In this Issue: April 2012

Sail to the "other" islands of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, plus learn how to banish bottom blisters.

Cruising World April 2012

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Features:
Sail to the "Other" Islands by Liza Copeland
Part I: The route through the Bahamas wasn't for them. Returning to the United States from Venezuela, the crew on Bagheera explores the central Caribbean countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, on Hispaniola

Best of Both Worlds by Herb McCormick
Yacht Style: A versatile sail plan, a powerful turbodiesel, an efficient controllable-pitch prop, and an inviting interior layout make the Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer a promising long-range passagemaker

Hot Shots in the B.V.I. by Elaine Lembo
With digital cameras clicking, savvy veterans initiate a clutch of chirping newbies into the pleasures of a sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands

Columns:
On Watch by Cap'n Fatty Goodlander

Shoreline edited by Elaine Lembo

Off Watch by Wendy Mitman Clarke**

Sailing Life:**
Under Way by Ben Zartman

People & Food by Jennifer Goff

Hands-On Sailor:
Banishing Bottom Blisters by Tom Zydler
Projects: Learn from the owner of a 1990 Mason 44 how to repair gelcoat blisters caused by deteriorating fiberglass laminate

Spruce Up That Brightwork by Green Brett
Living Aboard: When you're refinishing exterior trim, success lies in the prep work

Green Advice: Think Before You Spend by Ed Sherman
Systems: In the conclusion to this three-part series, the author advises sailors to evaluate their energy needs before rushing out to buy green solutions

Guarantee Sturdy Lifelines by Steve D'Antonio
Monthly Maintenance: Lifelines can do their job only if the stanchion-base fasteners, the deck penetrations, and the backing plates are properly maintained

Reviews:
J/108: Room, Plus Board by Alvah Simon
Boat Review: The swift sibling to the popular J/95, this latest offering from J/Boats comes with full cruising amenities

Island Packet 360: Sister Ship by Beth A. Leonard
Boat Review: The new 36-footer shares the same hull as the company's singular Estero but employs a far different layout below

Pocket World Girdler by Ryan Langley
Classic Plastic: A posse of young adventurers including Tania Aebi, Brian Caldwell, and John Kretschmer made the Contessa 26 a legend.

New Products by Herb McCormick
Offerings include a combo bimini/boarding bar for a RIB, a fiberglass repair kit, an SSB ground-plane system, a line of propane-powered outboard engines, and more

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