My Netflix queue is now fat with allegedly great sailing movies, and yours can be too.
After yesterday's post on the Top Ten Sailing Movies (at least as designated by the denizens of Sailing Anarchy), I've been getting lots of additional suggestions. And they look pretty good, though they definitely reach back a little deeper in the the sailing movie archive.
So here's another Sailing Movie List (sorry, Pat): Classics Edition.
Number 1, and this could be the overall number 1 in my view is: Captains Courageous.
Then we've got, for your viewing pleasure, the Melville ... Read More
Now I’m inspired. Took me some time. And a cheese sandwich.
I’m writing from a Norwegian Airlines flight, en route from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Stockholm, via Oslo. Mia is in the window seat next to me (asleep. She has a knack for dozing off before a flight ever leaves the terminal – once, in Australia, she slept for three full hours, awakening to a view of the tarmac outside her window and assuming they’d reached their destination. The plane, in fact, had never left the airport thanks to a delay. She was oblivious). I’m stuck in the middle ... Read More
Sailors are always moaning about how the rest of America doesn't really care about their sport. And they don't. So it is no surprise that sailing and sailboats are not exactly a preoccupation in Hollywood, or regular fodder for big screen blockbusters.
But in a world where even animal crush videos have a fan base, the odd sailing movie sometimes makes its way to the movie theater. And sailors naturally like to obsess over which ones are worthy.
The latest effort to celebrate the small archive of decent sailing movies (it's like the joke about the Thinnest Book, featuring ... Read More
If you've been following world events, you know that the evil military junta in Myanmar, AKA Burma, is finally easing its grip. They've held free elections, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi met with Obama a few days ago, and is urging the US to further ease sanctions. This is great for the cause of freedom and the long-suffering Burmese people, but what does it mean for us sailors?
If you've ever priced teak, it's enough to give you night sweats. Once I went to my local hardwoods dealer and gave him a list of teak ... Read More
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I had originally planned to post this immediately following the 'Realities of Yacht Delivery, Part 1,' which I published on April 29 on andyandmia.net. My mom died April 30. So there.
So, what happened to the Farr? the Vagabond? my mom and dad's Sojourner?
I called my dad in Delware City when it was apparent that the new prop we ordered for the Farr would be several days in the mail before it got to us. There was no point in Mia and I wasting our time – and the owner's money to ... Read More
A couple of months back, Mia and I had a boon of sorts with the boat delivery gig. Two promising phone calls in a row had us set up to for a delivery of a Vagabond 47 from Annapolis to Albany, NY, up the Hudson river, and another on a Farr 395 from Annapolis to Maine. The Vagabond was a week or two in the making until we sorted out an arrangement with the owner. The Farr, on the other hand, was last-minute, a phone call taken in the parking lot of the farmer's market in Pennsylvania. Mia was inside ... Read More
Okay, quick intro. First, happy to be on SAILfeed! Mia and I are writing from Las Palmas, after just arriving this morning. We delivered the Saga 43, Kinship, down from Lagos, Portugal, the same boat we earlier sailed across the Atlantic with ARC Europe. I (Andy) initially wrote this article for my own website (andyandmia.net) a while back, and am re-printing it here, as I think it's fairly relevant. The two Atlantic crossings reference this recent trip on the Saga (BVI-Bermuda-Azores-Portugal), and our own crossing in 2011 on Arcturus (Annapolis-Nova Scotia-St. Pierre and on to Ireland). We completed ... Read More
|Even the experts should put in a bit of manual labor once in a while, right?
As part of my ongoing scattershot of DIY articles, here’s an easy repair that I suspect a few of you have been planning on getting to ‘sometime soon’ (as in, within the next three years). Repairing rubrails is one of those mainly cosmetic repairs that can so easily remain uncompleted indefinitely but it turns out to actually be quite simple. Really, I promise.
This was a job we did when my father was in town helping on the boat. With him around cracking the ... Read More
|I got ninety-nine problems but this ain’t one…
As a bicycle mechanic and now a sailboat owner, I’ll let you in on a little secret – lightweight is a scam. ‘Weighs only XX grams’ ‘Engineered for performance’ ‘Excellent strength-to-weight ratio’ ‘Super-light, all-composite design’ – these are the buzzwords used by a marketing industry so effective that against all evidence it has us convinced that these high-intensity phrases will equate to a real-world improvement for the average consumer. Take, for instance, this item selected at random from West Marine:
‘The ultimate, next-generation, high-performance [item] incorporate unique innovations including radically new ... Read More
We may be killing tens of millions of sharks every year so their fins can be tossed into a soup pot, but for all the humans who exploit sharks (and our fascination with them–I'm talking to you Discovery Channel!) it's nice to know that sharks have some passionate human advocates.
Here's one human who wants to learn and demystify, rather than kill and scarify:
And I also want to introduce you to a friend of mine, one of the most adventurous and compassionate
defendes of the oceans, and especially sharks. His name is Scott Cassell, and he is a former ... Read More