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October 22nd

Vignettes on the way up the Malay peninsula

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

Cruising,

Puteri sunrise

Our journey up the west coast of the Malay peninsula was different than expected, but we made good memories with good friends. We’ve now got experience and opinions about the string of marinas. All the dock time was a little surreal after a year of mostly anchoring.
Puteri at night
Puteri Harbor at sunrise, top, and lit by the hotel development at night, above
 
It was good. Our watermaker hasn’t worked in a few months, and with five bodies on board, we use a fair amount even in stringent conservation mode. The new membrane and end caps were arriving with my parents (barely, after a vendor forgot to ship until we followed up a couple of weeks after we paid…whoops) but meanwhile, it was really nice to be able to tank up at the dock.
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October 21st

Out of the Murk

Posted by // October 21, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Once upon a time, the path to finding a cure for leukemia looked just about as murky as San Francisco Bay on the morning of October 20, 2013.
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Now the story at the Leukemia and Lymphona Society is rising success rates. And tragic failures. And did we mention, rising success rates, thanks to research and the funding that keeps research going.

The San Francisco Yacht Club version of the now-widespread Leukemia Cup network continues to set records as the top-grossing regatta in the country. Some $800,000 this year, and the numbers are still moving. And how can you top a story like that of Gary Jobson, who devoted himself 21 years ago to fundraising, and encouraging sailors to add charity to their lineup of events—and only later discovered that he would have his own bout with the disease, and benefit from the continuing and even astounding output of new therapies.…

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October 21st

Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 21, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

NOAA_Inside_Route__3_1913_cPanbo.jpgWhen Peter Swanson called to say he’d just become PassageMaker’s new editor-in-chief (which he’ll be great at, I think), the conversation soon turned to our strong mutual interests in cruising, electronics and charts. That’s how I finally learned that NOAA has started to remove the magenta chart lines that guide many users of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and that they may never be replaced. Peter wrote about the issue in August, and NOAA recently put up a notably well-crafted Federal Register article that seeks more comments from the public.…

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October 20th

Special Delivery

Posted by // October 20, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Cruising,

Back in the day, I used to order the odd thing online.  I would come home after a hard day of doing whatever it is I used to do, only to find a small white notice from Canada Post flapping on the doorknob.  I would heave a dramatic sigh, walk 500 yards to the post office, wait in line for 39 seconds, retrieve my stuff, and leave, shaking my head at what a martyr I was for picking up my own post.

Not really.  Getting a package is fun, and it was rare I was so busy as to mind the “hassle”. …

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October 18th

COLLISION AVOIDANCE: How To Get Run Down By A Ship

Posted by // October 18, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Techniques,

You may have seen this video a couple of years ago back when the collision, during Cowes race week, took place. They’re having a trial about it now, as the skipper of the yacht, a Corby 33 named Atalanta of Chester, insists that he was not negligent. Watching what happened per the viddy, I’d say what it was, in law-school lingo, was negligence per se. As in: you should never try to cross in front of another vessel, particularly one that is much, much larger than yours, unless you are about 1,000 percent sure you’re going to make it.…

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October 18th

Plans, the little white cruising lie

Posted by // October 18, 2013 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

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Jamie up the mast

It’s a standing joke among the cruising community that “plan” is a four letter word. Any cruiser can tell you stories about the plans made and then revised… again, and again, and again. We do better committing to a general intention than anything specific. It makes it harder to have visitors, but is a practical reality. We can’t plan for days locked down and waiting for a weather window, or anticipate the perfect bay that claims us for a couple of weeks instead of a couple of days. It’s certainly not so we can rush headlong on to the next place because it was what we laid out in a “plan.”

Perhaps it’s just as well that we had a very loose idea our transit up the west side of the Malay peninsula, because any plan would have been superseded by the request for help from our friends on Tahina.…

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October 18th

PAINE 14: An Updated Herreshoff 12-1/2

Posted by // October 18, 2013 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

Boats and Gear, ,

Chuck Paine

Pardon the void in my personal blogosphere here, but I’m just back from Annapolis, where I was test-sailing boats for the comic after the big show closed down. By far the most relaxing test I did was with designer Chuck Paine (see photo up top) aboard his new Paine 14, a sweet little daysailer based on the old Herreshoff 12-1/2. We had a great time ogling moored boats and chatting up a storm as we ghosted up and down Spa Creek in the few cat’s paws of wind that presented themselves–exactly the sort of thing a boat like this is designed for.…

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October 18th

59 Degrees North Podcast #6: Christian Kull

Posted by // October 18, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

People,

Mia and I met Christian in the Aland Islands this past summer. Christian and his wife Annette run the guest harbor at Rodhamn, a beautiful, small island about 10 miles south of Mariehamn, the capital of Aland. The island has some pretty interesting history, having served as the radio station during the wars. The old station remains as a museum, and in the summertime, Christian and Annette actually like in what was the station-keepers house! They keep their boat there as well, an OE-32, designed by the famous Olle Enderlein (of which we saw countless designs while sailing in Sweden). She’s a beautiful double-ended sloop that I couldn’t stop admiring.…

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October 17th

Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 17, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

FLIR_M-618CS_test_Slew-to-Cue_cPanbo.jpgI’ve long thought that the usefulness of a navigation camera would increase significantly with tight integration to a boat’s principal navigation system, and now I’m convinced. When I redid Gizmo’s antenna mast last spring, I got to top it off with a powerful FLIR M-618CS dual camera system that was sometimes very handy as I cruised up the coast. But when I finally got around to integrating it with the Raymarine e-127 above, its safety value took a quantum leap. While it’s obvious from the lower-right camera window that this particular test day was very clear, also obvious to me was the camera system’s potential as I can make it quickly pan and tilt to any spot on the chart screen, on which it will stay locked no matter how Gizmo manuevers and — in the case of MARPA and AIS targets — regardless of how the target moves…

approach_to_Camden_Inner_Harbor_at_night_cPanbo.jpgBefore getting further into the FLIR/Raymarine integration, I’d like to make some general observations.…

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October 17th

Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 17, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

FLIR_M-618CS_test_Slew-to-Cue_cPanbo.jpgI’ve long thought that the usefulness of a navigation camera would increase significantly with tight integration to a boat’s principal navigation system, and now I’m convinced. When I redid Gizmo’s antenna mast last spring, I got to top it off with a powerful FLIR M-618CS dual camera system that was sometimes very handy as I cruised up the coast. But when I finally got around to integrating it with the Raymarine e-127 above, its safety value took a quantum leap. While it’s obvious from the lower-right camera window that this particular test day was very clear, also obvious to me was the camera system’s potential as I can make it quickly pan and tilt to any spot on the chart screen, on which it will stay locked no matter how Gizmo manuevers and — in the case of MARPA and AIS targets — regardless of how the target moves…

approach_to_Camden_Inner_Harbor_at_night_cPanbo.jpgBefore getting further into the FLIR/Raymarine integration, I’d like to make some general observations.…

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