Posted by Charles Doane // February 24, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
And now for something completely different. Steve Jobs’ 256-foot superyacht Venus, built by Feadship and completed in 2012, a year after his death, has been out and about this season and was most recently drone-videoed as it squeezed through the Simpson Bay drawbridge in St. Maarten. According to the Insider’s St. Maarten Island Guide, the yacht had been in SXM for two weeks and on Saturday headed out on a private charter.
In superyacht lingo, I guess Venus is what you’d call a “Simpson-Max” vessel, as in there is no possible way it could be any bigger and still fit through this bridge:
Got hand it to the skipper: he (or she?) has got some cojones for sure.…
Posted by Andy & Mia // February 24, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
It was another fast day for Serenity on their way from Grenada back to the BVI. So fast that the crew has decided to stop in St. Croix on the way to Tortola..
Serenity in Grenada
Position February 24, 2015 8am 16°41’N 63°49’W
When i spoke to Andy, they were about 80nm from, St. Croix and since it the island is almost on the way to the BVI, and since the trip has been way faster than expected, they have decided to stop there for a day. They expect to arrive sometime tonight, and leave for Tortola on Thursday.
On the way out of Grenada they saw a big sea turtle, and there has been plenty of sea birds hanging around the boat.…
This week’s episode features another LIVE lecture from the Toronto International Boat Show about sailing offshore to the Bahamas! The tried and true route is down the ICW from the Chesapeake. But that takes weeks! Which ic great if you have the time to meander and enjoy the nice towns along the way.
But if you’re really keen to get to the islands and enjoy that time there, there’s a much faster way, and it’s in the ocean. In five days from Norfolk or Beaufort, you can be sipping rum and laying back in the Abacos! The focus of today’s episode is getting over the fear and trepidation of going offshore in general, and then planning specifically for a Bahamas-bound passage.…
Posted by Charles Doane // February 23, 2015 // COMMENT (1 Comment)
Our most recent ruminations on this topic focused on some of the popular dedicated cruising-sailboat designs that dominated mass-production boatbuilding as the industry started growing and maturing through the 1970s. It is important to remember, however, that even as fiberglass production techniques were thrusting sailboats into the heart of the 20th-century consumer economy, some cruising enthusiasts, as always, were determined to stay outside the mainstream. Many of these modern alternative cruisers favored unusual offbeat boats. One of these was James Wharram (see photo up top), who in 1954 designed and built for himself an extremely crude 24-foot plywood catamaran he called Tangaroa.…
We are constantly testing our products to fully understand and characterize them, and this is important both for ourselves and for our customers. A test method will usually produce results in a timely fashion, but there are times we must use an accelerated test method so we can get the results before we take that last lonely boat ride across the river Styx. This article describes some of the accelerated testing we do here.
WEST SYSTEM® epoxy is often used to provide a moisture barrier for applications that are in frequent or constant contact with water. In order to know how effective our epoxy is at resisting moisture, we have to be able to measure how much water it will absorb.…
Posted by Andy & Mia // February 23, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
Serenity had a great first 24hr run from Grenada. When i spoke to Andy at 9am this morning, they still had 1 hr to go until they had been at sea for 24hr. And they had already covered 160nm! Very impressive!
Position at 9 am, 2013.02.23 14°30’N 62°52’W Wind: 15-20 kt
Last evening and night was a bit squally, with gusts above 30kt. During Tom & Jake’s watch, they got the speed record for the trip of 10.7kt! When i spoke to Andy, they were having a lovely sail under full genoa and 15kt of wind on the beam!
The crew really enjoyed to read the comments when they arrived to Grenada, so if you read the blog, please remember to add a quick (or long) comment.…
“Black is the new gray,” say the folks at Raymarine, and so it is with the three new CPx70 sonar modules which were introduced in Miami. They’ll replace the existing blackbox fishfinders but not the CP100 and 200 CHIRP Down-or-Side-Vision and sonar combos designed for shallower depths and structure imaging. So by contrast the 600-foot-max-depth CP100 also installed on the demo boat above highlights the beefiness of the new base CP370 model, which is actually the bottom of the line with its traditional dual 50KHz and 200 KHz fixed frequencies, 1,000W of power and purported depth range of 5,000 feet.…
Posted by Andy & Mia // February 22, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
Captain Andy on the beach in Grenada
After a few days in Grenada Serenity is now back at sea again. They departed St. Georges, Grenada at 10 am this morning (Sunday February 22), a beautiful beam reach and sunny sky! Next stop will be BVI, where the trip first started about a week ago.
Grenada was a nice break for the crew, they stayed in St. Louis Marina in St. Georges, enjoyed some hiking, the beaches, good food and the pool that belonged to the marina. Jake managed to send me a few photos through the very unreliable wifi.
Posted by Charles Doane // February 20, 2015 // COMMENT (2 Comments)
One thing I particularly like about the age in which we live is that there are lots of great TV shows to watch. An astounding number, really, with gritty adult themes such as we never dreamed of back in the days of straight broadcast TV, well-written scripts with subtle, involved plots, and fantastic performances from actors and actresses who can now develop truly multi-dimensional characters over the course of protracted detailed story lines. It really is putting the film industry to shame, as cable TV shows (some of them, anyway) are now far superior to most of the pablum you see in cinemas.…
Having successfully collaborated for almost 20 years, TUI Marine and South African builder Robertson & Caine have committed to a 10-year renewal of their exclusive distribution and supply agreement. This strategic partnership has resulted in exceptional growth of the award-winning Leopard Catamarans brand.
TUI Marine, which encompasses the two largest yacht charter companies in the world, The Moorings and Sunsail, currently offers over 400 Leopard Catamarans in its global charter fleets. The Leopard Catamarans brand was launched in 2000 and has a vast dealer network selling privately owned Leopards worldwide.
What started as a contract to build 10 boats back in 1995, this partnership is currently projected to deliver over 200 vessels in 2015.…
Posted by Andy & Mia // February 19, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)
Serenity arrived to Grenada last night around 1.30 am in the morning! When I spoke to Andy this morning I asked if they were having a good time and if everything was alright. His answer was ‘Oh yes it is great, Jake is cooking an omelette, I just went for a swim off the boat and we have rainbow above us’. Sounds pretty nice to me!
I am sure Andy will post a blog himself here during their days in Grenada, this is just a quick update from me that they have arrived!
I spotted Serenity on the marinetraffic.com website via their AIS signal.
Coastal Cruising has dominated the last couple of years in Southeast Asia. Our passage making skills are rusty. Before we left, I wondered: what habits would we have to relearn? What would come back like muscle memory? Read about the first half of the passage here – this picks up with the back half.
With less than 500 miles to Trincomalee, our halfway mileage mark, we celebrate at breakfast with a cherry coffee cake.
Utopia on the horizon at dawn one morning
We left with Utopia, a Beneteau 50 with an Aussie family aboard. Incredibly, we’ve remained within visual range of our friends for the duration of the passage to date.…