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Follow up to FAQ: using strops

We had a question from Okeebc on the first passage safety post last week, wanting to see a strop rigged as we use them on Totem. Here’s one example- our boom with two strops (yellow) at the outboard end. The squall in the background of course is nice dramatic effect! The forward strop is to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Comments on the FAQ

Our friend Brian on the M/V Furthur, a Selene ocean trawler, reposted our FAQ on his blog and made some great additions from his perspective. We first met Brian in Mexico and expect to see him soon here in Sydney- he’s traveled many of the same miles along the way. I hope other cruisers can […]

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FAQ: Preparing for a Pacific crossing

Over the last few months, we’ve had a progressive number of questions from friends who are getting ready for their own Pacific crossing. I’ve aggregated the most common questions, and provided some information based on our experience this year. These answers are in the context of our 2010 path from La Cruz, Mexico (near Puerto […]

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Cruising families answer common questions

Check it out- we’re featured on the “Women and Cruising” Blog! The site supports and inspires women cruisers, and they’ve recently started a feature on cruising families. We’re one of twelve different families are answering a set of questions about our experiences cruising with children: what are our biggest challenges in going cruising? What’s a […]

Questions about the passage- part II

As noted in the prior post, we received a number of questions about our passage and are aggregating them for responses on the blog. Several questions were specifically related to cruising with children, and are combining them here. If you have differences or something to add, post a comment! How did the children do on […]

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