Rendezvous internet setup

One of the most important things to me and my crew is the ability to connect to the Internet for voyage planning, staying in touch with family, social media, and relaxation. Having a reliable setup has always been one of my…

Boats, AKA Infinite Work Machines

It never ceases to amaze how a boat is a Pandora’s box of unending projects. As soon as you start working on your list, five new issues pop up to make the list longer and replace the ones you finished. A boat is like a…

Road to Re-power: The journey begins with wax and paint

Have you ever re-powered a sailboat? No? Well, me either. There is a first time for everything, though, and I'm enthusiastically diving into this massive project with sleeves rolled and an open mind. Yahtzee ambles her way…

What could possibly go wrong? Find out in Brion Toss's new book "Falling"

Going aloft on a boat can be both thrilling and downright scary. Suspended 60 feet in the air, your health and life entirely dependent on a line (or two if you’re smart) and some hardware is living on a knife’s edge. It…

Going solar aboard Tolly Roger

We wanted to be able to increase the time between charging the house bank while away from the dock. After some research, we decided to add a solar charging system for the boat. First, a bit of background: We do not have an…

Tranny Troubles: Out with the old, in with the new

Outbound and nearing the end of the Seward breakwater, we needed to get the mainsail up quick. With a 15-knot southerly breeze on the nose and a building chop, Yahtzee limped  along at under two knots, yearning to get out of…

No fridge, no problem for 'Caro Babbo'

Thanks to John Juliano aboard SV Caro Babbo for this piece on going with out refrigeration while cruising. "They cheat. They have a freezer," Jennifer said with surprise and betrayal. She was reading an article about…

Things that make the boat more comfie

For those of you who charter — if you are anything like we were — you don’t bring much to the boat with you. And, given you aren’t likely to be aboard much beyond 2 weeks, that makes a lot of sense.  But when I was  doing…

Non-skid paint: What worked for us

A year ago we wrote about our experiences with KiwiGrip non-skid paint and how we were pretty unhappy with it because the sharp ridges trap dirt very tenaciously, making the paint appear  permanently dirty, even after…

Video: See how a master outfits her boat

I recently stumbled across this excellent interview with my good friend and sailing inspiration Carol Hasse, which was done by OffCenterHarbor.com. Enjoy!