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Sail away your workday troubles

by Danielle Connelly on 25. Aug, 2017 in Marine

Your day’s itinerary starts off with a laidback breakfast on deck prepared with fresh ingredients and love by the captain’s wife, followed by a late morning snorkel and sail from island to island in the British Virgin Islands.

Sounds like the perfect vacation? And it is, according to travelers Michael and Martha. The couple hails from Massachusetts and travels with regularity. They love the ocean, beaches, and boats, though they are by no means, experienced mariners.

Each winter they take a vacation to warmer climates and discovered a perfect getaway, staying on a sailboat for their accommodations. “We did a few trips to the BVI where we stayed not once, but twice on a sailboat run by the captain and his wife and we loved every single second,” was Martha’s email reply about her trip.

The couple and their two teenaged children flew to St. Thomas where they met the captain and his wife. From there they went from island to island. Every day was an adventure. They followed a loop around the islands but otherwise, everything was unscripted.

Snorkeling. Hiking. Kayaking. Exploring caves. Finding Happy Hours at local haunts. Just some of the items on the sailing adventure.

“They would find beaches that were deserted...just us. When we were ready for lunch they would return from the boat and deliver incredible picnics,” Martha tells us. “We had nine to 10 days to do whatever we wanted. It was one of the most exciting, relaxing vacations ever -- even with kids!”

Sailing aboard the Hindu

by Switlik on 08. Aug, 2017 in Marine

Every sailor dreams of adventure on the water. Many even take it further by making their living using their sailing and hospitality skills. Devin Liang, a young adventurer and all-around-good-guy who isn’t afraid of hard work, is spending his summer as part of the crew  on the schooner Hindu.

How to Manage and Prepare for Adverse Weather While on the Water

by Switlik on 07. Aug, 2017 in Marine

From rapidly changing winds and increasing waves to severe thunderstorms and fog, there are more than enough weather threats to mariners.

In a recent blog post, Accuweather.com reports thunderstorms are one of the more common dangers to boaters because they can develop quickly.

According to both the Coast Guard and National Weather Service, boaters should never venture out if thunderstorms are a possibility. If out in the water and you notice approaching storms, return to land or shelter as soon as possible.

Dinner is served -- waterside

by Switlik on 01. Aug, 2017 in Marine

Sharing good times on your boat with family and friends is likely one of the reasons you bought a boat. After all, gatherings on the water are always more enjoyable and memorable than those on land.

But entertaining on a boat does present certain challenges. There’s less room, a smaller kitchen area to work with (if there’s a kitchen at all), and you are more vulnerable to the weather. Here are a few tips to make sure your onboard party experiences smooth sailing.

Your passenger’s view of safety

by Switlik on 27. Jul, 2017 in Marine

Many seasoned boaters have spent years on the water, enjoying the lifestyle it provides. Experienced mariners are typically prepared for the unpredictability of the sea. But what about your guests on the boat?

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