The story of our charter of a Sunsail 444 catamaran and a Sunsail 404 catamaran from Placencia, Belize. 7 days during February 2019. Visual reef navigation was a new challenge for us but we managed to escape unscathed. I’ll post more on the challenges of sailing in Belize later; for now enjoy the video!
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Near the start of the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac race a sailor was washed overboard and drown. This account from his team makes my stomach churn: The boat made three unsuccessful approaches to retrieve him, during which crew noted that his life jacket had not inflated. During the third approach, crewmembers saw […]
We dedicated a weekend late in the sailing season to finally getting ashore at Block Island. It was a great change of pace and I had a lot of fun making this video! Please enjoy:
…and suggestions… This article is about bareboat cruising in Thailand; specifically discussing destinations and preparing for the challenges. But first here’s why Thailand should be on your short list of bareboat charter destinations: Thailand, specifically Phang Nga (fang-na) Bay, is considered a challenging Bareboat charter destination. This isn’t because the wind howls; instead it is […]
Step by step instructional video for customizing a chart with local knowledge and then loading it onto a smartphone chartplotter app. Using only free software! Download Links Image Customization: Preview on OSX (builtin app) GIMP Maptiler File Management “Downloads” App (builtin on many Android devices) X-Plore File Manager SailGrib Weather Routing Free
The amount of information you have to remember during a bareboat charter is expansive; on your first bareboat charter remembering everything is downright overwhelming. I’ve created several checklists to assist bareboat skippers in keeping track of everything. Scroll down to check out the checklists… Checkout Checklist Bareboat charters begin with two briefings: the chart briefing […]