I didn’t come up with this idea myself. I learned it crewing for a guy down in Florida who always stored not one, but two rope anchor rodes on his foredeck while cruising. Even on offshore passages he kept them out there, with the coils of rode lashed to stanchion post bases, and never had any problems.
The big advantage of doing this, if you have a boat with a belowdecks rode locker rather than a modern anchor well, is that it saves you the bother of somehow getting all the rope down the hawsehole. Chain is heavy enough that ... Read More
Leaving Bali was easy.
|Shades of light in Lovina
We pulled the anchor at dawn, and headed out past the canoes that had blasted by us every morning as they hauled their catch of tourists out to see the dolphins. We had a forecast for <10 knots winds from the east and were hoping for a little help to motor sail our way north. The conditions had been unchanged for weeks, which gave us a false sense of security.
Getting to Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo, was a little less easy.
Possibly we should have consulted a few additional ... Read More
This morning we walked up the hill planning to have breakfast at the hotel we stayed in a few years back while passing through town. The homes up here are clearly where the officers of the mining company lived a hundred years ago—well spaced, large, and located where they might actually catch a breeze. We worked up a good sweat climbing the stairs up the hill only to discover that the hotel wasn’t serving breakfast. Go figure. We tramped back down and ate in the only air-conditioned place we could find.
We used to get Ouest a helium-filled balloon at ... Read More
Always different and endlessly fascinating. And photographer Pierre Carreau has created a stunning portfolio that captures waves in all their forms.
Here’s a taste (but check out the full show):
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When our expectations of a quick (<1 week) visa extension turned into a three weeks, it was hard not to be frustrated. Yet silver linings are everywhere: a chance to go out to Pulau Menjangan was just the first. Read More
The very best part of our delay by far was the chance to catch up with an old friend. Rick and I met in 1988 on a camping trip that preceded our matriculation to a little liberal arts college in Connecticut. We were both Chinese minors and members of the sailing team – kind of a unique combination it turned out, ...
This is how we spent the day in Santa Rosalia—a town quickly becoming a Bumfuzzle favorite.
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Just arrived yesterday in Portland, Maine, with crew members Billy “Swizzle” Springer and Adam “Twinkletoes” Cort after another reasonably fast passage on Lunacy. This time we covered a distance of 820 miles in 5 days 6 hours, again without using too much fuel for motoring–just 13 gallons. Which means in all, moving the boat 1,670 miles from Puerto Rico to Maine via Bermuda, I used just 18 gallons of fuel. Not so much because I got lucky with wind, but because I had light-air sails (see photo up top of Lunacy ghosting along under her screecher) and was ... Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 3, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Two recent experiences make me particularly excited about the Maretron SMS100 announced today (and already shipping). During the trip north I learned to appreciate the sophisticated “Alert” features built into Maretron’s various NMEA 2000 displays and I also enjoyed some benefits of the Siren Marine cellular monitoring system. In fact, Gizmo’s refrigerator currently contains two temperature sensors, a Maretron probe for on board monitoring and a Siren probe so I can keep an eye on the system from afar (even from Korea, by gosh). While ... Read More
Cuban ingenuity really cannot be beat. Pinched between a government worse than any overbearing, snooping mother and a certain neighbor which acts more like a schoolyard bully than a nation Cubans have had to learn to make do with almost nothing. This is especially true for those citizens planning a clandestine escape. I saw this boat on display in a Cuban cafe here in Marathon and had to share.
|This small boat, the Lorenzo, made the 100nm passage across the Gulf stream from Cardenas, Cuba
The text, (not nessecarily my political sentiments) reads: “On Febuary 19, 2013 six ... Read More
“We’re not talking just to hear ourselves talk.”
I kid you not, I said that today. I could almost see my dad’s bushy black mustache moving up and down in the reflection of Ouest’s eyes.
Seriously though, how do kids just listen to what you say and then turn their head and do exactly what you just told them not to? It’s no wonder I got the red Betty Crocker spoon across the ass all the time. Lowe does it every morning now. At about 6:45 he’s climbing the stairs and headed outside. Never mind that he can’t be out ... Read More