Tag: Sailing

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) Up front, I’m going to confess to a cheat – the cruising grounds of Maine are far too extensive and varied to cover in the few hundred words we have for this blog every month. So we’re going to give you a taste to entice into thinking about taking a […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) This is a very subjective list, and my list will be nothing like yours unless you have a similar boat and a similar lifestyle and way of using your boat. For context, I’ve been cruising full time and living aboard my boat since 2012, though we’ve owned her for fifteen […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  One of the weirdest summers in memory is drawing to a close. With the pandemic, we tossed all our usual summer activities and plans in the air to land where they would. Many people took to boating with their families as a good way to get some social distance from […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  Read Part I, Part III, and Part IV of buying a used boat. Back in July we started a series on things to look for when buying a used boat. We touched on a few easy checks you can make the first time you look at a boat. Some of […]

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) 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. […]

By. B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Welcome to my Research Project Lithium batteries are a wonderful technology. They are lighter, charge better, and are so efficient. OH MY GOD YOUR BOAT IS GOING TO EXPLODE LIKE A GALAXY NOTE SEVEN ON A TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT! You’ll get so much more life out of them, they’ll last for […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Welcome to my first post as a contributing editor to the iNavX blog! Our first topic is the all important BATTERY…or as Kathy says “Can you maybe not say the B-word for an hour, please?” Apologies in advance…things are going to get technical about batteries. If you’re into that, then […]