#275: Lin Pardey // A Legendary Sailor

15 Oct

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#275. The legendary Lin Pardey is back on ON THE WIND! Way back in 2013 when I first started the show, Lin & Larry Pardey were episode #2. Six years and 273 episodes later, and Lin is back, live in person this time, to give us an update on her life and cruising plans. Sadly, Larry is no longer able to travel. Lin recently published the 3rd edition of her beloved ‘Self Sufficient Sailor’ book, and she explains today why that classic sailing tome got a modern update.


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A Return to Drakes Bay

14 Oct

October 10, 2019

Drakes Bay
Anchor down 1300 local, 2200 gmt

Days at Sea: 306
Days Since Departure: 375
Total Miles: 38,978

Slowly the gale releases its grip. Overnight and as I sleep the wind comes down; the sea relaxes. By dawn Mo makes 5 knots under jib alone on a gentle undulation I can barely perceive from my bunk.

I raise the main at sunup, but the wind continues to fall away until by mid morning the sails hang limply; the sea is glass. We are under power the last miles for Drakes Bay.

“I’m sorry, Monte,” I say. ...

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Panbo test fleet adds a fast outboard: Gizmo Junior

14 Oct

I’m generally content to operate at trawler speeds these days, on and off the water. But — boy, oh, boy — taking on a new boat has definitely brought out the kid in me. Though it was only a few weeks ago when I finally realized that rebuilding the 14-foot power cat (and original Gizmo) is not in my future, the new plan has already hosted some electronics testing that would have been much more difficult with the 37-foot Gizmo, and it’s a different kind of pleasure on the water. Say hello to Gizmo Junior.

Gizmo Junior is 2000 Maritime Skiff 20-D with a 2019 Evinrude Etec HO 115
Gizmo Junior
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2019 ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT SHOW: The Eagle Has Landed (And Got Its Feet Wet)

12 Oct

Oct. 12/2019: Just back from Phase One of my annual boat show dive in Nap Town. The most interesting new boat I saw there by far is the Eagle Class 53, a foiling (there’s that word again) all-carbon catamaran with a “hybrid” wing-sail rig. Coincidentally, I saw this very same boat while at the Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas last winter and wondered what the hell it was. Evidently the creators of this craft, Fast Forward Composites, were tuning up the beast there prior to unleashing it on the world.

It is now unleashed.

The Eagle’s hard wing main ...

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Surefoot’s Gale

12 Oct

October 9, 2019

Days at Sea: 305
Days Since Departure: 373

Noon Position: 38 59N  125 37W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 7 – 8
Wind(t/tws): N 35
Sea(t/ft): N 10 – 14
Sky/10ths Cover: Clear 0
Bar(mb): 1019+, falling slowly
On-deck Temp(f): 64
Cabin Temp(f): 66
Water Temp(f): 60
Relative Humidity(%): 68
Magnetic Variation: 14.0

Sail: Working headsail 2/3rds or more rolle up.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 157
Miles since departure: 38,840

All night I let Mo run SSE so as to stay on the outer edge of the low. Winds here will remain under 30 knots and allow me a ...

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My Island WiFi offers U.S. service – $110 / month for unlimited internet

11 Oct

When Have Another Day visited the Bahamas in 2017 internet connectivity was complex and pricey. In 2018 My Island WiFi began renting mobile hotspots with unlimited data; the raves of simplicity and cost-effectiveness from those cruising the Bahamas could be heard all the way back in the states. Many commented that the service was so much better than what they could get in U.S. providers that they wished they could use My Island WiFi’s service in the U.S. Well, now they can, My Island WiFi has started offering service in the U.S.

My Island WiFi is now offering a $110 ...

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Better waste tank monitoring with Maretron

10 Oct

 

The Maretron FPM100 installed on the ceiling of Have Another Day’s engine room

Have Another Day’s waste tank monitors have never been very accurate and that’s only gotten worse as time has gone by. In well over 10,000 nautical miles of cruising we’ve only overflowed a waste tank once, but that’s once too many. So, when the gauges on both tanks recently seemed to completely stop working, I decided it was time to find a new solution.

Have Another Day’s now defunct TankWatch 4

When Carver built Have Another Day she was equipped with TankWatch 4 monitors on both ...

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Lazy Days and Gulf of Alaska VIDEO

9 Oct

October 7, 2019

Days at Sea: 303
Days Since Departure: 311

Noon Position: 43 17N  127 55W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExS 6
Wind(t/tws): W 15
Sea(t/ft): NW 3
Sky/10ths Cover: Clear 0
Bar(mb): 1022, steady
On-deck Temp(f): 70
Cabin Temp(f): 72
Water Temp(f): 63
Relative Humidity(%): 71
Magnetic Variation: 15.2

Sail: Main to port; working jib poled to starboard, broad reach.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 103
Miles since departure: 38,561

Finally we are running right down hill. The days are warm; the breeze, gentle. The jet contrails, of which there were five at dawn, all stream by us on a parallel ...

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Finding the way

9 Oct

Those of us who are grizzled enough to remember the pre-GPS days will know what Jerry Richter (p.12) means when he recalls old-school position-fixing as an “act of faith.” As much depended on knowing where you weren’t as where you were. Before I bought my first boat, and long after I’d started sailing, I sat through a full weekend of instruction to learn the intricacies of set and drift, weather forecasting, passage planning and all the other things that go with getting a sailing boat from Point A to (hopefully) Point B.

I even learned how to use a sextant, ...

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Event Announcements: Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Event details, timelines, and opportunities to RSVP.

8 Oct

Hello, awesome followers of The Figure 8 Voyage.
Here are the final details for the return celebration for the event.

A couple of things to note first:
1. If you’re working with our PR team please ignore these instructions as you’re getting special instructions from Heather. You know who you are. :)2. If you know others (OCC members, other sailors and/or friends) you want to share this with feel free. 3. There is one RSVP invitation for the “shore” event at the Sausalito Yacht Club. If you are planning on attending you must RSVP on the invite or we’re not ...

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