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3 days ago
Many voyagers worry most about ocean passages but, in fact, the dangers are far higher on a coastal passage. Colin, who has made countless passages along one of the most challenging coasts anywhere, is eminently qualified to guide us through the coastal passage planning process.
7 days ago
There are a huge number of second-hand fibreglass cruising boats for sale, but very few good ones. Here is how to weed out some of the junk.
11 days ago
Randall Reeves and John spent a couple of hours discussing storm tactics in general and the series drogue designed by Don Jordan in particular. Here's an excerpt.
14 days ago
Drones and mast cameras, can they be useful for navigation? Matt says yes. We also want to hear about your experiences with this intriguing technology.
20 days ago
One of the common debates in any sailor's bar is which hull material is best. John settles the argument...it depends. But he does make some solid recommendations for hull materials most of us should avoid and the one that the majority should choose.
27 days ago
When an anchor that thousands of sailors rely on seems to have a dangerous flaw, we need to write about that...and we do. Also, some thoughts on the the Vulcan and the Mantus anchors.
1 month ago
John and Phyllis want to buy a 40-foot sailboat. There are thousands of second-hand boats for sale, but most of them are not fit to go offshore. So how do we weed through all the junk to find a decent and safe boat at a fair price? And what about refitting an older boat? This is the first of a series of articles to answer those two questions.
1 month ago
We finally finished our transfer to a new membership system and so have written about the many improvements it delivers for our members.
1 month ago
One of the saddest things that can happen to a cruiser is buying a fundamentally bad boat, and there are plenty of those out there to temp the uninformed. Here's how to make sure that the boat you buy is well designed.
1 month ago
First a book and then an article get Phyllis thinking: What does respectful voyaging mean? How do we know if we have crossed lines as travellers that we shouldn't have crossed?
1 month ago
More news about our efforts to choose and install a new membership system.
1 month ago
Beautiful and remote, Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland, is a gem of an outport harbour. Phyllis writes about the village's struggle to stay viable and how it resolved.
1 month ago
When the subject of buying an old and tired boat and refitting it as a way to get out there ocean voyaging inexpensively comes up, John tends to start throwing around a lot of cold reality, and generally being a spoil sport. But sometimes this course can work.
1 month ago
In a previous two chapters we covered our favourite anchor and a second choice. In this chapter we move on to size and material—even tricker things to decide on. But not to worry, we make it simple.
2 months ago
Tucked into the heart of North America, five hundred miles from the sea, lies one of the world's great adventure cruising grounds. A quarter-million square kilometres of water, and seventeen thousand kilometres of coastline, call out to sailors seeking a season or two off the beaten path.
2 months ago
Susie Goodall was one of the few competitors in Golden Globe Race 2018 with a series drogue to Don Jordan's design. But it failed her, and her boat pitchpoled What went wrong and does Susies' terrible experience indicate a fundamental problem with the series drogue and/or Don Jorgan's science and engineering? John digs in to find out.
2 months ago
In the last two chapters we have reviewed the SPADE and SARCA Excel anchors. So which of the two are best, and are there other anchors as good or better?
2 months ago
Now that the Golden Globe 2018 is nearly over, it's time to figure out why it turned into a demolition derby, and how to fix it so that there will be future editions.
2 months ago
We pursue a technical vein here at AAC. But sometimes it's nice to take a break from anchors and electrons. To that end, John is trying his hand at fiction. 
2 months ago
Everyone loves to tout the benefits of their favourite anchor, John included, but this article is about much more: how to cut through all the claims to the criteria that really matter when selecting an anchor.
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