163: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

3 Oct

“I got a job in Durban, as captain of a ship, running up & down the east coast. And that’s when Chichester went past on his voyage around the world and I began to think about it. I got home, and I saw him come in, saw him come up the Thames, and I thought, ‘There’s one thing left to do – go around without stopping.’”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is a living legend. In 1968 he became the first person to sail solo & nonstop around the world in the infamous Golden Globe Race, in a wooden ketch he built ...

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PURCHASE SURVEY: Everything Right Is Wrong Again

30 Sep

Hauled out

I have not mentioned this, as I didn’t want to jinx anything, but Lunacy has been under contract to be sold for some time now. The putative buyers, Nico and Amy, mentioned earlier, enjoyed two test-sails back in August before making an offer and this past week arranged to have the boat surveyed. First a short sea trial so Surveyor One, Gene Barnes, could scope out the engine, then a haul-out at Maine Yacht Center (see image up top) so Surveyor Two, Mike Whitten, could probe the hull with an audio gauge while Gene poked around some more.

My ...

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Sailing Suhaili

30 Sep
When I was a kid one of the books I read that really captured my imagination was A World of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston. It was his account of his solo, non-stop voyage around the world aboard his tiny ketch Suhaili. It was true adventure and as a kid all I wanted in my life at that time was adventure. Robin would become the first person in history to sail solo, non-stop around the planet and while I had full admiration for his accomplishment, I was kind of in awe of his boat. Suhaili was 32-foot William Atkins ...
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Efficient Sailing: passage routing

29 Sep

3- asymmetric starboard

There’s a problem: many cruisers think that sailing performance isn’t important. Hey, cruising is about slowing down, right?! But dismissing performance is poor seamanship. Part two in a series.

Efficient sailing is partly about sail trim and sail handling (that’s covered here), and partly about routing. With a few rules, routing from A to B can be faster (and safer).

dsc_3791Big picture routing—should we take the northern or southern route across the Indian Ocean?—is fun and easy. String together an efficient and safe path to the places that you want to visit. Take into account big considerations: seasonal ...

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The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts

28 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 28, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Jose_Fernandez_crashed_boat_courtesy_Patrick_Farrell_Miami_Herald.jpgYou probably already know at least the rudiments of the story. At about 3 am on Sunday, three young men died when their 32-foot center console fishing boat engaged at high speed with the long north jetty that guards the Port of Miami’s Government Cut channel. Just the violence of the crash — it was heard by a policeman on shore nearly a half mile away — was noteworthy, but the owner and probable driver was the beloved budding baseball star Jose Fernandez. It’s a deeply ...

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162: Moxie Marlinspike

26 Sep

Hold Fast

Hold Fast from Moxie Marlinspike on Vimeo.

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Interviewing Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

26 Sep

Sir Robin - that look! Toughest guy I've interview, in many ways.

Sir Robin – that look! Toughest guy I’ve interview, in many ways.

Big news! Mia and I just got back from the Southampton Boat Show in the UK on Friday, and I’ve been DYING to tell everyone about it! The purpose of our trip was to get in some in-person interviews. It started by reaching out to Bob Shepton, 2013 Yachtsman of the Year and known to me from the Vertical Sailing Greenland video series. He immediately said yes! Then I asked photographer Rick Tomlinson, and finally Sir Robin Knox-Johnston himself! Sir Robin airs October 4. In the meantime, tech ...

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Southbound to Chesapeake Bay

24 Sep

We still didn’t get to do all the rounds of goodbyes we wanted in Connecticut. We didn’t even just to see everyone we hoped to see. Our summer was full to overflowing in all the best ways, but if one word had to describe it, it’s “BUSY.” Seasonal change and a nip in the air turned us south.

Dinner on Totem in Noank with the well-salted Van Zandt and Bohlen families

Dinner on Totem in Noank with the well-salted Van Zandt and Bohlen families

Getting underway again, starting the transit toward lower latitudes, resuming our cruiser rhythm… it feels good. In the bustle of our summer, we lost some of the time we ...

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Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels

22 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 22, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Raymarine_Quantum_Q24_displayed_on_eS128_cPanbo.jpgThat’s very good radar imagery in my experience, especially given that it’s the fully automated output of a relatively small and affordable radome which can be super easy to install. Note, for instance, how well it’s separating the moored boats in Camden’s recently discussed Outer Harbor and thus usefully revealing the channel into the Inner Harbor (that many visiting boats have trouble finding even in clear daylight). I also got to see how well Raymarine navigation networks can handle dual radar scanners and how sophisticated their ...

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