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February 5th

On the way towards Antigua!

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A short blog arrived from Andy and crew this morning. The first planned stop is Île Fourchue, a small island just off St. Barts. Great anchorage and fun hiking, no one lives on the island and not many trees are around. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy get everyone to join in for a sunrise hike one morning. 

Blog from Andy:
Strange weather pattern. Departed Road Town at 1930 last night, sailed off the anchor. First time since leaving the Bay we had big genoa on! North wind on departure as Low moved over us. Motor through calm at midnight, now sailing again on easy south wind on other side of Low.…

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February 4th

VOYAGING WITH KIDS: The Ultimate Guide for Cruising Families

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Kids cover

Lin Pardey gave me a hug and handed me a copy of this book when I saw her at Annapolis, and now I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Of course, I do have to admit I am biased. I know and have worked with several of the people involved in creating the book–two of the authors, the publisher, and the editor–but I wouldn’t be pimping it if it wasn’t good. All these people are some of the best in the business.

I can think of many magazine articles I’ve read (and edited) over the years on this subject–how to live the cruising dream with kids in tow–but offhand I can’t think of any books.…

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February 4th

Wrecked in thick fog

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The wreck of Tara

It’s always a tragedy when someone is lost at sea but it seems more personal when someone is lost in familiar waters. I have sailed the waters off Cape Town, South Africa since I was a small kid and for the most part they have been inviting and benign. But things can change very quickly as a crew sailing from Langebaan, a small seaside town located around a 100 miles up the west coast of South Africa, to  Cape Town found out. Earlier this week in the early hours of the morning they ran into thick fog and without visibility they ran aground.
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February 4th

Slowly Waking Up

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Maintenance,

What is this delicious piece of gorgeousness? A blocked toilet hose? I don’t know about you, but this puts me in mind of arterial plaques and makes me want to treat my circulatory system with gentle kindness.

More importantly, does this mean that things are afoot aboard the Good Ship Papillon? Indeed it does! Erik is tearing through our to-do list like a lion taking down a zebra. The girls and I are waiting out the worst of the destruction from afar. If all goes well, the four of us will move back into our floating home in another month, and this blog will emerge from hibernation.…

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February 4th

Isbjorn Offshore Sailing: Putting the boat back together.

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If you read the last post you’ll know that halfway south to Grenada, the boat broke. Amazingly, aside from three deliveries I canceled before the boat ever left the dock (thanks to crappy boats), I’ve never had to turn around on an offshore trip before. But, as I’m all too aware, if you do this stuff long enough, things are going to happen, even to the best of us.

To recap, sailing close-hauled about 200 miles south of the BVI, in a 25-30 knot ESE’ly trade wind, the old Harken Mark 2 furler jammed as we tried to roll the sail in before a tack.…

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February 3rd

That Sinking Feeling off the Baja Coast

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3 on deck
It was 1991, and we were three fools fresh out of San Diego State. Brian had bought an old Catalina 30, and we spent six months fitting her out. Against my protests, Brian changed her name to Break‘n Wind, a boat name I’ve encountered several times over the years, and never liked any better.

Brian’s artist buddy painted the new name and hailing port on the transom, along with some sorry-ass blue palm trees. I asked the artist, “Isn’t break spelled B-R-E-A-K?” He’d spelled it Brake’n Wind. The paint had already semi-dried, so we ended up with one E wedged in there somehow, and another E rubbed out with acetone, and it never looked quite right.…

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February 3rd

maintenance

As our time in South Africa draws to a close, we’re focused on preparing for the big miles ahead to cross the Atlantic. Although I felt like we spent a lot of last year preparing for passages, given the significant legs crossing the Indian Ocean, there’s a lot to inspect, and re-inspect. This is the time to catch up on anything that might have slipped on the “routine maintenance” schedule.

One of the first jobs was replacing the impeller Totem’s Yanmar (a decision typically guided by engine hours). And…good timing! Jamie found a wear point along the blades that prompted a further internal fix.…

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February 2nd

Written by Ben Ellison on Feb 2, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Arvid n Annika of_Stainless_Lobster cPanbo.jpgHere are Arvid and Annika Elias as they showed me a prototype of their very first marine electronics product in the press room of last fall’s Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. I was quite impressed and am now pleased to report that the Stainless Lobster Fridge Optimizer is official and shipping. If you’d like better monitoring and control of your boat’s electric refrigeration system, and/or automated defrosting (fridge only, not freezer), and/or improved battery time at anchor, read on…

SL_Fridge_Optimizer_overview_aPanbo.jpgHere’s an overview diagram of the Fridge Optimizer concept, with the parts that get added to your existing system outlined in orange.…

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February 2nd

Teddy J, Sail Loot Part 2

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This episode is sponsored by Forbes Horton Yachts. Check them our at forbesyachts.com.

Episode 137 is a unique one. It’s Part 2 of a very long conversation I had with Teddy J of the Sail Loot podcast. Teddy and I recorded over Skype when I was up in Toronto two weeks ago and wound up talking for over two and a half hours!

This is unique in that It’s a ‘part 2.’ Teddy and I are releasing these episodes simultaneously on each other’s shows, so to catch Part 1 – in which I spend over 90 minutes talking about my own sailing history and a lot of the aspects of not only the Isbjorn business but also my entrepreneurial inspiration from my dad and my grandfather.…

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February 1st

LOST CHARTER CAT: Sunsail Versus Families of the Missing Crew Members

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Cat plaque

This is getting increasingly intense. The overturned Leopard 44 catamaran that set out from South Africa on a routine delivery and was lost in the Indian Ocean over a year ago, then miraculously reappeared upside down off South Africa just last month, was taken in tow, and then lost again, still has not been rediscovered. Unfortunately. Meanwhile, Sunsail, the boat’s owner, and the families of the missing crew members have today released separate statements that are decidedly at odds. At this point I am not prepared to comment on this conflict. You can read the statements yourself and draw your own conclusions.…

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