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December 2008 Blog Posts (9)

FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2009: Cabins on the SAMARKAND

This year I arrived in Lagos Portugal from my trip over the atlantic. We started at the Bermudas. I did it with a great ship from Abeking & Rasmussen. It is a great 50 year old boat, that was build and owned by former IBM-owner Tom Watson Junior. It was designed by the sailing ledgend Olin Stephans and was build without a financial limit. It was sailed by Bobby und J.F. Kennedy and also Marylin Monroe und Grace Kelly were guest on the ship. It is runing 10 to 12 knotes with slow wind and… Continue

Added by Christoph Heckenbuecker on December 28, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

W-Fi

I've been trying to find a Wi-Fi antenna/booster to use on my boat without sucess. Has anyone found one that REALLY works?

Added by Bruce on December 27, 2008 at 2:16pm — 7 Comments

Happy Holidays!


Wishing everyone a warm and safe Holiday Season from Texas.

Added by Tim on December 25, 2008 at 2:36am — 5 Comments

BVI trip starting in a couple of weeks!

As I said before, we (4 couples) are bare-boating a 45' cat for 9 days in January. We are looking for additional suggestions for great anchorages, great food, nightlife, caution spots, etc. We have received several ideas, and as it gets closer to the trip, I am asking for any additional suggestions that we should see.



Anything current that we should know would be greatly appreciated as well!



We love to party, and we also enjoy basking in the sun at beautiful… Continue

Added by Mike on December 14, 2008 at 4:15pm — 8 Comments

MEMBERS MEETING MEMBERS



Members Lola and Ladye recently got together in person for the first time since meeting on SeaKnots. If you meet up with other members at sea or at the dock, send us your pictures to SeaKnots@SeaKnots.com for a home page feature. Read more about this meetup… Continue

Added by SeaKnots on December 7, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How do old glassfibre boats age?

My name is Peter. Retired.



I want to buy an older (25-30 Years) glassfibre sailboat and after two to three years of use sell it, with the feeling I im not fooling the buyer.



Theoretically, when plastic ages, it should loose elasticity. On the long term it would shrink and develop cracks, become brittle, while the glassfibre may hold everything in place or break.



Has anybody experienced if this can be felt? Maybe heard, perhaps with groans or squeaking… Continue

Added by Peter Mueller on December 7, 2008 at 3:24am — 5 Comments

December 4

December 4, 2008

Three days ago, we stepped off the plane in Antigua and the tropics hit us in the face. The smells of the Caribbean arrived on warm, tropical breezes. Al’s bags didn’t arrive! Claudia and I carried our baggage on, so that wasn’t a problem for us. Al’s insulin was in his bag so he had to watch his sugar intake. By the time we got to the marina, the tiki bar was open. Al got a wrm reception from the b ar’s owner, Alicia, who said she owed him some money so we had a rum, two… Continue

Added by Peter Kafer on December 4, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Change of Seasons

Now that I live in the south, you would think that the weather is sunny, warm, and beautiful all year round. Well, as I've come to find out, that isn't necessarily true. The mercury has been fluctuating almost as wildly as the market lately. It's hard to believe it's December. The prevailing winds are a little more stiff and they appear to push water from Galveston bay leaving skinny water just about skim. The sailing will not be quite as regular as during the summer season, but at least it… Continue

Added by Tim on December 4, 2008 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

TOP 5 HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR CRUISERS (under $500)

WATERPROOF DIGITAL CAMERA

You can forget about the idea of putting your expensive digital camera in a ziploc bag to take pictures from your dinghy, while you swim or even under water. Check out this great affordable camera which can take pictures and video under the toughest conditions. …

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Added by SeaKnots on December 3, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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sam replied to Peter Obetz's discussion A/C thru hull caution!!!!! in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to Cam Whitlock's discussion Freezer problem in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Cam Whitlock replied to Cam Whitlock's discussion Freezer problem in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to Cam Whitlock's discussion Freezer problem in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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