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During Hurricane Klaus, a cruise ship came into St. Thomas Harbor, knocking loose a number of yachts, which ricocheted off other boats. Many well-maintained, properly moored boats ended up on the beach as a result. Those who were insurcd had their damage repaired and their insurance companies, backed by heavyweight lawyers, went after the cruise-ship company and collected. Most of those who were uninsured collected nothing, as they could not afford the cost of an admiralty 15 lawyer. Another cruise ship in Martinique turned on its bow thrusters and then backed down so hard that it did serious damage to thirty-two boats moored in the yacht basin west of the dry dock; no one who was uninsured collected anything.

Ahsolute horror of horrors-he never went near the galley except to put in a special request for a snack or meal. Celestial navigation was black magic and the celestial navigator was God. But, Mary Blewitt Pera then blew it, as she wrote that wonderful little book Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen. All sorts of yachtsmen learned how to do celestial navigation. So many yachtsmen learned how to do celestial navigation that the navigator was no longer God-now he was expected to stand watches, help in the galley, crank winches, trim sheets, and do all the rest of the dirty work that is necessary for the sailing and operation of an offshore sail boat.

It can get rough on the trip down, either from the United States or from Europe, and the boat and equipment that stand up fine in Long Island Sound or the Mediterranean may not be rugged enough to take the rough stuff offshore. The chances are very high that on the way from Europe to the Canaries or from the northeastern United States to the Caribbean you'll encounter at least one hard gale. Following are tips and recommendations in various categories for making your cruise to and through the Islands a success.

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