LONGSHOREMANSHIP: How to Load a Truck on a Sailboat

25 Jul

Loading the truck

I get queries about this all the time. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way. The video below shows the right way. It’s a good idea to practice using someone else’s truck until you get the hang of it.

The guys in this video, allegedly, have never screwed up and lost a truck. Evidently this is the only way to get vehicles on and off Île de la Gonâve, which is 15 miles off the Haitian coast in the middle of the Golfe de la Gonâve. Here’s another video demonstrating the same technique with a significantly larger ...

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LONGSHOREMANSHIP: How to Load a Truck on a Sailboat

25 Jul

Loading the truck

I get queries about this all the time. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way. The video below shows the right way. It’s a good idea to practice using someone else’s truck until you get the hang of it.

The guys in this video, allegedly, have never screwed up and lost a truck. Evidently this is the only way to get vehicles on and off Île de la Gonâve, which is 15 miles off the Haitian coast in the middle of the Golfe de la Gonâve. Here’s another video demonstrating the same technique with a significantly larger ...

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AC retrospective – and a change of opinion

25 Jul
The dust has long settled on the 35th America’s Cup and many a pundit has weighed in on what went wrong and what went right. The Auld Mug rode a First Class flight back to the Land of the Long White Cloud and knowing how Kiwis are when they celebrate I am sure that big drinks were drunk out of the cup. And goodonthem;  they won. Now it’s my time for a little opinion piece. 

It’s funny how a single image can change the way you think, isn’t it?  I read a long piece by Angus Phillips, ...
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200: Mia Karlsson

24 Jul

#200: It’s been a long-time coming, but Mia Karlsson is FINALLY on the podcast! Mia is my wife, of course, and while we don’t share a last name, we share just about everything else! Mia tongue-in-cheek promised to be the 200th episode on the show, long before she ever thought I’d make it this far, so I called her bluff! We recorded a long & rambling chat just before setting out across the Atlantic while Isbjorn was anchored in St. Croix. As I record this intro, we’ve made it to Sweden and Mia has completed her 4th Atlantic crossing, one ...

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Bahamas lookback II: falling short

24 Jul

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Three months of cruising the Bahamas left many impressions. After too much time on the mainland, escaping east across the Gulf Stream felt like freedom: a refreshing change in outlook, a new place to sink into and explore – one that several circumnavigators we respect claimed among their favorites. There’s a lot to love about these islands (our favorite features summarized here). That said, it left is wanting. This is at least partly a case of poorly set expectations; we are also burdened (while blessed) by the tremendous depth and breadth of places we’ve experienced over the years. ...

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Sailors In Canada Not Sailing

20 Jul

We’ve traveled north to connect with a friend and sailing legend Yves Gelinas of Cape Horn Self Steering Gear. We originally met Yves two years ago (already?) while staging in Portsmouth, VA for the trip down to Abaco. Yves was there with Jean-Du-Sud, his Alberg 30 that he completed a solo circumnavigation in during the 80s. A true old school sailor, Yves methods come through years and years of long offshore voyages and hard-won lessons. He went on to complete the trip to Martinique in 12 days. Yves has a trailer for His Alberg and launches, hauls and trailers it between Montreal ...

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Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi

18 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 18, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I don’t usually write about beta testing, but the FloatHub monitoring system is already proving itself so smart and functional that I want its Kickstarter campaign to succeed and hope that some readers enjoy the good deal that seems available, at least for the next few days. Detailing FloatHub is also a good opportunity to discuss the many ways WiFi is being used afloat these days, a subject that many boaters are understandably confused about…

FloatHub_boat_monitoring_main_online_dashboard_cPanbo.jpgFirst, here’s a visual taste of what the yellow hardware box ...

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199: RAN Sailing // Malin & Johan

17 Jul

If you don’t know Johan & Malin of RAN Sailing, go check them out on YouTube right away. They’re a wonderful young Swedish couple on a long-distance voyage in their aluminum sloop ‘RAN’. After months of trading emails, we finally got to meet up with them in Tortola and we hit it off immediately! Mia & I spent three days with Malin & Johan hanging out in Trellis Bay, sharing stories, cooking food and playing Jenga (which was even featured in episode 53 of their YouTube show!). Mia makes a rare appearance this week on the podcast ...

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A New Transatlantic Record

17 Jul
Thomas Coville claims the Single-handed Transatlantic record 
Another record has fallen and this one is huge. And not surprisingly, set by a Frenchman. What’s in the water over there that produces these amazing offshore sailors? Last Tuesday Thomas Coville set off from New York in an attempt to break the single-handed Transatlantic record; eastbound. Unlike his fellow countryman Francis Joyon (who set a new Transatlantic record last week) Coville waited for the perfect weather window and when his team deemed it right he took off like a slingshot with the hope of a crossing in under five days. Joyon’s time ...
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Cruising the Bahamas: beauty at our back door

17 Jul

Girls hiking in the Bahamas

snorkeling coral reef BahamasHard won miles to windward from the cerulean blue of our last Bahamian anchorage, some perspective on our months in the islands is sinking in. I went in with a mixed bag of expectations: friends who have sailed around the world claim it’s among the best cruising to be had (don’t we all love our first major destination?). Other cruisers who don’t have that far-reaching basis for comparison rave about it (was there narrower base of comparison at play?). It put me on guard: were we REALLY going to like it that much? How could islands so close to the ...

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