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March 26th

It’s all in the Bs.

The B Buoy on the cityfront of San Francisco.

Bob “Buddha” Billingham. And I know Bob’s not in love with that nickname . . .

Just as he knows he can’t quite escape it. This comes up because the renaming of the B Buoy became official on the night of March 25, at the St. Francis Sailing Foundation’s 2014 auction fundraiser—think Olympic sailors, disabled sailors, underprivileged youth—where the lion’s chunk of the $300,000+ take came, not in the form of bidding on stuff to take home, but in contributions in honor of said renaming.…

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March 26th

Lowrance Elite 5/7 cheap CHIRP, the sonar wars rage on

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Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 26, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Lowrance_Elite-5_CHIRP.jpgLowrance just launched Elite-5 and -7 CHIRP fishfinders and plotter combos today, but they showed off working prototypes during the Navico writer’s event I attended in January. What seemed to particularly excite the product managers was the Elite’s new ability “to produce low, medium and high CHIRP sonar ranges and display two user-selected ranges simultaneously” using just an “affordable” HDI Skimmer transducer. Apparently they didn’t realize that this tranducer could usefully CHIRP until they tried it, and now they think they have a edge in the sonar battle that’s taking place both on the water and in law offices…

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In December I hailed the Elite-4 HDI as a lot of fishfinder and plotter technology at a low cost, but of course a 7-inch screen can reveal a lot more information, especially when you can put a long scroll of CHIRP sonar right above the same track imaged with high-frequency DownScan.…

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March 25th

Preserving America’s Sailing Legacy * Engaging Sailing’s Next Generation

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The deadline is April 1 for nominations to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.
The only way your favorite sailing great can be added to the list is with your nomination.

These sailing greats are already in. Who’s next?

Betsy Alison Peter Barrett John Alden
Hobie Alter Bob Bavier, Jr. Tom Blackaller
Charlie Barr F. Gregg Bemis Bill Buchan
Paul Cayard Stan Honey Starling Burgess
Dennis Conner Bruce Kirby Frank Butler
Nathanael Herreshoff John Kostecki Runnie Colie, Jr.
Ted Hood Mark Reynolds Dave Curtis
Gary Jobson Rod Stephens, Jr.…

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March 24th

Peer to Peer Boat Rentals NOW

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By Kimball Livingston Posted March 24, 2014


“Because you can only talk to so many crazy brides”

So there was Aaron Hall outside Dallas, at Lake Ray Roberts, one of those manmade lakes that mix fishing, skiing, sailing and the like in a not-quite-flat, rolling countryside interspersed with farms and freeways and clumps of forest and bees and junebugs and honeysuckle. That is to say, its own kind or paradise. And Aaron Hall was trying to rent a boat because this corner of paradise on this summer day was “Texas-hot and Texas-humid.”

Nothing doing.

“The marina had a few clunkers,” Hall relates, “and even those were rented out.”

So there was Aaron Hall making a picnic of it, shoreside, with the parental units and bro and bro’s twins.…

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March 24th

Lunacy hull

IT’S HERE! Spring, I mean. Though there is still snow in the forecast up here in New England, and even in Annapolis, from which I returned last night after holding forth at the World Cruising Club Ocean Sailing Seminar over the weekend. I have an awful feeling I will actually succeed (for once!) in getting Lunacy launched in early to mid-May this year… and there will then be a HUGE BLIZZARD the day after she splashes.

We are forging ahead regardless, so I stopped by Maine Yacht Center last week to see how the old girl’s rudder-skeg repair is coming along.…

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March 23rd

Love and Marriage Aboard

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One of the questions I get with some regularity is: how has cruising affected your marriage?  And I understand why people want to know.  I do.  People are awed by the prospect of spending 24/7/365 with another person, even someone they love.  But this is a question I have avoided so far, because usually it comes from about-to-be-cruisers, and what they are really asking me is, “Is cruising going to be great for my marriage?  Please reassure me.”

And I will.  Sort of.  But I’m going to make this an inductive argument, so hold my hand and be patient.

We just wrapped up a ten-day visit with Erik after almost two (unexpected) months away. …

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March 23rd

Light Air Flyers – Koutoum Wins

Even though Florida’s breeze never touched ten knots during Saturday’s edition of the US Moth Nationals at Key Largo, that was enough for liftoff. Veteran Anthony Kotoun led the standings into Sunday’s racing for these cutting-edge foilers, where the sailors continue to set standards for class spirit. Kotoun rushed off after racing to keep a commitment at a friend’s wedding, which could have been bad news for his prospects on the race course on Sunday. Sailing in after Saturday’s racing, Kotoun broke a carbon wing bar. But it was his fellow competitors who set to work repairing it so that he could shower and be on his way.…

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March 23rd

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 23, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Sonos_Play_1_test_cPanbo.jpgI knew little about Sonos wireless hifi a month ago. While the ads suggested an elegant Apple-like design, I had the impression it also came with Apple-like premium prices and was certainly not suitable for boats. But now that I’ve lived for a month with the relatively new Play:1 seen above, I may have been wrong on both counts!  Many reviewers have already praised the little speaker/amp’s hardware and audio quality compared to similar wireless speakers. I want to detail the superb Sonos audio access and control software that you can tap into with just one $199 Play:1(though adding more components will be a huge temptation) and also discuss how Sonos can make sense afloat.…

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March 21st

If It Looks Strange to You . . .

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By Kimball Livingston Posted March 21, 2014

If it looks strange to you, imagine how it looks to them.

Thanks to Lloyd Images for the pics.

A raft of AC players and would-be AC players, along with former AC player Alinghi, make up the Extreme Sailing Series, which is now in Muscat, Oman for the second installment of the series. AKA an Act.

Alinghi, the leader, is skippered by Morgan Larson, a California guy who has a number of good lines. My favorite would be: “I went to the University of Hawaii because the team travels a lot. I figured I’d study on the plane.” Yep, a good line.…

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March 21st

Freediver ‘Base Jumps’ at Dean’s Blue Hole

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I’ve never quite understood the appeal of competitive freediving, in much the same way that I don’t get why people choose to run marathons through a desert in the middle of summer. My friend George Stoyle once told me about his fleeting obssession with freediving quarries in England and and for a moment I was three years old again, standing open-mouthed and asking ‘Why?, Why?, Why?’ while he described diving into pitch black, freezing cold water where you only know you’ve hit bottom when your hand sinks into icy black muck, you come up with a nosebleed as often as not, and every now and then people die.…

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