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June 2008 Blog Posts (10)

Thinking the Worst Can Be the Best



Bimini

25º43.61'N:079º17.95'W



I’m sitting in the main salon of my boat docked at the Blue Water Marina in Bimini listening to the sound of lapping water, distant music and the thrumming of a boat’s generator one dock over. At least tonight, I’m still awake past nine. Last night I was dead to the world at this hour.



I made my first overnight passage alone and nothing went wrong and I wasn’t scared out of my wits. Partly… Continue

Added by Christine Kling on June 29, 2008 at 10:07pm — 3 Comments

Going to Sea



26 21.23N:76 59.15W

Scattered Clouds. High: 86° F. Wind ESE 8 mph.



The time has come to say good-bye to my summer sail through the Abacos. I have been down here at the southern end of the sea of Abaco going into Little Harbor and enjoying beers and the company at Pete’s Pub – and going out and anchoring off of Lynyard Cay and snorkeling and playing fetch with my dog Chip on the long empty sandy beaches. It has been a glorious… Continue

Added by Christine Kling on June 26, 2008 at 9:03pm — 3 Comments

First trip to Oyster Bay



This past weekend we did our first trip since the Maiden Voyage. With our official crew on board (Patrice and Dan) we left the Marina just after seven and thanks to the current and Can Drac's great "iron jib" we reached Throgs Neck in just over 90 minutes. After that it was all "smooth sailing" because we decided to stop the engine and set the sails. We slowly ghosted along until the entrance of Manhasset bay enjoying the sunset and the silence… Continue

Added by Franc on June 25, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

By the Book





Hopetown Harbor

26 32.25N:76 57.60W

Scattered Clouds. Low: 80° F. Wind ESE 8 mph.



I’ve been sitting on a mooring in Hopetown Harbor, Elbow Cay for about five days watching all the boats come and go here in this very busy little harbor. There are ferryboats, fishing boats, dive boats, dinghies, charter boats, and cruisers. The harbor is so small and tight with moorings, they don’t allow anchoring. As soon as anyone gets… Continue

Added by Christine Kling on June 20, 2008 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

A bit of seaside humor ....

Burial at sea



Chrisy and Barbie, two blonde sisters had promised their uncle, who had been a seafaring gentleman all his life, to bury him at sea when he died.



Of course, in due time, he did pass away and the two blondes kept their promise. They set off from Clearwater Beach with their uncle all stitched up in a burial bag and loaded onto their rowboat.



After a while Chrisy says, 'Do you think we're out far enough, Barbie?' Barbie slipped over the… Continue

Added by Banana Wind on June 20, 2008 at 10:55am — 51 Comments

A few daysails in the New York harbor

As we finally prepare for our first weekend in the Long Island Sound, it's good to reflect on all the fantastic daysails we've had in the harbor this month. We've had lots of friends and family join us for our usual visits to the Statue of Liberty and even the George Washington Bridge!…











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Added by Franc on June 18, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

It's All About Amps, Baby



There are people who have written to me and asked about the snorkeling and diving in the Abacos and they have tried to remind me that the beauty of this part of the world is all under water. They are right. I can’t argue that point. However, that isn’t why I am here.



I have to go to work every day. Okay, sure, I am in paradise if you are a sailor and a diver, but the fact is that I must finish this book. I know people who live in some… Continue

Added by Christine Kling on June 17, 2008 at 9:56pm — 6 Comments

Is there a formula for creating one of the most memorable marina nights?

We hosted cocktails on Can Drac on a Saturday evening and that evening is one that would not soon be forgotten. It made me think...Is there a formula for creating one of the most memorable marina nights? How does the weather, food, friends, drinks and entertainment come into play? Let’s see…



Great weather? We had planned to have a relaxing get together in the cockpit under the stars with our friends. It unexpectedly started to rain just before everyone started to arrive. We were… Continue

Added by Andrea on June 17, 2008 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

What's in a Name?





Late on the 31st of May, hours before the first day of the 2008 hurricane season, the first tropical storm of the season was named: Arthur. I was at Manjack Cay anchored just off this lovely little island sloop. I had gone over there for the evening to celebrate getting off the Roberts Marine dock and finishing my business with George. When I heard the news about Arthur on Saturday morning, I got to thinking about names.



Why do… Continue

Added by Christine Kling on June 10, 2008 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

Modern day Treasure Hunters Come out for some fun!

One of the coolest things I think our yacht club has ever done is to have started an anual Treasure Hunt on Lake Sabine & this year marks the 2nd annual outing and is in my opinion the best so far. I know there are those that think that number 2 and beyond of anything never seem to garner the same response as number 1, but let me tell ya...this years Pirate & Treasure Hunt was the bomb! We had more members than you can shake a stick at ..and more boats out on the water for this… Continue

Added by Banana Wind on June 3, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

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Mike Brown commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert glad to hear you go the problem solved. mike"
Oct 11
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,…"
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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
"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…"
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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…"
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…"
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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"
Sep 27
Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"It is only when sailing close-hauled. Unfortunately, this is the only course, where performance really matters. I‘m going to perform two tests: - Sailing with genoa only (track cars on the same position). In this case any (unequal) trim…"
Sep 27
Mike Brown replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Our 43 had a shaft drive. Depending on how much water or fuel that was in her she would sometimes have a very small imbalance. Nothing that would cause her to sail unevenly. Do you have the problem on all points of sail? Is it more on any particular…"
Sep 27
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