Category: Cruising

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) In 2018 in the United States, the Coast Guard counted 633 deaths and over 2,500 serious injuries from recreational boating accidents. Not to be dark and grim, but boating safety is a serious topic and many fatalities and accidents could have been prevented with care and caution. This isn’t an […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Every book on cruising, every engine user manual, every “tips and tricks for not killing your engine” guide, every coastal and cruising instructional course out there says one thing in common: Check your engine oil every day. This is basic, but I am convinced that only the most meticulous people […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Visiting new places is one reason we sail and voyage. What can be more exciting than showing up in a new town or on a new island full of new sights and experiences? Navigating close to land can be the trickiest part of any trip, and a strange harbor can […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) The little joys of boat ownership are without number. I really DO love boats and owning them, but every now and then something happens that makes you shake your head and wonder just what we are thinking. This time it is Swedish engineering. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Heading out of sight of land for the first time is daunting enough, but adding in an overnight on a long passage? There are a few things you want to consider to make sure everything goes well. Check The Weather The first rule of safety heading offshore is never intentionally […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) We’ve taken the mast off of Evenstar before.  A couple of times in fact.  When storing on land in the winter her mast is so tall that the windage is dangerous, so to avoid shaking, rattling and damage to the boat we pulled the mast when we did it. It was pretty […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) A good night’s sleep on a boat is a pleasure away from a dock or mooring if you can anchor your boat so it stays. Assuming you’ve got good ground tackle, there are three main points to watch for when you are anchoring the boat: positioning, a good set, and […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  “No Battle Plan Survives Contact With the Enemy” –  Helmuth von Moltke If you haven’t figured it out from my posts to date, the initial battery installation didn’t go as smoothly as planned. There were some speed bumps. A few dips in the road. A couple of potholes. A long, […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Your boat insurance policy isn’t as hard to read as you think. It’s a bit of a wade to get through the “aggregates,” “agreeds,” and “perils” whipped together by the underwriters, but it’s an important piece of protection you should understand. The answer to the question posed by this article […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Preventing winter damage to your boat and making spring commissioning easier are the two main objectives of winterizing your boat. With these two goals in mind, what do you need to know when you’re getting ready to winterize? How Winter Can Harm Your Boat Freezing water expands with inexorable force. […]