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Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising
December 2015.
Meteorologist, navigator and ARC safety inspector Chris Tibbs and his wife, Helen, are going round the world, starting with the ARC. He describes how he prepared his yacht.
The Book of Sail - Gadgets and Ideas for the Cruising Sailor
New gadgets to make life easier for the cruising sailor appear regularly. Some are worthy but many are not. This website examines new gadgets, ideas and products as they arrive on the market and offers an opinion on their usefulness. It also allows input from subscribers.
Tools we Use
Posted December 2017.
SY Rejoice have photographed their toolkit and outlined uses for every tool in the tool box. A very useful summary of what you will need on board for long distance cruising.
What Worked, What Didn’t Nine Years Later
Posted May 2017.
A report for BWS by Patrick and Rebecca Childress, who sailed away from Newport, Rhode Island nine years ago on what was supposed to be a four year cruise. Now there is no end in sight.

Buying a Boat

If you are thinking about buying a boat, the following online resources will likely be helpful:
New and used yachts for sale.
Large selection of brokerage boats for sale by professional yacht brokers.
Searchable database with more than 8000 sailboats from around the world including sailboat photos and drawings.
Used yachts for sale, Australia and NZ wide.

Buying in Europe and selling in Australia
Posted May 2016.
Interesting discussion on Cruisers Forum on the "in's" and "out's" of a one-way adventure.

How NOT to buy a cruising boat
This book by experienced cruising couple Deb and TJ Akey, will help you navigate the search and purchase of your cruising yacht with your sanity intact. Link to great review by Charlotte of SY Rebel Heart.

How to buy a used yacht
Great guidelines by

Multihulls - ever more popular for cruising
October 2015.
Over the past few years there has been a growing trend for owners to choose a multihull for bluewater cruising. Yachting World investigate what is going on.

Outfitting a boat to sail around the world
Posted July 2016.
What we bought, what we learned and what we'd do differently. A great blog post by Tasha and Ryan from their Fountain Pajot "Cheeky Monkey" with some very helpful advice and recommendations.

Selling a Foreign Flagged Boat in the USA
Posted November 2017.
John Boyle gives a detailed report on how they went about selling their UK registered yacht in the USA.

Selling your Sailboat
Published June 2017.
Whilst this article by Practical Sailor is aimed at how to prepare and present your cruising boat for sale, it's actually quite a good summary of what to look out for when buying a boat.

Why Cruise a Catamaran?
A report by Cruising World Magazine:
Experienced monohull cruisers made the jump to a 46 foot cruising catamaran, and they are never going back. Here they answer the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Computers and Tablets

Computers Aboard
Posted February 2014.
Four cruisers discuss the systems that keep them connected, entertained and on course. Another informative article by Cruising World.

Liveaboard cruisers - most useful smartphone & tablet tools
Posted July 2016.
Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different with smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is a roundup of what these accomplished voyagers are using aboard their boats for voyaging from the South Pacific to the Arctic. By Ocean Navigator.

Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat
Yachting World article - December 2015.

iPad Navigation Across an Ocean
Posted February 2014.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World have an interesting article on this option.


For communications equipment see the Noonsite/General/Communications page.

Electrics and Electronics

AIS versus Radar
January 2016.
A great article by Ocean Navigator.

Heraco Lights
8 Whatney, Suite 100 , Irvine, CA 92618 , USA
LED lights, fixtures, DIY parts, plug 'n light kits.

LED Stripe for the cockpit
Long term cruiser Hans-Joachim Englert developed this idea after spending countless hours in his cockpit without finding a suitable cockpit light.

M Power Mfg
7520 Sand Street Bldg #17 , Fort Worth, TX 76118 , See testimonial
Tel:+1 800-364-9966 (toll-free) / +1 817-590-0700 Fax:+1 817-590-0720
High output alternators.

Marine Electronic Services Ltd.
Bristol Head Office
Tel:+44 (0)1179 114111 Fax:+44 (0)1179 556289
Specialist marine electronics supplier for Europe.

Marine Safety Electronics
November 2015.
Great advice from Ocean Navigator on how to wade through all the options.

Solbian Energie Alternative SRL
Viale Gandhi 21b , 10051 Avigliana (TO) , Italy
Tel:+39 011 9663512 Fax:+39 011 9664720
Solar panels

Sun Powered Yachts
Tel:+ 1 808 825 2670
Authorized dealer of SunPower® flexible solar panels. Lightweight, durable & powerful the SunPower® E-Flex series includes the 50W, 110W & 170W panels. Free shipping in USA.

Trans Marine Pro
Tel:+1 954-683-7368 / +1 954-609-0946 Fax:+1 866-861-7901
An earth conscious business that promotes and installs Renewable energy systems on sailboats, run by the Murrays from their 56ft custom Bruce Roberts. Offer a unique raft up service on the East coast of the States, and USVI.

Using Tablet Computers & GPS - Accuracy & Opinions
A good starting point for field users of tablet computers that are looking to improve the GPS data they are collecting – or at least make an informed choice regarding the options available.


Baja Filters
337 W. 35th Street Suite G , National City , California 91950, USA
Tel:+1 703-851-2967
Small company but excellent service.

Evinrude Parts
Tel:Order Questions, call +1 805-547-8368
Product Related Questions Parts Catalog +1-847-689-7090 Accessories +1-847-689-7090 Literature +1-847-689-7090

Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

Marine Diesel Basics
Posted November 2018.
Adventurer and long-term liveaboard Dennison Berwick has put together this very useful basic guide on how best to maintain your diesel engine. With easy to read diagrams and its step-by-step approach to each task this is a useful book to have at hand throughout the cruising season. It covers maintenance, lay-up, winter protection, tropical storage and spring re-commissioning. The book is a small paperback, so not very robust, and the text on the small side. It does lend itself however to photocopying certain tasks and enlarging and laminating the instructions for convenience. Marine Diesel Basics is a new series of VISUAL guides to the complete marine diesel system on sailboats, powerboats and narrowboats - fuel, engine, breathing, cooling, lubrication, electrical, transmission, stern gland and propeller, troubleshooting, mechanic’s know-how and boat buyer’s guide.

Marine Supplies

Mactra Marine
Unit 20, Worle Industrial Centre, Worle , Weston-Super-Mare , BS22 6BX, United Kingdom
Tel:+44 (0)1934 517288 Fax:+44 (0)1934 520684
Blue water equipment, both new and second hand. Agents for Schenker and Katadyn watermakers.

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Sails & Rigging

Dolphin Sails
400 Main Road, Harwich , Essex, CO12 4DN
Tel:01255 243366

The revolutionary sail with the distinctive wing, highly efficient for both running and reaching, and light on the autopilot. Specially designed for the short-handed crew, its ingeniously designed douser makes for easy handling.

Sailclamps - Emergency rollerfurl repair
107 Crown Lane, , Bellingham, WA , USA
Tel:+1 360-739-6751
An invaluable and inexpensive emergency repair method when rollerfurling fails. It can also be used to convert a rollerfurl sail to hanked on. See application examples on our website. Designed by a sailor for sailors.

P.O. Box 3885 , San Rafael, Ca. 94912
Tel:415 460-5151 Fax:415 460-5151
Self-tailing conversions for Barient and Barlow winches.


Windpilot Self-steering


Getting, Storing and Using Water While Cruising
April 2017.
A helpful article by Cruising Compass on how to get, store and use water. It covers watermaker options, water catchment, tanks & pumps.

Wind Generators

Rutland House , Trevithick Road , Corby Northants, NN17 5XY
Tel:+44 (0) 1536 201588 Fax:+44 (0) 1536 400211
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 0830-1700 / Fri 0830-1500
Marlec's range of Rutland Wind turbines are renowned for the silent but powerful operation on board yachts. The latest Rutland 1200 has many modern and highly efficient features for combining wind and solar battery charging on board. Distributors for SunWare and manufacturers of Spectra semi-flexible solar panels for marine. Visit their website for comprehensive information and call the expert team. Renewable energy since 1979.

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Compliments to CMP for replacement of bent Rocna anchor

Ordering spares whilst cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

GPS: Tips on Replacing memory battery in Raymarine Raystar 120

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America

Electrics: Tips from an unplanned re-wiring

Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

Buying the ideal boat for you

North Sails: How their new sailcloth Radian can work for cruisers

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life

Testimonial for Quality Marine gear and Great Customer After-sales service

Great Customer Service Bosch, Istanbul

Re-Filling LPG Cylinders Worldwide

Reply to Poor Service from Quantum Sails

Iridium Airtime - How it Works

Are Propane and Butane interchangeable with most boat systems?

Aquapro Inflatable Boats - Warrantee Claims

Propane verses Diesel cookers

Which Self Steering System?

Report: Dismasted Mid-Atlantic

Managing Emergencies – Rudder Failure

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part V: Equipment

Cooking with a solar oven aboard
SV Totem has one of these and have written a great article about the advantages of using one of these pieces of equipment on board.
Dinghy Bottom Cleaning
A simple trick, but one you perhaps haven't considered before.
Foot Powered Laundry Machine - YiRego
Drumi: All you need is water, detergent and foot power. 5-10 minutes per load. Approx. 100 Euros. Lightweight and compact.
Reviews of the best boat gear.
Spring Fitting Out Checklist for Your Boat
Published April 2018.
Useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.
Steering without a Rudder
Published April 2014.
This useful guide tests a number of methods and a variety of equipment that any well prepared cruising yacht would have on board for an offshore passage.
Platinum Sponsors

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat

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