How to Send a Float Plan When Sailing Offshore

We do many things to prepare for offshore passages, but one of the most critical is notifying our VIPs of our plans. In discussions with other cruisers lately, it came to my attention that many cruisers do not file a float plan with anyone. What is a Float Plan? A float plan is a...

The Cruiser’s Chartplotter

One of the most important pieces of equipment on a cruising boat, chartplotters aren’t often used to their full potential. What is a Chartplotter? It sounds simple enough – something that plots charts – but a chartplotter is a complicated and extremely valuable...

How to Pick Up a Mooring Ball

Tying up to a mooring is one of the easiest and most common ways to secure your boat to the seabed. It takes some coordination and practice though, so here’s how we do it. What is a Swing Mooring Ball? A swing mooring ball is a very simple way to secure your boat to the...

Radar Feature: MARPA Targets

Our AIS (Automatic Identification System) is one of our favorite electronics on the boat.  It helps us make better navigational decisions, especially in high traffic areas or ship channels.  However, while cruising through South East Asia, we encountered a lot of...

Radar Feature: Rain

Rain and fog greatly reduce visibility and increase the risk of a collision while boating.  Thankfully, your radar has built-in features you can use to “see” through the rain better and avoid a deadly mistake. While sailing around in the Maldives, we were near...

Downwind Sailing on a Cruising Catamaran

When we wrote our first sail trim for a cruising catamaran blog post, we were just about to move aboard Starry Horizons for our circumnavigation.  We’d been sailing a 30-foot Maine Cat around Galveston Bay, getting some sailing experience under our belts.  Starry Horizons...

How to Fix Inaccurate Charts for Navigation

As we’ve been cruising the world, we have discovered that in most places our charts are fairly accurate.  However, there are some places completely inaccurate charts.  One of the most obvious ones on our first year across the Pacific was Beveridge Reef, a small...

Important Knots for Cruisers to Know by Heart

There are hundreds of unique knots out there for every use under the sun. But, after 3 years of cruising, we have found that there are only 3 important knots for cruisers to know by heart. Learn the, use them, love them. Bowline This is hands down, the number one most important...
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