Sydney Boat Show highlights...wild weather forecast...Great Australian Bight for big new marina...Sun Odyssey DS42 feature...how to steer with precision over long distances...new sock-assist a boon for cruisers...and much more...
The story of the gradually changing profile of the world of the cruising sailor is traceable every week in this e-magazine.
While we have frequent reports of the dramatic increase in boat ownership in Asia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam for instance, boat sales in Western countries are still depressed, with more and more sailors hanging on to their current model, or giving up and flooding the market with cheap used boats. (That's been a bonanza for Australian boat-buyers)
In the Indian ocean circumnavigators are faced with a new challenge – it's round Africa or take your chances with Somali pirates – a life-or-death chance since the tragic killing of four Americans last year. Scientists are even being impeded in their climate observations because of pirate danger.
Having said that, thanks to GPS technology and comprehensive rescue systems in place, there are more and more cruising sailors setting out to cross oceans, sometimes without sufficient expertise or safety gear. Gone are the days when one needed celestial navigation skills and the seamanship of Joshua Slocum.
Other marine technology and internet information on cruising grounds are also improving dramatically so that would-be cruising sailors can sail for years with the latest knowledge about their destinations and without ever being out of touch with their friends.
Where will it end? Keep reading, as we bring you every week all the up-to-date news of the changing world of the cruising sailor.
...and see you at the Sydney International Boat Show! - I'll be there every day at 2.00pm on the Better Boating Lounge stage talking about cruising and at 2.30pm at the Boat Books stand, signing a book or two...
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