Installing an Atlantic Tower’s Arch

Alchemy has a really nice rear end, er, stern. But this leads to a problem in that we have all sorts of stuff hanging off it. MOM module, Lifesling, stern anchor, GPS, VHF, outboard mount, etc. The problem is that Alchemy’s skinny butt means that there is not enough room to mount it all on […]

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Zero to Internet with WaveWiFi Rogue

This week has been a pretty frustrating one. We are about T – 10 days to move aboard our boat, and I am desperately trying to get her ready. One thing I am learning is that anything on a boat is two steps forward and one step back, or sometimes three. Things rarely go smoothly. […]

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Why Do a Rally? – The Caribbean 1500

Why do a rally and why the Caribbean 1500? I was recently asked this by the website All At Sea Southeast magazine ( Here is what I came up with! 1. How did you get interested in sailing as part of a rally? And, in sailing with kids? You have a boat, and are making […]

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Installing Air-Only Ventilators

The Tartan 41 is known as an offshore racer, and as such, its design doesn’t feature many holes in the deck, to make sure its secure from green water. For most cruisers at anchor however, these holes in the deck are otherwise known as ventilation. Despite her racing heritage, Alchemy will be spending most of […]

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Going Feral

With just a few months to go before we leave, I’ll admit to sometimes lying awake in the middle of the night anxious about some aspect of our year in the Caribbean. In no particular order, things that have caused night time sweats include: going offshore for the first time, being responsible for the safety […]

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