Years later…

I have owned Reboot for at least a decade. I raced her. I have been cruising the world for 8 years. I have always been dismayed that it is difficult to sail dead down wind. I have taken to gybing downwind. I have looked at cruising spinnakers, in particular the Parasail™ but the price has always been out of reach. In fact when solo sailing it is difficult to use the whisker pole and my light air asymmetric is beyond my ability to use alone. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that putting the main sail out made Reboot get much closer to dead down. Allow me to explain. Reboot prefers to be pulled downwind by the jib. The Monitor™ wind steering prefers it too. And from a safety perspective it is much easier for me to reef the jib from the cockpit then go out on deck to reef the main. (Yes, a furling main would be great if I had the money.) Downwind if I put up the main it blankets the jib. So it is one sail or the other. It turns out that the 4th reef on the main (which is actuall
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Cruising Budget – How Much Does it Cost?

(In all the years I have been posting this series has been the most popular. In case you missed it…)There has always been a great interest in knowing how much to budget for the cruising life. The answer is always “it depends.” I too was frustrated by the “it depends.” In an effort to shed some light on the subject here is my take on the parameters of “it depends.” I own a 42 sailboat and have done some cruising in North and Central American, Portugal, Spain and the Canaries, and in the Caribbean. My personal take is that one can cruise and tour comfortably in a 40 to 45 foot boat for about $2,500 to $3,000 per month. One can “live aboard” for much less. I am assuming that you are on a sailboat to see the world, not stay in a relatively small area.The Big IssuesThere are four factors that have an overall influence on both initial and operating costs. They are:What risks you are willing to take,How much comfort you desire,What you consider to be a prudent insurance profile,Where you c
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Daywork 123

Even after many years of cruising I am still learning the ropes. I have previously mentioed “find-a-crew. It has not been as productive as I might hope but perhaps my specific needs to not resonate with the desires of the subscribers. As a single hander I occasionally find myself in need of a second person to help with tasks. Sometimes it is just ennui, other times it really takes two, e.g. the need to be on both sides of a bulkhead simultaneously. I met a nice young man at The Harbor where he was visiting with his girlfriend/bartender. I asked him about day work. First. He said he was free the next day so I hired him. It worked out very well. He also filed me in on the daywork world. It seems that the old “walk the docks each day and ask” has become impossible. Security in the marinas has become very tight. As a consequence the daywork “body brokers” are one way to get work. Enter the Internet. The web site
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