Ode to the Iron Genny

Lessons Learned Cruising From the February 2021 issue of 48° North. Sailboats! Most of our cruising boats come equipped with noisemakers below deck: the so-called “Iron Genny” comes into service at times when it’s impossible…

Worn Out: Active Cruising and Gear Lifespan

Lessons learned from years of cruising about onboard gear and how it runs its natural course. What do galley stoves, outboard engines, and winch handles have in common? They’re all sold at boat shows, and they all sink if…

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

As a cruiser, every holiday is a little different. Yet each one retains the important themes of time together (even if it’s a family of two, not twenty) and familiar traditions. When sharing an anchorage with others who are…

Insider ideas: Totem’s 2020 gift guide

Every year we put a holiday gift guide together, to help pick out something special for the cruisers and cruisers-to-be on your list. This year, the suggestions have a new source. We send an occasional newsletter to coaching…

Weather Routing for Passages

Unicorns and Dragons: confessions of an amateur weather router The post Weather Routing for Passages appeared first on Sailing Totem. Jamie will be the first to tell you he’s not a weather router. But weather advice has…

Unicorns and Dragons: Confessions of an Amateur Weather Router

Lessons Learned Cruising: Jamie Gifford shares his experience helping east coast cruisers with weather routing On this day, I have two boats galloping north at 10 knots. The sailing is nice, boosted by 3 knots of Gulf Stream…

Totem Bears Witness: An Environmental Photo Essay from Around the World

Immersing our family in the realities of the natural world is a meaningful part of our cruising dream When we set off from the Pacific Northwest aboard Totem over a decade ago, we anticipated the rewards of living with a…

The South Pacific is closed

In the wild elasticity of time since Coronavirus shadows began gathering, although it feels like an age since we canceled plans for the South Pacific – it’s barely been a week. Since February we’ve been in prepare /…

How Coronavirus is Impacting Totem’s Plans

Longtime Cruising Columnists, Behan and Jamie Gifford, Share How Coronavirus is Affecting Their Impending Passage Plans Totem’s bow floats high thanks to the anchor and ground tackle that lies on the concrete dock just…

Schedules, cruising, and the 800-mile passage nobody wants to make

“After this, no more schedules!” Jamie ranted a little while coiling lines at the mast possibly a little more vigorously than necessary while we motored into Banderas Bay yesterday morning. It’s a basic principle of…