Sue, and I, in Nahant, Massachusetts, one Sunday last August aboard Jackalope, which these days lives on Narragansett Bay, 80 or so miles to the south of our hometown. Like a lot of sailing adventures, this one could be attributed directly to a couple of cold beers, and a brilliant idea: “I’ll just sail our boat up for the weekend,” I’d told our good friend and longtime sailing pal Peter Davis a…

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RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME Sometimes a little legwork is necessary to get the shot, which was the case for marine photographer Onne van der Wal on a recent trip to Hawaii. “I had seen pics of the stunning Napali coast, which is on the northwestern side of Kauai,” says van der Wal. “I thought it would be cool to get a sailboat underway in front of those cliffs and shoot it from the air for my new book Sailing America. The problem is there are very few sailboats in and around Kauai, so I put out a call for help. Honolulu-based sailing photographer Lauren Easley popped up and put me in touch with Craig Hines, who owns Sarasvati, a 47-foot Beneteau that calls Hanalei Bay on Kauai home. Luck was on…

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take the leap

Imagine my delight when I received your DIY edition (Hands-On Sailor 2018). I’ve only gotten around to reading it now due to the fact that I’m currently in the midst of a total refit on our family boat. Strip teak decks? Check. Rewire the boat? Check. Install new electronics? Check. Replace an ancient SSB? Check. And on and on. Up until our current boat, all the boats I’ve owned have been auction or insurance vessels; it allowed me to enjoy the pleasure of sailing boats I could have never afforded otherwise, and it also taught me some valuable lessons. Your DIY issue was a great primer for those who have been sitting on the sidelines considering taking the leap into a salvage boat but too afraid to pull the trigger. —Mike…

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a plea for ifalik atoll

It had been a slog all the way from Panama to Micronesia’s islands. The trades of 2017 failed. Giant thunderstorms, calms, variable headwinds, contrary currents and sloppy seas prevailed all the way to the Marquesas and beyond. In 4,000 miles to Kosrae, the Caroline Islands, we averaged 4 knots. As once again our Creekmore 36, Koukouri, continued to spin in circles on the windless ocean, we abandoned the idea of reaching Kapingamarangi Atoll and decided to head farther north in search of steadier airs. Ifalik Atoll, small at 3 miles across, became the new objective. Three days later, cottony clouds began to float overhead, and the wind arrived. On the horizon ahead I spotted a dozen sails, their shape obviously not of yachts. The pass into Ifalik, though narrow, was deep…

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join cruising world in annapolis

Have you ever dreamed of escaping on two hulls? If you’re considering going cruising on a multihull, join us in Annapolis, Maryland, during the U.S. Sailboat Show on Friday, October 5 for a daylong workshop designed to demystify cruising on a catamaran. Cruising World experts will be on board to help you find the right boat, understand the logistics and identify the skills you’ll need to sail (or power) off on a modern multihull. The workshop will be held at the Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, in the heart of Annapolis and just a 10-minute walk from the boat show. Workshop cost is $150 for a single or $275 for a couple, with breakfast and lunch included. For more details, go to Space is limited, so reserve your seats…

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stay connected

1. McMURDO SMARTFIND G8 AIS EPIRB • $875 • MC MURDOGROUP.COM Now available for the U.S. market, the Smartfind G8 AIS EPIRB is the first of its kind to include the AIS frequency. When activated, the unit will not only signal the distress to the Cospas-Sarsat satellite networks, but also alert all the AIS receivers in the local area, increasing the chances of a faster rescue. 2. FURUNO FM4800 VHF • $595 • FURUNO.COM The clean, simple look of the FM4800 VHF radio belies its impressive functionality. The radio features a built-in GPS receiver, so no external source is necessary to utilize its digital selective calling capabilities. Its internal AIS receiver can share data over your boat’s network. The radio is waterproof to IP68 standard and also can be used as a loud hailer, intercom…