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Twelve Tips for Cruisers

Hello Sailors,

If you plan on doing any long-term off-shore cruising like I do, I can’t recommend enough the classes offered by the US Sail and Power Squadron (“USPS”). They have chapters all over the US so hopefully you’ll find a chapter near to you.

They also offer educational seminars in the off-season, if you live in an area that won’t allow you to sail year ’round. So if you decide taking a course is not for you, then you might consider attending these informational seminars dedicated to all things boating.

One of the courses I completed with the USPS is Cruise Planning. This course has a wealth of great information for those of you planning to cruise the world. Today I’m sharing just twelve of these great cruising tips. Enjoy!

1. When planning a cruise, estimate your cruising speed at 70% of your normal speed.

2. Prepare a float plan for your cruising itinerary and leave it with a responsible adult back on land.

3.To determine the size diesel engine your sailboat needs, take the sailboat’s displacement and divide by 1,000 then multiply by 2. So for example if your boat’s hull displacement is 20,000 the calculation would be 20,000/1,000 = 20 X 2 = 40 or 40 horsepower.

4. If your life raft has not been inspected for some time (years), it should be inflated in a pool or other body of water to make sure it still deploys and floats and all of the emergency equipment on board should be tested before setting off on an off shore cruise.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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