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February 26th

Matt Rutherford Returns to Two Inspired Guys

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When we first talked to Matt back in October – our second-ever episode! – his Ocean Research Project was just an idea. He was still riding high off of his Solo the America's expedition, but he wanted to shift gears and focus on something outside of himself. Since then, the ORP has achieved full 501c(3) status, and has a boat! He brought the 42' steel Colvin up from Florida in December. Andy went to see it in Annapolis in late January, and this was their talk.…

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February 25th
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Whatever you think about the Japanese whaling program, and Sea Shepherd's determined effotrs to impede and stop it, we can all agree that what is going on right now down in the Southern Ocean–ship collisions, water cannons, and flash-back grendades– is extraordinary (and dangerous).

The latest in this annual fracas appears to have been precipitated by Sea Shepherd's attempts to interfere with a refueling attempt by the Japanese. And that's when things got crazy:

Here's another video, showing the use of flash-bang grenades, which appear to have been aimed at Sea

Shepherd but end up on or near the deck of a highly combustible fuel tanker:

And here's Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker getting sandwiched between a Japanese whaler and the fuel tanker:

Remember, this is in the Southern Freaking Ocean.…

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February 25th
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Here's a piece of the HMS Bounty story that I had not yet seen: a scathing and emotional open letter written by Pride Of Baltimore II captain Jan Miles to HMS Bounty Captain Robin Walbridge a month after he lost his ship, and he and Claudene Christian lost their lives. 

Miles, who knew Walbridge, posted the letter on Facebook, and it is a howl of anguish and anger from a professional mariner. It is the single most powerful indictment of Walbridge and his decisionmaking that I have read. 

I've posted the whole thing after the jump, because it takes you step by tragic step through the flaws in Walbridge's thinking, but here is how it concludes:

And in a career at sea one cannot avoid every gale or nasty storm – but you set out with the BOUNTY with whatever her strengths and weaknesses into the biggest one some of us have ever seen dominating the Western North Atlantic.

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February 25th

On board Gizmo, the last frontier

Posted by // February 25, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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In retrospect, it's almost funny that the very first picture of Gizmo I published on Panbo (repeated above) highlighted that mess of wiring tucked under the circuit breaker panel. In the four years since, I've at least figured out, and in many cases changed or removed, nearly every electrical component on the boat. Just before I went to the Miami show it seemed like the time had come to attack what lay behind that nice little access door, but things did not go well…

My plan was to detach all the terminal strips and remount on them on a square of plywood that I could slide up behind the hinged breaker panel when I needed to change circuit configurations to install improvements like the Maretron DCR100.…

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February 25th

Silver and Gold

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There’s a small point of rocks at the beach that we normally go to and as the tie drops every day the locals roll up their sleeves and start digging underneath the rocks. I was curious so I asked one of them what he was looking for. “Plata y oro.” Silver and gold. I haven’t seen any hooting and hollering, so I don’t think anyone has hit it rich while we’ve been here, but they are deadly serious when they get to digging. Right down to their shoulders their arms disappear underneath the rocks. And they aren’t looking for dust, they’re looking for nuggets, because all they do is pull up hands full, shake it around, and toss it aside.…

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February 24th

From Barn to Barnburner

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I don’t think anyone connected to America’s Cup competition was quite prepared for the poise and capability of the young sailors who showed up this month to try out for a spot in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. An event that once sounded vague and dicey is taking on real form, and much of the credit goes to high-spirited, grass roots enthusiasm. The British team, for example, did their training in a barn.

Well, mostly. And they got it right.

AC45s are a mite scarce in the UK. So are reasonable substitutes. A little time on a 23-footer did no harm, but it’s just not the same, and you could say as much of a light-air day on a 26-footer, but at least, says, crewman Peter Austin, “That one had winches.”

For lack of anything better, Austin relates, “We drew out the deck of a 45-footer in the barn at James French’s house on the Isle of Wight.…

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February 24th

Start to Finish

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In case you’ve never noticed, when we post pictures we almost always just post them in the order they happened that day. Basically when I’m editing photos I start at the beginning, flip through and say, “That’s a nice one, I’ll number it 1. Oh look, there’s number 2.”

So anyway, today I worked on winches in the morning while Ali took the kids out for their morning walk (that makes them sound like dogs). The winches have a tendency to slip while under load, requiring me to actually cinch the lines off as opposed to just wrapping them through the self-tailers and leaving them.…

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February 23rd

Synthetic Lifelines in the Works

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I spent last weekend at the Miami Boatshow where I got to meet a few of the lovely folks from SAIL, critique my father’s seminars and crash a couple of expensive-looking parties. Oh and I even found time for a quick look around the show. The focus was mainly powerboats and megayachts, with a small ‘Strictly Sail’ satellite where I spent most of my time. While there I had a productive chat with John Franta, owner of Colligo Marine and the guy who did my synthetic rigging. I’ve written about my rig a couple times and though it’s about time for another update that can wait.…

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February 23rd

And Good Morning to You, Too!

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We are almost four weeks into our temporary time ashore, and what, you may ask, are our cultural sticking points?  Is it that we haven’t heard of a single film/singer/celebrity which has cropped up in the past two years?  Are the girls ridiculed for not owning an iPad?  Do we feel strange about our (often-commented-on) Canadian accents? 

No.  Our biggest problem is, “good morning.”  More accurately, the lack thereof.

Years ago, Erik worked in Switzerland.  I went to visit him one summer, and, among the cultural instruction he gave me regarding the language (“you won’t understand it,”) and transportation (“learn to ride a bicycle without killing anyone,”) he included the command: “You must say hello to people as you pass them on the street.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.  “Who do I have to say hi to?”
“Everybody.”  This was delivered in an emphatic tone along with an I-need-you-to-internalize-this-or-I’ll-have-to-get-a-new-job-elsewhere look.…

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February 22nd

PEARSON ALBERG 35: Real Cheap On Craigslist

Posted by // February 22, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Boats and Gear,

Pearson Alberg 35

I HAVEN'T SEEN this boat in person, but from the photos on this Craigslist listing it looks to be in very good condition… and the asking price is just $11K! She's got recent Awlgrip on her topsides, a recently rebuilt freshwater-cooled Atomic-4 engine, a new water tank, a new prop, and a new stuffing box. Looks like an excellent deal for an offshore-capable boat.

This is hull #57, built around 1963, which makes her just a tad older than my old Alberg 35, Crazy Horse, which was built in 1964 and had a hull number somewhere in the 60s.…

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