Tag: family

What’s better for cruising: Mexico or the Caribbean?

Hopeful cruisers sometimes wonder where to start their adventures afloat. Pacific side of Mexico or the Caribbean – both beautiful cruising grounds, anchorages in proximity and resources to get started.…

/ December 5, 2020

Blooper Reel: Jamie’s take on summer in the Sea of Cortez

Jamie wrote the lines below while we baked in the Sea of Cortez summertime heat while ducking bees zooming around the main cabin. I think his brain may have fried…

/ November 30, 2020

Insider ideas: Totem’s 2020 gift guide

Every year we put a holiday gift guide together, to help pick out something special for the cruisers and cruisers-to-be on your list. This year, the suggestions have a new…

/ November 25, 2020

Bringing holiday spirit cruising

If you’re cruising, you must be flexible. The weather doesn’t adapt to your plans. Familiar products you know from home may not be accessible. And yes, the familiar must have…

/ November 21, 2020

Reassurance from Baja’s bounty

Cruisers obsess over food sourcing and long-term storage more than the typical person. Over-provisioning is one of the classic new cruiser mistakes that even seasoned cruisers are prone to make.…

/ July 8, 2020

Fast track to cruising

Pandemic closes down the world. The world decides to go cruising! OK, not exactly, but there’s been a very unexpected impact of coronavirus: we are seeing a surge in people…

/ June 16, 2020

Offshore crewing and inclusion

The catch-22 of getting offshore experience: being required to have prior offshore experience in order to join a crew. Where can the hopeful offshore sailor begin? Yesterday morning I joined…

/ June 8, 2020

Vessel Restricted in Ability to Maneuver

ColRegs, the popular acronym for that mouthful “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea,” includes in rule no. 3 the definitions for boats restricted in their ability to maneuver. Reading…

/ April 30, 2020

Embrace the boring

Totem recently made landfall in Baja after a placid passage of a little over three days: north up the coast of Mexico’s mainland from Matanchen Bay, then across the Sea…

/ April 24, 2020