Don’t Forget the Dinghy Anchor!

Please don’t leave the boat without an adequate dinghy anchor in the dinghy. It’s as important for your safety as a life jacket!

How To Use a Snubber With A Kellet

Nylon Anchor Snubber at Work

How to use both a snubber and a kellet for safer anchoring? One step at a time.

Why I Love My Spade Anchor!

Every cruiser swears by their anchor. Our anchor is a Spade and we have been known to get into heated discussions over how much we love it.

Why Fresh Water Rinse the Chain Locker?

Winterlude Anchored at Ft Jefferson, the Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Earlier today, we had all the chain drug out and the anchor on the dock, just in time for friends to walk by and wonder what we were doing. Unfortunately for us, sv Winterlude doesn’t have a freshwater washdown hose at the bow.  So when the anchor and chain come up, we try to rinse […]

10 Years Later … Outfitting For Cruising

David on the bow, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

Cruising gear: what works for us and the spare parts we’ve used and now will need to replace. Here’s some of our gear & what we think after 10 years, hopefully it’s helpful.

How Many Hours for an Inch?

David on the bow, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

Nothing is ever easy on a boat … but our windlass has returned from its cross country travels and is reinstalled ready to go anchor out at the barrier islands and enjoy some FUN for the next few days. Pay off in paradise!

Boats Going Bump in the Night: Anchor Lights

Often when anchored in out of the way places … or not so out of the way places, I worry about other boats seeing our dark hulled sailboat. Sometimes boats zoom around after dark at speeds not conducive to stopping instantly if they realize our dark hull is directly ahead. Our thoughts on visibility after dark at anchor…..

13 Spares You Never Knew You Needed!

When we left to cruise the Western Caribbean for six years, we had the boat stock full of spare parts – engine parts including a spare mixing or exhaust elbow, rebuild parts for the head, an entire new wheel pilot autopilot, a spare regulator, tools for every conceivable use, and lots more.   By the […]

What’s a Kellet? Anchor Insurance!

Worried about your anchor holding? The most important consideration is adequate scope, but we also use an anchor kellet to absorb most of the force and insure that the pull from the boat rarely reaches the anchor, so there’s little possibility of it getting pulled out. Here’s how.

Nothing Is Ever Easy! Replacing Snubber Rusted Shackle

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that NOTHING is ever easy on a boat. The simplest project usually turns out to have some wrinkle that requires hours & numerous trips to the marine stores or Home Depot. Replacing rusty thimbles in our snubber line was no exception.