At about 0200 in the morning last Wednesday, after we’d tied the dock lines up in Little Creek VA, I got out the recorder and we debriefed the passage north on Sojourner from Marsh Harbor to Annapolis. The crew were myself, my dad, and Les and Jim, two podcast fans who’d signed up for the expedition online! The trip was ideal sailing – broad reaching under a full moon for most of the way, and warm, dry and comfortable (at least until we got back into colder water on the Bay). Aside from one night, that is. Early Easter Sunday morning we experienced a violent frontal passage, with 50-knot initial gusts and sustained winds overnight in the 30-40 knot range.… Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 13, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
While I was already fairly “seasoned” when I wrote my first Panbo entry 10 years ago yesterday, I feel like I have a few more years of obsessing over marine electronics left. Today, though, I’m going to share a few non-marine infrastructure improvements I’ve made, mainly to Panbo’s completely redone edit office. I haven’t been very shy about personal matters over the years, but I never showed the horrid mess of a home office where I did much of my work. And I wouldn’t now, except as a “before” to an “after” I’m very pleased with…
Ta-da!… Read More
Cruising in Maldives is ALL about the stunning water and marine life. Unless we’re in transit from one place to the next, we’re spending hours underwater on most days: jetting off to a reef as early as 7:30am, hauling ourselves back to the boat as late as 5pm.
scoping out new spots on the reef with Utopia
It started on arrival in Uligan, where our agent, Assad, told us to go ahead and have a swim near the boat while we waited for clearance formalities. Normally, “right off the boat” is just OK snorkeling, and the good stuff is a dinghy ride away.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 11, 2015
The G4 Gunboat — the first full-galley foiling cat — was already a talking point in St. Barth before it beat its tender over from St. Maarten on Friday afternoon, and before a traveling cruiser dropped anchor too close on Saturday morning, dragged across the G4’s anchor rode, scooped it, rode up on it, wound up bow-to between the hulls, with the rode wrapped around the cruiser’s prop and —
With Peter Johnstone and crew looking on from a hill above the harbor, it did not make for a promising break of day.… Read More
It’s another late night on watch while I type this. 0121 on Saturday morning. Weather in the 50s, a definite chill in the air, lots of lightning on the horizon in the south. Downwind, a few stars out overhead. But I’m not sailing…rather am in the wheelhouse – sitting in the leather helm seat to be specific – of the MY ‘Azure’, a 53-foot Selene Ocean Trawler. We’re steaming south on the Chesapeake, abeam of Point No Point now and bound towards Portsmouth.
If you’ve been following my recent posts you might wonder if I’ve entered some kind of time warp.… Read More
The fight goes on, and we are are struggling to hold our ground against sneak attacks and behind the scenes amendments in Florida. In the meantime, while others are fighting the good fight at the pointy end, I’m in the bilge skulking about as usual. I came across some interesting sludge down there…
The big three on the Florida Anchoring Wars have historically been Boat US, the Seven Seas Cruising Association and the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association.
Lately, a lot of people have been questioning why the NMMA has not taken a more public stand against SB 1548. I mean, really?
Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 9, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I find the Apple Watch fascinating, even if I have no plans to own one myself, and I encourage anyone else with an interest to read David Pierce’s Iphone Killer: The secret history of the Apple Watch at Wired.com for a deep look at what the obsessed designers were up to. The first hands-on reviews are coming out now, pre-orders start late tonight, and at least one boating apps developer will be ready to go when the watches release to the public on April 24…
Pocket Mariner has developed many apps for iPhones, iPads, and Macs — as well as Android devices — and three of the AIS-related ones that run on iPhones will soon have free Watch extensions.… Read More
For those of you who don’t happen to follow Gunboat CEO Peter Johnstone on Facebook, here’s a hot piece of late-breaking news: the world’s first foiling racer-cruiser catamaran has just gone airborne (see photo up top). That would be hull no. 1 of Gunboat’s new 40-foot G4, which was recently launched in St. Martin and is now being worked up to compete at Les Voiles de St. Barth (April 13-18) and Antigua Sailing Week (April 25-May 1).
I am sure Nat Herreshoff is dancing a jig in his grave. This is exactly the sort of cutting-edge boat (see, e.g., the catamaran Amaryllis, circa 1876) that he loved to create.… Read More
‘Just need a mermaid sighting now,’ said Jim from his bunk.
Sojourner just off the coast of North Carolina and the Outer Banks. So close that they can see land!
Position 7 April 2015, 8.30 am
35° 39’N / 075° 22’W
Light wind, under motor
0340 Tuesday morning. That conversation happened yesterday. I was on watch in the afternoon, alone, the rest of the crew napping down below. It was great napping conditions…warm, calm sea, broad reaching, just a gentle rocking to knock you right out.
It startled me actually. I was just kind of daydreaming and staring off to starboard.… Read More
New England can be a cruel place to sail. You never can tell just what the months of March and April will bring, so you have no idea when your boat will actually touch the water. Woe betide you if you dare dream of an early launch date; like as not, you’ll find your spring commissioning plans thwarted by April snowstorms and lingering sub-Arctic temperatures, and you’ll be lucky if you’re in by Memorial Day, let alone the Fourth of July. Only twice in the last decade can I recall being fully prepped and launched by mid-May, and both times we were hammered by vicious two-day nor’easters that had me wishing the boat was still on the hard.… Read More