Introduction

Having been on the steep learning curve of 20 years of single handed Transatlantic racing and cruising and 16 years of double handed Atlantic and Pacific ocean cruising I hope to give practical advice and discuss some essential requirements to make cruising life for the novice cruiser a success and the best experience of a lifetime.

No glorified descriptions of wonderful remote and secluded anchorages watching the sunset with a gin and tonic in hand from the aft deck or a palm fronted beach. Of course that happens and is more likely the result of good planning and thorough preparation which I think is essential to make cruising life a happy life.

In the first 9 chapters I will discuss the basics regarding the tools of our trade.

The ideal Yacht and her Equipment

Is there such a thing as the ideal cruising boat? Judging at the variety of yachts on display at anchorages and marinas around the world the answer is NO.
One notices many different hull types, materials, shapes, and rigs. Cruisers preferences, technical development, fashion and racing rules play a role.

The coming months, issued in weekly episodes, I will discuss in general the following items:

  1. Hull types and materials
  2. Rigs and rigging
  3. Safety, protection and accessibility
  4. Sails and engine
  5. Anchor gear
  6. Rudder and steering
  7. Dinghy and outboard
  8. Safety equipment
  9. Insurance, paperwork and money

Later, more detailed discussions are planned on these topics:

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