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Interview with the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

I was just interviewed by The Slow Boat Sailing Podcast about sailing to, in, and around the Galapagos and Marquesas. I hope you find it interesting and useful. Enjoy!

If It's Broke...

It’s not that you shouldn’t try to fix anything that breaks; it’s just that you don’t necessarily have to fix everything that breaks. The key is knowing when to give in and get on with your cruise. Read more here…

Celestial Navigation

There are few things quite as satisfying as fixing your position by measuring the altitude of a few heavenly bodies. With no other landmarks around, stars and planets help to put a face on an otherwise featureless expanse of ocean — they become our friends at sea during the night. Read more here…

Honorable mention: Stay or Go?

What a nice surprise! My article “Should I Stay or Should I Go” recently received a merit award at Boat Writer’s International annual writing content in the “Boating Adventures” category. It recounts the tricky decision we had to make whether to weather a storm in Tonga or try to beat it with a quick passage to New Zealand. Here’s an excerpt of the article, published in the September 2015 issue of Ocean Navigator magazine… Read on here…

Busy Kids, Happy Kids: Part 3

In this series of excerpts from my book, Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, I’ll share ideas for keeping sailing kids busy, happy, and tuned in to their surroundings. Part 3 on monitoring resources here!

Busy Kids, Happy Kids: Part 2

In this series of excerpts from my book, Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, I’ll share ideas for keeping sailing kids busy, happy, and tuned in to their surroundings. Part 2 (on making a movie) here!

Busy Kids, Happy Kids: Part 1

In this series of excerpts from my book, Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, I’ll share ideas for keeping sailing kids busy, happy, and tuned in to their surroundings. Part 1 (on keepig kids involved in boat operations) here!

Magic Carpet Ride

So many things are lost when we busy ourselves with “civilized” lives on land; so many great, though simple, pleasures can be regained by spending time on the sea. There, we quickly shrink to humble proportions amidst greater forces: the wind, waves, and tides. On one magical overnight passage in the Caribbean, these elements harmonized, treating us to a memorable ride. Read more…

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Trash or Treasure: the Sailor's Book Swap

A cruiser’s book exchange can be a delightfully mixed bag, especially on a remote atoll in the Cook Islands. Continue reading…

Planning a Field Trip

An excerpt from Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, with tips on designing fun and educational field trips - tips that can applied anywhere in the world by inquisitve families on the go. Continue reading…

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