Interview: Sailing Around the World in Just Under 3 1/2 Years

I recently had the pleasure to meet this guy named Tim. Tim is a PhD from MIT and he’s been sailing around the world for almost three years. His boat’s name is Slick and they have had quite the adventure together. Check out the interview below and then go read some of his stories on his... Read More

Sailing Singlehanded to the San Juans

  Singlehanded Sailing to the San Juan Islands on SV Time and Tide, a 33′ Carter 3/4 Ton IOR sloop.

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Five Reasons Why I’m Addicted to Running

Hi, my name is Brian (66) and I'm a running addict. I recently had a conversation with a family member about working out. She told me that she hated cardio. I responded with the statement that I'm addicted to running (and cycling). It took me awhile to realize this. In fact, it took me ...

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Part II: An Open Letter to the National Maritime Center or Why My Military Sea Service Should Count Towards a Merchant Mariner Credential

I recently applied for, fought like crazy (almost an entire year) and then, finally, received my Merchant Mariner Credential from the United States Coast Guard. What does that mean? It means I’m a licensed Captain, by the USCG, and can operate a vessel under 100 gross tons and get paid for it. ...

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Part I: A Primer on How To Get Your USCG Captain’s License

If you want to take people out on your boat and get paid for it, or if you want the prestige of being recognized by the USCG as a licensed Captain, then you’re most likely looking at their Operator of Un-inspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) credential. With this Merchant Mariner Credential, ...

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Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics for Singlehanded Sailing

Andrew Evans, a singlehanded sailor out of Victoria Canada wrote the book on singlehanded sailing, literally. It’s a free download in PDF format. Check it out here. This guy is has spent more time sailing singlehanded than most of us will be able to accomplish in a life time. I’m a guy that ...

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Raymarine ST2000+ Autohelm Sea Trial

ST2000+ Auto pilot on a Carter 33′ 3/4 Ton Sloop. Sailing on a beam reach in light wind, the autopilot performs wonderfully. Noise is not an issue, neither is battery consumption. This boat’s displacement is around 11,000lbs, the ST2000+ is rated for 10,000lbs but it still works great.

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Flagship Maritime Training

If you’re in the market to start working towards you USCG Merchant Mariners Credential you’re going to want to check out Flagship Maritime Training. With a state of the art facility, top notch instructors with decades of experience and a friendly sea dog to greet you at the door… this place is ...

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How I Climb My Mast – Singlehanded

Every sailboat owner, at one time or another needs to climb their mast for maintenance and inspection of all those components aloft – at least. Maybe a new VHF whip antenna needs to be installed or something of that nature.  I had broken my jib halyard off, twice, and needed to inspect and ...

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Singlehanded Spinnaker Practice

Flying a Spinnaker Singlehanded on a Carter 3/4 Ton IOR 33′ Sloop. I use a Raymarine ST2000 Tiller Autohelm to steer when I’m up on the foredeck. I don’t know of any other method to sail downwind reliably other than an Autopilot/helm. During the day, the winds did pick up while I had the ...

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