Mapping a route through Papua New Guinea

One of the issues we’re facing as we make plans to head for Papua New Guinea is how to choose a path that is sensible and safe. While it’s unfair to make the blanket statement that the country should be avoided, there are clearly places here where we do not want to go- it has earned […]

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 […]

Passage Safety III: all the other stuff

Here’s the balance of the safety gear ruminations that didn’t make it into the last two posts. Bottom line, gear breaks and safety can quickly become an issue; so minimize the likelihood and have resource available to deal with it as best you can. The same goes for the boat. The best passage preparation is knowing your […]

Passage Safety II: Fatigue

Fatigue is perhaps not something you prep for, except to think through how you will manage it and get rested before a passage… but we think it’s really important for safety. 1. GET SLEEP. Being overly tired results in making bad choices. Under normal passage conditions getting enough sleep can be difficult. During rough weather or […]

Passage Safety I: Boat Handling & Communications

Thanks to our friend Laura on Just A Minute for putting the question out there in response to our FAQ- looking for elaboration on safety precautions and procedures for long offshore passages. Jamie’s email back to her got really long, so I’m breaking it into some more digestible chunks for the blog. As always… fellow […]