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The Epoxy Panel after 1 year
"Protecting your wooden boat - Despite the good results from the "Clarity test", I say it is still a good idea to cover your hull with some light proof material. Make absolutely sure to allow the epoxy and varnish (or any coating) to cure to perfection before you slap a sheet of suffocating plastic over it. Give your new coatings at least a month to dry and harden. Protecting the hull in such a manner that permits some air circulation is very beneficial. If you have done your epoxy work properly (especially the wetout and thick filler coats) there is little to worry about. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Epoxy Panel after 1 year      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 7, 2004 )

Dictionary of the Marine
"EASE the ship! the command given by the pilot to the steersman, to put the helm close to the lee-side, or, in the sea-phrase, hard-a-lee, when the ship is expected to pitch or plunge her fore-part deep in the water, while close-hauled. The reason usually given for this practice is, that the sudden movement of the helm prevents the ship's head from falling with so much weight and rapidity into the hollow of the sea, as it would do otherwise: which is presuming that the flow and uncertain effect of the helm is sufficient to retard the certain and violent action of gravity: a position that necessarily infers a very singular theory of mechanics. We shall not endeavour to advance any argument in favour of this practice; only to remark, that it is most religiously observed, both in merchant-ships and his Majesty's navy."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dictionary of the Marine      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

"At our slip though, fish abound.  Tropical striped ones, small and medium sized grey ones, round flat pink ones, and there’s one blow fish that slowly glumps around every afternoon.  It’s become a thing with Ziggy to watch for him.  He goes crazy over this particular blowfish.  He chases him all around the boat and down the dock and the blowfish completely is undisturbed or bothered by Ziggy.  He just continues to go about his way nibbling off the barnacles on the dock and ignores Ziggy completely.  Ziggy does everything possible to catch his attention.  He barks and lunges at him, almost falling in, but nothing stirs this fat fish.  The Costa Rican boat hands get a kick out of it."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: COSTA RICA      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 28, 2004 )

Weekender Herriot goes on the B.E.E.R. cruise
"To sleep in a weekender, your feet actually extend into a compartment that goes through the aft bulkhead under the area of the cockpit seats (up to about ˝ way back). Its plenty of length for someone much taller than me, but I took advantage of the fact that I’m 5’9” and put the large million candle handheld search light, and a throwable seat pad beyond my feet, and a case of bottled water at Thomas’s feet. Fire extinguisher mounted high on the starbord side of the rear bulkhead. We had a “dry bag” of the canoe/kayak variety that held spare shoes, paper towels, and dry cloth towels."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Weekender Herriot goes on the B.E.E.R. cruise      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Sizing Your System
"Insolation or sunlight intensity is measured in equivalent full sun hours. One hour of maximum, or 100% sunshine, received by a module equals one equivalent sun hour. Even though the sun may be above the horizon 14 hours a day, any one site may only receive six hours of equavalent full sun. Why? For two reasons. One is reflection due to a high angle of the sun in relationship to your array. The second also due to high angle and the amount of the earth's atmosphere the light is passing through. When the sun is straight overhead the light is passing through the least amount of atmosphere. Early or late in the day, the sunlight is passing through much more of the atmosphere due its position in the sky."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sizing Your System      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Belize: Blue Water, Green Jungle
"Belize is a wondrous place. It is full of uninhabited islands, virgin reefs, deep jungles, exotic animals, and a history that dates back to the dawn of civilization. This part of the world has fascinated me for years and I was eager to explore the islands and jungles of the ancient Mayas. When I looked into doing a bare boat in Belize I discovered that I would be restricted to sailing inside the barrier reef. Although the Belizian barrier reef is the second largest in the world, this limited cruising ground just wouldn’t cut it, since the world class sailing is amongst the atolls outside the barrier reef. Fortunately, a quick check of the charter companies on the Multihulls Magazine web site (www.hypermax.com /multihullsmag) yielded Fantasea Charters and the crewed 45 foot custom catamaran Stingray. The crew of Mike and Donna Hill would be most pleased to take us to the atolls and would even arrange for jungle accommodations and jeep rentals. Macho man that I am, I was sold."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Belize: Blue Water, Green Jungle      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

"A single spark from the fan’s motor ignited the fumes instantly, setting the starboard saloon roof afire, the extensive synthetic liner exuded thick acrid smoke and provided a perfect channel for the fire’s destructive path. Cheryl was quickly on hand with salt water in the cockpit, but the billowing clouds of toxic black smoke soon forced her from the boat and she scrambled distraught off the transom. Inside the now blazing saloon, John’s attempts to quell the inferno with an extinguisher were proving useless and with horror he realized there was no way he could leave the boat through the companionway – a wall of flames barring his exit. His experience in Fire Control told him the situation was now critical. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: PHOENIX      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 21, 2004 )

Propane's Pleasures & Perils
"At this point we realized that it had been carbon monoxide that had almost killed us, but we still thought that a propane leak had set off the alarm. Later that day, I called the Xintex Corporation for information about their fume detectors. I learned that CO alone would set off my propane alarm, but not until approximately lethal levels of CO - perhaps 3,000 ppm. So now our problem had been relabeled as a carbon monoxide problem rather than a propane leak, even though it was the Xintex propane detector that had awakened me and probably saved all of us from dying in our sleep."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Propane's Pleasures & Perils      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 20, 2004 )

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