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The author on a Sunsail charter in the Kingdom of Tonga.
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SMARTER CHARTER

The process of planning an offseason charter can seem daunting to the uninitiated. The world is a big place, with seemingly countless options for a snowbound boater seeking some warm-weather relief. Yet if you keep a few simple questions in mind, you’ll be well on your way to organizing the charter trip of your dreams.

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ON TONGA TIME

I gripped the steering wheel and tried to feel confident as our Tongan skipper Raymond cheerfully pointed out a narrow gap between the northernmost tip of Nuapapu Island and the tiny islet of Kitu and told me to aim for it. I wasn’t entirely thrilled… yet the side trip had been my idea, and the charter cruise was supposed to be all about new experiences.

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BAHAMAS BEGINNERS

As we left the Sea of Abaco and motored into Hope Town Harbour’s narrow channel, Kyle carefully made his way forward to join Melissa at the bow. Once we reached the moorings, one would provide hand signals to the helmsman while the other snared the chosen mooring ball’s line with the boathook.

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A SLICE OF BAJA

When we entered the San Lorenzo Channel, it was as if someone had taken aim at the cockpit with a fire hose. Mike, standing at the wheel in his bright yellow foul-weather jacket, took the brunt as blasts of buckshot spray managed to miss the dodger entirely and hit him full in the face.

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DISCIPLES OF THE APOSTLES

I knew it was time to head back to the dinghy. My stomach rumbled insistently, and the deepening gray of the overcast sky told me twilight was lurking. Instead, like a child who isn’t ready to be called for supper, I nestled against the modest dune at my back and let my fingers run idly through the fine yellow-pink sand of Julian Bay’s crescent beach.

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