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Mysteries of the Ocean

Hello Sailors,

Tom from Nature’s Water, a water treatment/filtration company out of Ireland contacted me to see if I would share an infographic they created. The infographic has some interesting ocean facts and some unusual sea-life that they thought my readers might have an interest in, so I agreed.

Here’s their synopsis and the beautiful and informative infographic.

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Eleven Great Cruising Tips for Live Aboard and Day Cruisers

Hello Sailors,

I continue to progress with my studies with the US Sail and Power Squadron and I always learn loads of great information.

In my Cruising and Planning Course I picked up a bunch of great tips for the cruising sailor that you might enjoy. There are quite a few great tips to share with you, but we’ll start with 11 tips today. Many of these apply to the day cruiser just as well as the long-term live aboard cruiser too. Enjoy!

1. If you do not have a professional license you cannot charge more than the actual expenses incurred for fuel, food and incidentals or you will be in violation of Federal law and potentially increase your liability. You should check with your State for the items that can be considered “actual expenses”.

2. Cruising with children will be more successful if the children are included in the planning of the cruise.

3. Regularly change your jib sheets end for end to help reduce chafe.

4. Keep a “day box” of snacks that is outside of the refrigerator/cooler that is easily accessible for all crew. This will reduce the number of times your refrigerator/cooler is opened during the day and keep your crew from eating foods that may be set aside for a specific meal.

Cruising and Cruise Planning Tips

5.  Do not store any canned items near the magnetic compass or flux gate compass as they can create a false reading.

6. Heavy items such as canned food should be stored low in the boat and as close to the boat’s center of gravity as possible. Many cruisers stow their canned goods in the bilge. If you do so as well, it is a good idea to date the cans and label their contents. Do not store aluminum cans with soda/cola in the bilge if cruising in salt water as they will explode and you will have quite a mess.

7. Keep a record or diagram of the location of all your stored provisions on board so you can find them more easily as you cruise.

8. If you use a combination lock for your boat, always set the numbers to the same numbers, such as 0000, so that they become tarnished as well as those for the combination and make it a little harder for thieves to guess your combination.

Cruising and Cruise Planning Tips

9. Get in the habit of tying the bitter end of your dock lines on board to make it harder for vandals to set your boat free. Also, use cables and locks where warranted.

Cruising and Cruise Planning Tips

10. The best lock is a tubular key lock made from stainless steel.

11. Your emergency medical kit should include Silvadene cream (requires a prescription) it is excellent for wounds and burns.

Cruising and Cruise Planning Tips

If you have any other cruising tips that you’d like to share, please do so in the comments section below.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl

Boom Gallows

Hello Sailors,

My good friend and sailing mentor, Pam Wall recently wrote about the benefits of having a boom gallows on board. For those of you that don’t know what a boom gallows is, it’s an arch structure usually located over your cockpit, although your boat may dictate another location, that has cut outs across the top of the arch to accommodate your boom.

Boom Gallows

Pam explained that the main reason to have a boom gallows is to secure the boom in less than calm seas. The gallows is a resting place for the boom that keeps it from flailing about.

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