Are you out sailing the world, or planning to? Here are some resources we’ve created that we hope you’ll find useful.

The Chart Locker

The Chart Locker is a collection of downloadable satellite images and nautical charts in MBtile format for use with OpenCPN and other navigation programs. Nearly all the islands in the Tropical Pacific are covered, as well as the coast from the US/Mexico border all the way to South America. Plus New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, and many islands of the Caribbean. And guess what…? They’re free!

Migration’s Coppercoat Review

Thinking of using Coppercoat?
Read our documented review of our multi-year experience with the product.

Stuff That Works… and Doesn’t

After owning Migration for over 30 years, refitting her several times, and sailing her for over 65,000 miles, we’ve got some pretty good ideas about which equipment works well for our type of sailing, as well as some equipment that we would tell our friends to avoid. Check out our reviews.

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Anchoring Guide

Rapa Nui is one of the most amazing places we’ve visited; however, anchoring can be a challenge. We consulted with the moai and put together this short anchoring guide to help visiting yachts find the best spots, and to help protect the beautiful coral.

Tropical Pacific ASCAT Real-Time Satellite Winds by Country/Island/Region

ASCAT satellites provide (nearly) real-time data for wind speed and direction over the ocean. The graphics are an excellent tool to use to check the accuracy of whatever weather forecasting tool you are using. This PDF makes it easy to find the ASCAT images for the region you’re in.
Version 1.1 — 11 December 2023.

South Pacific Weather Simplified

We’re definitely fair-weather sailors. Here’s an article we wrote for Latitude 38 about how we tried to avoid bad weather in the South Pacific. Other articles we’ve written can be found here.

French Polynesia Primer

An article we wrote for Latitude 38 in 2010 with tips for cruising French Polynesia. Other articles we’ve written can be found here.

French Polynesia Long Stay Visas (Visa de Long Sejour) in Mexico

Need a long stay visa for French Polynesia?

If you are in Mexico, here’s a step-by-step on how to get it. Anywhere else, check out the excellent information at Chuck and Linda Houlihan’s Jacaranda Journey.

Please take note of the eligibility requirements that changed in 2024.

The (less than) 30-Minute Cooking Gas Fill in French Polynesia

Here are detailed instructions for what we think is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to fill your LPG tank in French Polynesia.

Boatwork In Thailand

Thinking of having boat work or a refit done in Thailand? Read these first!