Smörgåsboat 2: More tasty test electronics southbound on Gizmo

17 Oct

Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 17, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Passagemaker_Who_is_Ben_Ellison_article_opening_spread.jpgThe jury is still out. Brian Lind may have written a blushingly laudatory profile of Panbo and me for PassageMaker magazine — and you can now check out “Who is Ben Ellison?” online — but I agree with regular readers who may rightfully doubt my ‘authoritative’ ‘expertise’! This site is not the “arbitrator of marine electronics” — no such thing exists — and evidence is building that I’ve become a bumbling old boat guy barely in command of all the gear he’s installed, ...

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The power of the tribe

17 Oct

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It’s barely 24 hours since I returned to Totem, rocking at anchor in Grenada. For nearly two weeks I was stateside, away from Jamie and the kids for what’s popularly known as “the Annapolis Boat Show.” The US Sailboat Show draws boaters from all over, and owns a reputation as THE show in north America. Two main roles filled my time at the event: for the first four days of the show, supporting legendary circumnavigator Lin Pardey in her booth, promoting the books she’s published (including Voyaging With Kids). Then, for four days I gave seminars at Cruisers U...

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212: Sara Hastreiter RECYCLED

16 Oct

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#212. RECYCLED. Sara Hastreiter sailed in the previous Volvo Ocean Race aboard the all-women Team SCA, skippered by Dee Caffari. Sara’s off mountaineer for this year’s event, set to sail on October 22. But Dee Caffari is heading up the mixed-crew team on ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic,’ so you know who I’ll be rooting for this year! Mia & I met and sailed with Sara in NYC a few years back, and I had a chance to talk to her on Skype immediately following the last Volvo.


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Paul Exner comments on the IMMENSE BVI rebuild after IRMA.

16 Oct

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Here’s Paul Exner, on the long-term aftermath off Hurricane Irma in the BVI, as only he can put it…


AWARENESS OF STATUS … it’s one thing to be in denial, and another to place blame where it’s wrongly focused; and, it’s also possible to fall into a situation where I could misjudge any influence that appears to push against the plans I’ve made for myself when awakened by insecurity felt at two AM … but, in the face of IRMA, I’ve struggled to put “things” into proper perspective, at times … not because I’m weak or can’t be attentive … ...

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The Suits are in Charge

16 Oct


I have been reading about this latest “crisis” to befall the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and can only smile. Yup the VOR has finally grown up; the suits are “officially” in charge. 

OK for those that have not been following a couple of things. The Volvo Ocean Race bills itself, and rightly so, as the preeminent fully crewed offshore ocean race and the 13th edition is about to set sail from Alicante, Spain this weekend. With just over a week to go to the start of the race one of the
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2017 ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT SHOW: Lots of News Boats, Including Mine

12 Oct

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Here’s an interesting journalistic conundrum. I cover the Annapolis show for SAIL every year and judge boats for the magazine’s Best Boats competition. BUT I also have (or had, as the show just closed) a boat in this year’s show (as you can see in that photo up top) that is being considered in both our Best Boats program and in Cruising World’s Boat of the Year program (latter banner not yet installed as of time of photo). In the trade this is called a Conflict of Interest. I actually hoped to capitalize on this and argued to the ...

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211: Hank Schmitt // Caribbean Hurricane Relief

12 Oct

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#211. Hank & Andy sat down at the Annapolis Sailboat Show to discuss the ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean due to Hurricane’s Irma & Maria. The successive storms destroyed two of Hank’s favorite islands – St. Martin & Dominica – also the places he calls home aboard ‘Avocation’ during the winter sailing season. Hank discusses his focused effort to help the people of those islands rebuild, and how YOU can help.

Find Hank on Sailopo.com


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Them versus US(A)

7 Oct
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As I walk the docks at the Annapolis Boat Show I am struck by how different sailing in the US is from sailing in other parts of the world. Add to that the news that there will be an American challenge for the next America’s Cup through the New York Yacht Club and it all starts to make sense. Sailing, or shall is say Yaaahting, has always been viewed as an elitist sport and for good reason. Blue bloods in blue blazers have dominated the America’s Cup which is the most high profile sailing event recognized
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Chapter 9 – Storm Sails – Part 1

4 Oct
Chapter 9 deals with the all important storm sails. In Part 1 we will look at the best options for a Storm Jib including the Gale Sail and in Part 2 we will discuss the Trysail and deploying your storm sails.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here

Few sails in any sailor’s inventory are as neglected, controversial, or ultimately important as storm sails. These generally consist of a trysail, i.e., a kind of mini- mainsail bent on the mast after the regular main has been lashed to the boom, and a storm jib, a tiny scrap of

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210: Skip Novak // Expedition Sailing, Whitbread Race & Old School Navigation

2 Oct

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210: Skip Novak is a leader in the expedition sailing world, and his Pelagic expeditions based in Patagonia are world-class, and a huge inspiration to our business at 59 North with Isbjorn. Skip & Andy spoke about his career in the Whitbread Race, growing up in Chicago, building an expedition business, sailing with Magnus Olsson and much more.

Read more about Skip Novac and his expeditions on pelagic.co.uk


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