How to use your VHF radio

The VHF radio is an important piece of equipment on your charter boat but hopefully the most important thing you’ll have to use it for is calling for restaurant reservations. Here’s how it works. You keep your VHF radio on…

Really basic sailing vocabulary

Although I’m the one that knows how to sail in our household, I’m not a stickler for nautical vocabulary. I’ve been known to say “grab that thingamajib” more than once. However, things go smoother if everyone has some basic words…

When to reef a catamaran

Many people learn to sail on a monohull and then charter a catamaran because of the additional room and stability they offer for a cruising vacation. As catamarans do not heel over (until you are in big trouble!), a common…

BVI Trip Reports, April 19-26, 2010

Trip reports: Things I Learned in the BVI. Some interesting observations from someone sailing in the BVI for the first time. Really Getting Published. Someone who no longer drinks survives a BVI charter with lots of drinkers. Trip report Flyboys…

Save the Anegada Rock Iguana

There are only a few hundred Anegada Rock Iguana’s remaining. The Anegada Rock Iguana Rehabilitation Project, founded in  1997, and the World Conservation Union Iguana Specialist Group, are working to save them. They have a center on Anegada to collect…

BVI Trip Reports, April 11-18, 2010

BVI Trip Report Feb 2010. Very nice trip report – very professional looking. Here’s a direct link to the pdf. Trip Report “Quickie” 4/7–4/12. A short trip with good values. Tale of a fateful trip. How not to sail the…

BVI Trip Reports: April 3-10, 2010

Bareboat Sailing Information. One newbie’s experience for all of you first timers worried about whether you’ll be qualified enough to bareboat. Lazy Days on the Island of Tortola. Beautiful blog post about a family that rents a home on the…

Salt Island

Salt Island is a small island south of Tortola with a lot of history. You probably know know Salt Island because the Wreck of the Rhone is there. It featured in the movie “The Deep” with Jacqueline Bisset. The hatch…