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Are You Ready To Do This?
"Many people have suppressed the desire to buy a boat for so long that once they finally make the decision to buy one, they feel the need to rush into it.  Perhaps they feel the need to "buy it right now" before they change their mind, or before someone (often a spouse or a close relative) talks them out of it.  Whatever reason you might come up with for rushing into buying a boat, I would like to propose four reasons why you should spend at least a couple of weeks researching the various choices that are available. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Are You Ready To Do This?      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

"Many bets had been offered and some had been taken at St. George's that I would not reach Carriacou, which implied that the cruise would come to an end off Kick 'em Jinny. But I put my faith in one -- my Man Friday, who had instructed me in the mysteries of "de lee an' wedder toid," and he had shown me how to watch the weather in regard to the changes of the moon. During my stay on Île-de-Caille, I watched the quarters come and go and kept track of the moon in order to note the changing of the tides. I finally selected a day when the second quarter had promised steady winds, with the weather tide beginning to run at nine o'clock in the morning. If there should be any doubt as to the weather for that day, that doubt would be settled by the time the weather tide had started. With everything as much in my favor as possible I would make the attempt."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: ALONE IN THE CARIBBEAN       Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

Building a mast from epoxy and glass-roving
"Building an epoxy mast proved surprisingly easy and cheap. In case you are interested I'll tell you how we did it, saved a bundle and got a mast far stronger and lighter than normal masts. The method we choose was based on a PU-foam core. It is an easy and quick way of making one mast. If more than on mast has to be made than it is better to make a female or male mold. Masts can be made from either epoxy-glass or epoxy-carbon. Epoxy-glass gives a very flexible mast. This is advantageous for cruising as it takes the sting out of strong gusts of wind by bending in gusts. Carbon masts are more suitable for competitive sailing. As carbon masts bend less, the sails set better."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Building a mast from epoxy and glass-roving      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Dinghy cruising in the Scilly Islands
"There are about 50 islands in the Scillies group, if you include the tiny uninhabited ones. The largest island is St Mary's which is about two and a half miles across. This is significantly larger than any of the other islands giving it a rather different character. There is a range of shops at Hugh town on St Mary's and some of the roads are as wide and busy as you might find in rural mainland Cornwall. Apart from St Mary's, there are four other inhabited islands: St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St. Martin's. Gugh is also inhabited but is really an appendix to At Agnes being a separate island only at high tide. These four islands are typically a mile or so across. Each of the four has one post office cum general store, one pub, one tiny school with perhaps four or five pupils, one camp site and one or two teashops or restaurants."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dinghy cruising in the Scilly Islands      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Dirty Little Secrets of Hull Design by Computer
"All of the hull design programs use open surface design geometry. None of the programs use solid modeling, which requires a complete, closed solid geometry at all times. Solid modeling has some advantages when it comes to calculations, but it makes the process of modeling the geometry much more difficult. This means that the boat design software has to do a lot of work to calculate the hydrostatics and stability of a vessel."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dirty Little Secrets of Hull Design by Computer      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Dodger? Rodger!
"When it came to the ways of the North, Ennis McHenry’s opinion was not one to be taken lightly  …schooners to seiners….white squalls to Arctic gales ….sixty years man and boy. “In this country there’s three things I want to see on a sailboat!” he growled “…and only one of them is sails.”  You’ll need a diesel engine someone’s tended to reg’lar  …and you’ll be want’n a good spray dodger. The sails will get you there eventually, the diesel will keep you out of trouble, but it’s the dodger that’ll save your arse from the god-awful cold and wet."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dodger? Rodger!      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Everything finally came together
"Left the ramp at the mouth of Crystal River about 9:30 am. My daughter, Amy, dropped me off and agreed to pick me up the following Saturday at Fort Desoto. There was a good E wind in the morning, slowing down to about 10mph around noon and by afternoon had shifted to the NW. I sailed about 6-8 miles off shore in 4 to 6 ft of water. Water depth was consistent but there are random rock piles and hard shelves spread throughout the area so a sharp eye ahead was required. The water was still fairly clear (it will get pretty cloudy when the rains start) and I was able to watch the bottom go by. Nice grass flats with sandy depressions."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Everything finally came together      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 13, 2004 )

In Search of the Perfect Boat
"We'd sailed the Irish Sea until we were green in the face. We'd eaten pie and peas at Peil Island, stuffed ourselves with the meal-for-two at the Cantonese Restaurant at Port St. Mary and done battle with the vagaries of the Swellies, Wellies, Willies or whatever they are called in the Meany Eye Straits. We'd sailed, flotilla-fashion, with dead sheep down the River Douglas, bounced from perch to perch like a demented ball-bearing in a pinball machine along the Ribble and scraped over the (alleged) gap in the training wall at Lytham St. Annes to gain access to the offshore delights of the Fylde Coast. We'd even experienced the thrill of much wind over much tide in the channel that is the Lune Deeps before seeking sanctuary downwind of the fish factory on the Wyre."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: In Search of the Perfect Boat      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 13, 2004 )

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