SWAN 48 SALVAGE ATTEMPT: Matt Rutherford Almost Got Ripped Off! (IMHO)

24 Jul

S/V Ault

I have to say, I really dig Matt Rutherford’s new ride (pictured above). It looks to be a Colvin Gazelle, a boat I’ve always admired, but with an unstayed cat ketch rig. Very interesting. But that’s not what we need to discuss right now. You may have noticed, per a recent post by my SAILfeed compadre Andy Schell, that Matt, who has been voyaging about the middle of the Atlantic as part of his new Ocean Research Project, recently came across and actually tried to salvage that Swan 48, Wolfhound, that I have written so much ...

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Boatschooling, Part 1: finding a path

24 Jul

“Are you homeschooling your children?” It surprises me how often we are asked this question, given that we have been away from home for five years with kids who are smack in the elementary/middle school window of learning. The snark in me is tempted to say “no, we’re not,” and watch the reaction. Partly because, really, don’t they think we are concerned about our children’s education? Also because- well, we’re not really “homeschooling” in the sense of Doing School At Home… but that answer is a little too involved for most people who ask the question.

Homeschooling is a monster ...

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Gearing Up

24 Jul

Ouest, Grammy, and I went off to the rink again today. Another month and I’d have her tearing up the ice. That will have to wait until another time though as I am gearing up for my return to Bumfuzzle tomorrow. I’m headed back to San Carlos with loads of boat gear, getting the boat ready in a day or two and then sailing south to Mazatlan where Ali and the kids will join me for the summer. We’ve rented a house in the Old Town to help us ride out the heat while exploring a town that we’ve really ...

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The Scavenger Cruiser

23 Jul

Last October, we were sitting in a cafe in Neiafu enjoying that great rarity: food and drink we didn’t make ourselves.  As I took a sip of my coffee, Erik suddenly bent down and plucked something off the gravel floor.

“Look,” he said, holding up his prize, “a zipper car!  And just the size I need!”  He put the precious car in his pocket and patted it happily, grinning from ear to ear.  I smiled and kept on drinking my coffee, because what just happened was such a completely normal thing.  Even if anyone else in the cruiser-filled cafe had ...

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Arrival!

23 Jul

Ah, Maine, in the summertime. It feels good to be back. I’m writing this from my parent’s living room, where I can look out on Damariscotta Harbor and see my little boat moored amongst a number of classic skiffs and sailing dories. On a day like today even the motorboats out there are pleasing to the eye. We arrived two nights ago with the impeccable timing which has carried us on this trip, and is born of pure luck. Sailing thirty-odd hours from Buzzards Bay and then motoring up fifteen nautical miles of Damariscotta river with a rising tide we ...

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Matt Rutherford encounters abandoned Swan 48 during Ocean Research Project expedition

23 Jul

Holy moly. All this chatter from Charlie Doane about abandoned sailboats, and look what Matt Rutherford has turned up in mid-Atlantic. He’s apparently the second person who’s found – and boarded – Wolfhound (ex Bella Luna)  in the last two weeks.

Matt – famous for his record-breaking Solo the America’s voyage – and Nikki have been at sea since early June on Matt’s new steel Colvin schooner on their first research voyage for their newly minted Ocean Research Project. It was in the midst of this voyage that they spotted the Swan (and were offered a bounty to tow ...

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Family and Friends

23 Jul

Haircut complete. For some reason she has absolutely no qualms about letting Ali cut her hair.

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Ouest got the thrill of the month when her cousins (actually my cousin’s kids) showed up for an afternoon of fun. Oh how I wish those girls lived right down the street from Grandma instead of way up north in Seattle. The girls are six and eight and about as sweet as any two girls have ever been in history. Ouest was immediately inserting her hand into theirs and happily being led anywhere and everywhere. Not to be a slouch in the happiness department ...

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Cruising with Garmin wireless: BCM, 741, HomePort & quatix

22 Jul

Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 22, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Garmin_BCM_underway.jpgSome of Garmin’s many wireless strategies are coming together on Gizmo and there have been some nice surprises.  Since there’s now a GPSMap 741 with built-in WiFi mounted at the lower helm and networked via NMEA 2000 with the 7212 on the fly bridge, one of the first things I did when we began our cruise last week was to see what that meant in terms of route planning on an iPad running BlueChart Mobile (BCM).  It was a minor thrill to realize that I could ...

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DRAWBRIDGE DISMASTING: Ouch!

22 Jul

I don’t have any info on when and where this happened, but I’m guessing somewhere in Europe. The boat is a Hallberg-Rassy, I can see that. Whoever is driving is… optimistic, to put it nicely. Afterwards I’m sure he was saying, “Oh, well. We needed a new mast anyway.”

What really blows me away is that the boat following after the first one seems to be gunning just as hard to make it through the closing bridge. Only after he sees the disaster unfolding before him does it occur to him to turn away.

bridge clearance

It’s good thing the folks in ...

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Back in pretty water again: Pulau Gaya

22 Jul

Resort life is great, but what we love most is to be anchored in a quiet bay, with a nice beach and clean water to explore above and below. Back at home in Puget Sound, it was a lark to anchor off the city for floating front row seats to a waterfront concert- but it’s the tiny hooks and bays of the forgotten south sound or the quieter islands in BC where our best memories were made.

So while we loved our “vacation” at the Sutera Harbor Resort, it was sweet to come out and behind the island opposite and ...

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