Preparing for Offshore

A strong component of our educational mission as a non-profit association is our Salty Dawg Reference Library. Here, you will find articles carefully selected to cover topics of important to those who choose to sail offshore. From equipment repairs to heavy weather tactics, offshore forecasting to selection of anchors, and offshore cooking to first aid – the material presented here is designed to complement our Seminar presentations.

We are dedicated to the concept that the most valuable information about offshore passage-making — whether in this Reference Library or at one of our seminars —- comes from our veteran Salty Dawgs and our Corporate Partners. Veterans of thousands of offshore miles can best anticipate the needs of those who are planning their first offshore passage or expanding their horizons in future passages.

In our Reference Library, we concentrate on four areas critical areas for successful passage preparation:

  • Know Your Boat
  • Recommended Equipment
  • Advice from Experts
  • Checklists for Offshore

1. Know Your Boat

A useful article by Salty Dawg and long time sailor Hank George. Understand the basic parameters of your boat’s performance, and its key features, to be better able to plan and manage your offshore passage. Go to Article

2. Recommended Equipment

A list of recommended equipment for your offshore passage, compiled by the Salty Dawg’s veteran offshore sailors. Study it carefully and implement this in the best manner you can for your vessel. Go to List of Recommended Equipment


3. Advice From Experts

The Salty Dawg’s veteran offshore sailors have prepared this collection of articles providing superb advice to sailors on many topics of important to safe and fun offshore sailing and cruising.  Go to Advice From Experts


4. Checklists for Offshore

The To-Do List before a passage can be daunting.  Here are checklists that will help guide you through the priorities for a successful passage. You’ll find guidance about spares, special tools, safety gear, provisions, inspections…and More. Go to Checklists for Offshore