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Cruising Resources and Information for Sailors

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Cruising Life

Whether you're a  Singlehander  or a retired couple  Making New Friends , a Trailer Sailor or heading for Foreign Ports, there's a whole lot of information out there for you.

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Skills

Cruising the coast or circumnavigating, there?s a lot you need to know about  Boathandling ,Navigation, and Handling EmergenciesFormal Qualifications or Cruising Schools are ways to get these skills.

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Cruising Boats

There are thousands of cruising designs, hundreds of them still produced, from Round-The-World 24-footers to Big Performance CruisersCatamarans and Trimarans to Beach Cruisers.

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Getting the Right Boat

Once you've analyzed Your Personal Boat Needs and considered Rig ChoicesConstruction Quality, and the trade-off between Size and Simplicity, choosing a boat is still an emotional decision.

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Hull

Whether FiberglassSteelWood, or Ferrocement , your hull and deck may need Paint,InsulationMaintenance and Cleaning, and of course a Good Name in Attractive Letters.

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Deck and Exterior Equipment

From Anchor to Dinghy Davits, a boat's deck has got to provide waterproof Ventilation below, Stowage for lots of bulky stuff, comfortable Seating and SteeringSafety for the crew, and lots more.

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Sailing Rigs

MastsSails and Reefing Systems have come a long way in 30 years, giving cruising sailboats more Speed with Fewer Crew and some innovative Sailing Rigs.

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Comfort

Whether it's Above Decks or Below, details such as Insect ScreensSoundproofingDamp-proof Stowage and Seasickness remedies can make for a happy cruise.

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Interior

Whether you crave Simplicity or prefer all mod cons like a FridgeHot ShowersAir Conditioning, and an Entertainment Center, the basics like Galley Layout are important.

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Systems

When you, when you consider your EngineDC and AC electricity, Lightning and Electrolysis protection, a cruising yacht can have more systems - and more Owner Maintenance than a house

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Safety

With good Maintenance Planing cruising sailors can avoid many hazards, but we still must be trained and ready for emergencies, whether Sickness or FireHeavy Weather or Crew Overboard.