Volvo Intensity: Match Race To Auckland

9 Mar

If you haven't been paying much attention to the Volvo Ocean Race, now is the time to focus. A brutal, seemingly endless, Leg 4 is coming down to an intense battle for podium places, and boats are practically match-racing as they try to get through the final 300 miles.

Groupama has sailed a brilliant leg, and barring a catastrophic breakdown, look to have this leg sewn up. Cammas and his team deserve this victory, and it will help keep Telefonica from running away with this VOR.

It is the fight for second and third, however, that is delivering ...

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Dream Regattas: Les Voiles De Saint Barth

7 Mar

Okay, now that you have your Dream Boat, where are you going to sail it?

I am here to serve. So let me point you toward the Caribbean paradise of Saint Barts, where one of the most spectacular regattas on God's blue ocean will take place in a month. 

Les Voiles De Saint Barths. It sounds exotic, non? Does it feature beautiful classic yachts, luxury yachts, and flat-out racers, bashing it out across deep blue waters in whistling tradewinds? Why, yes, yes it does.

April 2-7. Be there. And any American with a pulse has to be happy ...

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MORGAN OUT ISLAND 41: The Original Charter Barge

5 Mar

Morgan Out Island 41

The legendary designer/builder Charley Morgan allegedly conceived this boat in a fit of pique when the IOR supplanted the old CCA rule as the racing rating rule du jour back in 1970. If so, it was an auspicious tantrum, as the Out Island 41 turned out to be an extremely successful boat and ultimately helped transform the business of fiberglass sailboat production. The OI 41 was not only one of the first designs targeted at the emerging bareboat charter industry, it was also one of the first center-cockpit boats and one of the first to blatantly discount sailing performance in ...

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Loick Peyron Talks Sailing

5 Mar

Good interview with VSail. Here's just a taste: So, what is the most important factor in beating such a record? Is it luck, the boat, the weather, the crew?

Loïck Peyron: The weather. Optimal weather conditions can allow you to beat the record, even with older boats. You rounded the world in 45 days. Do you envision the record being brought down to less than 40 days?

Loïck Peyron: Of course. It can even go lower. Twenty years ago we couldn’t grasp the possibility of rounding the world in 80 days. I was there, with my brother

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Dream Boats: Schooner Mayan

5 Mar

We all love beautiful boats. We all love to fantasize about owning a beautiful boat. 

So how about this one? Mayan is a John Alden designed schooner, much-loved, and much-sailed by David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes–and he was key–Young). 

Here's a history, set to obvious (though just the right) music:

You can look at the full sales listing (and lots of great photos), here. Here's the summary:

After forty years of ownership, David Crosby has decided that it is time for this magnificent sailboat to become part of someone else's life. Many of David's

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Speed Kills (Or At Least Hurts)

1 Mar

It didn't take long for the Volvo fleet to go from exhilaration that it had finally hit the trades (which delivered blistering speeds) to the realization that a VO70 at speed is an uncomfortable, wet, painful, and even dangerous place to be.

Let's start with CAMPER's Tony Rae (the audio includes a frank summary of how hard it is to deal with going to the head: "the worst experience of my life"):

“You’re just blasting along and the boat is leaping around like a wild animal. I think in my 30 odd years’ experience of offshore sailing I’ve never

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WINTER PROJECT: Corroded Sea Chest & Other Tidbits

1 Mar

Aluminum sea chest

Lunacy is again spending the winter inside at Maine Yacht Center, and though there are no ambitious modifications underway, like last year’s bowsprit, I have been trying to address some smaller issues that have been bugging me. Number one on this list was the big Marelon seacock on the boat’s one and only raw-water inlet, which feeds the toilet, washdown pump, and auxiliary engine. I’ve been worried about this seacock failing someday, ever since a sister seacock, on the galley sink outlet, started weeping steadily and had to be replaced a few years ago.

Turns out it wasn’t ...

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The CA 36 To blog or not to blog,,,,,,,,?

1 Mar

I had a call last night from my blog boss at Sailfeed asking me why I had been quiet on my blog. Truth is I just have not been feeling like I had anything very worthwhile to say on the blog for a couple of weeks. I’ve been designing and taking care of a few personal things but I have not been waking up busting with profound or important thoughts I felt I needed to share. I’m reminded of a line in Bob Dylan’s tune BROWNSVILLE GIRL: “Oh if there’s an original thought out there I could use it right ...

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Gauge of Confusion

27 Feb


Gauges and sending units can get very confusing.

In the photo above, this very nice Beneteau came with this engine panel, which has idiot lights for high water temperature and oil pressure, but no gauges. In an ideal world you want both, the gauges to show you normal temperatures/pressures and trends if anything changes, and the idiot lights/buzzer to go off if something catastrophic happens. This also builds in redundancy, because you have two pressure senders, two temperature senders, and the corresponding guages/lights at the helm.

To get a new panel from Yanmar with gauges cost $1700, and I ...

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