Putting the Foul in Antifouling

15 May

By my reckoning, the Dad-Kid Humour Index peaks when the kids are about ages 3-6.  Dad specializes in Kindergarten funny.  Puns, bodily functions, and even the odd dubious word are used to hilarious effect.  When I opened this photo of Erik yesterday, Indy laughed until she almost cried.  Dad with a blue head?  Comedy genius.

I, on the other hand, closed my eyed and pursed my lips.  I know that shade of blue all too well.  Even without the subject line, I could see that Erik had been sanding the hull in preparation for fresh antifouling paint.  Which means he ...

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No More Water

14 May

Last night we heard the noise that cruisers without watermakers dread—the long-cycling water pump—signaling we’d reached the bottom of the tank. A day or two earlier than expected, but not a big deal. We returned to Puerto Escondido, filled the tanks, grabbed a mooring ball, went to shore for ice cream, and then jumped in the pool. Needless to say the kids were not disappointed in how this day went down.

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NORTHBOUND LUNACY: Sailing From Puerto Rico to Bermuda

14 May

Sunrise at sea

This was a fast passage with very little motoring. My mate Mr. Lassen and I covered the 830 some miles between Fajardo and St. Georges in less than six days and burned only about five gallons of fuel in the process. Not my fastest passage ever between the Onion Patch and the W’Indies, but I think it’s the fastest northbound trip I’ve ever made at this time of year.

The normal pattern is to have moderate to strong easterly tradewinds for the first two or three days, followed by variable junk the rest of the way to Bermuda. If you’re ...

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Lowe 21-Months, Ouest 41-Months

13 May

Another month zips past. Ouest’s Spanish is improving greatly. She knows dozens of words and is using them pretty regularly. And of course her swimming continues to improve daily. She is to the point now that we let her go out swimming to the deep stuff by herself. We watch her and call her in when she goes too far. And now when she gets tired while swimming she just flips right over and back-floats her way in.

Lowe took off yesterday. Literally. Up until now his running has been that cute little toddler run—tiny steps and penguin arms. Then ...

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The Prototype: On Track

13 May

Sander van der Borch

The America’s Cup match of 2010 was a rescue. The direction of the Cup under Alinghi post-2007 was so sour as to convince Louis Vuitton to bail out, remember? Only a risk taker with tenacity, resources and experience in hostile takeovers—Larry Ellison—could have undertaken the mission. So I guess we’ve reached that part of the movie where Princess Leah looks to Luke Skywalker and says, “Some rescue!”

It was all so pretty, wasn’t it? Finally, Stan Honey would get financing to move the sport onto a viable television platform. At last, America’s Cup boats would represent ...

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A closer look at Lowrance’s HDS Gen2 Touch

13 May

Written by Kees Verruijt on May 13, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Today is an excellent time to look in more depth at the Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch, a slightly awkward name for six products that form the “top end” of the Lowrance multifunction display range. The reason is the recent release of the 2.0 software version that brings GoFree functionality — as seen above — and much more to both the Lowrance Gen2 and Gen2 Touch range. Last year I upgraded my HDS Gen1 to a HDS2T and in this entry I will compare the HDS2T ...

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Get Off Your Boat

11 May

Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

There are about ten boats here in the bay at the moment which has us scratching our heads because we never see anybody else go ashore. In the last two days we’ve seen one guy. We’re trying to remember if we sat around on the boat that much when it was just the two of us. We don’t think so, but who knows, maybe we did. Hmmmmm, I remember when we could lounge around and do nothing all day. I believe the last time was December 12, 2009.

Ali found this sand dollar today. ...

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And We’re Off!

11 May
The neighborhood blimp pays me a visit a couple days before the big send-off
I’m writing this from a beach house in Grayton Beach, Florida about 250 miles and nearly an entire BBA chartbook east of New Orleans. After close to three years of work the boat is finally… well, certainly not done, not even in the shape I was hoping to leave in, but good enough to go sailing. It was, predictably, a hectic start.
Actually, our plan (as I told it to my enormously patient crew) was to leave New Orleans on the 10thof April or ...
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DEATH BY SAILING: Andrew Simpson and Luke Stimson

10 May

Artemis AC72 crash

I was planning next to bore you with some details of Lunacy‘s recent passage from Puerto Rico to Bermuda, but the breaking news is far more compelling. And not just to sailors it seems. In my recent post on the America’s Cup I noted that the general public only seems to follow the Cup when there are intriguing characters involved, but now, unfortunately, we’ve found something else guaranteed to pique their interest. No one seemed terribly interested in AC72s when they were just sailing fast, but now that someone’s been killed on one, all the major media have perked ...

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Memo to All Crewmembers

10 May

To:      All residents of s/v Papillon
From:  Amy Schaefer
CC:     Any interested parties
Date:   May 10, 2013
Re:      Land-Visit Policies and Procedures
Comments:
It has come to my attention that we are experiencing compliance issues with Boat SOP 57: Completing a Visit To Your Land-based Home.  It is essential that all crewmembers master this procedure.  This memo is intended to review the skills we need to make our land adventures as successful as our sea ones.

Illness
Section 2.3.1 states: “Crew may not be ill for any time exceeding 13% of their total visit length.”  In a month-long visit, this ...

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