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    Sailing, Kayaking, Sculling, & Oyster Gardening.

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    Rubrail for Opti

    For the sailing camp my daughter attended this summer, they had pipe insulation (pool noodles?) tied to the bow.
  2. A Michigan sailor Circumnavigates on the Quiet Peter NielsenAug 30, 2018 Some of the greatest sailing voyages are those that are undertaken quietly, without publicity and for no reason other than that they are there to be accomplished. One such ended in June when Jerome Rand sailed his Westsail 32, Mighty Sparrow, into the New England port of Gloucester to a rousing welcome from a small band of friends and family. Sporting an impressive set of whiskers grown en route, the Petosky, Michigan native made no secret of his happiness to be ashore once again. Rand’s wobbly steps onto the Gloucester dock were his first on a stable surface in 271 days. Since leaving Gloucester on October 3 last year he had sailed 29,807 miles, nonstop and alone. His journey took him south of the five southernmost capes—Chile’s Cape Horn, South Africa’s Cape Agulhas, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South East Cape, and New Zealand’s South Cape—and through the chilly, gale-lashed waters of the Southern and Indian oceans. ...
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    Coolboats to admire

    This is a Cheoy Lee 30, which is based on L. Francis Herreshoff's H-28 if I'm not mistaken.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Yeah, in some European countries the International Folkboat is simply called the IF due to objections from the Nordic Folkboaters. Incidentally, I showed the photo of the new International Folkboat to my wife. Her reaction was, "Do you want a divorce?"
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    Coolboats to admire

    The first new International Folkboat in 34 years has left the boat shop and is headed to the HISWA exhibition in the Netherlands. More information can be found at . I've shamelessly stolen the following photo from a Facebook post.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    There is a Melonseed for sale in Virginia for $3000.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Approximately 3000 International Folkoboats (A.K.A. IF) were built from 1967 to 1984. Now the class is being produced again by Sea Camper of Germany. Photos of the first hull and deck appeared in my Facebook stream today.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    My ten-year-old daughter and her boat for sailing camp.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Above the waterline, she is beautiful. Below the waterline, she is the perfect design for snagging crab pots.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Here are my current favorite sailing photos. The skipper is my ten-year-old daughter at sailing camp.
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    1st post, need help understanding Westsail 32

    The Westsail 32 "Satori" was caught in the "Perfect Storm" of October 1991. The crew panicked and against the wishes of the skipper called the Coast Guard. When the Coast Guard arrived, they ordered everyone off the boat including the skipper. The boat survived the storm without her crew and landed on the beach at Assateague. She then survived being dragged off the beach and towed to Ocean City. An account can be found at the following link.
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    Babe or Boat?

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    Babe or Boat?

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    Adrift Movie

    So I bought Tami Oldham Ashcraft's book "Red Sky in Mourning," and here is what I learned. - Richard Sharp's boat, Mayaluga, was a 36' ferrocement cutter that was built at a South African boatyard where he had worked. - The boat for the delivery trip from Tahiti to California during which they encountered the storm was Hazana, a 44' Trintella ketch. - On October 8, they had a WWV broadcast that informed them that Tropical Storm Raymond was headed toward them on a westerly course, so they steered north-northeast. - On October 10, they changed their course to north-northwest and flew as much sail as they could carry to try to get as far north of Raymond as possible. - The genoa blew out on the morning of October 11. They replaced it with the number one jib. - On the morning of October 11, the broadcast reported Hurricane Raymond on a west-northwest course. They changed course and steered toward the southwest. This proved to be a mistake. - On the afternoon of October 11, the broadcast reported Hurricane Raymond on a westerly course, which put them on a collision course with the storm. They changed course again and steered toward the northeast. - That evening, the mizzen sail was damaged and had to be taken down. - At dawn on the morning of October 12, the wind was a steady 40 knots. They continued under sail with a deeply reefed main and jib. - At 10:00, the wind was a steady 60 knots. They took down all sail and headed into the wind with the engine running. They had one EPIRB, and Richard insisted that Tami wear it. - By noon, the wind was a steady 100 knots. Richard clipped his tether to a cleat on the cockpit coaming and sent Tami below. The anemometer registered 140 knots before failing. The barometer was below 28 inches. - At about 1:00 that afternoon, the boat pitchpoled or capsized. Tami was knocked unconscious and didn't come to until about 4:00 that afternoon. When she went on deck, she found that the D-ring at the end of Richard's tether had failed and he was gone. The armchair sailor in me says they should have run before the storm under bare poles with warps or a sea anchor streaming astern. I would think that a center cockpit boat would be especially well suited for taking the seas from the stern as the cockpit and companionway hatch are not so vulnerable. Perhaps I've spent too much time reading Adlard Coles's book.
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Eric & Susan Hiscock's "Beyond the West Horizon." The trailer can be viewed for free, but there is a fee to download the full video.