I had originally planned to post this immediately following the 'Realities of Yacht Delivery, Part 1,' which I published on April 29 on andyandmia.net. My mom died April 30. So there.
So, what happened to the Farr? the Vagabond? my mom and dad's Sojourner?
I called my dad in Delware City when it was apparent that the new prop we ordered for the Farr would be several days in the mail before it got to us. There was no point in Mia and I wasting our time – and the owner's money to pay us to stay there – so we asked for a ride home.…
A couple of months back, Mia and I had a boon of sorts with the boat delivery gig. Two promising phone calls in a row had us set up to for a delivery of a Vagabond 47 from Annapolis to Albany, NY, up the Hudson river, and another on a Farr 395 from Annapolis to Maine. The Vagabond was a week or two in the making until we sorted out an arrangement with the owner. The Farr, on the other hand, was last-minute, a phone call taken in the parking lot of the farmer's market in Pennsylvania. Mia was inside shopping and I popped out into the parking lot to speak in relative peace.…
So I have my country flags, and historical flags, and for sports seasons —
I have my Giants flag . . .
I have my 49ers flag . . .
And of course my favorite, my America’s Cup flag. But wait!
What’s wrong with this picture . . .
Hallooo, marketing department. Hallooo.
WHILE WE’RE NOT ON THE SUBJECT
I can’t count it as good news regarding Team Korea’s prospects that Nathan Outteridge has moved out of the Team Korea camp and into the Artemis Racing camp. No doubt that means more salary and more certainty for Outteridge, but it’s imaginable that this year’s 49er gold medalist would have stuck with Korea if he saw himself at the helm of an America’s Cup challenger in 2013.…
SOONER OR LATER owners of fiberglass sailboats become interested in how the rudders on their boats are constructed. Usually this happens after an owner notices there is water dribbling out of a boat’s rudder long after it has been hauled out of the water. In the early days of fiberglass boatbuilding, when most sailboats had full keels and attached rudders, many rudders were still made of wood. These were constructed in the traditional fashion and consisted of a row of planks, often mahogany, joined end to end, usually with internal drift pins that were fastened to the rudderstock. You never had to worry about these rudders getting all full of water, but you did sometimes have to worry about the planks coming loose.…
(St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles)- Have you ever considered going to an event in the Caribbean that plays host to more than 29 countries and 207 sailing teams? What could be better than racing in the tropical sun with crystal clear water and ice-cold Heinekens? “Naw-ting”, as they say, Mon! Apparently, many heed the call and make an annual migration to this amazing event, fondly called “THE Heineken” by those “in-the-know”, for some truly “Serious Fun”! The parties are O.T.T. (Over The Top), the Fashion Show is awesome and the music is all top-shelf entertainers from across the Caribbean.
While there may not be a dedicated “United Nations of Sailing,” the next best thing is happening- the Heineken Regatta, taking place from March 6th to 9th in the waters off St.…
Okay, quick intro. First, happy to be on SAILfeed! Mia and I are writing from Las Palmas, after just arriving this morning. We delivered the Saga 43, Kinship, down from Lagos, Portugal, the same boat we earlier sailed across the Atlantic with ARC Europe. I (Andy) initially wrote this article for my own website (andyandmia.net) a while back, and am re-printing it here, as I think it's fairly relevant. The two Atlantic crossings reference this recent trip on the Saga (BVI-Bermuda-Azores-Portugal), and our own crossing in 2011 on Arcturus (Annapolis-Nova Scotia-St. Pierre and on to Ireland). We completed that trip on our boat just a few weeks ago, arriving in Stockholm in early September (I'll have more here on that to follow).…
If you've spent much time on a sailboat, you've probably spent some time around ospreys. Also known as a seahawk, or a fish eagle, they are powerful and beautiful birds of prey. And if you haven't seen them in all their glory, I thought I would help you out (go for fullscreen if you have a fast internet connection):
Of course, on the other end of the seabird spectrum, you have the lowly seagull. They are loud, they
scavenge, they scrap. And sometimes they do something funny and improbable, like stealing a running Go Pro camera, shooting a birds-eye view of San Francisco Bay, and then depositing it, still running, on the deck of a yacht club (Saint Francis?).…
Sailors are tinkerers. They are always looking for ways to make boats faster, or more fun to sail. Sometimes that leads to some pretty interesting ideas.
Take this dude, for example. He didn't like the suffer-fest involved in hard hiking on a Laser. So he took a Laser hull, and modified it with an INternational 14 rig and a bowsprit. And, presto, you have a Laser that you can trapeze on, and fly a spinnaker on. Or, as he calls it: FrankenLaser.
Or check out these guys, two acrobatic 49er sailors who apparently decided that normal 49er hiking wasn't
Even the experts should put in a bit of manual labor once in a while, right?
As part of my ongoing scattershot of DIY articles, here’s an easy repair that I suspect a few of you have been planning on getting to ‘sometime soon’ (as in, within the next three years). Repairing rubrails is one of those mainly cosmetic repairs that can so easily remain uncompleted indefinitely but it turns out to actually be quite simple. Really, I promise.
This was a job we did when my father was in town helping on the boat. With him around cracking the whip I often miss out on the extremely important first stage of a project- the one which involves drinking beer while taking photos of whatever I’m trying to repair while imagining that it’s already finished.…
Meade Gougeon, 75, completed the Everglades Challenge–a grueling race from St. Petersburg to Key Largo, Florida–on March 5, 2014. Meade sailed solo aboard his outrigger sailing canoe VOYAGER, crossing 325 miles in 4 days and 8 hours.
He slept aboard his vessel, and came in first in the Sailing Canoe class (class 3).
Meade Gougeon is one of the founders of Gougeon Brothers, Inc. in Bay City, Michigan, the manufacturer of WEST SYSTEM Epoxy.…
Back at home most people would just pop into Beds, Booms, and Beyond to pick up a new boom, but in the hinterlands we fix things, because we don’t have a choice. Not only do we save ourselves a little money, but we reduce the growing problem of broken sailboat booms overflowing the nation’s landfills. Here’s how:
First, we break a boom. This was due to pure laziness: using a vang when I should have used a proper preventer. Idiot!
Note the boom, now disentangled from the main sail, lying on the side deck. The inboard stub is still attached to the main mast.