His friends and even his wife told Ron Olds he was mad when he bought Zora, but where they saw a tired, former fishing boat, he saw an ocean-going cruiser.
Alvah is humbled by a visit to a disused leper colony.
Alvah explains the modern incarnation of a brotherhood designed to help mariners far from home.
Alvah talks about his long time friends Lin and Larry Pardey.
Alvah gets into island life.
Alvah highlights some touches of Kiwi brilliance that have contributed to our safety at sea.
Alvah Simon explores Fiji's amazing Astrolabe Reef.
Alvah explores the roots of his fascination with multihulls.
Whoever coined the phrase "Don't sweat the small stuff" has never owned a boat.
Alvah shares a couple of gems of knowledge that he has collected during a lifetime spent at sea.
In order to put to sea, a boat must adhere to a number of rules and regulations. Alvah Simon talks to the man who is in charge of ensuring vessels going offshore are seaworthy and up to the task.
Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful of natures creations, here's what you can do to help preserve them.
Knowing the proper protocol for using a VHF radio will often help you avoid a potentially serious situation, so here are some of Alvah Simon's tips on what you in on what you need to know.
Island Cruising Association directors John and Lyn Martin run the rule over navigation apps for smartphones and tablets.
Alvah Simon didn't have to be asked twice to explore Whangaroa Harbor and the neighboring Cavalli Islands.
Meet the man behind Cavalier yachts and Rocna anchors.
The first time I was invited to be a judge in the US Boat of the Year Contest in Annapolis, Maryland, I sailed 32 different boats, only twoof which were multihulls.
Our cruising blogger would never head offshore without reliable self-steering.
There was little fan fare when Laura Dekker made landfall in Whangarei but Alvah Simon is impressed by the teen circumnavigator.
After a delayed departure due to adverse weather, the Martins lead the ICA Western Pacific Rally into Anatom, Vanuatu.
If fixing something on your boat was easy, it usually means you've done it wrong. John and Lyn Martin experience a few problems with their yacht Windsong.
Vicky and Tom Jackson are well respected and published cruisers, clocking up over 170,000 miles in their yacht Sunstone, but have also claimed many titles in some of the worlds top offshore yacht races.
The Bay of Islands is home to some of the best cruising in the world, and is only a short hop from Auckland.
Alvah Simon offers inspiration for anyone who has ever worked on a boat.
Alvah Simon's watery backyard is being targetted for aquaculture, and our cruising blogger isn't happy about it.
The story of Gary Underwood's restoration of a classic wooden powerboat.
How safe is your ship? Our cruising blogger offers practical advise to ensure your next passage doesn't turn into a nightmare.
There is no place like home, especially after you've cleared customs without a hitch, writes our cruising blogger.
Who pays when a boat breaks its mooring and slams into another?
We have good support networks for our promising young racers. But what about those who simply want to cruise?
The perfect boat is just like the perfect spouse - hard to find, according to our cruising expert Alvah Simon.
Award-winning, Whangarei-based America sailor and author Alvah Simon begins his new, weekly cruising blog for Boating New Zealand.
Compact catamaran, the Seawind 950, is turning heads at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.
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When Ross and Jo Blackman tackled the Atlantic for the first time, they dreamed of Christmas in the Caribbean.
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Here, in no particular order, are Boating's 10 favourite New Zealand anchorages.
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Just do it, says widowed father cruising with his two-year-old daughter.