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Introducing SeaKnots Academy

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Added by Franc on July 10, 2016 at 9:29am — No Comments

Do you dream about offshore cruising?

If you are the kind of person who has dreamt of taking your boat beyond that horizon far from your home waters you need to watch this video I shot in Spain today:

Added by Franc on June 19, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

MED SECRETS (Destinations you are likely to miss while you cruise the Med)

After growing up in the Western Med and taking the time to cruise the area extensively, I realized I always end up recommending the same favorite waypoints to fellow cruisers. Most of them are not even on guides but were recommended to us by others. Others we simply stumbled upon. Now I am sharing my list with you below (click on the coordinates for a map view). If you are in the… Continue

Added by Franc on June 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Is the iPad the future of marine electronics?

Is the iPad the future of marine electronics? Well, now I'm convinced it is.

When I heard that the folks at Outback Marine Australia had come up with a way to transform Apple's iPad into an integral helm panel instrument I realized that we're only a couple of steps away from turning it into the actual…


Added by Franc on June 6, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

The vote boat

Thought this was fitting for those of us in the US this week!

Added by Franc on November 3, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Some Purchases May Still Be Worth the Price



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


I know, I know, you read this headline and you immediately think about masked robbers on an open boat with machine guns causing trouble by the Statue Liberty. Well, not so fast, my Captain! The pirate we encountered in the NY Harbor may not fit that description but if it wasn't for some quick and clever detective work it could have cost us hundreds of dollars anyway. Here's the story:

A few weeks ago we were due for maintenance on our engine and since it's still under warranty we… Continue

Added by Franc on August 17, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Summer Equator

Last weekend we finally went sailing again. Between our vacation in Turkey (a week and two weekends) and the weekend we spent doing chores we hadn't had a chance to get out on the water for almost a month!

This time, we sailed down to the Raritan Yacht Club where Thad and Kristi of City Bumpkin were hosting the Summer Equator. We had a fantastic sail with Dan and Patrice as crew. We had drinks at the yacht club bar overlooking the harbor with live jazz and great… Continue

Added by Franc on July 27, 2008 at 10:30am — No 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

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!…


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

30 knot winds, smoke and a rescue - the Can Drac Maiden Voyage

If you read our previous blog post about our plans for Can Drac's Maiden Voyage you'll know that we were planning a slow and uneventful cruise down the Delaware river and up the coast of Jersey over three long days with a fantastic weather forecast.

Well, that was not to be.

After averting a fire in the middle of a champagne toast and participating in a sea rescue in the middle of 30 knot gusts, Can Drac in its new home on… Continue

Added by Franc on May 28, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Planning Can Drac's Maiden Voyage

The current sail plan for Can Drac's Maiden Voyage scheduled for this coming Memorial Day weekend.

As you can see on the chart, this trip is divided into 3 legs, one for each day:

LEG 1: The plan is to depart from Riverside marina in New Jersey at 5 am on Saturday morning for a 100 mile passage to Cape May. At that time the tide will be at its highest ensuring maximum depth through the narrow and shallow channel into the… Continue

Added by Franc on May 21, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

From hang gliders to sailing...

I recently came across this video about Mike Harker and his circumnavigation on Wanderlust 3 and HAD to share it! Here's an extraordinary story of courage and adventure. Check it out!

Added by Franc on October 10, 2007 at 8:09am — No Comments

SeaKnots at the Newport Boat Show!

SeaKnots t-shirts were spotted at theNewport Boatshow. If you go to Annapolis this year, look for us because we'll be there!

Added by Franc on October 2, 2007 at 11:00am — No Comments


'Deep Water' is the stunning true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race, and the psychological toll it took on its competitors. Sponsored by the Sunday Times of London, the much-ballyhooed event attracted a field of nine, including amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set out to circumnavigate the globe in late 1968. Battling treacherous seas and his own demons,…


Added by Franc on September 6, 2007 at 8:01am — No Comments

America's Cup comes back to Spain in 2009!!!

Just 22 days after the magnificent outcome of the 32nd America’s Cup, with Alinghi’s victory in Valencia, the Swiss Defender led by Ernesto Bertarelli, together with the Société Nautique de Genève and ACM, have made public most of the details for the 33rd edition of the oldest trophy in the world of sport.

Following a new agreement with the Spanish state, the Valencia Regional Government and the Valencia Municipality, the Host City for the 33rd America’s Cup will be Valencia. The…


Added by Franc on July 26, 2007 at 8:04am — No Comments

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