By Tyson Bottenus, At-Large Ambassador for Sailors for the Sea
Old boats are a dime a dozen in the Northeast, and every year the problem keeps compounding. After a few years off the market, a used boat’s value drops precipitously and eventually it always seems to find itself under a tarp in someone’s backyard, or laying in waste at the back of a boatyard; its fiberglass hull slowly turning black and waterlogged, its lines fraying from ultraviolet radiation.
She used to be somebody’s dream, but this derelict boat might have a future as an alternative kiln fuel in the cement industry.Read more
By Joe Butera
I was becoming increasingly annoyed with the long wait for the club tender to return to the dock and bring me out to my boat. The dog-day heat was melting my freshly purchased ice and the launch was nowhere in sight. I dreamily gazed out at the fleet in the August haze and began to take a trip in the way-back machine of my mind. I drifted back to a sizzling day like this in the late 1950s when I was in my early teens.Read more
By Teresa L. Carey
I left Las Palmas feeling like I had let everyone down. Windy was hoisting its sails for a transatlantic, and instead I was boarding the plane home. During the previous days my anxiety over the passage was building to an overwhelming point, but I couldn’t pinpoint the problem. In hindsight, I see clearly what happened.
With misgivings about the skipper and vessel with whom she’d signed on, the author let the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers depart without her. ©worldcruising.comRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
Youth or stupidity (or a soupcon of both) share the common element of driving many a bad decision. The thing with youth is that the passage of time lays down all those bad wakes whereas with stupid, well you can’t fix stupid, right? This cogency leads me to the observation that the maritime law doesn’t seem to care much whether you’re stupid or jacked on immaturity – either way a penalty awaits.Read more
Finances, Fuel, Feuds and Fishing
By Captain Linda Perry Riera
Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and Captain Bob Damiano, who recently completed the island portion of a 10-month sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 and are now back in New England waters.
Ten months, 5,000 nautical miles, 15 countries, 80 harbors. One broken collarbone, one clogged head, and one seized up water pump. Hundreds of cruising friends met. This trip has been an unbelievable adventure in so many ways. Below are some more data and figures of our extended cruise.
Although $68,000 sounds like a lot, this was our total expenditure for 10 months of living…Intense living filled with unique adventure, travel, challenge and beauty. It was worth every penny. © ArgonSailing.comRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
It’s crey-crey ‘round here. All kinds of claims, and some of them involve yacht (and other vessel) owners behaving badly. I know I only see the bad antics, but it seems to me that owners who’ve made a little bank automatically think they’re “big time.” The way I see things, who you are is all about how you act when you think no one’s looking. The big players, the real titans, don’t generally fuss with trying to stick it to their hired help. They might not hire you, might fire you, but I don’t typically see them mistreating shipboard staff.Read more
The 18th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) will depart from Newport, RI on Saturday, October 28, or the best weather window after that date. “The NARC is the only rally that officially stops in Bermuda on the way to the Caribbean,” said NARC founder Hank Schmitt, President of Offshore Passage Opportunities in Halesite, NY. “We stay at the St. Georges Dinghy & Sports Club. Our host in St. Maarten is IGY Marina which gives us two free days dockage and 10% discount on slip fees for as long as you stay, up to and including the entire winter season.”Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
It’s hard to sauce up the law like you might a galley full of dry chicken. Problem is, there’s just never enough sauce to make reading the law anything but dry and that’s why it falls on these shoulders to work my culinary magic. Tuck into our main course featuring a Texas decision highlighting an interesting Jones Act wrinkle with a side of maritime lawyer troubles. Go on, give it a taste.Read more
By Azia Keever
The Florida Keys have always been a sailor’s getaway and Key Largo is becoming a sailor’s dream destination. Key Largo is the uppermost key in the long chain of islands off the southern tip of Florida. With one of the best coral reefs, Molasses Reef, just three miles offshore of its south end, this key is one you don’t want to just merely drive through on your way down to the tourist trap at the end of the rainbow. Any local will tell you Key Largo is a must-experience staple of the Florida Keys.
Guests have the exclusive use of a Catalina 22 for the duration of their visit. © Jason Hines/keylargocottages.comRead more
By Lisa duBusc Miller
Sure, there are plenty of cool colorful racecourse graphics and insightful commentary when you watch the world’s greatest sailing race on TV. But when those hydrofoiling winged AC50 catamarans are soaring right at you, across the Great Sound of Bermuda in the 35th America’s Cup, as you sway to and fro astride a luxurious spectator boat, with a Goslings rum swizzle in hand, and a warm salty breeze is blowing, nothing beats it.