We recently purchased a Com-Pac 23 (an upgrade from a Com-Pac 19). We take many extended stays on the water throughout the summer, hoping to someday take off for the big blue waters.
My question, as we start to stock our boat, is:
What organizing tips and tricks do your contributors have for us rookies?
I always thought [...]
We will be headed to my parent’s home next week. While we are there we will be telling them as well as my brother’s family that we are sailing away in 2013 (finally – yay!).
I have been surfing the internet looking for ideas and suggestions on how to best tell them and have not [...]
One of the things I want to ask other women about is going up the mast.I feel silly about it because twenty years ago I was adventurous and really liked heights and was into rock climbing! But over the past few years I have become fearful of heights and no matter how much [...]
I’m “right in the middle” on whether I want to take a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) or hard dinghy to the Bahamas and Caribbean.What do you recommend?
Kathy Parsons and Gwen Hamlin answer.
I need your advice about outfitting to scuba dive. We plan to dive a lot. Neither of us does a lot of deep dives. I do have a collection of tanks.
What to do? Like all of the outfitting choices we have to make this one will require evaluation of the options.
If you could point [...]
Amy has more questions:
How do we earn money while sailing? Is going into the charter business a good option?
Do you have to have a special license to do daysails or charters?
I am not a writer or a journalist, which it seems, most of the people who contribute to Women and Cruising are. I do [...]
My husband and I are very serious about eventually enjoying the cruising lifestyle.
• We are presently up against many challenges, least of those is not having any experience sailing. We live in central Ohio, therefore our opportunities to learn to sail are fairly limited. I have done some extensive research about sailing [...]
I was wondering if you have any thoughts/comments on how to deal with and cope with seasickness. I have tried the scopolamine patch, ginger, the wrist band w/ electrical pulses, and now stugeron. We sail our boat on the Puget Sound, and when on our boat I never get sick. However, when I have been on a [...]
Gwen Hamlin, Beth Leonard, Kathy Parsons and Lisa Schofield answer this question:
I don’t have a pressure cooker and have never used one. Do you think it’s worth it to get one?
We will be sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. I love to cook but currently cook most things at home and then freeze them for longer vacations or bring them to the boat for the weekend. We tend to eat on the boat primarily. I am a bit concerned about having the oven running all of the time to cook in the heat of the Caribbean. Just curious about what you think are the biggest advantages to having [...]
The Women and Cruising Team — Kathy Parsons, Pam Wall & Gwen Hamlin — is going online LIVE for our first ever Women & Cruising Webinar, through the auspices of Seven Seas U, the online seminar project of SSCA (Seven Seas Cruising Association.) The date is January 19 at [...]
The Caribbean Safety and Security Net replies to Karen’s question:
I have a question regarding safety while cruising. Our dream has for the last almost 20 years was to retire early and go cruising to the Caribbean aboard our 41 ft ketch.
But now, as that time is quickly approaching, I’m beginning to be afraid of the safety issues. It seems there is an increasing number of reported incidents against cruisers, whether petty theft or worse. Enough to make us wonder if going cruising is now safe.
To all of you who are living the life we are dreaming of, is it safe? Is personal safety in the Caribbean worse than cities here in the US? [...]
Sally Erdle, editor of the cruising newspaper “Caribbean Compass” replies to Karen’s question:
I have a question regarding safety while cruising. Our dream has for the last almost 20 years was to retire early and go cruising to the Caribbean aboard our 41 ft ketch. To all of you who are living the life we are dreaming of, is it safe? Is personal safety in the Caribbean worse than cities here in the US? [...]