Shawn Batten

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End-of-season Sail Care

Sails are like cars, and demand service and regular maintenance. The more attention you give to your sails, the longer they will perform like new. …

Sailing as a Family

A weekend on the water is the perfect place for busy families to reconnect with each other. Sailing can be a great way to experience the great …

Gannet Makes Landfall

At 0500 Monday, August 22, our 53rd day at sea since leaving Darwin, Australia, the wind died, and <i>Gannet</i>, my Moore 24, and I were becalmed 10 miles …

The Key to Better Spinnaker Sets

In this series, we’ve already covered tacks and jibes. Now for a few words on spinnakers. Fortunately, for the most part, the key principles apply to …

This Woman Quit Her Job And Makes Twice As Much Cruising The World

“Freedom.” That is how Victoria Fine describes her life.<p>In April, Fine left a big job at Slate to launch her own business, Finally, a growth hacking company that offers editorial and audience development solutions to grow digital audiences.<p>In June, she set sail with her husband and now lives …

Shipping

5 Basic Tenets for a Two-captain Sailboat

There is an unequivocal principle in maritime hierarchy—a ship can have only one captain. On our boat, there are two. As young cruisers, 33 and 28, …

How sailing is helping people overcome mental health crises

It is a perfect summer’s afternoon in Cornwall. In Falmouth marina, bobbing dinghies and gnarled fishing boats mingle with the gleaming yachts. On land, the town is teeming with holidaymakers, all dipping in and out of the shops and pubs for ice creams, fish and chips and pints of Cornish cider. …

Mental Health

How to Use Your Greenhouse in the Summer

Many gardeners are drawn to invest in a greenhouse to help extend their growing seasons.<p>Not only does it give them the ability to control the growing …

The Best Way to Learn

I didn’t sail as a kid, and I was a simple cruiser when I sought out racing. The first guy to take a chance on me was Elliot Peterson, who had a …

This Video of Kate Middleton Racing a Sail Boat Proves She's the Coolest Princess Ever

Kate Middleton really can do it all.<p>Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in Portsmouth, England, to open the 1851 Trust visitor center in …

SAILBOAT FAIL. A little error... but a big crash!

How to Monitor Batteries – RV, Sailboat & Tiny Houses too

I’m going to be honest, you don’t need a Battery Monitoring Kit, but you will want one. Your battery is like...The post How to Monitor Batteries – …

How to Build a Boat; But Where Exactly Should You Start?

<b>If you want to know how to build a boat you've come to the right place, because that's what we did, learning as we went. She's called Alacazam, and</b> …

Are you sure you know the physics of sailing? VIDEO

Since I had a nervous breakdown, nothing has lifted my spirits more, or has made me feel saner, than my garden<p>January is the time of year when, for us gardeners, a small ray of hope breaks through the grey skies. Not long now, I think, until I can start chitting my potatoes. A few early daffodils …

Mental Health

10 Gardening Trends That Will Blossom in 2016

Pinterest has the early scoop on what you'll be doing outside this spring.<p>It may still be cold outside, but we have a confession: We've already been filling our "gardening" Pinterest board with new ideas. Luckily, we're not the only ones looking ahead. The folks at Pinterest recently took a look …

Gardening

Eliot Coleman's Cold Frames for Soil Blocks

Eliot Coleman's Technique for Direct Sowing Seeds & Spacing

Eliot Coleman's How To Make Compost and Add Organic Amendments

Eliot Coleman Keynote at VABF 2011

What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen<br>by Lisa Bunin, PhD, Organic Policy Director, Center for Food Safety<p><i>Lisa Bunin, PhD</i><p>Sure, I eat organic food because I …

Cover Crops and Compost: How to Go Organic in the Garden

Growing plants organically, whether done on acres of farmland or a backyard garden, can be tricky work. Iowa State University Extension Organic …

Aquaponics - The Urban Food Revolution

<i>Photo from Backyard Aquaponics.</i><p>[<i>This is a guest-post by Gavin Leiminer. -Ed</i>] I can’t say I’ve got a green thumb. Additionally, I haven’t ever tried …

greenhouse love.

i recently shared my patio makeover with you, but what i’ve only shared a few glimpses of here and there on instagram is the rest of my yard — which …