Matt C

Matt has been boating around Florida for over 25 years in everything from small powerboats to large cruising catamarans. He currently lives aboard a 38-foot Cabo Rico sailboat with his wife Lucy and adventure dog Chelsea. Together, they cruise between winters in The Bahamas and summers in the Chesapeake Bay.

Sailing Fiji

Sailing Routes Across the Pacific

Imagine heading into the sunset—out of your ordinary life and sailing across the Pacific. Mai-Tais and tropical island oases await, with exotic cultures and welcoming new friends. But, of course, getting there is half the fun. You could hop on a 747—but where’s the adventure? It’s that Pacific passage that …

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pocket cruiser sailboat

Pocket Cruiser Sailboat

If you want to go on a daysail this week, a week-long vacation over the holidays, and then sail to the Caribbean next year, a pocket cruiser might be the boat for you. Pocket cruisers provide big-boat features with all of the comforts of home but in a small package. …

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Pontoon boat with bathroom

Pontoon Boat with Bathroom

When nature calls, you don’t want to be out of sight of land.  Unless you’re prepared, of course. Many boats come equipped with facilities. You know what we’re talking about—bathroom, restroom, loo, WC, lavatory, powder room, toilet, potty–or head, if you want to sound nautical.  But what about open-deck boats? …

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Part of the old ship

Do Boats Have Transmissions?

What is a transmission? Before you can understand if a boat has one, you’ll have to decide what a transmission is precisely. You see, the answer depends on what you consider counts as a transmission.  For example, if you want to know, “Do boats have gears like a car does?” …

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Points of sail

Points of Sail

The points of sail refer to the boat’s current angle compared to the wind’s direction. For example, if you are headed directly into the wind, you are “in irons.” If you are headed away from the wind, you are “running.” Here’s a look at the basic points of sail and …

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What do sailboats look like

Sailboat Types – Full-Guide

For generations, sailing has been a mode of essential transportation, a rewarding hobby, an active and competitive sport, and a lifestyle. Sailing appeals to all, and there are dozens and dozens of types of sailboats. Small sailboats are perfect for kids to sail on, and massive sailboats are used to …

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Semi displacement motor yacht

Semi Displacement Hulls

Understanding some of the basics is fundamental to understanding all the latest trends and most exciting technologies in boat design.  For all their variations and quirks, boat hulls come in only three forms. Here’s a look at the various types, along with a closer look at the most misunderstood—the semi …

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