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  1. Feasibility of cruising the Great Lakes in small steps

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello fellow cruisers, I'm thinking of cruising the Great Lakes this spring/summer, starting in Chicago and making my way east towards Buffalo. I'm wondering if this is feasible to do in a ON/OFF method, meaning, cruise for 2-3 weeks, anchor/store the boat for 2-3 weeks so I can return home...
  2. First Time Buyer Questions

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Greetings. Just joined this evening because I finally want this passion and dream of mine to come to fruition. I live in Toledo, OH, so I am right on and near all the Great Lakes. Admittedly I do not know much about sailing but that's where the dream comes in. I am looking to purchase a sail...
  3. Bringing Outboard Back To Life

    I have a 1993 Johnson Sailmaster 8.0hp that has been in "storage" for about 8 years. Okay.... it's been sitting in the yard for 8 years. Any tips on bringing it back to life? It had not been winterized, but I'm going to get around to it any day now..... :o Bonus Question: I thought at one...
  4. Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

    Gear & Maintenance
    We received a new vacuum sealer (FoodSaver) for Christmas and while its primary duties are for our home kitchen (sealing food for freezing or long-term dry storage), I've already vac sealed a set of flares, batteries, and some dry food for the boat. It's admittedly addictive and satisfying to...
  5. Storage on Chesapeake (for 1 year)?

    Chesapeake Bay
    Can anyone recommend an inexpensive place to store a small (26-foot) sailboat on the hard for a year? I'm going to move to Boston for 2014, and would like to store my Westerly Centaur for that time. Since I will be far away and rarely visiting the boat, I can afford to choose an inconvenient...
  6. Tips for Living Aboard Catalina 27'

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hi, I will be moving on to a 27' Catalina in a few days and I have never done this! I am wondering if anyone has any tips for storing things on the boat, orginization systems etc. Much appreciated!
  7. Rocna Anchor Storage Box - Mock-Up

    Gear & Maintenance
    I needed an anchor I could put my trust in for my little Montgomery 17 (1600lbs displacement) so I bought a Rocna 6 (13lbs) so that I could sleep easy at night. The Montgomery doesn't have any storage large enough under the cockpit seats for the anchor and I can't fit it in the fuel locker at...
  8. Cheap Storage Options in Annapolis

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Any suggestions for places to park a 35 footer for the winter in the Annapolis area? I can either stay in the water or haul-- just want access to work on her during the cold months. I priced out the boatyards on Back Creek, which seems to be the center of Annapolis, and they just feel...