More Iceboating!

13 Jan

Hey, why give up on a good thing?

Plus, here's a very different form of iceboating, as sailors prepare for annual "Round Kodiak Island Regatta"…

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DEKKER & STOWE: In the Same Neighborhood

13 Jan

Schooner Anne in Georgetown, Guyana

For a while I was thinking that Reid Stowe and Laura Dekker might actually bump into each other somewhere off the northeast coast of South America. But no–in spite of her slow rate of speed, Reid’s schooner Anne managed to make landfall in Guyana earlier this week (January 9) and is now tied up in Georgetown, where apparently a figurehead on her bow poked out a window on a local pilot boat.

Judging from the reports on Reid’s website, the latter part of Anne‘s voyage south went smoothly, though it seems she suffered from persistent leaks and the ...

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Not Born to Buff

13 Jan

You might ask what my buffer is doing in the bathroom. I'll get to that.

I few months ago I ponied up and bought the Makita 9227c buffer/polisher. I'd accepted that no real buffing or polishing of paint, gelcoat, or stainless was going to happen by hand. I needed some horsepower, and followed many recommendations for this beefy, variable-speed machine, which cost about $250.

I am the first to show proper awe and reverence to a power tool, more so for anything that has a spinning blade. Before I use a table saw or circular saw I take all the ...

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CooperatingGate, the Next Salvo

12 Jan

In our previous post, ETNZ a One-Boat AC Team (Not?), we examined the implications for the partnership of Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa of a December 28 decision of the America’s Cup Jury. The Kiwis and the Italians have been silent, but the third of the three fully-accredited challengers for AC34 (and Challenger of Record), Artemis Racing, today released the following:

12 January 2012 The Jury Decision in Case AC06, issued on 28 December 2011, has made it clear that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa can not proceed with all of their publicly announced ...

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New Sails for an Old Boat

12 Jan

When we bought this boat last year we knew the sails were going to need replacing. That was never a question. The question was how soon, and how much? Our goal with this boat has been to sail it this year without going overboard on the outfitting and then deciding just what needed to be done. So when I set off from San Diego pointed for Puerto Vallarta in June it was with fingers crossed. Fortunately I was single-handed as the eight-month pregnant wife and one-year-old baby might not have appreciated the humor of the situation to come.

 

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Ode To Teahupoo

12 Jan

It's the heaviest, most distinctive big wave on the planet and this was filmed on a day when it was at its biggest.

Having that wave come down on you is like being crushed by an apartment block. Here's how Kelly Slater described the day: "Witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people's lives all day long, it's life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life."

Simply staggering. 

UPDATE: The original Vimeo by Chris Bryan was taken down (for some ...

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Iceboat Virgin

12 Jan

It's the deep of winter, so you have to go iceboating. As a follow-up to the previous iceboating primer on what happens when you hit a hole, here is a sweet video about first-timing that's a primer on apparent wind speed sailing, and the speeds achieveble when there is no displacement and almost no resistance to forward motion.

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Tenacatita, Mexico. A Few Days at Anchor.

12 Jan

(Jan. 7) We went in and hung out on the beach today, had lunner at the only restaurant, and then went out to dinghy home. One thing about cruising in Mexico is there are a lot of beach break dinghy landings. This is something, surprisingly, that Ali and I almost never had to deal with on our previous sail. I'm not sure why that is, but here on the mainland Mexico coast we get to contend with swells that have traveled thousands of miles and are determined to break right on top of us. Today there were almost no waves so ...

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Battery Woes

12 Jan

Well I thought we were running good again, but apparently not. The fridge is running great now, but the batteries aren't being charged properly. The voltage during the charging won't reach above 12.4v and drops to 12.0 when the engine is shut down after two to three hours. I've got two guesses at the moment. One, the starter battery is bad. That's the battery that the alternator is run through first. Two, that the alternator is bad. Seems more likely that the problem lies in the alternator itself, but seeing as I don't really know anything about the internal workings ...

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Leaving Barra de Navidad

12 Jan

We motored out of Barra this morning in calm water and hot still air. It's only a thirteen mile jaunt around the corner to Tenacatita so it should have been simple enough, but halfway I realized that the batteries weren't charging. Scratch that, they were charging, but slowly. And while the Amps were going in the Voltage wasn't rising, it was stuck at 12.0.

A peek inside the engine compartment confirmed that it was a loose belt, or actually two loose belts. The engine driven fridge belt assembly had practically worked it's way off the mount which also explained why ...

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