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Galley Lighting Upgrade

April 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

There was an under-lighted area at the far left of our galley, adjacent to the aft guest cabin and across from the tall wood-encased unit housing the refrigerator and freezer. In this area, there are two cupboard cabinets, one above the other, stocked full of provisions. After dark, I occasionally [read more]

US Coast Guard Boarding

January 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

We were boarded by the US Coast Guard over Labor Day 2014 in Gardiner’s Bay on the Eastern end of Long Island, NY.  We learned something worth sharing for those buying used boats. We were hailed because of a mismatch between the flagging of the AIS being transmitted and the flagging of the [read more]

Featured Toy: Sea Eagle Inflatable Sailing Kayak

October 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Sea Eagle Kayak in the Maddalena’s of Northern Sardinia, Italy with our Antares Catamaran “Golden Glow” in the back ground There is work and there is play, and on Golden Glow: quality play is important.   Ellen and I love our toys, and our Sea Eagle kayak gets more than its [read more]

2018 updated TOP TEN “Most Used” Sailor’s Gear

September 10, 2015 // 5 Comments

2018 Update Sailing across the coral-rich Pacific these last two years, these closed-toe , lug-soled, water ready and steady sandals are something we rely on frequently, whether it’s wading near or on shore of all these coral atolls, or using them for sturdy footing in our dinghy. We figured out [read more]

What Boat Tools for Circumnavigation?

August 22, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have been asked a few times “What are the best boat tools to have on a sailboat?” The short answer: Well it depends… It depends in part on how much you want to do yourself what systems you want to work on how good your Rolodex is to find qualified workers how far away you will be [read more]

Night Lights, Burn Bright

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anchor Lights: As an example of the many things I’ve learned since I became a cruiser, anchor lights are not on anchors; rather they are lights at the top of the mast turned on at night when a boat is at anchor. Anchor lights warn low-flying aircraft away from boats’ masts, and help [read more]

Zero Emission Propulsion of a Different Kind

March 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

This week I’ve been back on land attending the annual TED Conference. Toyota brought two prototype cars for TEDsters to demo, and I gave one a whirl. As far as zero-emission vehicles, I prefer driving the Tesla or sailing Golden Glow, but it was fun to test-drive this vehicle. Thank you [read more]

Oh how I love our Electric Windlass!

January 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

When we were due to leave Culebra, we had an unwelcome surprise when we tried to bring up our anchor. Our electric windlass had stopped working. “We” (Rand) didn’t know then if it was the electric windlass itself or the deck control that was the problem and we wanted to leave the [read more]

Mosquitoes in the Fridge

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

As we were heading up the East Coast from Florida we were hearing mosquitoes and flies in the salon and kitchen.  At first we were amazed as we were over 40 miles off shore where there are normally few flying insects, then we were curious as we could not see a single fly or mosquito.  On closer [read more]

Circumnavigation To-Do list

October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

As any boat owner knows the “to-do” list seems to always grow faster than it shrinks.  On Golden Glow, we have five months to get her ready for a multi-year adventure and that is like miracle-grow for a to-do list. The good news: Antares is a great catamaran, already designed with [read more]
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