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    Brisbane - after 4 years cruising Bahamas, Atlantic, Med, Caribbean, Pacific
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    was: Catana 48
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  1. morwood

    Suggestions for a Maine/RI Hurricane Hole

    New Bedford/Fairhaven as long as you get in before they close the hurricane gates.
  2. morwood

    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I built one of his Spindrift 10 nesting designs back in the mid 90's. It was our only tender on a 36' mono-hull with just the two of us cruising for two years. It was lovely to row, so we didn't have an outboard at all for that trip. When we went cruising 15 years later with two teenage kids and a catamaran, we replaced it with a RIB and a big outboard. Wouldn't change either decision even with hindsight.
  3. morwood

    Brisbane to Gladstone 2018 only

    Two separate races and trackers: - mono hulls - Qantas Link 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race: - multihulls - 2018 C.H. Robinson Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race:
  4. morwood

    Iridium and windows updates

    When we were using an Iridium phone to download gribs (via email) offshore to an iPad and MacBook, we used a Redport Optimizer to block unwanted traffic. If I remember correctly it worked best if you subscribed to their email compression service, but could work without. Basically it's a router with the Iridium drivers built in, and a firewall setup to block almost everything except a few ports/protocols.
  5. morwood

    "Brainwashing" my wife into cruising!

    There is a facebook group Kids4Sale that it might be good for you and your wife to follow for a while. You'll hear the good and the challenges of cruising with kids. Overwhelmingly good, but quite personal and real stories that might connect with her well.
  6. morwood

    A user friendly proa rig, the "LaSHUNK" By BSY.

    I used to wonder the same thing, now I'm not so sure. Clearly not for everyone, but if you've moved along the continuum from mono-hull to catamaran, they are one of the possible progressions if you are after light, easy to handle and fast. We are not looking for another cruising boat, but if we were I'd be looking closely at something like this: Of course it comes with some negatives, like probably not being as quick and easy to handle around docks as our previous boat (Catana 48) and not being setup to carry lots of stuff, but what boat isn't a compromise.
  7. morwood

    OK, I sort of get it, now

    I kept trying to work out if/where we could install a front loading washing machine, but never found the right spot. We ended up with a portable camping top loader for the last couple of years of our cruise that we just pulled out into the cockpit whenever we wanted to do a wash day. But we had a big cockpit and a spot we could store it in the shower below decks. It was not nearly as convenient as a built in one, but it was still a lot easier and cheaper than dragging all the clothes off to somewhere to wash them or get them washed.
  8. I think you have misunderestimated the length of some of the passages involved in a circumnavigation if you think that the only reason a passage would take more than 14 days is because you are in a slow heavy boat. Like BJ, we sailed 16 days from the Galapagos to the Marquessas and that included five 200+ mile days on our 48' catamaran. 20 days was a common respectable passage time. And that's if you start from the Galapagos. It is considerably further to the Marquessas from Mexico. However, to the OP's question, we spent significantly less than 10% of our nights at sea in 3 1/2 years going from Boston -> Bahamas -> 18 months in the Mediterranean -> Caribbean -> S Pacific -> Australia. Make your boat comfortable for passages, but remember most of your time will be anchored somewhere. Like a previous poster, we'd highly recommend seeing fewer places, but spending longer at each one. Unless you have infinite time you'll always have to miss somewhere, but that just leaves something new for next time!
  9. morwood

    Hobie 33 anyone?

    For something a little different, here are some photos of a Hobie 33 offshore racing in the 2005 Bermuda 1-2. The first one is about 1/3 of the way to Bermuda on the single handed leg from Newport. The second one is a little more embarrassing - I'm up the mast retrieving the spin halyard just after the start of the double-handed return leg in Bermuda. We'd lost it in some pre-start manoeuvring in St Georges harbour. There were two Hobie 33's in the race that year, though the other one lost it's mast on the return leg from Bermuda to Newport, but still ended up safely in New Jersey under a jury rig.
  10. morwood

    Slightly Obscure But Very Helpful

    Trying to dock a catamaran, use a single line, attached at the bow. Get that bow near the dock, crew loops over cleat on dock and locks it off as short as they can without trying to pull the boat anywhere, you then use both engines to slowly rotate the boat onto the dock (fwd on dock side, reverse on other side). Single-handed, if you have outboard helms like a Catana, same procedure but with a line at the stern beside the helm (you have to be careful of the transoms as you approach).
  11. morwood

    5000+ hours, 18,000+ miles, no credentials

    or be owner of a USCG documented boat.
  12. morwood

    5000+ hours, 18,000+ miles, no credentials

    Skills do not matter. :-) Citizenship does somewhat, passing an exam does, documented sea-time does. Mark.
  13. morwood

    Yachtmaster Certification

    You can't. You have to have built the experience first. If you have the experience, the Yachtmaster course/test formalises and consolidates a lot of stuff you probably already know and then tests your competency with it. In the RYA/UK context it is designed as the end of a series of courses: Competent Crew -> Day Skipper -> Coastal Skipper -> Yachtmaster with you building experience/sea-time along the way.
  14. morwood

    Yachtmaster Certification

    Sounds like you don't yet have the minimum sea-time requirements to sit for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore, so not worth doing a course till you have that: Sounds like you have the interest and access to get that sea-time fairly quickly. I would then look at courses. I do not know of any in the NW USA, only NE and SE
  15. morwood

    Yachtmaster Certification

    The two schools I know of in the US who offer RYA Yachtmaster courses and qualifications are MPT in Florida and Confident Captain in Newport RI. There may be others. As LB15 points out, IYT does not offer RYA qualifications, but their own "Yachtmaster". When I did a course with MPT, they flew an RYA examiner in from the Canary Islands for the final exam as the other RYA examiner they had access to was our instructor. Mark.