This paper is not intended to cover the basics of cruising or even the basics of long distance cruising. We hope it is a more advanced discussion of strategies and equipment which we have found useful in meeting the challenges of our trips. These cruises have been from the Chesapeake Bay to Massachusetts, Maine, Nova Scotia and, this past summer, to Newfoundland. The paper is not about racing, nor is it concerned with any type of racing/cruising. we will be concerned not only with the hazards and challenges of cruising and what works in meeting these challenges, but also how to have a good time in addition to being safe. Both offshore sailing and harbor hopping will be included, seen from the perspective of a couple and their friends who have accompanied them on selected legs of seven different trips north.

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