• This is what we were dreaming of, blue skies, turquoise water and white beaches. But electrical problems created some unforseen delays.Photo courtesy Ted Mellors
    July 25, 2022

    Short circuit

    A dream cruise from Massachusetts to the Dominican Republic aboard a 30-foot Cape Dory is briefly sidelined when a mysterious and persistent electrical problem arises in the first days of the voyage.

  • Photo courtesy Nico WalshA week later, I’m still having unsettled dreams, knowing I’m in my bunk below, but not knowing where in hell the yacht is – maybe careening along a skinny, forested canal, trees reaching for the rigging on either side.
    July 25, 2022

    Marsh Harbor to Maine

    Deserted Bahamian beaches, gale-force winds, wild and placid rivers, canals, and memorable encounters with engaging fellow cruisers earmarked the homeward leg of this nine-month voyage.

  • Photo courtesy Capt. Michael L. MartelThe author, 48 years older, with the burgee of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, N.J.
    July 25, 2022

    Sailing through boot camp

    The members of the Corinthian Yacht Club made a young Coast Guard recruit feel at home.

  • When all else fails, call a diver
    July 25, 2022

    When all else fails, call a diver

    Tools, phones, wallets and various gear all go splash at some point. If you want them back, you’re gonna need a diver.

  • Wikipedia/Picanteria Karol Ceviche scallops “cook” in an acidic marinade of citrus and/or vinegar.
    July 25, 2022

    The ceviche cure

    “Cooking” without heat is the perfect preparation for a hot summer night.

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