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2 days ago
There are many cruising myths that become accepted as fact because they sound logical and get repeated often. Let's bust two of them.
9 days ago
John applies risk management thinking to the highly ambiguous subject of keel safety and longevity on older fibreglass boats, starting off with keel types to seek out and those to avoid.
15 days ago
In Part 1, we analyzed the Outbound 46 hull design and compared her to recent designs. Now let's look at other hull-related stuff, including the keel, rudder, bow thruster or not, and some thoughts on construction, all relevant no matter what boat you are thinking of buying.
17 days ago
Back in February we rolled out (and I wrote about) the first phase of our 2020 improvements to this site, which focused on simplification, improved readability on phones, and speed. That  was all good, but it quickly became apparent that the next thing needed was a damned good housecleaning and re-categorization of our content. Here's what we did.
22 days ago
There are few things more depressing in cruising than having to live with an unreliable engine. Colin takes a look at the options for rebuild or repower and what all this is going to cost.
26 days ago
There are a lot of wonderful things about cruising, but the most rewarding experiences are often the most unexpected. And, better still, this big fish story is all true.
1 month ago
Because we know that Attainable Adventure Cruising readers are way too smart to be wowed by a slick interior and so forget the important stuff, John starts our review with a deep dive into the hull form of the Outbound 46, This chapter will also be useful in your search, no matter what offshore sailboat boat you end up with.
1 month ago
Starting a multi-part in-depth review of the Outbound 46 offshore cruising sailboat.
1 month ago
Colin is using his enforced time ashore to think about the greater cruising community and what the future may hold for us all.
1 month ago
John digs into upfront costs of buying and refitting a boat that will have to be paid before the real work gets started.
1 month ago
I needed a diversion from too much bad news. Here's what I chose to do. I hope that it gives you at least a few minutes respite, too.
1 month ago
In Part1 and Part 2 I covered when to use shorefasts, the risks of doing so, and shorefast setups, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to make putting them in easier. Now let's take a look at the gear Phyllis and I carry on Morgan's Cloud, as well as what you need if you aspire to being a pro shorefast user.
1 month ago
Do ultrasonic antifouling systems work? Here's an interesting real world example where one did.
1 month ago
In Part 1 I covered the physics that govern the loads shorefast are subjected to. Now let's move on to some example configurations and then some fun stuff: tips, tricks and hacks that make putting in shorefasts safer and easier.
2 months ago
Many people assume that tying to the solid land with shorefasts is safer and more secure than anchoring. But is it really? John takes a deep dive into the facts and in the process shares some interesting things about shorefasts and how to use them.
2 months ago
Now we know that a lot of the rudders out there on older fibreglass boats will need extensive repair or replacement, what's the best course of action, and what's it going to cost us? John provides the answers.
2 months ago
Rational or not, it's starting to feel like the world is coming seriously unglued, what with COVID-19 and the associated economic disruptions, not to speak of some spectacular market volatility. So here's what are we going to do about that at AAC.
2 months ago
So we have found a great older boat to buy at a very reasonable price, perhaps recently refitted. But what about that item no one (least of all the broker) wants to talk about: the rudder? Here's the real hard facts about rudders on old fibreglass boats, together with a step-by-step method to make sure we are not heading out with a ticking time bomb instead of a reliable rudder.
2 months ago
There are few subjects around anchoring that get more discussion than stopping surging. However, once we understand why it happens, the best solution becomes obvious.
2 months ago
Before we start to build a refit budgeting and planning framework, we need to define the boat we will start off with as well as explore how we can correct numbers for other boats: smaller, bigger, and/or more complex.
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