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Cruising World April 2019

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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United States
Bonnier Corporation
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor’s log

GAME Time If you’re going to bother picking up a thrown gauntlet, you might as well make it a big, wet, salty one, such as the challenge Peter Jacops, founder and president of Disabled Sailing Thailand, pitched to boat designers in 2015. “Could someone come up with an affordable race boat for disabled sailors?” Right away, design team Simonis Voogd was on it, determined to create, as Alex Simonis puts it, “the most affordable adaptive boat in the world.” To say that Simonis and his partner, Maarten Voogd, went all-in would be to gloss over the hours they’ve poured into researching, designing and cajoling industry support for what has come to be called the S/V 14. It is a stunning-looking 14-foot keelboat that’s designed to be sailed safely by even severely disabled crew. Jacops…

2 min.
a cook islands highlight

During the 2018 southern summer, my partner, Christian, and I did a two-month tour through the Cook Islands aboard Pitufa, our Sparkman and Stephens 41. Penrhyn, the northernmost atoll, was the highlight of our trip. Hardly any yachts come here, though the entrance to the big lagoon is easy. The anchorage in front of the main village, Omoka, which is a port of entry, is tricky because it’s deep, too murky to see the coral heads, and due to its location on the western side, it is exposed to quite some fetch in trade-wind conditions. In Omoka, internet access and basic supplies are available, but it’s best to stock up beforehand. Water is scarce and may not be available during dry spells. After getting our clearance and checking out Omoka, we…

1 min.
mark your calendars!

Whether you’re in the market for a new boat, outfitting the one you have or want to head back to school, the spring boat-show season has something for you: • Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show April 26-28, 2019. Check out new and brokerage bluewater boats, daysailers and catamarans — and all the gear — right in the heart of Annapolis, Maryland. Still need to get your feet wet? Sign up for a First Sail Workshop, which includes a 45-minute classroom session followed by 90 minutes on the water. • Cruisers University April 25-28, 2019. Cruisers University is for sailors who have an interest in learning the fundamentals of bluewater cruising. There are more than 50 classes and several tuition packages available. Classes are held at the Governor Calvert Inn in Annapolis. Register at…

5 min.
holding power

Far be it for me to question the skill of Mark Roye’s anchoring account in “Such a Drag” (January 2019). It is more an inquiry as to whether my own anchoring method might have saved him the problems he experienced. Long, long ago, after numerous experiments at anchoring, I decided never to anchor at night anywhere — even in a flat calm — without deploying my two-anchor method. Briefly, this means snubbing in the main anchor pretty much as Mark describes, until I am satisfied it is holding. Then, by use of a specially made short strop, I attach a second anchor to the same chain with a strong line from the shank, and heave it over. I then pay out more chain and snub the second anchor in using…

2 min.
eight bells: carl moesly

Carl Moesly, who died on December 28, 2018, at age 97, lived life his own way. His first boat, as a Depression-era kid, was made from a long piece of roofing sheet metal folded down the middle, and sealed and fastened at each end. He used an athwartship wooden strut to spread the sides apart, creating a metal canoe to explore his backyard — the undeveloped Fort Lauderdale estuary. His cruising began in earnest as a teenager when he built a 15-foot hard-chined sloop and sailed her to the Bahamas, beach camping from cay to cay. These early waterman experiences set the stage for things to come. In the early ‘70s, Carl and his wife, Jeanne, bought a doubleended Ingrid 38 cutter and set off on their first circumnavigation. Along the…

2 min.
wind whisperer

Typically speaking, software development usually follows hardware innovations or unfurls in tandem with new equipment releases. Interestingly, the distinctive-looking SailTimer anemometer was created because of SailTimer Inc.’s already-existing SailTimer app, which calculates optimal tacks and tacking times to destinations. In 2011, they created their original SailTimer wireless anemometer, which features an innovative cup-style design that presents itself to the wind as a propeller when heeled over, allowing the device to accurately report wind information from all inclination angles. Now, SailTimer Inc. has released the SailTimer RB. Like the original, the SailTimer RB ($550) transmits its data over Bluetooth directly to smartphone- and tablet-based Android- and iOS-friendly apps. However, the RB version features a few significant hardware upgrades. For starters, a rechargeable lithium LFP battery has usurped the brass counterweight on the…