A few notes from my journal:
10/16 N 36°13.89′ W 73°44.29 - Day two of our offshore passage dawns bright, with clearing skies. From Long Island Sound till yesterday we had a single day with sunshine, a week of overcast skies and drizzle. There were a couple good days of sailing in the Chesapeake but they were blustery fall days: chilly, a bit rough. Yesterday was absolutely perfect. We set out from Norfolk, past hulking Navy warships and submarines and as we pushed out the channel the sun broke through the clouds and remained there, at last. By afternoon we were running six knots on a broad reach.…
A few notes from my journal:
Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 28, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
The test scene is admittedly messy, but having the Wilson AG Pro Quint cell booster out at the helm made it easier to read and photograph. I could also monitor the screen on the Medusa Power Analyzer that the 12v feed is running through (the Quint pulled about 11 watts with two of its amps turned up to about 70db and the other two at about 50 and 55). The best part, though, is how real the testing was. Gizmo is anchored in a wicked cell hole that also happens to be beautiful (mapped here via the test DeLorme InReach SE mounted to the windshield) and only about 11 miles from Camden.…Read More
This is a fantastic feature from our friends Eric and Pat Fulmer from s/v Cutter Loose, participants in the 2012 edition of the Caribbean 1500 last year. We just received this email this morning from Eric, offering to share their experiences in the 1500 and cruising down-island last winter. This is the story of their 195-day cruise. See their full blog – and lots more photos – at cutterloose.com.
Aboard American Airlines Boeing 737 flight 2154 bound from Grenada to Miami on May 8, 2013, the Caribbean Sea is a beautiful sight to behold. In the morning sun, the view from 36,000 feet captures the eloquent contrast between the aquamarine-colored reefs and the darker blue hues of deeper water.…Read More
A common boatyard misdeed is to install a thru-hull like this,
All images courtesy of Groco
then screw on a ball valve like this,
with an appropriate tailpiece connected to some item of plumbing below the waterline. This is done all the time, but it’s bad practice for several reasons:
1. The threads don’t match. I’m not the first to write about this: If you go here, on Compass Marine’s excellent technical blog, he has even cut a fitting in half to show the difference in the threads.
The thru-hull has straight threads (NPS, National Pipe Straight) and the ball valve has pipe threads (NPT, National Pipe Taper).…Read More
(Paris, France)- The Salon Nautique de Paris is running from the 7th to 15th of December, perhaps one of the world’s most spectacular and fashionable boat shows. Starring in this year’s show will be the gorgeous new “queen” of the J/Fleet, the Euro-styled J/122-E. With its rakish windows, massive hull ports and stylish interior, the J/122-E will be sure to turn heads and generate enormous enthusiasm by J/Cognoscenti!
Joining her will be the wildly successful International J/70 one-design speedster. Interest will surely be high amongst European sailors for this fun new “sporty” because of its recent granting of “international status” by ISAF; becoming the one- design keelboat of choice for Lake Constance (bordering Germany, Switzerland & Austria) and its 55 yacht & sailing clubs; and the establishment of the J/70 Worlds in Newport and the J/70 Europeans on Lago di Garda, Italy!Read More
Andy giving the C1500 0900 morning broadcast at Ocean Marine.
Good morning from the Carib 1500 office at Ocean Marine Yacht Center! 2013 marks the first year the event’s 24-year history that it has started in Portsmouth, VA – the city, marina and local businesses in town have thus far given us a remarkable welcome.
The office opened yesterday at 0900. Ocean Marine cleared out an office for us upstairs in their main building, and kept weekday staff on hand all day Saturday to help with the first day. Ten yachts checked in and received their welcome packs, and safety inspections began.…Read More
The LEGENDARY Donald Street in person! I first met Don at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in 2010 when Mia and I had Arcturus on display with Colligo Marine. Don gave me some pointers on the yawl rig, and we hit it off right from the start. He’s been the biggest influence on my sailing life since I started reading his books as a kid. Don and I sat down in the small apartment above the Weems & Plath shop in Eastport last week and chatted for almost an hour and a half about his sailing history, his chartwork, his philosophies and everything else he wanted to talk about.…Read More
Ever since the days of Bernard Moitessier, it has been a tired cliche that French liveaboard cruisers are dumpster-diving freeloaders who have no respect for authority and believe the world owes them a living. I have met many French cruisers in my day, some of whom have poked fun at this cliche, but I’ve never met any who actually lived up to it. But then I’ve never met Pascal Ott and Monique Christmann, who have been living aboard their red steel ketch Primadonna in Oriental, North Carolina, for over a year now, though I have been reading about them on the local community website.…Read More
Some things just never get old. At dawn today I was crowded into the bridge of the ARC Gloria with umpteen officers and men of the Colombian navy’s training ship, and the VTS channel was on, of course, and every time I heard a check-in with the phrase “bound for sea” it gave my heart a flutter.
That always happens.
To be clear, however, other ships were departing. The Gloria was arriving, or arriving officially. More on that, later.
I boarded in the East Bay along with San Francisco Bar Pilot Number 29, Blake Coney, who had the responsibility of getting 250 feet, 1300 tons and about 160 souls transferred and safely docked, stern-to an ebb current, at Pier 17.…Read More
Anyone familiar with cycling understands the benefits of riding in a peloton or group of riders. Not unlike a flock of birds flying in formation, riders in a peloton save energy by riding just a few inches behind the rider in front of them, taking full advantage of the phenomenon known as drafting or slipstreaming. The reduction in drag is dramatic; a rider in the middle of a well-developed group can gain as much as a 40% advantage compared to being out there riding on their own. In other words, the riders in front are literally pulling along the riders behind.…Read More
After spending the summer sailing up the East coast to Maine and generally having a ball of a time, I was expecting to be back in New Orleans in October, keeping my head down and trying to replenish a bank account drained by months of one-way traffic. Instead, I’m in Bermuda, still having a ball of a time. It’s a lucky year.
When we left to go cruising in 2008, we had a basic digital camera. It was fine: it captured the memories, which was the primary purpose: like buying our pastries boatside in Barra de Navidad. I really love taking pictures, and wanted a DSLR (my old SLR being a dinosaur that found a new home instead of coming with us), but it just didn’t fit in our skinflint cruising budget.
In the summer of 2009, we left the boat in San Carlos, Mexico, for a few months and drove thousands of miles around the USA, visiting family and friends. While we were with my family in Pointe Aux Barques, Michigan, my brother gifted his Nikon D40.…Read More