Choosing a Rudder and a Boat to go Along with it

Choosing a Rudder and a Boat to go Along with it More than just steering Taking one look around any marina, or anchorage, you will see 10’s, if not 100’s, of different rudder designs, but which one is best? To ask such a question is pure lunacy, for sailing vessels are complicated machines with innumerable…

Cooking Underway for $15 (and how my boat almost burned down)

Cooking Underway For $15 My old Kenyan Marine pressurized alcohol stove was a complete nightmare to operate at port, let alone at sea with waves throwing the boat around.  Flare ups and an unsettling hissing sound are extremely common when it comes to stoves of this nature, that being pressurized alcohol stoves.  And one night,…

Getting Back to Your Slip When Your Engine Fails

Getting Back to Your Slip When Your Engine Fails Your engine fails, your boat smashes into another, or worse yet, someone else’s engine fails and their boat comes tumbling down wind head straight for your beam… what would you do?  A modern diesel can be highly reliable and very convenient, when it comes to taking…

The Reality of Shitting in a Bucket and Why it Doesn’t Suck

If you have ever been in any boat, any boat at all, with a holding tank, you have experienced the smell. “The smell of what?” you may ask. The smell of rotten, fermenting, crystallizing, crusty, shit saturated hoses. These are the hoses that lead to that infernal box of sewage that many call their holding…

The ultimate “go small, go simple, go now” cruising attitude

The ultimate “go small, go simple, go now” cruising attitude Cooper VonAchen   There are so many people who will make claims to what you need when setting off on a voyage of any kind, whether it be a coastal cruise to a warmer climate, or a transoceanic super adventure.  But when we cost conscious…

I BOUGHT A BOAT

The adventure begins with the purchase of my Canadian Sailcraft 27. The journey is underway.