How To Assess a Captain

Always Question the “Experts”: Ill Prepared Fishing Trip in the Bahamas Nearly Leads to Disaster. Illustrations by Brett Affrunti Question the “Experts” Thinking for yourself on the water might make all the difference. Donald was itching to get out on the water. He and a group of friends had flown down to the Bahamas to […]

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Southern Ocean sailing: Lessons from Cape Horners

Few scenarios are more feared than a Southern Ocean sailing in a storm. Sean McNeill hears from those who’ve sailed through them on how to handle severe conditions “The closest I’ve ever been to mortality was the capsize at Cape Horn. That was just a horrific experience,” says American sailor Rich Wilson of his Southern […]

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How to Balance Weight on Your Boat

Keep your crew comfortable by maintaining a balanced load. Courtesy Chaparral Boats Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Managing the load aboard your boat begins before you set out and continues throughout the day. Keep an eye on your boat’s […]

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What the Coast Guard Wants You to Know

Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Shannon Scaff’s simple, experience-based lessons on how to not end up in a rescue basket—or dead. Tough Love Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Shannon Scaff’s simple, experience-based lessons on how to not end up in a rescue basket—or dead. I first met Shannon Scaff during research for my 2021 book called The […]

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Sailing to the Galapagos – a land of wonder

Sailing to the Galapagos Islands requires extensive preparation, but the rewards are other-worldly, as Jessie Zevalkink discovered The first morning of passage sailing to the Galapagos Islands I leapt out of my berth at 0600, seeking an hour alone. I’d hoped to rise earlier for a full two hours of dawn and silence, but one […]

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Yamaha technical school program expands

The Yamaha Marine Technical School Partnership program (TSP) added ten new schools to its growing list of participants during the last 12 months, bringing the total number to 117 nationwide. Developed in 2015, Yamaha’s TSP program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used […]

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Long Lost Log: Pincher’s tale of storms and rows

Onboard rows, a gun-toting skipper and a ferocious storm are recalled from Michael Chapman Pincher’s Long Lost Log. Tom Cunliffe introduces this extract Michael Chapman Pincher, son of the great investigative journalist, left school at 17 to become a stagehand in London’s West End. At 23 in 1974 he quit and went to sea with […]

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Jeremy Rogers, 1937-2022

British yacht builder Jeremy Rogers MBE, most famous for co-creating the iconic Contessa 32 and Contessa 26, has died at the age of 85 Jeremy Rogers, here sailing with his wife, Fiona. Credit: David Harding Credit: David Harding Jeremy Rogers was an esteemed designer and passionate racing sailor. He founded his eponymous boatyard in Lymington, […]

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Electric Boats and Avoiding Range Anxiety

If you’re looking to compare the power of your electric motor to a gas or diesel engine, follow this formula: 1 kilowatt equals 1.34. Christian Brecheis Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. I’ve run out of gas on the water […]

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The Golden Globe Race 2022

The 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race made history delivering the first ever solo non- stop unassisted voyage around the world. Nine started, one finished, one died, one boat was lost. The legend of this amazing adventure was born. It was not a race like the America’s Cup. It was a challenge and display of […]

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Dockside Chat on 3D Sonar Technology

Join Editor-in-Chief of PassageMaker Jeff Moser for a dive into 3D forward looking sonar technology with Bob Arrington and Matthew Zimmerman. View the original article to see embedded media. Over the years, these products have become simpler to use, smaller, and lower cost. This technology is both more advanced and more accessible than ever before. Bob […]

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Interpreting Wave Forecasts for Boating

Knowing the projected height, interval and direction of waves can ensure a smooth day of boating. Tim Barker First, let me plead, “Mea culpa.” I’ll admit to fixating on marine wind forecasts before venturing out to sea, sometimes to the exclusion of wave projections. That shortcut has more than once come back to bite me […]

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Roving Commissions extract: Calm in the Storm

Despite rig failure and a tropical cyclone, Francis Hawkings remains composed on an eventful Pacific crossing. Tom Cunliffe introduces this extract from Roving Commissions Not for the first time, the Royal Cruising Club’s wonderful annual journal Roving Commissions has turned up a jewel of seamanship. Delving into the 2021 edition I found an account by […]

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Lessons from the Sinking of the Bounty

Recounting the story of the Bounty and one of the most dangerous rescue missions in boating history. In 2012 the tall ship Bounty was sunk by Superstorm Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. The sinking of the iconic—and period correct—prop ship from the 1962 Marlon Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty killed the captain […]

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How to Tow a Dinghy

Properly towing a dinghy requires a bit of planning. Tim Barker A dinghy proves useful, and not just for cruising. It allows one to anchor deep if a popular spot is too crowded close in. It’s also fun for taking off to fish, sail or explore. Use the following tips for a safer, easier time […]

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