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  1. A poet-to-port; exactly the type of person to have on a long voyage. Given the Polynesian practice of oral history they may well have had one on most proas.
  2. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Can this really be true? Can the Editor be that inept at business? The Editor is in the business of collecting eyeballs and selling them to advertisers. Rimas has be to have been one of the best sources of site visits and the Editor never noticed? That puts the Editor in Rimas’ league for either lying or ineptitude.
  3. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    gobsmackedadjective uk /ˈɡɒb.smækt/ us /ˈɡɑːb.smækt/ informal so surprised that you cannot speak:
  4. Scary Neel 45 Build Issues

    Amati your advice is sensible. Although if I went with a powerboat I wouldn’t bring along a dragonfly or F-22 – although both would be fun...I’d go for a UFO and or kite board.A number of threads bring an overlapping perspective: Blue water performance cruiser - do they exist? Why haven’t' multihulls taken the world by storm Cruising for long distances / duration is very different from racing. As BJ Porter points out: the last 10% of performance becomes much less important; windward legs can often be avoided; and passage making is often less than 10% of the time. Others have made the compelling case that low bridge decks are always to be avoided in open waters (a problem with most charter cats). Monohulls (including powerboats) offer much better value at almost any price point. Monohull sailboats tend to be teak caves. What’s the point of being in paradise if you have to climb a ladder to see it. A nice view out the window is more common in powerboats. Bridgedeck multis can offer attractive condo like living with great views from the living room, back deck etc. In multihulls performance and townhouse accommodations don’t meet until the price passes a million. With powerboats you do have to pay the fuel but when you add up all the costs...that’s not that significant. I’m almost never unhappy with the motion of almost any sailboat. My family prefer the motion of multi in protected waters and (some of them) dislike the motion of any sailboat in open waters. With a powerboat add in active fin stabilizers and Veem or Seakeeper gyro stabilizer and you have all the comfort of a waterfront townhouse. I could see a powerboat for the French canals, the Rhine-Danube, Volga-Don and America’s great loop...but I just could not bring myself to motor across the pacific. I don’t know why but I have visceral objection to that.
  5. Article on gCaptain "The “Navy Way” is the Wrong Course" written by someone who seems to know their stuff - retired Lieutenant-Commander in the US Naval Reserve, and a San Francisco bar pilot with over 31 years’ experience. ... During one of my reserve tours, the ship’s captain couldn’t believe I knew ALL the rules by heart. Apparently, none of the other Officers of the Deck did... Navy (should) look to commercial fleets for ways to improve seagoing operations in the future. Less redundancy in terms of personnel, a greater emphasis on basic seamanship, and a willingness to streamline operations in terms of crew numbers
  6. In the civilian world it sucks if your boss abuses you. You can follow internal company or external legal processes to gain relief. Those are usually painful and often have negative career consequences but at least they are available. At the worst you can simply choose to go work elsewhere. In the navy you can’t walk away from an abusive command. That makes it all the more important that the Admirals pay attention. Where the hell was Navy senior leadership. Two months into Aycock’s command the first dismal survey was taken. Yet the sailors where left to suffer for two more years. Apart from the injustice to the sailors there is real impact on effectiveness that the Admirals left festering for years after the information was available.
  7. ‘I now hate my ship’: Surveys reveal disastrous morale on cruiser Shiloh “It’s only a matter of time before something horrible happens,” one shipmate warned. “Our sailors do not trust the CO,” another noted. “I just pray we never have to shoot down a missile from North Korea,” a distraught sailor lamented, “because then our ineffectiveness will really show.”
  8. The coast guard report
  9. Coast Guard to Release El Faro Investigation Report On Sunday
  10. Jay those are helpful anecdotes that do a good job putting Ian Farrier’s anecdotes in context. Has any one done a robust or at least unbiased and sincere statistical analysis of Mono vs. Multi safety (per mile sailed, per person mile sailed...whatever)? I personally prefer the unsinkable feature over the selfrighting feature. I understand that mono’s can be made unsinkable (Etap comes to mind) but generally they are not. Non of the monos I’ve sailed on would be unsinkable and all the multis I’ve sailed claim unsinkability (although I seem to recall some Lagoon’s not living up to the claim). I know lots who prefer self-righting even to the point of being self-righteous about it. Has anyone done a decent effort at surfacing the facts or are we just left with anecdotes and assertions?
  11. I have done no statistical analysis so won't suggest I have anything to add to safety of mono vs mulit. However, I find Ian Farrier's views on multihull safety interesting. They include: "... the relative publicity given to multihull capsizes compared to monohull sinkings is way out of proportion, due to the unsinkable multihull stubbornly staying around to where photos can be taken, while the monohull abandons the crew and quietly sinks from sight. One classic incident of 'one-sided' publicity was in the Tasman Sea in 1980, where the 40’ racing trimaran CAPTAIN BLIGH lost a float bow, but stayed upright, and the crew was eventually taken off by a liner. This was front page headline news in Australia “Four rescued off trimaran” etc. But in the same area, and in the same storm, the top line racing IOR monohull “Smackwater Jack” returning to New Zealand from the Sydney Hobart Race disappeared taking five lives. The only press coverage it ever received was four lines in the back pages stating it was missing..."
  12. Blue water cruising books

    Cruising World: Top 10 Books to Prepare You for Cruising Some already listed above.
  13. http://newimages.yachtworld.com/resize/1/20/2/4352002_20130430104746336_1_XLARGE.jpg?f=/1/20/2/4352002_20130430104746336_1_XLARGE.jpg&w=924&h=693&t=1367347666000 1984 MELROSE MARINE Crowther 44
  14. To that end, Richardson said, warships will increase their use of the AIS anti-collision system, required of commercial ships but rarely used by cautious U.S. Navy skippers. "We had, I think, a distorted perception of operational security that we kept that system secure – off – on our warships," Richardson said, according to USNI News. "One of the immediate actions following these incidents – particularly in heavily trafficked areas we're just going to turn it on."
  15. I was indifferent to them as they had nothing to offer. Then someone earlier (I think in this thread) drew attention to their stealing from another sailboat…episode 18. They came across an inverted cat – not abandoned, not a case of salvage the boat was attached to a mooring. They entered it rummaged around and made off with a number of items before they where shooed away by someone they thought was saying “it was his boat”. Rather than apologizing and returning the items they plundered they made off in the dingy. Not only where they so self centered as to rob from an unfortunate other sailor they where clueless enough as to include it in their video. That moved me from indifferent to definitely hostile to them.