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  1. Ramming Speed! Tall Ship Docking Adventures

    Actually give the credit to the USCG and crew of the Eagle - they are the ones who train the USN on the finer points of handling a sailing ship.
  2. Design talent passed from father to son

    Jim Brown and Russell Brown
  3. epoxy pump, west systems 5:1

    From West system manual Dispensing without Mini Pumps (Weight/volume measure) - To measure 105 Resin and 205 or 206 Hardener by weight or volume, combine five parts resin with one part hardener. To measure 105 Resin and 207 or 209 Hardener by volume, combine three parts resin with one part hardener (by weight, 3.5 parts resin-1 part hardener). I primarily use West System or MAS epoxy. I was taught that the ratios on the bottle(5:1, 2:1) were by volume not by weight. It is correct for both systems. I've known for a long time that using a scale and weighing them is a more accurate method for larger quantities . We used the scale when building a 40 footer out of Proset MAS (2:1 by volume), should be mixed at 100:43 by weight.
  4. Swede 55

    Here ya go, only $12k: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1974/Harry-Becker-Lotus-Scandinavia-3032147/Lake-Champlain/NY/United-States#.WLX7JRIrLVo
  5. Totally agree, however, I was not impressed to later see those kids running around the foredeck with no PFD's and/or harnesses.
  6. BOLO: abandoned sailboat drifting towards Antigua

    I have been wondering what a realistic salvage claim (or, I should say, settlement) might be, if, for example, someone locates the boat and tows her 100 miles to Tortola. IIRC, Matt Rutherford would have earned around $45k had he be been able to tow that Swan 700 miles to Bermuda.
  7. BOLO: abandoned sailboat drifting towards Antigua

    hey you never know, at least the owner is trying: URGENT $10,000 REWARD FOR RECOVERY sadly we had to abandon our yacht DOVE II 460nm due east of Antigua on the 21/12/16. We are now trying to find out where it is with the hope of recovery and carrying on with our adventure. It should now drifting towards the islands. Could I ask people to keep a sharp lookout for it and report any sightings to myself or the coastguard. Many thanks James You can read the full story of what actually went wrong on our blog.westerlyadventures.wordpress.com CHRIS PARKER’S DRIFT ANALYSIS: The following is Chris Parker’s drift analysis as of January 6, 2017: Abandonment: 12z/21Dec 16-32N/52-39W AIS#1: 1530z/21Dec 16-35N/52-43W...calculations... since Abandonment: 305T, 5 miles, 3.5 hours, 1.4k AIS#2: 17z/22Dec 17N/53-10W...calculations... since AIS#1: 314T, 36 miles, 25.5 hours, 1.4k since Abandonment: 314T, 41 miles, 1.4k AIS#3: 12z/23Dec 17-16N/53-29W...calculations... since AIS#2: 311T, 24 miles, 19 hours, 1.3k since Abandonment: 313T, 65 miles, 1.35k Based on the above, motion during the 48 hours after abandonment was consistent...during each 1 of the 3 time intervals between data points, the motion varies +/- fewer than 10-deg (the only point which differs more than 2-degrees from the average is the 1st point, which is only 3.5 hours after Abandonment, and since it's such a short distance it's subject to more error in my calculations). So if we throw-out that 8-deg of variation in the 1st 3.5 hours...the deviation from the 48 hour average in the other 2 timeframes is only 2-degrees. Speed variation is 0.05k (less than 4%). So, essentially, the vessel during the initial 48 hours after abandonment moved very steadily 313T@1.35k. Thus, my assessment of this morning's location remains unchanged: 21-03N/59-22W Given the upcoming weather forecast, I would guess the vessel will drift mostly NW at a slower pace until a ColdFRONT thru about Mon9...then a strong ColdFRONT moves in, and should cause the drift to shift to the SW. On this trajectory, the vessel could end-up moving SW into the N Coasts of the Virgins, PuertoRico, or the DR, probably in 2-3 weeks. Of course, if anything onboard changes during this time, (double-reefed mainsail, drogue, etc)...or if the vessel responds differently in the very strong wind/seas during the week of Mon9, she could drift at a significantly different direction/speed.
  8. Steel Boats

    ^^^ sorry, forgot to add, the above boat built by Franz Maas, Netherlands
  9. Steel Boats

    Ted Hood 46, Cor-ten steel
  10. How long Can A Fiberglass Sailboat Last?

    Sure Longy, it may fail... in another 50 years. This isn't a Volvo 60. It is a Morgan 30. The forestay will never see more than 6,000lbs of load. (...the 1/4" forestay wire - if new - wold fail at around 8,200 lbs,) That is Wichard 65362 U bolt. It has a working load of 14,105 lbs, and a breaking load of 22,405 lbs. It is stronger than the original casting - which lasted 46 years. It may wear and abrade where the clevis pin contacts the underside, but Wichard even flattened that area a bit when they forged these - which should help.. Of all the things I think likely to break on my tired old boat, this U bolt doesn't make my list. That "looks" like a new cotter pin, which is good. But next time trim the length down a bit. Just some friendly advice from the pro down at the end of the dock. yup, lots of issues here, good time to review the Rod Stephens treadise on cotter pins: "1. Each end of each cotter pin must be carefully filed so that it is absolutely smooth so that a magnifying glass would show a more-or-less hemispherical end. This makes the cotter pin less apt to cause damage, easier to open, and easier to tape or otherwise protect. 2. Cotter pins should be brass, as stainless steel cotter pins are undesirably stiff, therefore difficult to remove and reinstall. 3. Cotter pin holes in the fitting pins they are intended to secure must have a bit of clearance, including a slight countersink at each end. Otherwise, a hole that is a close fit, and without a countersink, makes it difficult to remove a cotter pin and almost impossible to reinstall it. On the other hand, a hole that is too sloppy makes the cotter pin less certain to do its important job. 4. The length of each cotter pin should be carefully controlled. It should protrude not less than 50% nor more than 60% of the diameter of the fitting pin in which it is installed. The only exception is where pins are in and out frequently, in which case they should properly extend 100% of the shaft diameter. 5. Cotter pins must be opened carefully, each leg approximately 15o making a total spread of 30 o between the two legs. With this opening, the cotter pin is not weakened by sharp bending and can easily be removed, as when adjusting turnbuckles. There are, however, two exceptions – in the case of high velocity machinery certainly the normal practice of opening the pin right back would be accepted but this would generally be with steel pins."
  11. BOLO: abandoned sailboat drifting towards Antigua

    From vesseltracker.com: RECENT NEWS Yacht abandoned in Atlantic On Dec 21, 2016, the s/y "Tilly Mint" rescued the crew of five of the "Dove II" which was damaged by a storm off Martinique. At 7.30 p.m., the CROSS AG was contacted by its French CROSS counterpart, relaying the distress call of the English sailboat which had lost its rudder in the middle of the Atlantic. She was located about 1000 km east of Fort-de-France. The weather conditions were particularly harsh with a swell of up to six meters. There were two children on board, and the 17-meter sailboat was drifting helpless in the storm. The skipper was in contact with the English maritime authorities who provided moral support and technical advice. The CROSS diverted the cargo m/v "Newseas Jade", underway to Lagos, to the yacht. She arrived non Dec 18 at 1:20 a.m. The weather conditions during Dec 19 make evacuation attempts very delicate and several attempts failed. The vessel agreed to remain close to the sailboat in order to act as a breakwater and to monitor the development of the situation. The CROSS then asked the "Asia Pearl V" to assist too. She arrived on zDec 20 at 7:30 a.m. Protected by the other freighter, she attempted several maneuvers to approach the yacht in very hard sea conditions. These failed too, and the CROSS then asked the merchant ships to stay in the area until another sailboat, the "Tilly Mint", reached the scene. Protected by the two cargo ships, the crew of the "Dove II" embark on their liferaft which was immediately recovered by the "Tilly Mint". None of them required medical assistance. The "Dove II" was left adrift, and the two cargo ships have resumed their initial voyages after their help help to safeguard the lives of the five boaters.
  12. http://www.maritimeherald.com/2016/sailng-yacht-dove-ii-is-abandoned-and-adrift-in-north-atlantic/ S/V Dove II MMSI: 232005948 Call Sign: MAMW2 Flag: United Kingdom [GB] AIS Vessel Type: Sailing Vessel, 53', single masted sloop, white hull, red sail covers Owner/ skipper now in Antigua, waiting for position updates. He is over at CF, "allwentwrong", can be contacted there.
  13. What keeps non-racing sailboat owners from racing?

  14. What the hell is a "hot water heater"? Can it also be used to heat cold water?