Posted by Charles Doane // January 28, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
Ouch! This happened yesterday in Newport, Rhode Island, at the Newport Shipyard, where Providence was blocked up for the winter. Though the yard staff evidently stuck in some extra jackstands before the storm, they weren’t up to the job. The vessel’s mast is busted and her fiberglass hull has been punctured. She also, coincidentally, is for sale, so now’s the time to come in with a super lowball bid if you’re interested.
Here are some more pix:
(Top 2 pix are by Dave Hansen, the bottom 2 are by Rocky Steeves, courtesy of the Associated Press)
The original Providence was built in 1775 and served during the Revolutionary War under John Paul Jones, among others.…
We’ve checked out of Thailand, and don’t know when we’ll be back. While we wrap up pre-passage projects on Totem in Malaysia, it feels like the perfect time to reflect on what we loved (and didn’t) about the nearly six months we’ve spent in Thailand between 2013 and 2014.
The landscapes are breathtaking. The Andaman coast is peppered with stunning spots. From the surreal archipelago of limestone spires in Phang Nga bay to the sparkling water of the marine park islands offshore, there’s one beautiful anchorage after another. There should probably be a whole separate post of favorite places!
Posted by Charles Doane // January 27, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
I have to admit I don’t normally think about this too much. As is true of many sailors I suspect, I have subscribed to the philosophy that lightning and its effects are so random and poorly understood that you can get royally screwed no matter what you try to do about it. Which is a great predicate, of course, to going into denial and doing nothing at all. But the death in Florida last summer of Noah Cullen, a most promising young man who presumably was killed in a lightning strike while out singlehanding on his pocket cruiser, got me pondering this in a more deliberate manner.…
Andy sat down in person with Liza Copeland at the Toronto Boat Show not too long ago. In fact, they shared a booth alongside Paul & Sheryl Shard, who were all part of the seminar program at the show. Liza has sold an astounding number of her books, all about the cruising lifestyle, which has made her a household name in the sailing world. She first circumnavigated with her young family aboard a production Beneteau, and has since sailed over 100,000 miles in that boat, called ‘Bagheera.’
Andy & Liza discussed how she got into cruising and what it’s like saiing around the world with a family!…
Vang Sheeting is a term that describes a method, on windier days, of controlling the up and down movement of your boom (mainsail twist) by setting the boom vang and then controlling the in and out movement via the main sheet – big puff = ease the main sheet. The alternative, traveler sheeting, uses the mainsheet to control twist and the traveler to control in and out motion – big puff = lower the traveler. Which is better? As with most sail trim questions, the answer is “it depends”. Here are some questions about the boat you sail that need to be answered before you can decide:
Sail’s 2015 Pittman Innovation Awards were just announced and one of several interesting winners is a series of DigiMed wireless kits that work with Digigone’s existing telemedicine service. Even the smallest DigiMed Mini above can teleconnect you to a 24/7 emergency medical center via Android tablet and Bluetooth headset and I’ve seen how the included wireless macro camera allows the experts to examine the victim down to skin pore level…
I first saw the DigiMed tablet and camera system demonstrated last February in Miami and in 2013 Digigone set me up with the bandwidth-efficient SecureChat video chat software and compression service that’s behind all their products.…
“Do you feel like checking out some sailing dinghies this weekend?” asked Erik. “Sure,” I said. “Sounds fun.” “Great. They’re in an old container down at the dock; someone abandoned them years ago.” I looked up. “Abandoned” is usually a deadly adjective for a boat. “It’s all supposed to be in pretty bad shape.” he continued. “The sails are probably going to be full of rat poop, and who knows if anything will still float.” “Boy, Erik, why didn’t you lead with that? You know I can’t resist a rusty old container full of broken boat parts.” “And rat poop,” he added.…
What would you do if you were the fastest sailor on water?
If you were coming off eleven years of obsessed design/build/test/fail/win and when you finally were a winner it was not by a smidgen, no, a winner by a country mile, a winner by a revolution, you could go away and stare at the trees for a while. Wait for a butterfly to flutter by. Read a book about anything but boats, aerodynamics, hydraulic drag. Take a little hike in the Antarctic. Maybe even think, never again.
It was more or less like that for Paul Larsen, whose absolute speed record looks secure for a while to come.…
(Portsmouth, RI)- Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, and Stephanie Roble of East Troy, WI, were named US Sailing’s 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A total of ten men and seven women had been shortlisted for the 2014 honors based on nominations submitted by members of US Sailing, with these two sailors then selected for the noteworthy distinction by a diverse panel of sailing journalists.
Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year.…
This, apparently, is a current image of the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun:
Source:Al Araby Al Jadeed
The story goes that a cleaner at the museum was spiffing up the mask when they managed to knock its beard off (or, in another version, the beard was intentionally removed because it was loose). Then, in a classic case of sidestepping, the head of the renovations team called her husband instead of the Ministry of Antiquities and asked him to fix it. Supposedly, he’s also a ‘renovator.’ Whatever that means. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s never read the West System Use Guides or my last post on Epoxy Hints.…
Cruising is hard work. Really. Our punch list to have Totem ready for the Indian Ocean is shrinking but it’s constant daily effort to track towards an end of month departure. Even when we’re relaxing, like those lazy weeks up in Koh Phayam, we’re not on vacation. I made this list of things Jamie did over the course of a few days while we lingered in the bay there:
- cut hole in deck for inner forestay
- cut six inches of 3/8 inch 316 SS plate from an overbuilt/oversized backing plate
- install backing plate with some exceptionally messy butyl tape
- re-splice dyneema inner forestay
- connect solar panels (offline since arch was rebuilt at the shipyard)
- field install connector for NMEA 2000 network GPS (getting aaaalll the little wires into an end: finicky work)