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Featured Blog Posts – May 2009 Archive (11)

A tropical WHAT?

Good grief!



It isn't even THE SEASON yet and there's a depression out there. Near North Carolina and not supposed to hit land, but it's already all over the radio. . Here, let me get out my 8 ball to confirm their prediction(s)!



The weather is humid and overcast. Looking at some major storms this evening in the city proper. It's on the radar, so I guess I don't have to consult my 8 ball.



No sailing this weekend as the hubby is sick and the weather looks… Continue

Added by Charlotte Radford on May 28, 2009 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

Dangers of propane can't be overstated

My friends and i just went through the harrowing experience of fighting a brutal fire in a trailer park after an elderly fellow tried to light a propane appliance the wrong way. The explosion blew him across the room and it was only by the quick thinking of others that both he and his wife were pulled out of the place before it went completely up in flames. Pics and full story on my blog at www.loosemoorings.org The story was on both the evening news and in the local paper.



A… Continue

Added by Nathaniel Poole on May 26, 2009 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

Finally on the boat here in Ft. Lauderdale...

OK, here we had been trying to get out of the slip since 8am this morning. Started on a Beneteau 393 due to a bad starter solenoid relay on our cat. It rained very very heavy with frequent lightning this morning here in Ft Lauderdale from 0830 to about 1145. The weather started clearing up and we thought our cat would be ready, but it did not get released from the mechanic until 1600 today..too late to provisionj and leave out for south Miami. So, night two in the marina...We are to to leave… Continue

Added by Daniel on May 24, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

First leg of the rally, Tortola to Bermuda



We never intended to race. But as we set off on the first leg of the ARC Europe rally, we could not resist the challenge of a good start. Over two dozen boats eager to cross a short line between a committee boat and an orange buoy at the sound of a horn was sure to be exciting!



So we came out of the marina early and picked the best angle; one that would give us right of way and put us at the right place at the right time. Sure enough,… Continue

Added by CAN DRAC on May 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

How time flies!!! Hurricane season is ALMOST upon us!

Getting myself geared up to do some serious blogging.



Hurricane season will be here shortly. A "light" season predicted. Only time will tell. O Town tends to get the hurricanes later in the season but there are always exceptions.



You know you can count on your VERY FAVORITE hurricane blogger to be on the spot, if possible. I am hoping the forecasters are correct but there's a reason they call it FORECASTING!



Several things to relate: Trading up to a larger boat… Continue

Added by Charlotte Radford on May 19, 2009 at 8:18pm — 7 Comments

Is this my new boat?

Jeepers!! I have an opportunity to buy something close to my 'dream' cruising boat - at least in the sense of having all the equipment, all the capabilities, and all in reasonable shape. The boat has been around the world. It's also big - bigger than anything I had planned on for some time if ever - officially 44 feet but that includes a 4 foot bowsprit and about two feet of reverse transom (like most modern sailboats.



Because of the unique situation, I think I could be moved onto my… Continue

Added by Gary B on May 17, 2009 at 9:06pm — 27 Comments

Unbelievable

Hearing what I want to hear, believing what I want to hear, that's me.

Giving encouragment, that's you!



Together we will surpass expectations....



In the meantime, I have another question:



How do you access internet? I have a lap top that I think I can get an adapter to plug into my battery control panel, but what kind of widget is required to get internet; is it called wi-fi??????????



With only a few weeks to go, another unbelievable part of me… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on May 8, 2009 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

Ship Island or Bust!

Ship Island, MS April 21-26, 2009



Day 1.

We are determined to make it to Ship Island, MS on this trip. The barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi beckon us. And who are we to ignore a challenge!



Our marina is approximately one hour upriver on the Tchefuncte River. Preparation for the trip takes, as usual, until mid- to late afternoon. Mike had installed some efficiencies -- a gauge to monitor levels of the waste tank; another battery and a gauge to monitor… Continue

Added by Gina Nadas on May 7, 2009 at 9:17pm — 6 Comments

Fear creeps in. . .

With less than 30 days until departure, I am finally getting nervous. Daily thoughts pop into my head like,

"What if you hit something and the mast falls down cracking the deck?"

"What if I have a bad dream that a giant shark slid into the cockpit and snaps my arm off while I sleep on deck?"

"What if, what if, what if?"

"What ever made me think I could do this, as I reset the anchor for the 6th time during an afternoon thunderstorm?"

"Do I really think I can do… Continue

Added by Marlene A. Sassaman on May 4, 2009 at 7:49pm — 9 Comments

OK..So it's called a blog...So be it! On with sailing and life...

This weekend was filled with helping a non-profit charity that I have been helping every week for over a year....The Ronald McDonald House Charities...If you do not know, they provide housing and a life for families that are dealing with kids under the age of 18 that have life threatning conditions. Most kids here are being treated at Duke University Medical Center (here in Durham, NC). It is very rewarding helping them and even when I live on a sailboat, I will try and organize boaters and… Continue

Added by Daniel on May 4, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

First Blog....By the way...Who the hell named it a blog :-)

OK, here goes. I am taking lessons in May to begin my sailing life....Taking ASA courses in Ft. Lauderdale at BWSS. I eventually take all courses offered and hopefully find someone who has a cat that will let me join them for a month or so and help me learn what I want and then it's off to buy one I hope. My picture is me and my Dad, my best friend. He is taking the first classes with me and if he likes it and does not get too seasick, maybe he will take all of them with me....He is pretty… Continue

Added by Daniel on May 1, 2009 at 10:56pm — 5 Comments

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Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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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…"
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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…"
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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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