Close Call for Some and, for One Someone Else

31 Mar

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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Transiting the Panama Canal in record time

31 Mar

Aventura completed the Panama Canal transit on Sunday afternoon and we are now on our way to Tahiti. We have about 4800 miles ahead of us, which I plan to sail nonstop as we need to arrive in Tahiti at the beginning of May to meet the rest of the Blue Planet Odyssey boats. We are sailing an almost direct route, passing just west of the Galapagos Islands and continue to Marquesas and Tahiti.

Aventura hauled out

It has been a very quick turnaround in Panama as we only arrived last Thursday and had made arrangements to transit the canal ...

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Maldives: the best international clearance ever

31 Mar

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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 ...

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Forbes Horton

30 Mar

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! 
 
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Forbes Horton

30 Mar

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! 
 
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New Steering Wheel Adventure: Part 2

30 Mar

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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, ...

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Cup Rap: How Small is Big Enough?

30 Mar

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 ...

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CH 3 – All About Laminates

30 Mar
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While woven fabrics have stood the test of time, sailmakers are continually looking for new ways to build sails, and in particular for ways to graduate the weight of fabric throughout the sail since the different parts of a sail experience markedly different loads. For example, there is little need to have heavy fabric along the luff or in the body of the sail since these areas are subjected to very little loading. The leech, on the other hand, is an area in which a sail designer needs to be sure to place a fabric with both high modulus ...
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San Francisco Cup in View

30 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 29, 2015

Since 1967, the San Francisco Cup has been the annual rivalry match-up between The San Francisco Yacht Club (founded 1869) and the outfit that spun off from it, St. Francis Yacht Club (founded 1927).

They live across the San Francisco River from each other.

Today, the joy is on the north side of the river, at SFYC.

I’d tell you the score, except, I don’t want to. It hurts, from an StFYC point of view.

On the other hand, remembering that this is a game, and friends get together and play games and ...

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Passage to Maldives

30 Mar

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Why leave on a passage when there’s very little wind in the forecast? Having a breeze matters, when you have 700 miles to go. But the seasons are changing. It’s light, because that’s the shift in the seasonal pattern as the NE monsoon draws to a close. Waiting for wind isn’t necessarily going to bring us any wind. In fact, ideally, we’d be at least a month further into our Indian Ocean passagemaking at this point. But we wouldn’t leave Malaysia before we were ready. And we didn’t want to shortchange Sri Lanka. And both those were worth the tradeoff ...

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