Here’s another great tip from Capt. John of skippertips.com…
As another sailing season arrives, it will be time to go over each part of your running rigging, docking lines, and anchor rode. Follow these five simple sailing tips to add life to your sailing line and save money on repair and replacement costs.
1. Wash Your Lines to Keep them Supple
Dirt and salt bury into the fibers of stranded or braided line. After years of use, this can make your lines stiff and tough to make sailing knots or to bend around blocks or fairleads to direct them from one point to another. Purchase a “fish net” type laundry bag. Put line inside and tie off the bag. Throw the bag into the washing machine on a gentle setting. Use a mild laundry detergent; add a dash of fabric softner if desired. Continue reading
Here’s a “Website of the Week” that also gets a nod under the “Cruising Green” category…
The idea of the Greenheart Project is to create a new type of low-cost, zero-emissions small cargo ship that uses environmentally clean and sustainable sail and solar power to provide needy coastal communities around the world with an affordable means of transport. Such ships can help impoverished coastal and island regions improve their standards of living, while preserving their traditions and protecting the environment. In addition, we will use the publicity generated by such an inspiring enterprise, to promote Fair Trade, renewable energy and international cooperation.
Have you ever wondered how NOAA uses sonar technology to create their detailed marine charts? Then check out this very informative episode of Making Waves.
Posted in Tech Talk
Last week we featured an Irish Soda Bread recipe in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Now here’s a tasty after dinner drink to cap off the festivities, especially if you like mint…
Irish Eyes Cocktail
- 1 ounce Irish whiskey
- 1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
- 2 ounce cream
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
Directions: Continue reading
Thanks to Brian Gillen for this sweet shot of Latitude sailing downwind in a fresh, fall breeze!
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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.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
The occasion called for Champagne on ice. So the ice boaters brought a bottle of it directly onto the frozen Hudson River here, about 90 miles north of New York City, and placed it directly on the ice near the nose of the Rocket, a behemoth of a wooden ice yacht that on Saturday morning was being rigged for its first voyage in a new era.
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
An English fisherman got an unexpected greeting from a Morristown, New Jersey school this week, when a five-foot unmanned sailboat — at sea for a year and a half — made its way down the English Channel and caught his eye.
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. Continue reading
Starting on March 1st, semi-local publications LLC (dba On the Water ChartGuides and formerly Managing the Waterway) discontinued commercial operations. Going forward, and operating as a non-profit, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle will deliver “Almost Free” cruising and anchoring guides to boaters transiting the Intracoastal Waterway between Hampton Roads, Virginia and Biscayne Bay, Florida.
“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.” Continue reading
There’s good news for cruisers wanting to make a stop at the Maldives; visits will be less expensive and yachts can now stay for up to 6 months. For stories from cruisers who have been there and to check out all the customs and immigration formalities, visit noonsite.com.
Posted in Dock Talk
North Technology Group (NTG) announced this week that Oakley Capital Private Equity (“Oakley”) has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens. Utilizing their collective experience, Dubens and his partners make investments in companies to support their brand development and growth.
“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.” Continue reading
Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com…
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! Continue reading