Emma Louise Wyn Jones

28 Mar

Episode 143 is Emma Louise Wyn Jones, a very charming and inspiring 22-year-old sailor and yachting photographer from the UK. I met Emma during the recent Caribbean 600 Race. If you happened to catch that video that the race media posted about Paul & I discussing the weather for the race, it was Emma who shot it. If you didn’t see it yet, check out this episode’s show notes page for the link.

I was interested in talking to Emma about how she decided to go into yachting photography, her sailing history in general, and about what it’s like starting from scratch and trying to move up in the sailing world.…

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What Happened to Isbjorn’s Rudder?

27 Mar

This post is long overdue, but it’s the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write it. I’m typing this from the nav station on Isbjorn. We’re anchored in Grand Case, a pretty little bay on the French side of St. Martin. The wind is gusting down over the hills to the east, hitting the mid 30’s in the big puffs and whirling us around on the anchor. It’s Easter Sunday. Note: Scroll down to the bottom for detailed photos with captions on the whole repair.

We sailed up from Antigua overnight on Thursday, leaving around 10pm to avoid the superstition of not leaving on a Friday.…

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TBF: Modeling NY40 Marilee, Weems & Plath magnifier & young Mr. Harding

25 Mar

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 25, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Stephens_Waring_proposed_Marilee_design_aPanbo.jpg(Bits are back, if you know what I mean.) I skim a lot of email newsletters but this recent Stephens Waring Yacht Design creation brought the process to a quiet halt. I clicked up this image as big as possible and became mesmerized, and it later turned out that even the newsletter text is only a sketch of the bigger story. Before we get into that, I suggest you get mesmerized, and I snagged even higher resolution images. Clicking them big may be slow, but you should be getting yourself stilled and ready to simpy wonder…

Stephens Waring proposed Marilee design nav station aPanbo.jpgWonder about the unusual grayish paneling?

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Deep Water Descent into Madness

25 Mar

I watched the movie Deep Water last night. It’s been around for a while but I finally found it on Netflix and it really resonated. It’s the story of Donald Crowhurst. Who Crowhurst you ask? Let me explain. One of my favorite books is The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst and it’s about the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first ever single-handed, non-stop race around the world that took place in 1968/69. Crowhurst was an electronics salesman whose business was lagging and mostly as a  publicity stunt to bolster his business he entered the race. It was not a wise move as he had very little sailing experience and he decided to compete in a home-built plywood trimaran, a certain recipe for disaster.
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MAINE CAT 41: A Fast But Sensible Open-Bridgedeck Cruising Cat

24 Mar

MC 41

This mid-size cruising catamaran inhabits the middle ground between truly high-performance open-bridgedeck cats with very limited accommodations and little or no on-deck shelter and bulkier, more unwieldy cats with enclosed bridgedeck saloons and palatial accommodations. Its most distinctive feature is a permanently mounted hardtop roof supported by aluminum posts that shelters all of the otherwise open bridgedeck area abaft the mast. If desired the bridgedeck can be fully enclosed by deploying flexible transparent acrylic side-curtains.

This concept was first introduced by designer/builder Dick Vermeulen when he launched his first boat, the smaller Maine Cat 30, back in 1996. The 30-footer has proven quite successful, but is a bit too small and cramped for extended cruising.…

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St Helena for cruisers

24 Mar

gorgeous coastline

On one hand, St Helena is an obvious choice for boats heading NW from Cape Town: it’s along the path of a logical route, whether you are pointing to Brazil or to the Caribbean. So it’s surprising that quite a few of the boats passing through during our two week stay were doing just that: a night or two, then casting off again, as if they just wanted a notch for their binnacle. The island has so much to offer, and it’s worth a longer stay!

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What will you love?

Dramatically beautiful

St Helena reminds me of my hometown of San Francisco in a way: around every corner, at the top of every hill, there is another view that takes your breath away.…

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ACR GlobalFix V4, NavPod, Stealth PC, Raymarine r16, and MFD ActiveCaptain via C-Map & Furuno

21 Mar

Written by Adam Hyde on Mar 21, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

ACR GlobalFix V4 EPIRBAt long last an ACR Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) with a 10 year user replaceable battery! Moreover, the new GlobalFIX V4 is exceptionally compact and handsomely designed — which also may relate to its 2015 acquisition of Ocean Signal — and of course it includes standard EPIRB features. The $150 batteries aren’t cheap, but it may beat tossing a working GlobalFIX V4 that retails for $400 (manual activation, with automatic at $500).

NavPod Gen3 Update

NavPod PP5063 for B&GOcean Equipment moved to Bend,Oregon over three years ago.

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Chapter 3 – From thread to finished fabric – Part 2

21 Mar
In this chapter we will look at how fabric is made from basic weaving to laminating layers together to building whole sails in one piece as with a membrane sail . At the end of this blog is a link to subscribe so that you get all posts and can educate yourself on the subject of sails and sailmaking. There is also a great free gift when you subscribe. Thanks for reading.



Bias Stretch

While the bobbins holding the warp and the shuttle holding the fill are important, it’s actually the beater that plays the most important role in weaving sailcloth.
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How Not To Buy A Boat?

21 Mar

Satori Post refit

I was after a blue water boat, something that I could safely take offshore and across oceans. Full keel, traditional looks, cutter rigged. I wanted something with a large production run so I would not have to plow as much uncharted territory when refitting and maintaining it. But most of all, I wanted something affordable. Actually no, I wanted a deal.

I love deals, I attribute it to my mother and her love of coupons. There is nothing quite like finding that diamond in the rough, pulling it out of the bushes and bringing that baby home for months of TLC.

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