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  1. Hello all! I'm considering two Wauquiez 40 Pilot Saloons available on the eastern seaboard. I've never been aboard any of their boats except the much different and older Pretorien 35, manufactured well before the they were owned (for a period) by Beneteau. I'd really like to get some feedback from those that have owned them, or who have at least been aboard/crewed before I commit to a trip up and over from my home here in New Orleans. (perhaps someone might know who has if not themselves) * I'm already aware of the compromises with the pilot saloon design, to include the usable cabin space allocation and the potential liability of large windows in heavy weather, but I feel this might be a good niche-design for me as a single live-aboard. I'd love to do some extensive blue water sailing but feel this may be a better investment in terms of liveability and the reality of the kind of coastal sailing I expect to primarily do with it. Much appreciated! - Hunt
  2. Hello all! I'm considering two Wauquiez 40 Pilot Saloons available on the eastern seaboard. I've never been aboard any of their boats except the much different and older Pretorien 35, manufactured well before the they were owned (for a period) by Beneteau. I'd really like to get some feedback from those that have owned them, or who have at least been aboard/crewed before I commit to a trip up and over from my home here in New Orleans. (perhaps someone might know who has if not themselves) * I'm already aware of the compromises with the pilot saloon design, to include the usable cabin space allocation and the potential liability of large windows in heavy weather, but I feel this might be a good niche-design for me as a single live-aboard. I'd love to do some extensive blue water sailing but feel this may be a better investment in terms of liveability and the reality of the kind of coastal sailing I expect to primarily do with it. Much appreciated! - Hunt
  3. I bought Mike’s DURACELL from him as he was building his next boat COYOTE. My plan was to do my own, non-racing, solo non-stop circumnavigation. After bringing her to Seattle (through the canal) and winning the Pan-Pacific Race, I brought her solo back from Japan as a shakedown. My circumnavigation was cut short by losing the top 50’ of the mast in a collision with a freighter down by the equator. Putting her on the hard next to my home, it was my intention to put it back together and return to sailing. Shore life got in the way with business and family obligations and now age and health issues. I no longer have the means to chase that dream. So what now? I love that boat. I can’t imagine a more easily handled, sea kindly, safe, proven, shorthanded boat capable of sailing anywhere on earth. So a refit for a solo circumnavigator? Or shorthanded go anywhere? Move the helm aft and replace the short pilot house with a long coach roof, build in creature comforts for a fast, shorthanded cruiser or ‘six pack’ charter boat? A Salish Sea, sailing/whale watching boat sailing out of Deception Pass? Much of the movie “Coyote: The Mike Plant Story” was shot of and aboard this boat. The movie trailer can be viewed here: In any case, I want to make it possible for another individual or organization to own her and get her sailing again. I’m looking for a buyer, proposals and/or ideas. Thanks! 21 knots minutes at a time...
  4. Dukono Volcano Part 2 After a very short night we got ready to climb to the Volcano crater in part 2 of the Dukono adventure. As our clothes had not had time to dry out and the climate on the mountain being very different than on the coast we spent a very cold few hours in the tent trying to sleep. Toby seemed to be doing fine as his bloody loud snoring proved to Maxi and I. We than had a quick coffee and begun the 90 min hike in the dark to the crater rim. The redhot lava that was being thrown hundreds of meters into the air was simply amazing as the was the sound! Impossible to capture the lava though as it was only visible in the dark. The amount of sandy ash being thrown up was amazing and it wasn't until it began to get light that I realised how much of it was getting on my camera, wow, big cleanup job needed after. We spent a few hours up there then slowly made our way back down to a small pool where we had a quick dip to get the ash off then continued on down to meet the motorbike boys again. At the bottom there is a pool with hot water directly from the mountain, we really enjoyed some time there to clean off but also relax the muscles after what was a very tough couple of days for this sailors skinny legs.
  5. lucdekeyser

    Kleen Breeze

    Kleen Breeze, a 60+ foot Harryproa, is doing its first sea trials. It features a novel combination of unstayed wing masts in schooner configuration and two bidirectional Speer foil rudder boards. Looking very promising so far.
  6. iwentsailingonce

    Single-handed cruising options

    I'm new to this, all of this... I sailed sunfish at boy scout camp for a week about 15 years ago, then went on the Chesapeake for an afternoon in a beneteau. Now I'm crewing for a friend on his Pearson 424, and the first night out we had gusts over 35kts and a significant wave height of 10'. I want to get into single-handed dinghy cruising and I've been checking the forums. Most people don't have an interest in what I'm looking for, so it's hard to find. I want something comparable to a wayfarer, which is hard to say having never seen one. My neighbor has had an albacore parked in the driveway since his son passed almost 20 years ago. I'm thinking about making an offer, but want some input as to what might better suit my "needs." Models I'm considering: Wayfarer, Flying Scot, Buccaneer, Paceshup Alouette, Pumpkin Seed, and Albacore. I'm not looking for a racing boat like a laser, but something robust, fast, forgiving, open (no, no O'Days, etc.), 15+', trailerable, single-handed (even if it's with practice), and "spacious..." Does the albacore even come close? Budget is $1500, tops, but I'm willing to do some beefing up, re-rigging, modifying, etc. I've been looking into this for a bit, but wanted to put it forward. Is there something I'm missing? I'm looking to do extended offshore sailing, starting in the Bay, then maybe the Great Lakes, after I get off this roller coaster.
  7. L Dip

    Blue Ocean Event

    Unless you've been living under a rock or in West Virginia for the last several years you've probably heard of this "climate change" thing. Along with mass extinctions and other colorful forms of certain doom there's a pretty interesting phenomenon called the "blue ocean event" that's going to occur in my life time (unless I get run over by a truck first). Essentially, it's when arctic albedo (reflection of sunlight by light vs absorption by water) reaches negligible levels and you can sail to the north pole. No one really knows when it will happen, but we seem to be heading there faster than most people guessed. Here's a cool superposition of IPCC projections vs actual arctic sea Ice over the last few years. Most of the not fringe lunatic models estimate the first Blue Ocean Event at anywhere between 2032 and 2058 depending on CO2 emissions and other unknowable factors. If you are curious about research into the phenomenon and are a super huge data nerd like me then you might enjoy this additional reading Obviously this will open up sailing possibilities that never before existed. Imagine sailing from Vancouver to Svalbard, or Anchorage to Reykjavik. Of course there will be a million container ships because screw the panama canal at this point, and maybe Russia will invade Ellesmere island; who knows? At any rate, I've been obsessing over sailing to the north pole for a while, possibly as some sort of coping mechanism. I don't hear a lot about it from other cruisers 'tho. Probably because they are mostly too old to be thinking of cruising in 30-50 years. Anyone else gonna give it a try? Who do you think will be the first person to sail to the geographic North pole? Do you have any wild pet speculations of your own? Should I have posted this in another forum?
  8. Ddawgwithablog

    Crew avail. Nyc area

    Looking to crew
  9. Antoine31

    Why the Rustler 36?

    I see that the winner of the recent Golden Globe race was sailing a Rustler 36. The second and third place finishers also sailed a Rustler 36, as did some others. My questions: Why this boat? What makes it good for a race like this? Are these the qualities that make for a good cruising boat?
  10. While making a cruising guide for the Netherlands I also make some youtube clips for fun. I am Peter Bosman publisher and filmer and I sail across the Dutch lakes and Isles with an 45-year old Westerly Centaur. The name of my channel is 'the Sailing Dutchman' the reason for this name is simple, it prepares the viewer for English spoken video's with a terrible Dutch accent. So be warned. Here is a link to the channel: Gunshots, storm and mortars in The Netherlands If you have questions about sailing in The Netherlands or suggestions for routes and places you want to know more of, please let me know.
  11. One of my passions is clean energy and sustainable solutions, and I am excited to be able to inform everyone about the exciting innovation of Marina Pods. The Marina Pod concept is designed to revolutionize the global marina industry. "Clean Energy" Marina Pods have been conceived and designed to provide ‘on-demand’ power and water from fully renewable sources to visiting yachts. Today’s world is increasingly focused on reducing the use of non-renewables. Check the video to see how it works: For more information, design details, images, and user cases head over to and facebook
  12. Hello Everyone, First off, excellent responses to Pepito’s plans. I’m Mitch Taylor in Stuart FL. Joined Pepito's thread a little late so started another just in case nobody was still on that one, not exactly sure how it works. If it's better to continue his thread then someone just erase this one. Just joining the SA forum for the first time (first Sailing forum ever actually) and looks like the best place, after many years of reading/ research, to find help. I’m on nearly the same path as Pepito though medical background, still practicing, with kids still in Middle school; but divorced, living alone now. The younger two, 11 and 13 will hopefully be living with me aboard a 35’ish monohull in the next year, then 42’ish cat in another 2 years. I’m self taught so far sailing a 17’ Watkins Daysailer (first sailboat) in the St. Lucie Inlet which has been great fun and invaluable experience. Just sold it for probably a F18 next step up. Then plan on persuing certification for Catamaran Cruising ASA certifications. My angle: I’m not ashamed to admit I'm a “spreadsheet” guy, trying to narrow down the field by SA/D and D/L ratios, etc., for a performance designed but liveable used, well built Cats in the 39 to 48’ range. Budget is similar to Pepito, but I’d like to keep the initial purchase in the $400k range for upgrades and surprises as I’ve read repeatedly overextending is maybe one of the worst first mistakes. Even the new 40's fully equipped are pushing $650k. And I would love to not take the hardest hit of depreciation with a new boat purchase. Therefore in reality what I guess I’m loofdsking for is most likely a 10 year old 42’ cat well balanced, performance to comfort, Owners version…. Earlier French, Australian, S African...Schionning, Grainger, Outremer, Catana, Lightwave, Nautitech, Fountaine Pajot, Seawind, Leopard? Would love a new Balance Roger Hill 451, but don't want or need a new boat. Can anyone point me towards previous threads, or books, blogs, personal SPREADSHEETS would be great!, etc to “analyze” the field? I know numbers can’t accurately describe the “feel” or value of a great boat or even make fair comparisons of boats with different strengths. There is no fast comfortable affordable boat. Every boat is a compromise for everyone’s priortities. Australian Multihull World Article by Joe Goddard seems to be on the right track but the graph didn't make the article. I emailed them and they replied with the graph below. MultiHull Dynamics has certainly done a lot of analytics but they can’t or won’t provide it in a spreadsheet format to view the entire database with adjustable variables, I’ve asked. So I'm comparing two at a time. I’m just trying to organize thoughts and create a list outside my head, that I can reference and share with notes of strengths and weaknesses so I can begin ranking favorites and thereby keep an eye on the market for what might pop up in the next couple of years. Surely I’m not the first. Favorites so far are Leopard 39 and 43 and SeaWind 1160. Love the accessibility of techniks on the Leopard for maintenance. As well as the semi raised bulkhead helm. Broad enough hulls to carry a reasonable liveaboard arsenal but not super heavy. Windows work, could be better. Good Sail plan. Would like the forward cockpit on the 44... Thoughts? Thanks, Mitch Graph.jpg.pdf
  13. Or rather, why should I NOT buy one? I hope to be looking at one this week. Anyone have any experience about these? Apparently: They are not your uncle's Cal-39, but a newer, non-Lapworth design by Raymond Hunt. Sailboat data reports they are lighter, beamier, and have a slightly shorter LWL than the Cal-39-2/3 the planview sketch (completely unofficial) looks quite different They were maybe manufactured by O'Day, not Jensen Marine? That said, the interior looks quite nice, and if they sail like the old Cal-39s, and don't easily fall apart, my bank may have to prove they have the money they SAY they have been holding in my name. Any experience with these - or thoughts? Absent that, any free beer? Thanks, Kulokoo
  14. Dacron Underwear

    Worldwide Solent Alternatives?

    I am just about to finish Uni, sailed in the solent always. The UK seems very keen to fuck itself, and everyone that lives here over. Now I need to start making a bug out plan..... Where can I go that has as much going on as this fine green stretch of water? I'm talking smallish to biggish keel boats, dinghies are everywhere. Nearby engineering industry is also ideal. Thoughts?