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Cruising World March 2021

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
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
heaven’s half acre

While I was on Boat of the Year duty in Annapolis, Maryland, and a few hundred miles from home, one evening this past October, I got the phone call that any boat owner dreads. A strong southerly gale was raking the Massachusetts coast, including the exposed harbor north of Boston where we keep our O’Day Daysailer, Scoot. The harbormaster had just received word that a small blue sailboat—our small blue sailboat!—was upside down in the surf. Ugh. Ironically, just moments earlier my wife had called to report that it was windy and rough, but that our little vessel seemed to be doing OK out on its mooring. It’s still a mystery as to whether the boat was knocked flat by a wave or flipped in a gust. What was clear at the…

3 min
a welcoming shelter

Verdant mountains plunging into a blue sea, dark basalt spires piercing the clouds, jungle vines growing over stone ruins: the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia have an almost mystical aura about them. At the far eastern end of the South Pacific islands, only 9 to 10 degrees south of the equator, they are remote, hot and humid. They are high islands, volcanoes that have eroded into deep valleys and vertiginous ridges. In some ways, they are the ultimate South Seas idyll: secluded, tropical and ruggedly beautiful. But in other ways, they are far from the postcard picture. Because of their geological newness and because they are on the outer edges of the cold Humboldt Current, the islands have not developed extensive barrier reefs. So they don’t have the lagoons and…

1 min
passage notes

Watchkeeping on Passages In a recent blog post, Behan Gifford explains how her family manages watches on any passage—long or short. Routine is key, and fatigue is the enemy. “Keeping rested is a priority,” she says. “If crew aboard is prone to seasickness, pre-medicating is our standard. A sick crew is more than being one person down: They take the time and effort of healthy crew for their care, growing impact. On multiday passages, we sleep as much as we can during the day—forcing naps as needed—until the new biorhythm is established.” For more from the Totem crew, visit cruisingworld.com/sailingtotem. Take a Sailing Vacation! Are you ready for a change of scenery? No need to go far—there are plenty of great domestic sailing destinations that you can drive to. Check out our Charter Directory…

4 min
careful what you close

In Tom Zydler’s recent article on preventing water from entering engines while underway (“Exhaust All Options,” January 2021), a few points are worth noting. It’s highly unlikely that water will enter an engine via the engine’s raw-water intake line by pushing its way past the raw-water pump as he describes (siphoning is another matter). If this were a risk, gensets on 30-knot powerboats would suffer water intrusion on a daily basis. Installing a valve between the lift muffler and mixing elbow is fraught; inadvertently cranking an engine against a closed valve could split the hose, and if the engine then started, the exhaust gas and water would enter the engine compartment, doing untold damage. While its value might be more defensible, the same is true for the valve at the…

2 min
upcycling old gear

I am always looking for creative ways to reduce waste. So when I had a pair of wet-weather bibs that no longer kept me dry, I didn’t automatically assume they were no longer useful. If sailing has taught me anything, it is to adapt to the conditions and work with what you have. The overalls looked good, but they didn’t work. This was evident during a wet passage from Fiji to New Caledonia. When I got off my midnight watch, I was soaked. And when I woke for my 0600 watch, I noticed flecks of the neon green all over my body. Either I was slowly morphing into the Hulk or I was covered in the bib’s waterproof lining. I was extremely disappointed that my newish gear had failed, but there was…

2 min
fiji’s blue lane

Fiji set a glowing example for other Pacific countries this past sailing season by successfully opening its borders to cruisers. The country consequently welcomed over 90 foreign boats, over 300 crew and an estimated $10 million to its shores. The Blue Lane initiative, launched in June, set strict guidelines for pleasure craft to follow in order to enter Fiji. This protocol involved sailors having to activate their AIS for their entire trip so that the Fijian navy could confirm uninterrupted sailing, along with quarantining crew on board their vessels for a total of 14 days, including passage time. Additionally, all crew had to take a COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result within 72 hours of leaving their original country and again two days before their 14-day quarantine was up. While Port…