The Thirty Hour Haul

2 Jun

Since the boat was last hauled back in 2015 before the start of the Caribbean trip, we thought it was about time to haul her again and check on everything. It would be nice to look at the hull and fittings without holding my breath. 

The plan was simple, a new coat of bottom paint, clean and wax the hull, new coat of paint on the boot stripe, and new zincs all around. 

At Old Bay Marina we paid $10 a foot for haul, power wash, blocking, and launch. 

I bought 3 gallons of West Marine (Pettit) CPP Ablative bottom paint, $99 ...

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NMEA to WiFi gateways: TeamSurv’s & FloatHub

2 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 2, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

TeamSurv_NMEA_Tools_NMEA0183-WiFi_bridge_collage_cPanbo.jpgWhen it rains, it pours (particularly at Panbo HQ this “spring”). NMEA-to-WiFi bridges are quite useful — mainly for getting basic boat data like depth, GPS, and wind into the wonderful world of marine mobile apps — and there have been numerous choices for a while. But yesterday TeamSurv started offering an interesting and notably inexpensive new bridge on KickStarter, and the intriguing FloatHub bridge and monitoring system will join it there soon…

TeamSurv_NMEA_Tools_NMEA0183-WiFi_bridge_comparison_cPanbo.jpgSince 2010 TeamSurv has been involved in crowdsourcing depth survey data, and thus ...

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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Introducing Totem merchandise

1 Jun

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A little while back, two things happened nearly simultaneously. Friends and readers noticed that our friend Brian wore a Totem t-shirt in the opening sequence of videos in his popular YouTube channel, SV Delos. Concurrently, I got an email from Aurelia at 3 Tees, an eco-conscious screen printing company, reaching out to ask if we’d be interested in printing up gear. Problem presented and solved, in one fell swoop! I love that Aurelia cruises in New England with her family: she GETS us, has been a big help with keeping the process simple (me: whaaa? designing stuff? printing? ...

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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 5 BVI – Bermuda // CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

1 Jun

We navigated to Bermuda without GPS and just with a sextant and Celestial Navigation!

We navigated to Bermuda without GPS and just with a sextant and Celestial Navigation!


The start of a bigger adventure! Many times this year, we have started our trip in the BVI but every time we have come back after exploring the southern parts of the Caribbean. This time we left the BVI knowing we won’t be back from may years! Back in the Caribbean on 2019, but maybe not the BVI, a bit hard to wrap our heads around since this been our ‘base’ for a while!

Our crew, Tom & Cheryl, Mike and Thane, joined us a ...

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194: Dr Andrew Merrie // Radical Ocean Futures

1 Jun

Dr. Andrew Merrie is not a sailor, per se, but is indeed a vocal advocate for the world’s ocean’s. An expat Kiwi living in Stockholm, he works for the Stockholm Resilience Center, a non-profit, independent research institute specializing in sustainable development and environmental issues. We’re releasing this week’s show early because Andrew is launching his latest research project ‘Radical Ocean Futures’ this weekend at the UN Ocean’s Conference in New York City, June 5-9. Andrew & I talk about his background, growing up in New Zealand, his move to Sweden and his ocean’s project, which is part art, part ...

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Archetypical Bahamas, sort of

30 May

sailboat tropical sea cruising the bahamasCruising boats flow back to the US for hurricane season this time of year. Our path is counter-current thanks to our seasonally late departure from Florida and slow pace through the Bahamas. It’s less than 300 miles to Florida from where Totem lies at anchor near George Town; more than 1,100 nm of sailing stand between us and our hurricane season destination of Grenada. Compounding our situation: it is against prevailing conditions (easterly breezes) instead of with them. Yes, it really is time to get a move on!

Being off-sync means missing out on some of the expected (and anticipated) ...

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The AC through Day Four

30 May


With four days of racing down in the America’s Cup there are some patterns emerging. First off it’s clear, to me anyway, that Oracle Team USA are going to be extremely difficult to beat. Of the six teams in Bermuda Jimmy Spithill and his merry band of men have dominated in all areas from boat speed to boat handling as well as picking the right side of the course on most occasions. True they suffered a humiliating loss against Artemis Racing who earlier in the day had suffered their own humiliating loss against the French on Groupama, but overall
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Is it true news that “NOAA wants to stop making NOAA charts”?

30 May

Written by Ben Ellison on May 30, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I’m a longtime fan of Landfall Navigation and I’m sure their intentions were good when they emailed this call to action Friday afternoon. But please don’t file a comment or call your congressman without looking deeper into the “news” that NOAA plans to discontinue all (paper-chart-like) raster files. In my read the end of rasters is only a far future possibility suggested in a recently published National Charting Plan that has some real meat (discussed below), and I’d be flabbergasted if it happened soon, or ever ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: Astro Push-ups & Spinnaker Blasting

30 May

29 May, 2017

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Mia’s in the galley making oatmeal, and it’s a good morning for making oatmeal indeed. Low, scudding grey clouds hang over the boat and horizon. A damp, cool westerly breeze. Droplets of dew on everything, stuck fast to the crystallized salt that cakes most parts of the boat after nearly two weeks at sea. The Portuguese man-o-wars continue to glide by our stern in regular procession. Sea turtles eat them, I’m pretty sure.

I’m in black sweatpants and a black t-shirt, doing morning exercises in the cockpit. Mostly ‘sumo squats’ and what Mia & I have ...

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