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How to Sail Oceans
May 18, 2024
How to Sail Oceans

How to Sail Oceans

A video blog of my ocean sailing adventures where I offer information, tips, and advice for those dreaming of sailing wide blue waters themselves.

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Pit Stop in Paradise  |  Ep. 252
Pit Stop in Paradise | Ep. 252
With nothing but light winds and headwinds in the forecast, I decide to drop anchor in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, and wait. The patient sailor always has a fair wind, as the saying goes. In the mean time I catch up on some much needed sleep, make repair...
Published: May 18, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:53
The Weather Models are Fighting Again | Ep. 251
The Weather Models are Fighting Again | Ep. 251
I take in the Code 0 despite the light conditions as the GFS weather model is showing what looks like a gust front approaching. The ECMWF however shows a much more benign frontal passage. Soon I will find out. I conclude the video with a short memorial ...
Published: May 09, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:11
From Where No Traveler Returns | Ep. 250
From Where No Traveler Returns | Ep. 250
Mixed but generally improving sailing conditions have me well on my way to the Berry Islands, Bahamas, where I will most likely anchor while I wait for favorable winds to cross the Gulf Stream to Florida. So all is well at sea, except that I receive word ...
Published: Apr 30, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:45
North Atlantic Won’t Play Nice | Ep. 249
North Atlantic Won’t Play Nice | Ep. 249
Sailing out through the Town Cut (to St. Georges, Bermuda) is generally more difficult than sailing in. This is because any wave action from outside will be pushing you into St. Georges. Though I have tacked in through the Cut, I've never attempted to ta...
Published: Apr 22, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:39
Mid-Ocean Metropolis  | Ep. 248
Mid-Ocean Metropolis | Ep. 248
With boat chores completed I hop on the bus to Hamilton for some sightseeing. It's quite amazing to be walking the streets of a small but modern city sitting atop a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. I'm soon called back by that Atlantic oc...
Published: Apr 13, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:53
You–Still–Don’t Need an Engine to Go World Cruising  |  Ep. 247
You–Still–Don’t Need an Engine to Go World Cruising | Ep. 247
A fairly mild tempest besets me on the final night of this passage to Bermuda. A night however that is moonless and black as coal and leaves me with several electronic glitches the following morning. Mischievous devils of the Bermuda Triangle, perhaps? ...
Published: Apr 02, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:13

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SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartOne
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartOne
In Part One I discuss: passage planning/how to read GRIB files; putting to sea; a hiccup in the form of a squall; sailing at night.
Published: Jul 05, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:48
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartTwo
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartTwo
In Part Two I talk about: self-steering windvanes; meals at sea; getting weather forecasts with a short wave radio; downwind sailing strategies.
Published: Jul 05, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:55
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartThree
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartThree
In Part Three I talk about: changing sail combinations for light conditions; passage psychology, how to deal with the sometimes difficult and frightening challenges that can arise at sea.
Published: Jul 06, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:58
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartFour
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_PartFour
In Part Four I talk about: the Gulf Stream, crossing it and the potential hazards it poses to small craft; how I manage my sleep as a solo-sailor; getting into some some squally weather.
Published: Jul 09, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:00
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_Final
SailingOceans_PuertoRico_to_Chesapeake_June2017_Final
In this video we cross the Gulf Stream after a night of impressive thunderstorms, and then we are in green water as we approach the mouth of the Chesapeake. We arrive in Hampton, Virginia, just before midnight on June 17, having done the 1,300 mile passag...
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:21
You Don’t Need an Engine to go World Cruising _Part One
You Don’t Need an Engine to go World Cruising _Part One
Part one in a series of videos for the purists out there, or those simply looking to go ocean cruising on the cheap. For those who choose to have inboard power, which is most of you, I hope these vids will inspire you to hone your sailing skills to the po...
Published: Aug 06, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:30
Choosing Your Second Anchor (Sailing Without an Engine, Part Two)
Choosing Your Second Anchor (Sailing Without an Engine, Part Two)
In this video I talk about what I refer to as your second anchor, which should be an anchor you can easily run out in a dinghy. This anchor is particularly important to the engineless cruising sailor. I also demonstrate how to prepare the rode so that it...
Published: Aug 15, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:15
Think Like a Chess Player (Sailing Without an Engine, Part Three)
Think Like a Chess Player (Sailing Without an Engine, Part Three)
The situation: moderate southerly winds are forecast the following day, perfect for sailing northwest up to Baltimore. Trouble is, where I am anchored means having to tack out of a narrow channel--perhaps too narrow. So I sail out in the morning with a l...
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:44
How to Climb the Mast by Yourself
How to Climb the Mast by Yourself
What do you do when you are miles from home and help and need to climb the mast on your boat? And what if you are alone? In this vid I show you two methods I have used for climbing the mast alone.
Published: Sep 23, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:16
Sailing overnight down the Bay, sculling into the slip
Sailing overnight down the Bay, sculling into the slip
A vlog entry on sailing south down the Chesapeake Bay; installing a cheap (and easy) chart plotter; negotiating another narrow harbor entrance under sail, and moving the boat into the travel lift slip with sail and oar.
Published: Oct 12, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:28
When to jump? Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part One
When to jump? Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part One
Finding a weather window for a direct passage to the Caribbean from the US East Coast is often tricky, and avoiding bad weather is not always possible for a boat that does less than 150 miles per day, but we will do our best. I also talk about my oil navi...
Published: Nov 13, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:48
Racing the Weather–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part Two
Racing the Weather–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part Two
We finally weigh anchor and put to sea! Two days later we have crossed the Gulf Stream. During a calm spell I talk about reefing headsails. While most of you probably opt for a roller furling genoa, many still use a hank-on staysail for heavy weather. ...
Published: Dec 12, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:27
Of Storms and Calms–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 3
Of Storms and Calms–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 3
The cold front passes over us on Sunday night, November 19, but then stalls just south of us and lifts back as a warm front. This results in three more days of near gale conditions. My main bilge pump fails forcing me to bail with a smaller pump and a bu...
Published: Dec 18, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:58
And a star to steer her by–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 4a
And a star to steer her by–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 4a
Intended as a brief tutorial on celestial navigation which quickly grew into a two-part series--such is the complexity of the subject. In this vid I talk about sextants, how they work, and get into shooting the sun. Then I talk about the basic mathematic...
Published: Dec 25, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:05
And a star to steer her by–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 4b
And a star to steer her by–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 4b
We finish up our talk on the theory behind celestial navigation, then get into computing a running sun fix using the Celesticomp pocket computer. As a conclusion I offer my opinions on celestial navigation in a GPS world. Feel free to comment back with y...
Published: Dec 25, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:56
Land Ho!–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 5
Land Ho!–Virginia to Virgin Islands, Part 5
The Trade Winds finally show up, but are short lived. I blow out my medium air yankee trying to drive the boat faster, trying to reach our destination before the winds veer southeasterly and die away ... Music: 06:18--La Di Da Land--Kevin Boothby
Published: Dec 31, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:14
The Power Grid for a 31-foot Cruising Boat
The Power Grid for a 31-foot Cruising Boat
In this video I share what I have learned about powering a boat with solar panels. I talk about solar panels, batteries, dealing with cloudy weather, and possible back-up solutions for solar.
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:14
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 1
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 1
Part one of a winter passage from Culebra (Puerto Rico) to Miami. We start off with beautiful sailing weather, but the winds continue to build each day. I offer my opinions on preparing and eating meals during rough conditions. Music--Tropical Chillin...
Published: Feb 14, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:54
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 2
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 2
Despite a moderate forecast we end up in gale conditions. The winds gradually ease over the next few days ahead of an approaching cold front, which is likely to cross just as we enter the Providence Channel through the Bahamas. Some navigational diligenc...
Published: Feb 20, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:10
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 3
Winter Passage, Winter Tales–Part 3
We transit the Providence Channel through the Bahamas and enter the Gulf Stream Thursday morning, Feb. 1. By the strong north setting current we end up closing the Florida coast just north of Ft. Lauderdale and I discover that you have to get within the 1...
Published: Feb 28, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:27
A Sculling Oar for a 31-foot Cruising Boat
A Sculling Oar for a 31-foot Cruising Boat
Several of you requested more details on the sculling oar I use. In this vid I talk about the size and construction of the oar, where I stow it at sea, and how I deploy it with an oriental lanyard.
Published: Mar 17, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:29
Kevin’s varnish tip for 2018
Kevin’s varnish tip for 2018
My recent discovery for those of you who still insist on varnish ... here's a varnish which has the same look and (so far in my experience) durability as the premier marine varnishes for less than half the price.
Published: Mar 30, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:15
He Went to Miami–Music Video
He Went to Miami–Music Video
Well it's nearly time to put to sea again, to escape probable hurricane paths, to return to the typically tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay. I must confess that I have slacked off with the video blogging, but managed to scoop up what I have and put it...
Published: Apr 23, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:01
Wind, time, and tide–the elements of engineless cruising
Wind, time, and tide–the elements of engineless cruising
No engine? No problem ... but a few moments of arrested breathing as we sail off the anchor at Miami Beach and proceed down the winding waterway into Biscayne Bay. This includes transiting three narrow bridge passes. All doable with patience and plannin...
Published: May 18, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:47
Rollin’ on an Ocean River–Miami to Virginia, Part One
Rollin’ on an Ocean River–Miami to Virginia, Part One
Thursday, May 10, and we are off for Virginia. We end up having to tack out of the Old Florida Channel to reach open waters. The winds stubbornly remain east to northeast, pushing us westward until we close the coast around Lake Worth the following morni...
Published: May 26, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:38
FREE MILES !! (Offer only valid in the Gulf Stream, see vid for details …)
FREE MILES !! (Offer only valid in the Gulf Stream, see vid for details …)
Miami to Virginia, Part Two. Fair weather persists, and so does a diurnal wind cycle--southeasterlies at night backing to light northeasterlies the following morning. Progress would be painfully slow if not for the Gulf Stream current pushing us along at...
Published: Jun 02, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:31
Big ships, fickle winds, arriving at night–Miami to Virginia, Part Three
Big ships, fickle winds, arriving at night–Miami to Virginia, Part Three
With light winds after midnight and into the morning of May 16 go our hopes for a late day arrival. Moderate winds out of the south develop in the afternoon to help us on our way but also bring in showery weather. We enter the Thimble Shoal Channel aroun...
Published: Jun 07, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:03
Handling a Gaff Rig
Handling a Gaff Rig
I've received lots of questions about handling a gaff rig, enough to make a separate video on the subject. This video turned out to be much harder to make than I thought, between the awkward camera angles and trying to explain what I'm doing at the same ...
Published: Jun 21, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:06
Ah, a lovely afternoon for some yachting … Uh-oh! Thunderstorm
Ah, a lovely afternoon for some yachting … Uh-oh! Thunderstorm
Just a short afternoon sail from the South River to Annapolis on a humid, early summer day. We get out to Thomas Point when NOAA starts broadcasting warnings of a severe thunderstorm . Looks like it will pass north of us, then perhaps it will graze us, t...
Published: Jun 26, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:40
S/v Ruth Avery: Boat Tour, Part One
S/v Ruth Avery: Boat Tour, Part One
I give a brief history of the boat, talk about modifications I have made, and then we are up on deck for a short tour. We will go below decks in Part Two.
Published: Jul 09, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:28
S/v Ruth Avery: Boat Tour, Part Two
S/v Ruth Avery: Boat Tour, Part Two
We dive belowdecks to finish the tour of s/v Ruth Avery.
Published: Jul 15, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:17
Your Boat as a Recording Studio
Your Boat as a Recording Studio
Write and record music, anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own boat studio! The marine environment does, however, present some unique challenges to the aspiring musician ...
Published: Jul 29, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:31
Wood rot, wood roaches, and the DIY boat owner
Wood rot, wood roaches, and the DIY boat owner
It starts with a small trail of sawdust on the countertop and leads to lots of summer fun.
Published: Aug 06, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:48
Love’s labor lost
Love’s labor lost
In 2008 I built a 7'7" Nutshell Pram as a tender for s/v Ruth Avery and proudly sailed away to the Virgin Islands. A few months later a careless speed-boater ran me down and destroyed it. Almost miraculously I was not injured. Determined not to let it s...
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:41
Seasons’ end, south to Deltaville
Seasons’ end, south to Deltaville
We are up at the crack of dawn to catch a fair wind for the 90-mile run from Annapolis to Deltaville. We have good luck with the winds--though some thunderstorms disrupt our pleasant overnight sailing--but then leave us drifting at the mercy of the tide j...
Published: Sep 13, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:12
Hard Work, on the Hard–Part One
Hard Work, on the Hard–Part One
I haul the boat out for painting and maintenance once a year, but the mast only comes out about once every five years. Well the five years since the last pull is up, so ... I also discuss usual haulout issues such as dealing with blisters, sanding and pre...
Published: Oct 01, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:39