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April 2nd

GetMyBoat and SailSFBay Partner in Life Jacket Exchange at Strictly Sail Pacific

Gear up for summer with a brand new life jacket!

Go ahead, make waves — with a brand new life jacket! GetMyBoat is thrilled to partner with SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice to host a life jacket drive at Strictly Sail Pacific on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Boaters need only to bring their used life jackets to exchange for a new, Type III personal floatation device (PFD).

“This life jacket drive is a great opportunity to help boaters get the resources they need to have a great, safe day on the water,” says Bryan Petro, CIO of GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat-rental marketplace with 28,000 watercraft listed in 135 countries.…

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April 2nd

Zero hour – Sojourner trip north!

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The red dot is showing where the trip will start from.

The red dot is showing where the trip will start from.

 

It’s zero hour here on Sojourner. We’re anchored off Guana Cay, only about 5-6 miles from where we started yesterday in Marsh Harbor. In a few hours well be offshore and bound, nonstop, towards Annapolis.

Given the weather that I talked about yesterday we decided to just get the heck out of the marina and stage on anchor a little ways to the north. We left HarbourviewMarin yesterday around 3pm and set full sail in a light westerly breeze and close-reached to the northwest towards Guana. The plan originally was going to be to get through Whale Cay passage, a notoriously dangerous reef cut.…

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April 1st

Over the River and into the Woods

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By Kimball Livingston Posted April 1, 2015

Does Russell get his catamaran circuit or not?

That is the question.

I mean, the catamaran circuit he really wants, in the long run, even if it has to drag the America’s Cup with it.

It’s a question underlying all the chatter and all the undercurrents and all the dissension surrounding the outlook for America’s Cup 35 at this stage of the AC potboiler du jour. And, of course, the vote to move to smaller boats closer to the familiar AC45 model, and to keep all of the America’s Cup eliminations in Bermuda.

And you thought the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of the America’s Cup, was part of that conversation?…

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April 1st

ON PASSAGE WITH JIMMY CORNELL: Panama Canal Transit

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Transit celebration

I’ll be honest, folks. When Jimmy Cornell shot me an e-mail after his new Garcia Exploration 45 debuted at the Annapolis show last fall and asked if I could carve two weeks out of my schedule in March to join him on a passage from Florida to Panama and on through the canal, I was skeptical. Not about the bluewater bit. I was sure we could pull that off inside two weeks. But I wasn’t so sure about having time to make it through the canal. I’d heard wait times for yachts seeking transits can run from one to six weeks, so when Jimmy assured me he had connections in Panama and could get us through with the quickness, I took all that with the proverbial grain of salt.…

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April 1st

Chatting with Senator Harkin in Hope Town

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Andy & Tom on his deck overlooking the Atlantic, just outside Hope Town in the Abacos.

Andy & Tom on his deck overlooking the Atlantic, just outside Hope Town in the Abacos.

Les and Jim arrived late Monday night, the two crew that will help bring Sojourner north and back to Annapolis. We’re in Marsh Harbor now, waiting out a strong cold front that is predicted to bring gale force winds off the coast of Hatteras by Saturday. The plan is to depart late tomorrow night – we’re going to have a frontal passage at sea, but the longer we wait, the further south we’ll be, and the weaker the front. Still, it’s predicted to blow 20-25 from the SSW ahead of the font (with probably thunderstorms and squalls), and then 20-25 from the NNE behind the front.…

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March 31st

Close Call for Some and, for One Someone Else

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Posted by Kimball Livingston March 31, 2015 Photos by Peter Johnstone

Above we see a cruising catamaran sitting in the Caribbean beneath a crane that self-sacrificed on the way down.

It was not supposed to come down.

Below we see the next generation of racer-cruiser catamaran, Gunboat’s G4, launched off the same crane not all that long before. Honest.

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So, the latest addition to the Gunboat line just got a reprieve — and came a step closer to a season of Caribbean racing — and it could have been a different story. Work continues . . .

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Peter Johnstone’s photos were downloaded from Facebook, where Latitude 38’s Richard Spindler chimed in with, “This is the crane we used to launch La Gamelle just a little while ago.…

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March 31st

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It’s a pretty good sign when your agent arrives to the boat with ice cream to share that clearing into the country will go off without a hitch.

How do you get in and out of a country when you’re cruising? It can seem intimidating to the uninitiated. It’s not, really, and the process becomes relatively routine- except that every country is different in some way…whether you have to hunt offices down on shore, or they come to you, or if any advance notice is needed, or an agent required, or whatever the variation may be. (I’ve written about the general process on the blog before).

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March 30th

Forbes Horton

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Despite the intro, this is not the first Thursday episode…but it is another business-oriented episode, kind of a hybrid actually. Andy sat down with Forbes Horton of his namesake Yacht Sales brokerage in his office in Annapolis. Forbes’ firm, thanks to Lloyd Cooper, put together the deal to buy Isbjorn, the Swan 48 we talked about previously. Andy has known Forbes for a while – they talk about how they met, how he got into sailing and his own adventures in a Tartan 34c, the brokerage business in general, and how the deal came together with Isbjorn! 
 
Need a good bluewater sailboat?…

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March 30th

New Steering Wheel Adventure: Part 2

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In Part 1 we discussed how I got myself into this mess in the first place. Now we’re into the heart of the mess. Upon reflection, this is the most serious marine carpentry project I’ve ever got myself into. I’ve taken on some big marine carpentry projects, but they were large areas to be fiberglassed or painted, so there was more room for error. In this project, rebuilding the teak steering console, everything will be varnished and in plain sight, so there is really no room for error: Every joint must be perfect.

The old console was still structurally sound, except for some rot around the base that I saturated with epoxy and glassed over years ago.…

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March 30th

Cup Rap: How Small is Big Enough?

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March 30, The word from AC:

The six teams entered in the America’s Cup will vote this week on whether to adopt a new America’s Cup Class that will significantly reduce costs.

The new America’s Cup Class under consideration is a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet. The boat would make its debut for racing in Bermuda in 2017.

“If these changes are adopted it seems certain new teams will join this edition of the Cup,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

“We’re trying to take as big a step as possible to reduce costs now and in the future.…

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