Dropping Anchor

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Whangaroa Bay From Ocean Sailor Reader Graham Wilding ,SY Chiquita Location: Whangaroa Bay, Bay of Islands, New Zealand Coordinates: 35°01.30’S 173°46.08’E Seabed: Good holding in mud Protection: Good protection from all wind directions Whangaroa Bay comes from the Maori word ‘Whaingaroa’ which means ‘what a […]

Guns on board

To arm or not to arm? That is the question. Should a gun be part of your onboard kit? It is a question many have asked since I first took to the sea in the late 1970s.  There are many factors to consider, practical as well as ethical, and I have spoken to many yachtsmen […]

Dropping Anchor

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Crocus Bay From Ocean Sailor Readers John & Heather Leslie Location: Crocus Bay, Anguilla Coordinates: 18°13.250’N 63°04.076’W Seabed: Fairly good holding in sand Protection: Good protection from the northeast to the south A lovely escape from the madness of St. Barts or Saint Martin is […]

Sail to save the planet

More rain, more wind and rising sea levels as our climate continues to change gear. Dick Durham taps the barometer. Scientists are measuring what sailors are experiencing first hand; a marked change in weather patterns. Gales are more frequent, rainfall is increasing, and ocean currents are changing. Kraken Yachts’ chairman Dick Beaumont has experienced nightmarish […]

Container Chaos

Hundreds, probably even thousands of containers are lost at sea every year creating UFO’s – Unidentified F***ing Objects (that’s ‘Floating’ of course) – as Dick Durham investigates… It would take just 135 Very Large Container Ships (VLCS) moored end to end to run the length of New York’s 13-mile Manhattan Island and yet there are […]

The Eighth Commandment

The right transom for a blue water yacht Filip Sochaj, Krakens Head of Design, explains why blue water yachts need a reverse shear transom and how we improved it further. It must be accepted that a blue water yachts design needs to incorporate some features that a regular cruising racer / holiday yacht may not […]

Dropping Anchor

Readers’ favourite Anchorages of the World Showcasing your favourite anchorages. Canna Harbour From Ocean Sailor Reader Chris Chandler Location: Canna Harbour, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK Cordinates: 57° 3’22.372″N 6°29′ 39.664″W Seabed: Good holding in mud Protection: Good from all directions in the anchorage as marked with an anchor This idyllic little harbour in the Scottish […]

The Ten Commandments

of Blue Water yacht design & construction By Dick Beaumont ‘Five years ago or so, Dick Durham, then Editor-at-Large with Yachting Monthly magazine and a correspondent for Classic Boat magazine called me. He told me he was considering writing an article on what design features are necessary for a blue water yacht and asked if […]

Dropping Anchor

Readers favourite Anchorages of the World We’ve told you some of ours, now we’re showcasing your favourite anchorages. Lakka From Ocean Sailor Reader John Buckley Location: Lakka, Paxos, Ionian Sea, Greece Coordinates: 39° 14.251’N 20° 07.966’E Seabed: Fairly good holding in fine sand Protection: Very good from all directions in the inner part of the […]

A Weather Eye: Part Three

Reading the signs, clouds, wave trains and the barometer By Dick Beaumont Satellites have replaced seaweed when it comes to weather forecasting, but what happens when you cannot connect for whatever reason? We know we cannot rely 100% on the availability of that satellite streamed information being accessible whenever we need it. Power supply issues, […]