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Tag: Sailboat

SAILING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

A sailing boat has always been synonym with freedom. Every time we raise anchor or cast off the moorings we cut off the last physical bond with the mainland and step into an exciting dimension of total freedom. Or at least this is the perception as we are well aware we have to know and always act upon the rights and duties in force.

A FAMILY ATLANTIC CROSSING. 7 useful tips to plan a great adventure

The call of the Ocean has always lured past and present seamen. Nowadays the number of those who decide to embark on this great adventure is highly increasing.

Trying a boat: the purchase between heart and brain

Yachts’ brokers do not sell boats, they sell dreams and from dreams, you know it, you can wake up very disappointingly. Buying a sailboat requires, in a way, an act of faith: the conviction that the winds will always blow in our favour and that…

New Year’s cruise

To welcome the New Year aboard their boat is a tradition many boat owners can’t give up. Honestly, most of these just arrange a gargantuan lunch to be shared with friends or family in the comfortable and warm dinette while being moored at the usual…

The sea under the Christmas tree

Christmas is almost here and if there are yachting and sailing enthusiasts among your relatives and friends, or just someone with a passion for the sea, well, let me say that the chances of you getting the perfect Christmas gift are really high. In the…

Fenders: the boat’s airbags

Boat you see, fenders you find. Essential accessories at the dock, fenders are, however, among those most subject to free interpretation, sometimes even quite suggestive. Yet, basic rules are there. Let’s start from the beginning. Fenders, especially since the hulls are drawn with a decorative,…

Sailors’ things: 9 reasons to want to be a sailor

You are a cool guy, there is no doubt, and you are successful in every field of life: you have an amazing job, a nice house, an enviable car and an even more enviable girlfriend. You have travelled a lot, you have made great experiences…

Autumn cruise: Capraia, the little treasure chest

The small islands of the Mediterranean, especially the ones a few hours of navigation from the continent, have a great advantage and a great disadvantage: the former is that they are easily reachable. The disadvantage is that they are stormed by boats of all kinds…

Check-list: creation of a life-saving instrument

Perhaps not everyone knows that there is an almost direct relationship between an aircraft take-off and coronary bypass surgery. A relationship that has become evident when the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme has developed an initiative to improve surgery safety worldwide. The airline industry…

Sailing with skeleton crew: some tips

Recently, a combination of factors created a real explosion of the practice of sailing in pairs or in small families that sail on boats of some importance. This factors are mostly three: first of all there is the Covid-19 pandemic, which has lead – personal…

Sail care: chapter two

Still on the topic of sail care. Not a case I used the word “care” instead of “maintenance”: what I tried to do in the first chapter and will do here again, is trying to widening the view speaking a little more broadly on how…

Safety first: lessons from the aviation industry

Safety and wellness both of the crew and the boat are the primary responsibilities of each commander, with no exception. You can bet that every skipper will confirm that. Yet, it is almost impossible to find an investigation report in case of marine casualty that…