I’ve been desperate to try out my new little 14 foot cartop catamaran, but not desperate enough to tempt fate. For a first sail in a new sailboat (and particularly in a new design) winds should be fairly light. If you take a new boat out into even moderately heavy air, you’re asking for [...]
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This hasn’t been the best summer for sailing, though it’s mostly my fault. I’ve been a little under the weather for much of the season, and then there have been various other modest catastrophes that have kept me off the water.
But last week I decided I was going, come hell or high water. [...]
Most of this article originally appeared in Small Craft Advisor.
Name: Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida.
In brief: One of the premier cruising areas along the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Ramp at Liza Jackson Park. Map and Chart.
Ramp: Free, though nearby shallow flats may be unsuitable for deeper draft boats.
Weather at the base camp.
Northwest Florida has a [...]
Big Lagoon State Park is one of the best available base camps for small boat sailors along the NW Florida coast. Located on the far edge of the state, 10 miles west of Pensacola, this uncrowded and well-run park gives sailors access to some of the prettiest unspoiled wilderness remaining on the Gulf Coast.
On Sunday morning, the wind had dropped a bit more, but we still had a good sailing breeze. After breakfast at the campsite, we packed up our camping gear so that we could go sailing and not have to worry about getting back before check out time. When we’d crammed our stuff back [...]