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Vintage Attitude – Are We Nuts?

Vintage Attitude – Are We Nuts?

We gotta be nuts, ya know? Check it out…just what is it we all have in common? I mean besides smelly feet? Well? Ya know what it is? A desire to sell all of the stuff we have worked our whole life to gather about us, and then to move into an area slightly larger […]

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Vintage Attitude – The Most Civilized People?

Vintage Attitude – The Most Civilized People?

I really didn’t know what to think. After we entered the harbor at Fatu Hiva in the Marqueses, we pulled in as close as we could to shore and set our hook in about 30 feet of crystal clear water. The harbor was…

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Vintage Attitude – Attitude Makes The Difference

Vintage Attitude – Attitude Makes The Difference

Originally published in Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine, this Vintage Attitude – is about attitude!

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Vintage Attitude – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Vintage Attitude – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Originally published in Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine, in this Vintage Attitude Bob talks epic cruising moments.

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Vintage Attitude – It’s How You Look At It

Vintage Attitude – It’s How You Look At It

We had been anchored in the Lagoon at Fanning Island for a couple of days when we realized we were running short on Gasoline for our outboard.

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Vintage Attitude – Cruisers Are Weird

Vintage Attitude – Cruisers Are Weird

So there we were. Jody and I, and our trusty vessel The Lost Soul. We’d been out cruising for about a year or so, and had made our way into and out of some of the most written about and photographed islands of the world.

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Vintage Attitude – The Dream is Still There

Vintage Attitude – The Dream is Still There

Okay, so it was a pretty near perfect crossing.  We’d left Fatu Hiva and the Marquesas behind us, and for the last four days we had been sailing in paradise.  There were 18-20 knots of wind coming from over our shoulder, the main, mizzen, staysail and headsail were out, and we were making a good […]

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Vintage Attitude – Life is Maintenance

Vintage Attitude – Life is Maintenance

I was sitting with my legs wrapped around a toilet bowl, and I was laughing out loud. All of a sudden it seemed funny.  A bit earlier I was about to toss the darn thing over the side in silent rage.  Then it hit me.  Something my tormentor used to say when I’d bitch about […]

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Vintage Attitude – Take Responsibility

Vintage Attitude – Take Responsibility

First published in Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine, in this vintage Attitude Bob talks self-reliance at sea.

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Vintage Attitude – There You Are

Vintage Attitude – There You Are

I half-felt someone shake me, and for a minute I forgot where I was. As I opened my eyes, I heard Patrick whisper, “Hey man, 10 minutes and you’re on.”

It was 5:50 in the morning and the sun was about to come up. I walked through the creaking main salon in the twilight of dawn with the kerosene lights casting a warm glow…

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Vintage Attitude- Sailors Never Learn

Vintage Attitude- Sailors Never Learn

Didja ever notice how there is only one right opinion, and that is yours?  You know, only one right way to do things.  One correct anchoring method, one way to sail from one point to the next? Probably one of the things that cruisers enjoy about sitting in an anchorage as it fills with boats […]

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Vintage Attitude – Life at Sea

Vintage Attitude – Life at Sea

Bob talks jerry-rigging in this Attitude, originally published in Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine.

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Vintage Attitude – How Time Flies

Vintage Attitude – How Time Flies

In this blast from the past Bob talks past, present and future sailing.

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Vintage Attitude – A Day At Sea

Vintage Attitude – A Day At Sea

Originally published in Latitudes and Attitudes magazine, in the Vintage Attitude Bob chats about getting lost in the cruising life.

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Vintage Attitude – Reality Check

Vintage Attitude – Reality Check

If there was just one day, one hour, that had more affect on me than any other in my life, it was this day.

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Vintage Attitude – You Only Get One Life

Vintage Attitude – You Only Get One Life

A hellacious blast of wind gripped the sails and the boat heeled over until I thought we’d be thrown out. I found myself dangling precariously from a chrome goody that spun…

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Vintage Attitude – Live the Adventure

Vintage Attitude – Live the Adventure

First published in Latitudes & Attitudes magazine, in this vintage Attitude, Bob recalls a dispute with the sea gods.

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Vintage Attitude – The Best Anchor Ever Made

Vintage Attitude – The Best Anchor Ever Made

First published in Latitudes & Attitudes magazine, in this vintage Attitude, Bob discusses his favorite discussions.

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Vintage Attitude – What a Concept

Vintage Attitude – What a Concept

This first “Attitude” By Bob Bitchin ran in Issue Number 1 of Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine (March, 1997)

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More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost – Part 8 -The New Role of Print Magazines in the 21st Century

More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost – Part 8 -The New Role of Print Magazines in the 21st Century

More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost … Er, I mean Outpost! By Bob Bitchin #8 – The New Role of Print Magazines in the 21st Century. It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been over 50 years since I started my first little “rag”, Biker News, back in 1973.  Over […]

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Advanced Look – Cruising Outpost Winter 2013 Issue

Advanced Look – Cruising Outpost Winter 2013 Issue

Here’s just a quick glimpse of what’s coming up in our next issue… We have 4 boat designs, an Outbound 52 Mono, a Seawind Catamaran, a Compac 27 compact cruiser, and a Monte Carlo Motor yacht.  We have an article on how to handle rest for the crew on a long passage by Lin & […]

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More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost – Part 7 – You Can’t Please ‘em All

More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost – Part 7 – You Can’t Please ‘em All

By Bob Bitchin It’s kinda hard for me to believe, but I have been writing trash like this for 40 years.  In that time I have probably pissed off more people than the average writer.  It’s not that I try to do it, but I think the reality of it is, I hate writing pablum. […]

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Advanced Look – Cruising Outpost Fall 2013 – What’s In It? Find Out!

Advanced Look – Cruising Outpost Fall 2013 – What’s In It? Find Out!

Subscribe before July 29th to get the fall issue. Make sure you get the fall issue of Cruising Outpost magazine. It is due to hit mailboxes the third week of August.  To get your copy delivered to your home, you must subscribe no later than July 29th.  September 3rd it will arrive on newsstands in West Marine and Barnes and […]

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More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Outpost  #6

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Outpost #6

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost … Er, I mean Outpost! #6 – The Cruising Outpost Extended Family By Bob Bitchin I have often been called naïve because I refer to our readers as extended family.  It’s actually pretty funny, but over the 35 years I have been living aboard, cruising […]

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More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! #5 – Our Staff Infection.  Those who toil…

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! #5 – Our Staff Infection. Those who toil…

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! #5 – Our Staff Infection.  Those who toil… By Bob Bitchin This is my country,
The land that begat me.
These windy spaces
Are surely my own.
And those who toil here,
In the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh,
And bone of my bone. […]

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More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! – Part 4

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! – Part 4

By Bob Bitchin Virtual Offices Equals a Better Magazine – Here’s Why… One of the questions we get a lot from potential cruisers is, “How can we continue to earn while we are out there cruising?”  Usually we get this question with the idea of writing for a magazine (Cruising Outpost!) to supplement their income.  […]

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More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! Part 3

More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I mean Outpost! Part 3

By Bob Bitchin The Unbelievable Story of How Cruising Outpost came into being… It all started with our Founders Circle The story of how Cruising Outpost came into being could be a book in itself.  There are villains, hero’s, disasters and as always needed, a happy ending. Once upon a time there was a couple […]

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Getting Old is Mandatory – Growing up is Optional

Getting Old is Mandatory – Growing up is Optional

Inside Cruising Outpost: More Than you Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Outhouse,  Er, I mean Outpost! Getting Old is Mandatory – Growing up is Optional By Bob Bitchin When I was creating the new Cruising Outpost there was one thing I had at the very top of my list of what’s missing in boating […]

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More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I Mean Outpost!

More Than You Really Wanted To Know About Cruising Compost, Er, I Mean Outpost!

By Bob Bitchin Here’s an email I got from Phil G. on Jan. 19, 2013, an old Lats & Atts reader, and it started me thinking, a lot of people can’t read my alleged mind, and don’t know why we do certain things in the new Cruising Outpost Magazine. So I figured it would be […]

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Fearing The Unknown

Fearing The Unknown

Have you ever noticed how many really great boats sit in their slips every weekend, week after week, month after month and year after year? There is a reason for that. Not a good one, but a reason none the less. Fear. Fear has kept more adventures from happening than any other single thing. What’s […]

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