Cruising World

Cruising World April 2020

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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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4 min
build to trash it

The good news? There are a lot of old boats out there. Many have “good bones,” as they say, and often, they can be purchased for a remarkably modest price. If maintained, their hulls and decks haven’t been overly compromised by water seeping into plywood or balsa cores. Their aluminum masts remain straight and strong. Replace aging rigging, buy new sails, perhaps repower the engine, and update the electrical system and electronics, and off you go—at a fraction of the price of buying new. The bad news? There are a lot of old boats out there. And they are really a problem. Yards are choking on boats that won’t—or at least shouldn’t—ever see the water again. They sit with rotting interiors behind homes, an eyesore in the neighborhood. They hang year after year…

4 min
kiting while cruising

Finding a way to finance your lifestyle while cruising in remote places is one of the many challenges faced by sailors. Adrian Cartier Millon, a French kitesurf instructor, had a unique idea in mind when he set off from France six years ago aboard his Laurin Koster 28, Eureka. He was headed for New Caledonia in the South Pacific, where he’d heard the conditions were perfect to start a kite school, which he wanted to run from his boat. Originally from Marseille, Millon set sail from the south of France and headed west across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, transited the Panama Canal, and entered Pacific waters for the first time, teaching kiteboarding as he went. He never made it to New Caledonia however. Instead he stumbled across a lesser-known kitesurfing…

1 min
passage notes

Go Vote! Just because you’re cruising out of the US doesn’t mean you can’t vote. “Right now is an excellent time to plan ahead for our presidential election in November,” writes Behan Gifford in a recent blog post. “Electronic means of providing election materials to overseas and military voters became mandatory with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. Cool, huh? If you’re thinking back to the old days when a paper ballot was sent out to you, times have changed – in favor of helping cruisers vote!” See more details at cruisingworld.com/sailing-totem. Congrats to CW Authors Cruising World authors were honored during the annual Boating Writers International (bwi.org) award presentation during the Miami International Boat Show in February. In all, CW writers took home three first-place awards, three second-place awards, two third-place awards,…

2 min
hey, that’s my magazine!

My 5-year-old grandson, Connor, just killed an hour on this gloomy day by poring over my latest issue of Cruising World. He hit me with lots of questions about everything he saw: dinghy covers, bow thrusters, deck designs, rudders, booms, pulleys and masts. He looked at every page from cover to cover, including the classified section, where he saw a “friendly pirate ship” (the ad for Windjammer cruises). Then he left to go home and took my magazine with him. He is really looking forward to sailing on our Catalina 380, Bonnie Christine, this summer, as am I. Thanks for keeping him so entertained on this blustery day. So funny because he can’t even read! —Linda Evans, Marshfield, Mass. HOW WOULD STEVE DO IT? As a frequent singlehanded sailor on my Beneteau 423,…

1 min
headsail drama

As I wearily awoke from sleep in preparation for my next watch, a strange flapping sound brought me to an instant state of awareness. Located 400 miles east of Bermuda, my family and I were six days into our first ocean crossing, sailing from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten to the Atlantic archipelago of the Azores. Our 1984 Moody 47, Roam, had been performing admirably, and I instinctively knew that this new sound was cause for alarm. Rushing to the companionway, I clambered up the stairs to find that our newly purchased, albeit secondhand, carbon-fiber headsail had completely delaminated through the night, causing a gaping hole the size of a double bed and allowing black carbon-fiber strands to wrap tightly around the forestay. While this wasn’t ideal, the main…

1 min
offshore ready

1. PEDPOX PEDESTAL POCKETS • $38.50 • PEDPOX.COM Is there anything more annoying than not having a safe place to stash your things in the cock-pit? This set of pockets attaches easily to a standard 4-inch steering pedestal, and provides a secure place for your sunglasses, handheld VHF, lip balm and more. 2. ZHIK ZK SEABOOT 900 • $300 • ZHIK.COM Wet, cold feet will not be an issue with the ZK Seaboot 900. These boots were developed and tested in the Volvo Ocean Race and offer support and comfort for long tricks at the helm. The neoprene and rubber construction, along with the integrated gaiter, will keep water out and feet warm. 3. SIRIUS SIGNAL C-1002 • $300 • SIRIUS SIGNAL.COM This new Coast Guard-approved electronic flare is the first of its kind to have a two-color…