Sailing Resources

Here are a few interesting and helful links:   Calculator: Converting miles to nautical miles Sailing checklist: Make sure you've got everything before leaving the dock Marine Survey & Design Co.: An outstanding marine surveyor BoatUS Finance: Compute loan cost of a new boat Boating Reviews: Test your nautical knowledge; online exams Boat Reviews A-W: Jack Hornor, NA, reviews sailboats for BoatUS US Sailing Course: More sailing lessons online [...]

2018-03-12T15:37:35+00:00 By |

Sailing Checklist

Sailing Checklist Ibuprofen Water Hat/visor Sunglasses Sunscreen Lunch Towels Dry clothes Mainsail Jib Mainsheet Dock lines Sail ties Boom vang Radio GPS Cell phone Camera Gerber tool Toolbox (hand tools) PFDs (3) Boat cushions Boat tie-down straps (2) Binoculars Charts, Maps Compass Masthead float First Aid kit Fire extinguisher Zip ties (extra) Marine tape Spare rings/shackles/cotter pins Zip loc baggies Boat ladder Rudder and tiller Boat hook Silicone Flashlight [...]

2017-11-05T19:09:55+00:00 By |

Boat No. 2

I admit it -- I've been waffling. There are so many awesome boats available and every time I go to a boat show I fall in love with a new one. Or one that's not suitable for our lifestyle. Lance, however, has not waffled. He's rolled his eyes a few times (a lot of times), and he'll admit he's impressed by the loveliness of the Gozzard, or the practicality [...]

2017-11-05T22:07:51+00:00 By |

An Affordable Way to Sail

Daysailing, also called dinghy cruising, has been described as "a magical way of exploring new coastlines and experiencing nature at close quarters." You don't have to wait until the bank account is full and until you have plenty of time for sailing to enjoy a daysail in your small boat. Trailerable boats are easy to acquire and inexpensive to maintain. Some have cabins, some are simply large cockpits with a [...]

2018-01-07T18:49:12+00:00 By |

Snorkeling the Tortugas

DRY TORTUGAS – If you can swim – okay, if you can float – then you can snorkel and the best snorkeling in North America is at Dry Tortugas National Park, nearly 70 miles west of Key West. Its shallow waters have spectacular views and are perfect for beginners and experts. The Dry Tortugas is a cluster of seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand. The area [...]

2017-11-04T15:07:12+00:00 By |

Don’t Miss the Boat Shows

MIAMI BEACH – The traffic had stalled on Collins Avenue, also known as A1A. Drivers didn’t seem to mind; their eyes were glued on the mega yachts moored in the nearby canal, part of the Miami International Boat Show at the Sea Isle Marina. Sailboats, including luxury multi-hulls, were sequestered a few miles away at Miamarina at Bayside. Smaller powerboat dealers and others in the marine industry vended in [...]

2017-11-04T15:17:25+00:00 By |

Too Cold in New England?

ANNAPOLIS, MD – If winter winds on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island aren’t your cup of tea, then consider heading south to the Chesapeake Bay and spend a weekend in historic Annapolis, Md. Founded in 1649, Annapolis once served as the capital of the United States when the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed there. It is Maryland’s capitol city and home of the U.S. [...]

2017-11-05T22:12:34+00:00 By |

Too Cold in New England?

ANNAPOLIS, MD – If winter winds on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island aren’t your cup of tea, then consider heading south to the Chesapeake Bay and spend a weekend in historic Annapolis, Md. Founded in 1649, Annapolis once served as the capital of the United States when the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed there. It is Maryland’s capitol city and home of the U.S. [...]

2010-05-31T21:02:27+00:00 By |

eReaders for Sailors

eBooks are emerging as a true friend of the sailor: they're useful, entertaining and you can have thousands on your virtual bookcase without adding weight or taking up valuable space on your boat. If you don't know much about eBooks, this is a primer. An e-book reader, also called an e-book device or e-reader, is an electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books [...]

2017-11-04T15:16:11+00:00 By |

Knots and Do Nots

There’s value in sailors learning how to properly tie a knot because a bad thing can happen with poorly tied knots: The boat could drift away. A short walk down a long pier on Cayuga Lake revealed an assortment of knot-tying techniques, mostly sloppy and dangerous. Wrapping a line (that’s what sailors call ropes) around and around a cleat until it’s a mass of cordage won’t guarantee that the [...]

2017-11-04T15:15:19+00:00 By |

Consider Trailer Sailing

Trailer sailing works for powerboats and for sailboats   Living in Northcentral Pennsylvania is advantageous for land-locked sailors. In addition to several large lakes and reservoirs nearby, boaters can use the Finger Lakes of New York. Trailering a boat from Williamsport to the Finger Lakes is easier than it sounds. It’s little more than a one-hour drive on U.S. Route 15 from Williamsport to the New York [...]

2017-11-04T15:08:12+00:00 By |

Trailer Sailing in the Northeast

Living in Northcentral Pennsylvania is advantageous for land-locked sailors. In addition to several large lakes and reservoirs nearby, boaters can use the Finger Lakes of New York. Trailering a boat from Williamsport to the Finger Lakes is easier than it sounds. It’s little more than a one-hour drive on U.S. Route 15 from Williamsport to the New York border, and then 45 minutes more to Seneca Lake in Watkins [...]

2017-11-04T15:14:19+00:00 By |

Hobie Makes Kayaking Fun for All

Hobie, a leading catamaran design company, has expanded and introduced a new line of sit-on-top kayaks, fishing kayaks and float cats. An interesting boat for use on local creeks, lakes and the Susquehanna is the pedal-driven Hobie Mirage Kayak. The equinox in March afforded local boaters with the opportunity to burn their socks over an open fire while upending a beer. It’s an Annapolis-born tradition of welcoming spring, and [...]

2018-01-07T19:04:25+00:00 By |

Daysailing

Daysailing can be a solo activity or a sport, such as racing around the bouys Daysailing, also called dinghy cruising, has been described as "a magical way of exploring new coastlines and experiencing nature at close quarters." You don't have to wait until the bank account is full and until you have plenty of time for sailing to enjoy a daysail in your small boat. Trailerable boats [...]

2017-11-04T15:08:40+00:00 By |

Swallows & Amazons

Swallows and Amazons: a sailing adventure series for children -- and adults Barbecued Billygoats! You mean you haven't read Swallows and Amazons or any of the other books in the 12-volume series? Technically, we're all supposed to read these books when we're children, but if you haven't don't worry — you'll still enjoy messing about in boats with the crews of the Swallow and the pirates of [...]

2017-11-04T15:09:10+00:00 By |

Learn to Sail the Right Way

Learn to Sail Captain Gardner Lloyd of Flagship Sailing We made the decision to learn how to sail and to purchase a sailboat in 2005 so we took Basic Keelboat (BKB 101) sailing lessons with Flagship Sailing in Clearwater, Florida. Captain Gardner Lloyd taught us the fundamentals aboard a Catalina 22. We learned to hoist sails, tack and gybe, practiced MOB drills and docking skills on [...]

2017-11-04T15:09:22+00:00 By |

Tony Smith’s Small Boat

ANNAPOLIS, Md — Tony Smith, designer and builder of the 28-foot Telstar trimaran and the 35-foot Gemini catamaran, has retired and has hit the road — as promised — traveling the countryside with his wife, Sue. The couple are hauling a modified Telstar to the Pacific Northwest, according to an article “Three Hulls on the Road” by Peter Nielsen of Sailing Magazine. Read the article here and watch an interesting [...]

2017-11-04T15:05:55+00:00 By |

Finding a Small Boat

To Blave We purchased a Precision 15K in March 2006 after investigating small, trailerable boats that we could tow with our Chrysler Sebring. We can only tow 1,000 pounds, so the boat had to be light. As new sailors, however, the boat also had to be seaworthy. After learning how to sail (read about it here), We began to search for a new trailer sailer in winter, [...]

2017-11-04T15:05:18+00:00 By |

Lakes Great for Beginners

The temperature simmered in the mid-90s last Sunday, but it did not deter the sailors from a rendezvous at Rose Valley Lake. As the bass boats trailered out, sailboats took their spot. There seems to be a mutual agreement – sailors do not disturb the fishermen in their early morning forays, and fishermen clear out when the sun zeniths. It was a near-perfect day, sunny with a light [...]

2017-11-05T19:10:01+00:00 By |