The latest addition to Interlux’s premier performance Micron® antifouling product line, Micron® CF (Copper Free),  not only offers best-in-class performance in the copper-free category of paints, it also offers the longevity that boat owners have come to expect from traditional, copper-based antifoulings. Micron CF is a multi-season antifouling that uses Biolux® Slime Blocking Technology to combat slime and Econea™ to ward off barnacles and zebra mussels.

A polishing product, Micron CF helps reduce paint build-up, reduce friction and improve fuel efficiency. It is formulated using less solvent to meet all US VOC regulations and is suitable for all types of boats, substrates and waters. Micron CF is available only in the USA in 4 bright colors including Shell White and a crisp black.

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As soon as you step aboard your yacht you can feel the attention to detail on a Horizon a Yacht Charter. And it’s not just because we operate one of the youngest fleets. Nor because we inspect every yacht, including below the waterline, after every charter. Nor because of our world-class maintenance standards. Not even the fact that we operate true 7 night 8 day charters, starting on any day of the week.

It’s the people. Every member of the staff is committed to ensuring you have the vacation of a lifetime. Whether you are learning to sail, bareboat cruising or on a luxury-crewed yacht, our staff ensures it’s everything you hope and dream of in a Caribbean-sailing vacation. You’ll know you’re in the Right Company when you sail with Horizon Yacht Charters.

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5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Running Rigging

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

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Boat Review: Hunter 40

When Hunter filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was subsequently purchased by Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, it was hard to see what direction the new company would be headed. The big question within the industry was, will this be a Hunter of the past or will the new owner, who builds cruising trawlers in China, take the company in a different direction? With that in mind, I arrived to test sail the new Hunter 40 in Annapolis, Maryland, and came away with a positive understanding of what Marlow-Hunter, LLC, has on the horizon.

Having sailed quite a few brand new Hunters over the years—ranging from the 36 to the 50 and most recently the newest Hunter 39—I thought I knew what to expect before meeting up with Steve Pettengill to give the newly minted Hunter 40 a test drive. I was wrong. Continue reading

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Website of the Week/Cruising Green

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.

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Attend a Mahina Cruising Seminar in Seattle or Oakland

On March 29, 2014, BWS contributors and world cruiser/expedition leaders John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal will be presenting their day-long Cruising Seminar at the Sea-Tac Radisson Hotel in Seattle. Then, from April 10th through the 13th, they will be presenting FREE seminars on Storm Survival Tactics, Selecting an Ocean Cruising Boat, Ocean Cruising Countdown, South Pacific Cruising and Diesel Engine Essentials at Strictly Sail Pacific.

In addition to these free one-hour seminars, an all-day Saturday seminar on April 12th will feature boat selection and outfitting, security issues worldwide, anchoring, medical, communications, sail and rig repair; essentially what it takes to cruise safely and successfully anywhere in the world. For details on their full day seminars visit mahina.com, and for a list of free seminars at Strictly Sail Pacific visit strictlysailpacific.com. Continue reading

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Tech Talk

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.

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For the Thirsty Crew

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
  • 2 ounce cream
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions: Continue reading

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Mindbender

What are the proper signals that a sailboat should display while at anchor?

Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers.

Thanks to all the respondents of our two week Bad Elf GPS give-away! We had a lot of well thought out and detailed responses to the question: “You see a light through a thin layer of fog and take a bearing of 300T at 1210. You are sailing a course of 240T and your speed is 6.0 knots. At 1240 the bearing to that same light is now 347T. The current tables tell you that you’ve had 1.2 knots of drift with a set of 135T during that time. What is your distance off the light at the second bearing?”

Congratulations to David Graham for his winning answer, 3.75 miles! (Answers from 3.5 to 4 miles were accepted).

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Brian Gillen for this sweet shot of Latitude sailing downwind in a fresh, fall breeze!

Do you have cool shots from your sailing adventures? Send them to us at cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com.

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Iron Maiden

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.

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Historic Ice Yachts Sail the Hudson River

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 hereRead More

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Unmanned Sailboat Makes it from South Carolina to Europe

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

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New Non-Profit Will Deliver “Almost Free” Cruising Guides for the ICW

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

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Amendments to the Rules for Cruisers Visiting the Maldives

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.

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UK Based Oakley Capital Acquires Majority Stake in North Technology Group

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

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ANOTHER BIG FINISH BY Southern Wind

Built with two decades of superyacht construction experience gained at Cape Town’s renowned Southern Wind Shipyard, the SW82 Feelin’ Good is the first of this hull series to recently launch. Designed by Farr Yacht Design and Nauta, and sporting a striking ALEXSEAL® metallic Dolphine Blue finish, Feelin’ Good has flawlessly captured the essence of blue water sailing. The Southern Wind Shipyard is the dream realization of a man who has always breathed the sea air – Guglielmo “Willy” Persico. Willy’s passion for sailing helped to mold the taste and experience needed to create the best that the market can offer – realized in this SW82 and her sister vessels. Here at Alexseal we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2014 – A Decade of Innovation also led by our personal passion for boating. We have a genuine interest in the success of your yacht’s finish. Contact us today to learn more.

To see more Big Finishes, visit ALEXSEAL.com

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Sail away with Offshore Sailing School on their 50th Anniversary Flotilla to the pristine Apostle Islands in July 2014. Cruise 22 gorgeous islands on the southern shore of Lake Superior with crystal clear, deep water sailing between excellent anchorages. Explore north end shoreline features including beautiful caves and sandstone bluffs. Experience incredible sunsets and possibly the Aurora Borealis!

You must be an Offshore Sailing School graduate, with US Sailing or Colgate Sailing Certification at minimum. Not yet a grad? There’s still time to sign up for 3 or 5 day courses. Learn more about America’s #1 Sailing School® at OffshoreSailing.com or call 888-385-6857. Sailing – Good for You. Good for the World!™

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Sailing Navigation Secrets – Traps that Can Snag Your Sailboat!

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

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Gori Props Provide Overdrive Under Sail and Power!

It is well known that a fixed 3-blade propeller generates huge amounts of drag when sailing, but there is an option that reduces drag, gives you up to an extra knot when sailing and improves your efficiency under power — the unique 3-blade Gori propeller! Not all sailboat propellers are alike. Only one 3-blade sailboat propeller gives you the advantage of full thrust in both forward and reverse (it is actually better than a fixed propeller in reverse). Plus, the “overdrive” function in forward for motoring in calm waters gives you improved fuel economy and a greater cruising range, typically up to 20 percent. The Gori prop also has the lowest drag of all types of 3-blade propellers — fixed, feathering or folding. This has been well documented by the German magazine Die Yacht. Available from 15” through 30”, for shafts and sail drives.

Find out more and calculate your new Gori propeller size at www.gori-propeller.com.

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