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The diesel engine, the old iron genny, it can be a sailor’s best friend or worst enemy—sometimes all in the same day. Monday afternoon I was elbows deep in engine oil as I changed our Perkins 4-108’s lifeblood and got to thinking about the great contrast between this reliable (fortunately) beast and our primary form of propulsion, the sails.
There was a time when cruisers didn’t sail with engines at all, and some still don’t, but in the modern era of sailing, the engine is a key component to allowing us the freedom to get off the dock for a simple day sail, weeklong outing, or more. When the wind is up, there is nothing I love more than clearing the breakwater, hoisting the sails and shutting down the engine as soon as possible. But sometimes that’s not the case. When the wind doesn’t cooperate or when the tide forces a rush to get through a tricky pass, the auxiliary engine is there and gets used without much hesitation. Just like with the sails and rigging, though, keeping the engine in good working order staves off frustration and makes for a more pleasant experience on the water. Now if I can just find that pesky oil leak.
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The Rocket was originally launched in the late 1880s by the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, in Red Bank, N.J., that nursed a tenacious rivalry against the other ice-boating powerhouse in the region: the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, whose flagship was the Jack Frost, an iceboat built in 1892. Video here. Read More]]>
The Crimson Tide, a sailboat launched off the coast of South Carolina in December 2012 by Morristown Beard teacher Lisa Swanson’s sixth-grade class, was recovered Sunday by fisherman Paris Broe-Bougourd off Guernsey, an island in the English Channel near the French coast of Normandy.
Parent Joe Robillard helped the class launch the boat as part of the Educational Passages program, created to teach students about the world’s oceans. Robillard paid $1,500 for the boat plus monthly fees for the GPS service.
A picture of the class, and a note with contact information in English, French, and Spanish were fiberglassed to the top of the boat. Each student also signed their name on the top of the Crimson Tide.
Now in seventh grade, the class – and Swanson’s sixth-grade class for this school year – have monitored the boat via a GPS tracking device that transmits to a satellite daily for nearly 450 days.
The boat’s 3,000-mile trans-Atlantic journey was the idea of sailor Dick Baldwin, creator of the Educational Passages initiative. To date, Educational Passages has launched nearly 20 boats, some of which have sailed through hurricanes and have been retrieved in Portugal, Granada, and Nova Scotia. Another boat washed ashore in a tribal village in Panama.
“We’ve had a few close calls,” said Swanson of the Crimson Tide’s journey. “At one point we were three miles off the coast of Brittany (France) and tried to arrange for someone to pick the boat up, but gale force winds pushed it back out to sea into the Channel.”
When Broe-Bougourd found the Crimson Tide, it was covered in gooseneck barnacles, without its sail, and a compartment carrying a container with a Morristown Bear T-shirt, money, and a thumb drive with pictures and messages were apparently lost at sea. Somehow, the ship still managed to complete its journey.
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“Pricing our Almost Free CruiseGuides and AnchorGuides will be pretty simple,” states Diana. “Labor, boat, survey costs, fuel and moorage, computer, and all operating expenses are now on us. But as you can imagine, we can’t seem to find a paper manufacturer, printer, or fulfillment house as passionate about supplying free ICW information to boaters as we are.”
“Each guide costs $6 to $7 to print (depending on page count, quantity, and whether color or black-and-white). Add a few dollars to cover web hosting, credit card fees, and other direct expenses and you come up with the $9.95 (versus $29.95) you’ll now pay for a printed copy.”
The Doyles will continue to first-hand survey and live on the ICW while expanding and revising the popular On the Water ChartGuide series, which has sold over 12,000 copies since their first “Managing the Waterway” edition in 2005.
In addition, On the Water ChartGuides Foundation will supplement the print guides, disseminating safety and educational information about the ICW through electronic media. This will include future e-book editions, presentations at boating events and by webinar, and free guide updates via RSS, Facebook, and Twitter.
The new website is www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.org.
“Diana and I are very excited about doing this,” says Mark. “And we hope the cruising community will be equally enthu- siastic, now getting our guides for only ten bucks in print or a few bucks in digital. Our efforts have always been ad-free and more of a public service project than a commercial enterprise—we’re just making it official.”
The newly-created On the Water ChartGuides Foundation is a non-profit corporation providing the boating community with navigational, educational, and safety information via social, electronic, and print media.]]>
“We are delighted to be backing North Technology Group and an iconic brand like North Sails,” said Dubens. “This investment further demonstrates Oakley’s appetite to work with successful entrepreneurially led businesses. We are hugely excited by the potential of North Sails and look forward to working with the management team in the next stage of its evolution.”
Originating with North Sails, founded by Lowell North in 1957, NTG comprises three market leading marine brands; North Sails; the world leader in sailmaking, Southern Spars; the world leader in composite spars, rigging and marine components and EdgeWater Boats; a line of high performance outboard sport boats, all focused on providing innovative, high performance products and solutions to the world’s sailors and yachtsmen. Included in the family are North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) and North Cutting Systems. Born from North’s 3Di manufacturing of sails and used exclusively in Southern Spars’ composite masts, NTPT has developed and commercialized a very light but strong carbon pre-preg solution, used by the aerospace market, competitive Formula 1 racing and high-end luxury products. North Cutting Systems is two businesses, the ground-breaking AlphaBlade Cutting System that provides a unique cutting solution for various industries, and the other produces the unique Automated Tape Laying (ATL) system. The intellectual property within the group is substantial and protected by an expansive portfolio of patents.
The largest company by revenues within NTG is North Sails, holding the patent for 3Di, a unique composite construction process that produces high-performance sails approaching the shape holding of a rigid foil. North 3Di is the sail of choice on the majority of America’s Cup, Grand Prix, ocean race boats and Superyachts. The iconic brand also services cruising sailors with a wide range of performance 3D and paneled sails. North Sails is also the world’s leading sailmaker for One Design classes, with more National Championships, World Championships and Olympic Class victories than all other sailmakers combined.
“I purchased North Sails from its founder, Lowell North, over 30 years ago,” said Terry Kohler, owner of Windway Capital Corp, the previous majority shareholder in North Technology Group. “I am confident the new shareholder, Oakley, will continue Lowell’s legacy to help launch North Sails and the NTG companies into their next stage of development. We are all extremely proud to have been growing our ‘Engine Above the Deck’ concept with North Sails and Southern Spars to become the undisputed market leader in sails and composite spars. North Sails has been on every America’s Cup Challenger and Defender, was the sail supplier to every winning Volvo Ocean Race boat and our sails have been used by countless ocean, Grand Prix race winners and Olympic sailors. During my tenure, technology used from sailmaking lead to the development of North Thin Ply Technology and North Cutting Systems. In addition, we’ve built EdgeWater Boats into one of the top brands in the outboard industry. I wish Oakley and the North Sails management team future success as well as my pledge of commitment for continued support.”
“North Sails has been the leader in sailmaking technology for over 20 years,” said North Technology Group CEO, Tom Whidden. “Our team of industry experts build sails that allow sailors to maximize their performance on the water, whether they be extreme ocean racers or casual cruisers. North Sails looks forward to working with Oakley to grow our business and carry on the tradition of providing sailors with the highest performing products by being at the forefront of development. Terry Kohler has been a tremendously supportive shareholder for over 30 years and we are confident Oakley will be equally supportive in the years to come. Oakley shares our obsession with technology and enthusiasm for the sport of sailing. We’re confident we are transitioning the business to a shareholder that will help North Sails reach the next level in sailmaking innovation.”
The acquisition will further align North Sails with other NTG companies, specifically Southern Spars. Completing the transaction results in the ability to better share resources and technology between the two brands. “North Sails and Southern Spars have been working together for years on various projects from the America’s Cup to the new J-70,” said North Sails President Ken Read. “A well kept secret is North Sails Design Services, a combination of North Sails designers and proprietary computer programs, working together to answer questions traditionally identified during sea trials. I’m hopeful stronger synergy between North Sails and Southern Spars will result as we continue to provide the best products to all sailors. It’s an exciting time for North Sails and for the sport of sailing.”
Oakley’s investment will assist the North Technology Group management team in growing and further developing all of its brands to ensure the Group remains at the forefront of technology for marine industry products and outside. The company will continue to be headquartered in Milford, Connecticut.]]>
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Did you know that some of the world’s best sailing and cruising areas are infested with traps that can snag your rudder or propeller? Learn how to recognize those hidden nautical and electronic symbols to keep your small sailboat in safe water. Enjoy this excerpt from Captain John’s upcoming eBook “101 Sailing Danger Secrets.”
Sail famed Mobjack Bay in the Chesapeake Bay and you’ll deal with dozens of fish trap areas. Notice how most markers are unlighted daybeacons. Not a good place to transit after dark!
Sail the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the United States and you will confront fish trap areas in the hundreds. Chesapeake Bay has become part of many cruising sailor’s “best of the best” list of places to visit for it’s exceptional sailing, historic beauty, easy access, well-protected anchorages, top-notch marinas and succulent seafood.
But sailors be your toes! Not many places on the planet contain as many traps to port and starboard just outside the channel proper. And each year, these seem to snag a boater or two.
Matter of fact, the United States Coast Pilot 3–the absolute #1 guide to cruising in this world famous tributary–has this to say about the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay “Fishtraps are thicker in this area than in any other part of the bay.”
Fishtraps are rows of stakes driven into the seabed on the channel edges. Nets under the water are used to trap bait fish. Most fish trap areas will never be lighted, so they can be tough as nails to spot in low visibility or at nighttime. Set your course well clear to avoid hull damage.
Look at the top illustration and note the long-short magenta lines that cover Mobjack Bay (see this symbol below under “Other Symbols”). Those are fish trap areas. The navigable waterway for vessels has been marked by beacons or lights.
As you can see, these obstructions are thicker than tar in these two samples from Chesapeake Bay Chart 12221.
Having sailed this area quite a bit as a single-hander, I believe it’s a good idea to be anchored well before sunset.
On the illustration to the right, the fish trap area has been tinted blue and outlined by dots, accompanied by the words “Fish Trap” in slanted letters.
Slanted abbreviations like these tell you that this obstruction lies submerged at high water. If you also see the symbol with a bluish tint (illustration to right–dotted box that denotes the fish trap area), consider the obstruction to be submerged at all stages of the tide.
If these obstructions are visible even at high water, vertical letters are used (see Fsh stks below in the “Other Symbols” column).
Pictured right: Slanted abbreviations indicate submerged objects. Consider these traps to be below the surface at all stages of the tide (symbol filled with blue tint-see text for more details).
What Sailing Symbols Will Your Chart Show?
On the symbol and abbreviation section below from Chart No. 1, the first and last columns are those symbols and abbreviations that you may see on your nautical or electronic chart (in particular if your electronic software uses raster images).
The middle column gives the general description of the symbols and abbreviations. These words or phrases are not related in any way to the abbreviations you will find on your chart. Look to the other columns to find charted abbreviations.
International symbols are conventions, or standards agreed upon by nations throughout the world. They may be modified to some extent, as shown in the “Other Symbols” column. Many US and Admiralty charts modify symbols and abbreviations (see the two samples used in this article).
Sail safer on the waters of the world with sailing navigation tips like these. Keep your sailing crew or partner safe and sound this season–wherever you choose to sail or cruise!]]>