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Category: Tips & Tricks

Cooking on board: kitchenware and food-stocks on a cruise

Plainly speaking: I have nothing against restaurants, trattorias, bistrot and taberne scattered over the Mediterranean Sea. And I wouldn’t dream of recommending not to eat there during summer cruise stops. It’s only that, to me, cooking on board – in a roadstead or in a…

Good boating practices: “Maintenance”

Our little journey through Good Practice goes on. Part one was about marinas, part two deals with boat maintenance.  Dozens of articles have been written on the subject, most of them very interesting and technically complete. Some of them can be read in this blog,…

Servicing of outboards

Outboards can be divided into two wide families: portable outboards, whose power ranges between 2.5 and 15 hp, and those affixed to the vessel. These latter have higher power and weight and are usually linked to electronic controls. Portable outboards are simpler and are used…

Joys and sorrows of the furler

The furler is no doubt one of the very first pieces of equipment able to give comfort and satisfaction onboard as well as hysteria and trouble in a matter of seconds. Over the last few decades the foresail, be it genoa or jib, has undergone…

The complete racer’s equipment

What to bring and what to leave when facing an offshore race. I’d bet the two most frequent thoughts in the heads of sail-enthusiasts in this period are: “First of all let’s hope the health emergency is soon over” and – immediately after that –…

SAILS: choosing a set of sails

The first thing you notice when talking about sails is, on the one hand the huge quantity of information available everywhere on this topic and, on the other hand, the apparently contradictory lack of information. Confusion reigns supreme among abbreviations and fancy names of materials….

Water on board: what to do?

“Everything on board may break…….and it’s likely that – sooner or later – it will” Who among us does not hardly withhold a talismanic gesture when hearing this old saying? Of course this is not the quintessence of confidence, however, in a pragmatic approach, being…

It’s (almost) time: What is to be expected when back to our boats

It’s settled, more or less. Due to the latest decree of the Italian PM, which came into force some days ago, nautical activities are gradually being resumed. Since May, 4th boats can be taken care of and hopefully soon a full resumption of nautical activities…

Night sailing

Sailing at night is surely one of the most exciting moments to be experienced during a cruise or more generally a crossing. There is something ancient and ancestral, fascinating and frightening at the same time about heading the bow of our boat towards the wild…

E-sailing again … and more

TRAINING FROM LOCKDOWN TO TAKE-OFF Recently we have talked about online training in this time of the virus and the issue is giving rise to quite animated debates. There are some who consider it only as a temporary solution and some, who, on the contrary,…

E-sailing: didactics at the time of the virus

I have decided to get into sailing, to attend a course and maybe obtain a boat license…. Oh no, I can’t, not now… or maybe I can….At least in part! We have already talked about that: this emergency is destroying our boating season. Summer cruises…

The atlantic crossing by ARC

Ocean sailing is the dream of many yachtspeople. But to successfully perform this adventure it is highly necessary to be prepared, especially those who are setting about to cross the Pillars of Hercules for the first time. The annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ARC or…