DIY Chainplates – Choosing your materials

6 Mar

I’ll start right out with this: don’t make your own chainplates. At least, don’t insist on doing all the work yourself. Well, not unless you already know what you’re doing. Or maybe if you’re really set on it. I mean, you will be able to manage it. So I guess do make your own chainplates, but…

 The one thing I can tell you with authority when it comes to crafting your own chainplates is that if you do it the way I have it will cost you more money and far more time than it would if you get at ...

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Baja Single-Handed

6 Mar

I sailed around the world without ever once sailing single-handed. Not even fifty yards of that circumnavigation were completed without Ali onboard. So when we made the decision last June to fly her and our daughter, Ouest, to Puerto Vallarta ahead of me while I sailed down from San Diego it wasn't made lightly. But weather and life had conspired to put us behind schedule and she was now closing in on eight months pregnant. So the idea of sailing south together as a family sounded less and less appealing. Or safe.

So one fine San Diego morning I dropped ...

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A To-Do List Ass Kicking

6 Mar

(Feb. 29, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) Spent the day on the boat plugging away at the list. The water hoses are all replaced, the tanks were cleaned just recently, and the whole system is smelling and tasting wonderful again. Feels good to start fresh.

During that project I learned something new. I was just about finished with the job, I just needed to go out and buy two more hose clamps. But I was anxious to see if everything was working properly so I flicked the water pressure switch on and stood back. What I failed to remember to do was ...

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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:

VSail.info: 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.

VSail.info: 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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MATT RUTHERFORD: Resupply and Homeward Bound

3 Mar

Matt Rutherford

Editor’s note: I received another update yesterday on the fate of Matt Rutherford, who is sailing solo non-stop around the Americas aboard an Albin Vega, from his buddy Andy Schell at Father & Son Sailing. Matt is now off Brazil, where he recently had to meet a vessel off Recife to receive parts and gear needed to finish his voyage.

Two days ago (on February 29), I received this e-mail from Simon Edwards, Matt’s longtime delivery-skipper friend and his biggest shoreside supporter of the Around the Americas expedition: “It’s done. He picked the gear up this morning. Fantastic response ...

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This is not what a chainplate should look like!

2 Mar

Early on in this project I decided that I would try my best to do all of the work without professional assistance. There are a few reasons for this, including finances and bull-headedness but the primary benefit is that by forcing myself to learn every in and out of my boat I expect I’ll be prepared for whatever may go wrong in the future. Generally this has worked out well. Sometimes my progress is glacial but when I’m done I haven’t broken the bank and it’s hard to beat the satisfaction of repairing some part of the boat that I ...

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Move Off Boat, Get Boat Work Done

2 Mar

28-Feb-2012 puerto vallarta, mexico.
Work commences. We moved the whole crew off the boat and into a condo this morning, leaving me to get a long list of work done. And today was a success. Eight hours of work with tools all over the floor, engine lids left wide open, water shut off all day long, and countless other things that would not have been possible with little fingers on the boat.

I started the day off with a ceremonious toilet removal. Then came the crappy part, pun intended, of replacing all the toilet lines. On the catamaran this was ...

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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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