Safety Details for Safe Trailering

Safety Details for Safe Trailering By Capt. Joan Gilmore   How many times have you seen a broken down boat trailer by the side of the road? Maybe you have experienced a trailer breakdown yourself. Often the problem is not a flat tire but a too-hot wheel bearing. Wheel bearings on boat trailers can get[…]

Wet Lab

Sailing as Perfect “Wet Lab” By Captain Joan Gilmore of Sail Away Sailing School, LLC Contact: or 612-871-8101   I believe that sailing is a perfect “wet lab” environment for team building and for self-discovery. It is particularly perfect for learning interpersonal skills quickly and effectively when participants are directed by a talented and[…]

Why Can’t I Rely on GPS Alone on Extended Cruising Trips?

Why Can’t I Rely on GPS Alone on Extended Cruising Trips? Alternate title –  GPS; Siren Song to Unprepared Navigators By Capt. Joan Gilmore   Have you heard the story of the Swedish couple cruising the Mediterranean, who mistakenly typed “Capra” into their GPS, when they actually intended to go to the island of Capri?[…]

Choosing Good Crew

Choosing Good Crew By Captain Joan Gilmore   The time-honored “Request permission to board” is asked for a very good reason. Remember that you are the casting director for creating your own utopia. Be careful whom you bring onboard with you. You will be “locked in a small room” with them for the duration of[…]