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Category: Safety

I cross over: how to prepare an atlantic crossing

Crossing the Atlantic is a dream, but even preparing to live the dream can be daunting. For anyone embarking in a “deep water” adventure, months and weeks before the departure might be stressful. There is an endless list of work, while combining job and family…

Rigging: checking and replacement

Today, we will be addressing a very important and delicate topic: we are talking about a real art, that of rigging, which consists, basically, in the discipline that studies, designs and produces the necessary equipment to arm a sailboat, sustaining the mast and making it…

A boat toolbox: minor repairs at dock and at sea

Does it happen to you that when you are in a hurry, the light turns invariably red? Or, when you are waiting for a bus for ages, then three of them come at the same time? Or, when you are trying to catch a key…

Wintry sailing: the perfect boat

Enjoying a summer cruise, the sun, bathing in a roadstead, having prosecco in the cockpit at sunset is, no doubt, gratifying. However, in my opinion, nothing surpasses the beauty of sailing in winter. Wintry sailing charm is difficult to describe and, above all, not replicable….

Sail care: some tips to preserve your sails’ life

As we know, maintaining our boats is not an easy job. We sailors know very well that sail rigging requires special care to avoid that damage or wear may negatively affect our sailing efficiency and our finances.   An efficient set of sails can make…

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…

5 things to take into account in a storm

This article deals with the most important aspects of a topic on which entire volumes have been written: how to overcome rough weather at sea. Many yachtsmen consider a storm as the most unfortunate event that can happen at sea. We are all scared of…

Your first cruise

This moment so imagined, dreamed and awaited for since your first sailing course, is now very near. Your first cruise without supervision is an important milestone to be remembered with pleasure, provided that a careful planning has left nothing to chance as plans may be…

Anchoring manoeuvres

Any boat, of all kinds and dimensions, is provided with a range of anchoring, mooring and capstan equipment. Quantity and complexity of the equipment depend on the boat length and the effort to resist. The external environment i.e. waves, currents and winds affects the anchored…

Safety on board: briefing is important

No matter you take a sailboat or a motorboat, with friends or for business, safety on board is always crucial and everyone agrees on a good briefing before leaving the port: just like when you step on an airplane, same stuff. Be it a watercraft…

Life aboard: rules and roles.

Like in any family, company or group of people that join to manage their daily life, also life on board needs rules and roles. So parents become the partners of a company and a company’s CEO becomes the master of a ship. But, to make…

Improve safety on board

Many people ask me how to improve their safety and their boat safety equipment. Given that we all have our own navigation style, most of the boats I visit aren’t compliant with their national marine standards for what concerns safety equipment: the liferaft is stuck…