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April 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Free book resources for marine weather and storm tactics

For anyone wanting reference books on understanding marine weather and storm tactics at sea Steve Dashew has generously made his two volumes on these two subjects available in PDF format, for free to all mariners. The books, Mariner's Weather Handbook,and Surviving The Storm can be downloaded at the following link. Scroll to the bottom of the written article to the book icons and the download links to obtain these valuable references. Thanks, Steve!…

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Added by Steve Knight on April 26, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Driving East in the Westbound Lane

Only in the Dominican Republic have I experienced the challenge of driving in an easterly direction on the shoulder of the west bound lane. This occurs where Highway #5 from Semana merges with Hwy #3 to Punta Cana.

NOTE: Van on the left was traveling…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on April 24, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

When you come to the fork in the road.....

It was an adventurous, albeit cultural experience as my friend Linda Rincones and I drove from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Initially we traveled west toward Boca Chico where we approached our first fork in the road. Confidentially we chose the wrong prong. After a ten kilometer cruise we took a gander through a neighborhood which luckily led us back to the correct prong. A few hours later we approached three more forks. We took each one in stride appreciating our… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on April 20, 2014 at 12:26am — No Comments

Buenos Diaz Donde Bavaro

Hola,Who was the first to coin the phrase, "It's not the place, it's the people?"  i don't know.  maybe  someone will take the time to research the author.  not me, not today, Afterall i am surrounded by a wonderful  family of brothers, their  wives and my best friend while embracing this province.

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on April 18, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

Inspiration

A caveat of being questioned or receiving an inquiry in Sea Knots is the resulting inspiration. This morning Lola asked if I am sailing alone. A few days ago a girl from my home base, sent an intriguing message via email. Such communication is received with approbation. Venturing far from family and friends has been a daunting experience. Throughout my teenage years until after I retired from the workforce believing people like me has been difficult. The overwhelming calls, texts and e-mails…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on April 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Luperon, oh Luperon

Nestled on the north coast of the Dominica Republic is a hurricane hole housing over a 100 cruisers from a variety of home ports. Entering the harbor brought about a question of confidence. As I neared the mile invisible border outside the entrance to the port my GPS showed a disarming note: BREAKERS IN A BIG SWELL. Gritting my teeth I wondered what was considered a big swell. My estimate was the average wave was about 4 feet. Two rogue waves slapped me in the face as they forged their way… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on April 7, 2014 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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Robert & Sandy commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
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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…"
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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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