Here are some photos of FRANCIS LEE on her first sail. It was a wonderful day, with no rain and just a light breeze. Maybe we saw 8 knots of wind at one time. There was a race starting so we sort of tagged along without getting on anyone’s air. Frankie is very fast, well balanced and very close winded. As far as I can tell in less than 8 knots of wind anyway.…Read More
It’s 0600 on Wednesday morning. April 2nd. Sojourner is in position 33 28 N, 77 53 W, motor sailing ENE and headed straight for Cape Hatteras, which lays about 100 miles over the horizon ahead. Venus, now the morning star, is about ten degrees above the horizon off the starboard now, to our east. A glimmer of sunlight, the new day dawning, is visible just below. But to me, in the dark cockpit, it’s still night, and I’ll savor it’s last death throes while all remains quiet on board. While my dad and Tom sleep, this is my time. The time at sea I treasure the most.…Read More
Anchoring involves a set of skills and knowledge that is often overlooked. Too often the ability to anchor properly is taken for granted. The feeling that all you have to do is “toss the anchor into the water and tie it to the boat” is far from the truth and can be dangerous. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to anchor successfully:
1) Select a location with a good holding ground. Remember, most anchors work by digging into the bottom. If you do not take steps to make sure this happens then your anchor will not hold regardless of how big it is.…Read More
Illustration © Kiteboat Project
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 1, but we’re not joking
Four hundred sixty square miles on the surface at high tide, two trillion gallons in volume, more or less, twice a day, on the exchange of tides, that is San Francisco Bay. And a why-not ethos. As in, why not use kites to power boats? At the Kiteboat Project, the answer is, why not, indeed?
Going far beyond theory from its skunkworks on Alameda Island, on the eastern reach of San Francisco Bay, the Kiteboat Project has dazzled everyone who caught a glimpse of the results. The thing looks fast just sitting still, but it doesn’t have a mast and .…Read More
Living off the grid, providing your own power, is a tremendous feeling. On Totem, it’s one of the compelling aspects of life afloat, hand in hand with a more simple life and a lighter carbon footprint. Relying on our solar panels and wind turbine to supply power needs instead of plugging in is liberating.
That good juice from the sun and the wind is stored in our house battery bank. Currently, that bank has 660 amps total from six 220aH 6v AGM batteries. When we have steady trade winds, and sunny days, these meet our needs pretty well. For a long stretch, that’s been enough.…Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted March 31, 2014
The news hit me when I was living life to the full and feeling every minute of it.
Somehow, that seems right.
The last time I saw Bob Billingham, he was setting up to do America’s Cup commentary in a setting that, as Project Manager, he had orchestrated. He showed no sign of the cancer or the treatments that had been in his foreground for years, and I never heard a word out of his own mouth about them. Nothing slowed Bob down until he hit the wall, and he hit the wall fast forward.…Read More
I started following both these stories last week when they broke, and now I’m pretty curious to see how they play out. First: an apparently exploded 49-foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey that was spotted on fire (see photo up top) a few miles west of St. Vincent last Wednesday. A local dive-tour operator, Kay Wilson, was first on the scene and found the boat’s British owner, John Edward Garner, 53, floating in the water in a life jacket with serious injuries to his face and legs. A burning liferaft and a waterproof ditch bag with a passport and other documents were also found floating near the burning yacht, which soon sank.…Read More
(Warsash, England)- It was a busy time for Warsash Sailing Club on 12th/13th April with racing on both days for the opening of the Brooks Macdonald Warsash Spring Championship and the fifth Sunday of the Spring Series. As the weather became warmer, entry numbers have increased so that some 140 boats were out to enjoy the full schedule of racing. During the two days, the race officers ran over 50 separate races – a challenging but rewarding weekend all round.
Saturday– Day One
For Black Group, the south-westerly breeze started light but built by the end of the afternoon to a brisk 17 knots.…
Q: My friend has a metal boat. I had him over for beers last night, and all he talked about was electrolytic corrosion. I love boat talk as much as the next sailor, but I nearly threw him overboard. What is it with you metal boat people and your corrosion issues?*
A: Electrolytic corrosion is the worst. The worst! It is a creeping horror ready to eat away our hulls and leave us sad and boatless. I’m sorry your imaginary friend bored you, but this is a real concern for us. Why? Because a penny and a little saltwater could send us to the bottom of the sea.…Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 30, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I’ve had a Vesper XB-8000 installed in the lab for the last month, and I’m confident that it will do well in a long test on board Gizmo beginning in May. I will miss some features of the Vesper Vision I tested last season, but having the blue box installed behind the scenes will help me test the glass bridge concept (one MFD brand, many screens), and at $799 I think the XB-8000 is a multifunction value that could work on a wide variety of vessels.…Read More