SPEEDBOAT MADNESS: Powerboat World Champion Stuart Hayim Hits Nav Buoy at 148 MPH

16 Sep

Yes, yes. I know this has nothing to with sailing, but it gives us sailors a chance to look down our noses a bit at our powerboating cousins. Besides, I find this fascinating. Check out this video here from a couple of weeks ago and tell me what you see.

Now consider the facts of the matter: the owner/operator of this 52-foot speedboat, Stuart Hayim, is a four-time Powerboat World Champion. He was attempting to break his own 2012 Round Long Island and Manhattan speed record, and much to his credit was doing so to raise $250,000 for two cancer ...

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Landfall

16 Sep

We made landfall at Falmouth, in SW England, early on Tuesday morning after a 20-days long, frustrating and stormy but also challenging and memorable 1950 miles passage.

By memorable I mean: not easily forgotten. The worst part of it was not only that we were unable to sail in the desired direction, but also the winter-like proportion of gale force winds. It reminded me of Jack London’s remark that the worst ever winter he could remember was summer in San Francisco.

Out for an afternoon sail Sunday 13 September

To top it all, in the last fours days we had ...

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Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective

15 Sep
Yep folks, that’s forty-year-old mild steel holding up the mast!

I’ve written before about bizarre and highly questionable design elements in 1970’s Cape Dorys (Side note: I always hesitate when I pluralize Cape Dory, like I want to write ‘Cape Dories’ but I know that isn’t actually right). Now that the Telltales Sailing Collective  has been given a nearly identical Cape Dory 27 I’m getting a trip down memory lane. But I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this time around is a little different. That rebar and mild steel isn’t pretty and from a technical perspective it’s fairly artless but ...

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Mast Step Repairs with the Telltales Sailing Collective

15 Sep
Yep folks, that’s forty-year-old mild steel holding up the mast!

I’ve written before about bizarre and highly questionable design elements in 1970’s Cape Dorys (Side note: I always hesitate when I pluralize Cape Dory, like I want to write ‘Cape Dories’ but I know that isn’t actually right). Now that the Telltales Sailing Collective  has been given a nearly identical Cape Dory 27 I’m getting a trip down memory lane. But I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this time around is a little different. That rebar and mild steel isn’t pretty and from a technical perspective it’s fairly artless but ...

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Magnus Rassy

15 Sep

Episode number 120 is Magnus Rassy. If the name sounds familiar, it should – Magnus is CEO of Hallberg-Rassy, builder of some of the finest cruising yachts in the world.  Orust island is legendary for producing sailing yachts, and in fact Magnus has an almost unbelieveable story to share about the history of this place. 


Photos from the HR ‘Öppna Varv’ where we met Magnus.


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Hello Madagascar!

14 Sep

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Madagascar! I still can’t believe we’re here and have needed to repeat it.

It’s been a week since we made landfall. We might have kinda sorta not quite checked in right away, which you really should do, as failure can result in some unpleasantness…fines, expulsion, etc. But we hoped the angle a bit farther north would give us some sailing. Unfortunately, that also requires WIND…

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And we were keen to stretch out our official entry date just a bit. And we had a message from friends on Delos that they’d be up north a bit – wouldn’t we like to ...

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One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal

14 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 14, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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The pitch is compelling. The $100 Sirius Signal SOS C-1001 LED “flare” isn’t just a floating SOS flasher visible at night “up to 10+ nautical miles…for at least 6 hours.” It is also the only such device that meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for an electric distress light and can thus permanently replace the three pyrotechnic flares otherwise required on all U.S. recreational vessels over 16 feet operating in coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and many major rivers (and on even smaller boats at night). ...

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BELLA LUNA: New Alerion-based Daysailer From French & Webb and Chuck Paine

11 Sep

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Boat-testing season is upon me again, and what better way to start it than by spending a day with Art Paine (sailor-artist-journo twin brother to designer Chuck Paine) and Todd French (from the Belfast-based boatbuilder in midcoast Maine) loitering about the waters off Southwest Harbor in this fabulous boat. The original Alerion, a daysailer designed by Nat Herreshoff for his own use back in 1912, is perhaps one of the most iconic classic small boats ever created. One modern builder has seen fit to hijack the name for its own line of high-end retro-style boats, boats faithful to ...

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How to Choose the Best Pair of Sunglasses for You

10 Sep
Revo’s Guide S sunglasses are built with “fast-flow” vents on the arms to keep your head cool and the shades where they need to be (i.e. on your head), and they come with high-contrast polarized lenses. $189. Revo, revo.com

Revo’s Guide S sunglasses are built with “fast-flow” vents on the arms to keep your head cool and the shades where they need to be (i.e. on your head), and they come with high-contrast polarized lenses. $189. Revo, revo.com

In a past life when I was working as crew for America’s Cup Charters in Newport, Rhode Island, sailing tourists around Narragansett Bay for up to 10 hours a day, the captain on one boat told me my sunglasses, well, sucked, and that if I didn’t want to cause permanent damage to my eyes I had to upgrade. So I ponied ...

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