by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Last month we featured the first part of our series on building a custom boat. We spoke to Jim Betts from Betts Boats in Anacortes, Washington and poked around the shop looking at the works in progress. We spoke about the design process and decision making about sizing and budgets. […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) All of us have dreamed about finding the perfect boat that suits every sailing wish and desire. Fast around the buoys, but light and comfortable at anchor, with enough space and comfort for the family or another couple for a week without getting in everyone’s way. Of course, there are […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) It’s that time of year again. Fall, the dreaded end of boating season. This month, we’re going to take a quick look at what you can do to make sure your batteries make it through the season in the best condition, so you’re ready for spring. The exact steps will […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Sailing offshore under a sea of stars is an experience beyond compare. On a clear, moonless night, you’ll never see more stars from anywhere on earth. With nothing but the wind in the sails and the sounds of the boat for accompaniment, it’s a peaceful yet exhilarating experience. Add the […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Boaters are a helpful group, on the whole. If someone is struggling to get on a dock or figure out a mechanical problem, there’s always someone willing to grab a line or talk about how they solved a similar thing. It makes boating nice and gives us a sense of […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) So…when was the last time you and your crew did an actual Crew Overboard (COB) drill? I don’t mean talking through what you would do or going over the theory and steps. I mean practicing a live drill where you toss a float overboard and go back and pick it […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Fishing when you’re sailing can be a lot of fun and give you a great meal. Depending on your preferences and on how serious you want to be, you can get started for only a few bucks. Or if you’re looking for sport, you can get a full standup rig. […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Racing your sailboat is not only fun, but it’s a great way to make new friends and sharpen your sailing skills. You’ll learn better helm skills, sail trim, reading the wind, minding currents, and a lot of other parts of sailing you may not pay as much attention to when […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) A good boat name speaks to you, and it fits the boat. Coming up with something original, fitting, and maybe even clever can be harder than you think. Your boat and how you use it are a personality, and it needs to fit the boat. And since you’re going to […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) If you’ve ever equipped your boat to go offshore, you know you’re supposed to have an EPIRB on board. But can you use a PLB instead? Why might you want a PLB or other beacon device in your life jacket? How to use and maintain them? Technological development has given […]