Playing in the Smelting Plant

13 Jun

We had Chinese food yesterday because we had a hankering for some Lo Mein and spring rolls. Rule #1, when you enter a Chinese restaurant, if the person taking your order is not Chinese, leave. We didn’t follow the rules, therefore Ali spent the night throwing up spring rolls from as far back as La Paz. Mexican Slimfast.

We have a saying around Bumfuzzle, tongue-in-cheek, “Do I look happy?” It’s usually accompanied by a really over-the-top frown and the kids doing something especially dangerous regarding climbing lifelines. The kids always laugh and say, “Yep.”

Today, since I took the kids ...

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Joyon On The Hunt

13 Jun

It’s been a while. But the best solo record-setting sailor of his generation (and maybe ever) is out on the Atlantic, gunning for another title. If Joyon, aboard his trimaran IDEC, sets a new record from NYC to the English Channel, he will hold every major solo speed-sailing crown at the same time: RTW; 24-hour; Atlantic (East-West); and Atlantic (West-East).

The mark that Joyon is trying to beat–5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes–is held by Thomas Coville on Sodebo, and was set in 2008. To succeed, Joyon is being forced by the need to ride a depression ...

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Up the river in Borneo, part 1: the wonder

12 Jun

We have heard such raves about traveling up the Kumai river in Kalimantan to visit orangutan

rehabilitation centers that I almost expected to be disappointed. It was described with such glowing

terms that I couldn’t imagine- and sometimes, with few words at all at all, from those who professed

to be left speechless or at a loss to adequately describe the incredible experience of traveling

there. Lowering expectations was an instinct to avoid setting them too high, and then not having the

reality life up to the hype.

Well, it lived up to the hype. I have never taken so ...

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Breeding Paparazzi

12 Jun

Probably one of the greatest parts of being a parent has to be having these amazing little people want to be just like you. We were out on deck today, playing, taking pictures, whatever, when Lowe suddenly tore off and ran back inside. He reemerged a minute later with his camera around his wrist and started taking pictures of the Navy patrol boat pulling in at the fuel dock right next to us. We joked that they were going to come and take him away, to which Ouest replied, “No, they’re no taking Lolo away.” They only stayed a few ...

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I Got The Longtime Boatyard Blues

12 Jun

There comes a time in every repair cycle when I think we are never going to get out.  No matter how much we have accomplished – rebuilding the fridge, putting in a new mizzen step, writing a unified field theory – there always seems to be more to do.  The skies look dark  Birds don’t sing.  Some guy with a Tennessee twang and a guitar starts hanging around the boat, singing about our hard luck.  As friends update their blogs with cheery pictures of potlucks in sunny anchorages, we sit in the cockpit, swaddled in all our sweaters, sanding the ...

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ARC Baltic Announced in our home waters in Sweden!

12 Jun

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Mia and I found out about this last week, but it’s only now been made public, to much excitement from us! Though we won’t be directly involved in running it, we’re surely going to promote it! We’ll be sailing the same waters this summer in Arcturus , so we’ll be posting our own experiences there….

Sailing cruise through the Baltic in summer 2014  

St. Petersburg and Swedish Archipelagos on the route

Cruising rally specialists World Cruising Club (WCC), have announced an exciting new addition to their rally programme, with the first ever ARC Baltic Rally planned for summer 2014. Billed ...

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MOD70s Deserve Your Attention

12 Jun

They’ve got it all: speed, power, (relative) safety, and a hard-sailing (though small) fleet. But the MOD70s are still struggling to find a place in the sailing world’s consciousness.

Which is a shame, because they are pretty amazing boats, frequently sailing at 2.5 times the true wind speed.

This video came from a little outing the folks at Latitude 38 had on Orion, an MOD70 that’s going to tear up the Left Coast sailing scene. It was enough to have ...

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Fiberglass and Epoxy- Repairing an Outboard Motor Mount

11 Jun

Although I’ve been stuck here in Marathon Florida longer than I would like, we’ve been busy as bees during our layover. I’m here with one of my crew from the New Orleans – Florida Keys leg of our trip and before we set off on the next leg, up the East coast to Maine, we’re doing repairs on the boat which they are caretaking. The first big job was the transom/outboard well, which had been underbuilt and was sorely in need of repair. After a couple good yanks on the outboard the mounting face ripped right out!

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ALUMINUM HULL ANXIETIES: Return of the Leaky Rudder Skeg and More Bottom Paint Rumpus

11 Jun

Lunacy hauled out

Lunacy got hauled out at Maine Yacht Center soon after we arrived there from Bermuda last week, and yesterday I went up to have a look at her. As you can see in the photo up top, there’s very little bottom paint left on her nether parts. She’s been mostly bald like this for most of the winter. Since taking her down to Puerto Rico last November, it’s been a battle keeping the growth off and she’s had her bottom scrubbed five times–three times by me and twice by divers. Besides being too soft to stay on the boat ...

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Vesper Marine WatchMate, still the leader in AIS collision avoidance?

11 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 11, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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New York Harbor demands your attention even when you have lots of great electronics including what’s arguably the best recreational-level AIS target tracking system. That’s my excuse for not photographing the ideal example of the Vesper Marine AIS WatchMate 850 at work in heavy traffic. A more compelling shot might be more zoomed in and would have at least one solid target icon indicating a vessel(s) that had reached the Vesper’s highly configurable alarm level. But do note how the WatchMate is tracking 114 targets at ...

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