By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs
The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.
Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us
In 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.
Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.
We arrived in the middle of the night in the harbor of Atuona, Hiva Oa, running on diesel fumes with a heavy breeze on the bow. It was dark, forbidding harbor with huge swells and cliffs on both sides as we anchored. (In last month’s installment, I gave the name of the wrong island in Marquesas at which we initially arrived. Sorry, it’s been a long journey.)
Spectacular anchorage in Hiva Oa ©persevere60545.com
At daybreak, the dark shadows revealed a lush, green paradise of volcanic mountains rising out of the sea – like a scene of paradise you would see in the movies, but it was real. We pulled the inflatable out of the garage after breakfast, piled in with our diesel cans and headed towards shore to explore.Read more
By Ben Carey
Sailing is a fantastic way to explore the world. I’ve heard many people say the sailing lifestyle is “living the dream.” But for my wife Teresa and I, sailing with a purpose felt more dreamy. We needed a way to give back, which is why we started Hello Ocean, an organization that expands ocean conservation and research through citizen science and educational media.
This Leopard catamaran, generously loaned by The Moorings, was an ideal platform for Hello Ocean’s Expedition Underway. © helloocean.orgRead more
By Captain Charlie Simon
A lot of guys ask me, “How did you get your wife to sail around the world with you?” From our nearly 40 years of sailing together, here are my top 10 tips:
Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon completed a 26,000-mile circumnavigation aboard their Taswell 58 Celebrate in 2015. ©spokesman.com
1. Take Small Bites. We’d started with chartering small daysailers on the San Francisco Bay and graduated to staying overnight at anchor. Then we purchased our first boat, a Ranger 33, and we’d drive to the marina on Friday afternoon, putt out to an anchorage, sail on Saturday, and drive back Sunday. When we moved to Seattle, I suggested sailing up the inside passage to Alaska and she exclaimed, “Absolutely NOT!” So we spent a week’s charter in the gorgeous San Juan Islands and another the following year, venturing an additional 20 miles north to Canada’s Gulf Islands. Our next boat, a Beneteau 461 (with hydronic heat), got a trip up to Desolation Sound. The following season, our trip was a bit further and continued on when I pointed out we were already more than halfway to Ketchikan, AK. She then agreed to Glacier Bay on the condition she could fly home any time she wanted.Read more
Follow Linda and Bob as they sail from Boston to the Caribbean on their Tartan 4000, Argon, for a one year sailing excursion.
What's a jib? port tack? gybing? rhumb line? TVMDC? snubber?... Only ten years ago we knew nothing about sailing except that we wanted to try it out. After our first class, we were both hooked. After the first few years, Matt Leduc of Latitude Yacht Brokerage helped us tremendously as we ventured in to boat ownership. Now we have upgraded our boat, sold our home, cars, and most possessions and are one month in to a year long sailing trip aiming for the Caribbean.
Check out our blog at ArgonSailing.com and the first of our video blog series posted here.Read more
A critical look at the charter-business end of yacht ownership
By Gregor Tarjan
Lately catamarans are all the rage. A keen sailor might have noticed – even in our historically conservative New England sailing grounds – the once exotic catamaran is encountered on a more frequent basis than ever. It is not unusual to find a dozen sailing cats in popular harbors such as our homeport of Port Jefferson on Long Island’s North Shore.
The author’s Bavaria-Nautitech 40 Open catamaran moored at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club © aeroyacht.com
By Colin Rath
Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles at linked below.
A Pacific sunset © persevere60545.com
We left Galapagos with as much food and supplies as possible on May 7, but we were not able to top off our fuel as much as I wanted. We had 90% on the tanks and two 20-liter jerry cans of diesel. Good enough for government work, right? So off we went. The girls hit every DVD shop in the islands before leaving and picked up enough movies for the journey. I think we got 75 movies at 50 cents a pop. Some were good, some were not so good.Read more
The Moorings has announced its newest charter destination in Puerto Rico, available to book now for vacations beginning in January 2017.
© Sean McGee
The cruising grounds of Puerto Rico and the surrounding Spanish Virgin Islands will offer vacationers a pristine, Caribbean charter experience with convenient access, including direct flights from many cities and no passport required for U.S citizens. Options include all-inclusive crewed sail and power yacht charters complete with captain and chef, as well as bareboat power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 514 Power Catamaran.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
If you’re an old barnacle with a massive motor vessel measured in tens of meters, platoon of polo wearing plebes and the luck of a society currently rewarding masters of the market, I’ve got something to remind you. There’s like 19,000 kids in Massachusetts that don’t have a home. I say sell your ship! Come on, with those sales proceeds you could do some good for those kids that’d really mark-up history. Plus, your squared off tin can isn’t even good looking – empirically.Read more
By Colin Rath
Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.
I have sailed my whole life on the East Coast of the USA and the Atlantic Ocean…up to now. We found out immediately that the Pacific Ocean is a completely different animal as we set sail from Panama City. In fact, Pam and Nerina, who had been using Scopoderm daily since we left New England, stopped taking them and only used them in rough weather after our first day of sailing in the Pacific. Which is a big huge with the crew aboard Persevere. A happy crew makes life so much easier.