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Featured Blog Posts – February 2009 Archive (9)

Sailing, sailing, sailing, and sailing some-more

It is a good thing my addiction is to sailing, a sport that entices me with a constant challenge. Sometimes the challenge is to get a crew together. Other times, it is a challenge to teach the crew. Still other times, the challenge is to train me. Whatever the challenge sailing keeps me motivated to sail some more.



Three days a week I host dockside chats. Two on my F28 tri and one on a Lindenberg 28. With springtime on her doorstep it is expected our dockside chats will morph into… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on February 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Bimini Biological Field Station / Shark Lab

Just spent a great morning at the Shark Lab here on South Bimini Island. They are studying Lemon Sharks and the effect that habitat destruction is having on the population. Kristine Stump took time from her busy schedule to explain the process and the work that they are doing. It was fascinating and very informative. We went out to the beach and waded out to a shark pen where we got to meet a young nurse shark and a lemon shark up close and personal. Did you know that if you hold a shark in… Continue

Added by Jim Jackson on February 19, 2009 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment

Check out Cruising Compass....cool news and notes for cruisers

We started Cruising Compass as a lark a couple of years ago and it has grown into a really cool gathering of cruisers who are interested in news and notes from around the world. There are 26,000 sailors now reading CC. Mostly they come from North America but many of them are living on their boats and cruising actively about the world. So, if you want to stay in the cruising loop, have some fun and find out what cruisers are up to log on to… Continue

Added by George Day on February 17, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Back at sea again!!!!

Finally, after many months in Florida getting Blue Heaven ready for extended cruising, we made our way down the ICW to Port Everglades and then went outside to Miami. Came in through Government Cut to Miami (what a trip) then down Biscayne Bay to Rickenbacker Marina. Spent a night there and then on to No Name Harbor on the south end of Key Biscayne. The next morning we looked for someone to go to Bimini with but everyone had left that morning or the day before. Even though it was late in the… Continue

Added by Jim Jackson on February 17, 2009 at 1:23am — 2 Comments

Sailing this past weekend after scraping ice off my windshield Friday morning!

It is 80 degrees today in Mickey Mouse Land today! YAY!!!



Last Friday morning I scraped ice off my windshield before I went to work. What a pain! I do not understand how anyone lives in a place where that would be normal. :) I live here BECAUSE I hate cold weather. And it has been darn cold the past 2 weeks, even here in THE BEST SAILING STATE IN THE US.



When I scraped ice off my window this past week I was reminded of when I was in college in north Texas. It DID snow… Continue

Added by Charlotte Radford on February 11, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

The Dream

AllAboutMe (A Columbia Yacht)







As with so much in life, many of the experiences that I had hoped for in my twenties and thirties, had to be put aside, in order to raise a family, and earn a living.

The dreams just didn't fit in the space that was left. Then, in my middle forties, health issues seemed to bring any hope for early retirement to a screeching halt. So that now ,the dreams that had been put aside for later, had to be put back on the shelf,most likely to be… Continue

Added by Larry Wilson on February 5, 2009 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

Just returned from Mexico and the Baja Haha

What a great time! We placed 2nd in the Kilo division on my buddy's Harding Force 50 "Luna Sea". The only one to beat us was Patsy on Talion, a *beautiful* Gulfstar 50 Sloop also from Portland, now based in La Paz. Will post more later.

Added by S/V Compadre on February 5, 2009 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

What brought me to want to sail solo?

This question was posed by a new e-friend. It seemed generic enough to post on the blog. Being new to Sea Knots I thought I could set up my own personal blog. If I can would someone be kind enough to explain how to do so. In the meantime, I clicked Blogs on the toolbar and it led me to this site. Anyway, here is the answer to the question, 'what brought me to want to sail solo?'



Answer: Reading Robin Graham's book, the Dove.



I often sail and race with others; on my boat or… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on February 4, 2009 at 11:42pm — 6 Comments

BVI TRIP A GREAT SUCCESS!

Ahoy Friends,

Well, we completed our BVI trip a couple of weeks ago......What a blast!! The eight of us went out for a week on a 45' cat, the Dodger II and it was tremendous. The British West Indies is wonderful. Great sunsets, very nice people and super conditions. (A little pricey at the restaurants - but we only ate off the boat 1 lunch and 2 dinners)

Everyday was warm (82-85degrees), the water crystal clear and the wind was 10 to 18 knots. I sailed into a different cove every… Continue

Added by Mike on February 3, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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Henri left a comment for Ron Manicom
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Henri left a comment for Ron Manicom
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Mike Brown commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Robert & Sandy commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks for all your comments my friends at Seaknots. The halyard has been rerun without passing through the small stainless steel eye, as seen easily in the pic provided by Chris on 17th August. All furling now takes place without any undue effort,…"
Oct 11
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
Oct 9
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible. I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
Oct 9
James Taylor replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning????? (Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
Oct 9
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck Mike"
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