Hello everyone! I am a Charter Captain in the Virgin Islands. I am an ASA, PADI, and Emergency First Responder Instructor. I am a Commodore member in the Seven Seas Cruising Assn. I have been in the Caribbean almost 20 years now. I usually put the boat on the hard for Hurricane season, July to Oct. I head to New England and then to the Pacific coast. I spend 3 or 4 weeks sailing the San Juan Islands and Vancover with friends up there. Then back to the 7-24 grind for 9-10 months. To be… Continue
Welcome aboard to my Sailing Tips Blog! In this post we have Sailing Theory, Sailing Terms and Weather- The Sea Breeze. Please feel free to comment on anything here and visit our Web Site for a free Rules of the Road download! Sailing Theory (An Excerpt from our Learn to Sail CDROM)
The sum of all wind pressure on the sail is called wind force. The center of that…
Yes that is what we call it stuff. The things one accumulates over a lifetime. How can we all say oh, I will save that for later. Well later never comes and stuff piles up. We are committed now to take off and go sailing so we are cleaning out our basement which was a catch all. Kids things our things ect. Its just gota go ya know. It is taking time but we are gaining on it and we are both feeling much happier.
As an old Tancook whaler owner I hope someone from our SeaKnots community will buy and "save" this absolutely wonderful boat. It's a piece of art and they sail like a dream! Very fast boat.
Believe me, everyone welcomes you and gives you high 5's in a Tancook.
this is not my boat; I found her surfing for wooden sailboats for sale last night... after a few glasses of Jack Daniels.
As far as I know there are ony 2 Tancook… Continue
Ah well spring has arrived, they say anyway but here in the north we all wonder. We have more upgrades to do this year on MutalFun as we prepare to hopefully depart to the Bahama's in summer of 2010. We took out the old counter top and going to add corian this spring and rework our frig so one side is a freezer. That I have worked out as I have played around the last couple of years getting it right.
Have to finish the installation of the Icom ssb this year as the hardware and… Continue
Harry NIllson said it best in his story/song, "The Point" : we hear what we want to hear. . .
How many times have we 'sailorettes' told our significant other something that they totally don't hear or acknowledge. From the first day my husband, Dan, and I met nearly 30 years ago I said I wanted to sail alone around the world. After all, I had just bought my first boat and read Robin Graham's book the Dove. I knew what I wanted. To this day, as I finally commit to making the dream a… Continue
Just when I think I have my life under control I find myself racing from project to project.
First there is the opportunity to increase my blog postings to three per week. Why? because I am transiting into a career as a writer. Writer's must write. In addition to writing up the questions for an upcoming interview I am writing an article to enter in a contest. Second, there is the need to enhance my writing with research. People want facts, not just about me, but about others, about… Continue
I booked a slip at "El Milagro Marina" at Isla Mujeres, Mexico off the Yucatan. I outfitted my boat with two types of radar reflectors (tube& tri-lense), radar, drogue, sea anchor, two bilge pumps (one with high water alarm) two manual bilges, EPIRB, hand held VHF radio and Zodia life raft. I have a Standard Horizon GPS and Garmin hand held for back up. I have Chart View Pro on my laptop and the Garmin interfaces with the program. There is a custom-built nav station and additional berth in… Continue
Being a born and bred Jersey girl it is embarrassing to admit it wasn't until the summer of 2006 that I figured out where Sandy Hook is and why it is called Sandy Hook. After all, I spent most of my summers growing up at the Jersey shore. Asbury Park was a favorite Friday night spot for the family to stroll the boardwalk, grab the rings on the once famous merry-go-round, and spend endless hours in the penny arcade. These were the days way before Bruce Springsteen presented his paradoxical… Continue
is on track. House is gone..money is tight, but I am renting a small cottage on the river, right next to the harbor. Everyday is a boat project day. Is one ever really ready to go? I need to haul out and do a bottom job. I may sail across the bay to Solomans Island. There are lots of working marinas there, easy access to parts and supplies and good prices. Out here there are few choices, and none with all the amenities. This summer will be the start of a new phase in life. Carry On!
And, sometimes it is the other way around; or perhaps it is a cyclical event. We had a perfectly beautful sail on Friday night followed by a great day of practice boat handling skills on Saturday, ending on Sunday evening in utter frustration as I put waypoints and plotted a route on the GPS. If I am to make land fall at Sandy Point, New Jersey this summer I need to be a whiz at programming the gps. Folks that use them act like it is a simple push of the button.
March 13, 2009, the 45 foot,blue and white sailing vessel Sun Song is overdue on a trip from St. Augustine Fl. to Slidell, La.
Last seen leaving Harbor Town Marina, Ft. Pierce, Fl.
There is one person onboard.
Please report all sightings to USCG Miami 305-415-6800.
With 7 women on board, SPRAY, performed flawlessly this evening. I can't believe how much easier and easier she gets to sail. Sure, I still have to be careful around hard objects as with driving any vehicle. But truly, the extra money she cost is worth it. The roller furling jib and screacher eliminate foredeck crew, except for the occasional, oops, whoops, something is caught on the watch --a ma- call- it. By our next outing, of course, everyone will know to call the watch --a ma-- call - it… Continue
Eight years ago, just about two months into our relationship, we chartered a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands for a week. It was our first experience cruising together. We had such a great time that when we were on the plane on the way back browsing a brochure of the islands, we took a pen and we wrote: “We have to go back!”
Today, as we enter the waters of the British Virgin Islands, that old brochure sits on our chart… Continue
Wow! What a great sail! Gentle rollers with a nice breeze just off our port bow. We left Chubb Cay around 11:00 a.m. and headed for New Providence and Nassau Harbor. The day was perfect with sunshine and warm temperatures all the way to Nassau. Cleared in with Nassau Harbor control and proceeded by the big cruise ships to Nassau Yacht Haven arriving at 5:00 p.m. just as they were closing for the night. It's a nice marina if a little run down and funky compared to the ultra nice marina at Chubb… Continue
Added by Jim Jackson on March 10, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I recently spent a couple of days at a resort 2 to 3 miles east of Puerto Barrios Guatemala. It looked like it was built around the ruins of a old spanish fort, very nice. But later, while talking to some locals in Puerto Barrios and Santo Tomas, I was told that it was all fake and that there was never a fort there. It was all built in 1998. Has a Marina, but only one sailboat was tied up there. A fuel dock also. Curious to know if anyone knows the true story of this place. Real ruins or… Continue
"Similarly, I changed out my aircon thru hull and valve a while back. Seems to be an issue.
Recently, I was changing the aircon seawater pump and luckily found a valve on the distribution manifold (one pump serves two aircon units) that was fully…"
"Mike nails the freezer (and Refrigerator) item. Remove the woodencovers on the vents, and if they have never been off you will most likely find a carpet of dust/hair/lint. I drilled small screw holes and added screws to re-attach. Now it is a…"
"Cam, I used a wide, flat blade screw driver to pry it off. I took my time and made sure I wasn't forcing it and causing any dents or scratches. It took a little while to do but when done I had good access to the coils. One of the grills would…"
"Cam, keeping the coils clean is essential to max efficiency for both units. For whatever reason our 43 required constant upkeep to keep the coils clean. The wood grates are glued on but can be removed if you work at it using a tool that won't…"
"Hey Mike - I agree with you that there is no physical problem with the unit running. My problem is the drain on the battery. As a weekend / once / twice a year cruiser, I don’t have solar to recharge my batteries (yet). I…"
"We experienced the same thing on our B43 (now sold and gone). We were living aboard and cruising with a fairly full freezer. Like you did I changed out the thermostat without success. I wrote it off to the poorly insulated freezer compartment but…"