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October 2008 Blog Posts (9)

Metamorphosis

This is the year of my final transmutation. It began four years ago when I gave away my television. All changes heretofore, have been in favor of convention; societal norms and mores; aversion to sanctions. Now is the time to foresake the conventions of land for the wild anarchy of the seas. The sanctification and restoration of my soul. I have taken inventory of my needs; a sturdy ship beneath my feet, white sails above my head, clothes, tools, and one lonely ten dollar guitar. I will have no… Continue

Added by Dan Vitale on October 29, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Sailor forgets underwear





When super heroes fly to the rescue of those in need, they are usually dressed in a cape and wearing their underpants on the outside.



But when sailing hero Pete Goss and the crew of Spirit of Mystery left their underwear in a launderette in Newlyn before they commenced their epic voyage to Australia via Cape Town, it was their turn to be rescued by an air drop of a very… Continue

Added by SeaKnots on October 27, 2008 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

A First Mate's Rules of the Road

My blog presents an unvarnished and, hopefully, a sometimes humorous view of a first mate's view of the cruising life. Would love for other first mate's to add their comments on this strange life we've chosen.

Check it out at http// firstmatemary.blogspot.com

Added by Mary Reid on October 26, 2008 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments

Wasting Money

Check out my latest post

Added by Anne on October 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Some Purchases May Still Be Worth the Price



-FROM THE YESTERDAY'S NEW YORK TIMES-



By RON LIEBER

In the last month or so, it has become much harder to take out our wallets without feeling guilty.



No single authority figure has told us not to spend. But people are scared, and that fear is showing up in lower sales on all sorts of big-ticket items, from autos to electronics.



Homeowners had already been feeling poorer, and the devastating investment losses have made thrift a necessity for… Continue

Added by Franc on October 19, 2008 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

CRUISING RALLIES



Whether you are on the East Coast or the West Coast of the US or even somewhere in Europe, this is the time for most cruisers to "migrate" to new cruising grounds. With the change in seasons comes the quest to find better weather and our community is filled with offers to make that transition easier. The advantages of joining a Cruising Rally range from the safety in numbers to the social… Continue

Added by SeaKnots on October 9, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Sailing Solo

Finally sailed solo for the first time. Check out the post:

http://www.stuffandjunk.net/boatjournal/blog1.php/2008/10/05/solo

Added by Anne on October 5, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

British Virgin Isles - Info needed!

We are bare-boating a 45' cat in January. We are looking for suggestions for great anchorages, great food, caution spots, etc. We love to party, but we also enjoy basking in the sun at beautiful locales. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!
Thanks,
Mike

Added by Mike on October 5, 2008 at 10:47am — 5 Comments

Just hanging out in O Town enjoying the sunshine....No hurricane watch!

Looks like hurricane season has taken a little respite so everyone here in Florida is just enjoying the BEST SAILING STATE in the USA.



Unable to sail EW this weekend, but will be out next weekend. Last weekend instead of going into the intercoastal, we went through the #3 drawbridge towards the coast. We didn't go through the locks but motored over to an island near them. It was VERY COOL for a newbie like me to have the drawbridge opened especially for EW!



Note for… Continue

Added by Charlotte Radford on October 5, 2008 at 9:54am — No 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,…"
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"
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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