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Sun protection for pasty white cruisers

Scoping boobies on Isla Isabel Sun protection- with sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and more- is something we take pretty seriously on Totem. When I was a teenager, my mother was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. My uncle (her brother) died from metastasized skin cancer. Jamie’s family has a history of skin carcinomas, so you could say […]

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What do you need to go cruising? Part 2: personal gear.

Continuing the theme: what “stuff” makes sense to acquire before you even have a boat, but actively anticipate cruising? The last post on books was the most obvious one to me, because (as a committed bookworm) there’s so much to gain from them and feed the dream while you’re still in the early stages. Buying […]

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South Pacific anchoring: dealing with bommies

We wondered a lot about anchoring among coral reefs before taking off from Mexico… and we’ve heard the question a few times since going through the experience ourselves. Jamie put together this response.  South Pacific anchorages add a new dimension to parking the boat. Coral heads snag anchors, tangle and abrade anchor chain, and chew […]

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