Cruising Lifestyle

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By Neil Hockley, Cruising World Magazine This sailor's onboard office promises a commute you can cruise with. "Hands-On Sailor: Living Aboard" from our January 2012 issue. Over the last four years, I’ve worked from home. You could also say that I work remotely, since home now for my wife, Catherine, and me, is Dream Time, our 38-foot Cabo Rico. For years, I dreamed about sailing around the world, living a life of freedom, discovery, and adventure far away from the rushed routine of our existence in New York. I wanted to live in the...

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In the 2009 Baja Haha, multihulls checked in together as the "No Comprende" division. I don't understand either so I guess I fit right in. Poobah, Richard Spindler's 63' catamaran Profligate, shepherded a fleet of 165 vessels from San Diego to Cabo. And shepherd she did as there was some spectacular - some might even say sublime - sailing and a very eventful trip. The fleet saw light air and fog, heavy air with big following seas, and perfect breezes under moonlit skies. We even had a sinking to add drama to the radio nets and we certainly enjoyed a whol...

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This is the continuing story of a 28 foot cat sailing down the west coast of the USA to Mexico. Some may think this trip should be a breeze. We think courage is essential to voyaging and exploring. Life consists of a million small acts of courage. From our first foray into kindergarten to sitting with your mother as her body shuts down, each one of us has to draw on our own reservoir of courage to do what must be done to live life happily and peacefully. We do not often think of it as courage: we just pull something up from within; square our...

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2008 swings into boat show season and I look forward to standing on the docks in Miami surrounded by catamarans in great concentration. Like most multihull enthusiasts, I will be like a kid in a candy store. But fresh in my mind are the year's experiences with the much more elusive cats of the Northwest Coast enjoying our truly amazing cruising grounds.The Maine Cat 30' Jasmine was the first to claw her way up the coast from San Diego to Bellingham, WA – in January no less. In the experienced hands of a professional delivery skipper she sl...

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As boaters, it's up to all of us to help protect the ecosystems that provide us so much joy. And with the growing availability of green marine products, there's really no reason for us not to do our part. We can do the "little things" - like running fans instead of air conditioning, using rechargeable batteries and recycling garbage - because even small steps matter.In addition, an array of environmentally friendly wares like the collection listed here can be found locally at chandleries like Budget Marine (www.budgetmarine.com) and Island Water World (w...

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Over the years I have sold a fare share of catamarans to a wide range of people.  They all start with a vision of where they will go on their boats, and what they will do, but never really know for sure who will take to the cruising lifestyle and who won't.  Some tell me they just want to sail in the Caribbean, but end up circumnavigating.  Others tell me they plan to circumnavigate but never go much beyond the Bahamas, etc. Four years ago I sold a new Dolphin 460 catamaran to Russell Eddington, a former Hobie cat racer I have known since...

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The question of how to find good crew for an offshore yacht passage can often be a vexing one. There are several avenues down which a sailor can search; websites, classified sections of nautical publications, notice boards and personal recommendations. Websites usually have large listings of competent crew but applicants normally expect payment and agencies want commissions. Classifieds can be confusing by their often ambiguous and tempting lingo. Here's an example: 'Young adventurous female desires crew placement on sailing yacht; very experienced in...

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Okay – I have to admit it – both David and I are attached at the hip to, not only our  computers, but to the Internet as well.  For this reason I was more than a little dubious about leaving our high speed ADSL line at the dock.  I soon discovered that my fears were in the wind.  Dave invested in a WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) 802.11 card and a high gain external antenna for use while we cruised the Windward/Leeward Islands and Venezuela, and at a price that is much less than the least-expensive satellite solutions....

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