In this Issue: May 2012

Find a sailing school to suit your needs, plus check out electronic gear to make your voyages safer.

Cruising World May 2012

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Features:
Let's Go Sailing!
The School of Hard Knocks, despite its proud tradition, is not unburdened by inherent drawbacks. The good news: Whether you've set your sights on learning to sail, baby's first bareboat charter, or casting off for bluewater adventures, a school close by can provide classroom and hands-on instruction that fits your goal and budget
by Jen Brett

Westward Through the Central Caribbean
Part II: In the conclusion of this two-part series, the crew on board Bagheera completes their return to U.S. shores by steering an untrod path that takes them to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula before delivering them into the Lone Star waters of Galveston Bay
by Liza Copeland

Columns:
On Watch by Cap'n Fatty Goodlander

Shoreline edited by Elaine Lembo

Off Watch by Wendy Mitman Clarke****

Sailing Life:
Point of View by Jim Carrier

Under Way by Ben Zartman

People & Food by Nadine Slavinski

Hands-On Sailor:
Rebuilding Nikki's Icebox
Projects: Fixing a bad icebox, the author agrees, is no small matter, but with a month of part-time work and very little money, he multiplied the efficiency of the unit on his 1974 Cape Dory 28 by a factor of five
by Bruce Bingham

Get to Know Your Multimeter
Monthly Maintenance: In the first installment of a four-part series, the author's introduction to the control panel of this versatile tool suggests its many applications in diagnosing problems in both DC and 110-volt AC marine electrical systems
by Steve D'Antonio

Reviews:
Play It Safe
Electronics: No question: Your boat must carry a bulky 406-megahertz EPIRB, perhaps one equipped with GPS. But this veteran offshore skipper recommends also outfitting crews with personal locator beacons sized for individual use, A.I.S.-based transponders, personal laser flares, and two-way satellite communicators, among other new developments
by Tony Bessinger

Big Dreams in Small Packages
Boat Reviews: Affordable and easy to rig and launch, this Tiny Town fleet of trailer-sailers and pocket cruisers delivers all of sailing's intimate thrills
by Mark Pillsbury

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