|"Trailered Shorebird down to Trixie's at Berkeley Island. I was joined by Mike Walters with his Dovekie Egret. Wind was predicted to be 5-10 mph from the west and we were anticipating a perfect weekend sail over to Island Beach State Park (IBSP). We even brought fishing poles and clam rakes. As is often the case, the weather was quite different from the forecast. Actual wind speeds were 18-24 W with higher gusts. I sailed across the bay with a single reef while Mike decided to play it safe and motored over. Mike said I did better than 6 kts across the bay." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Barnegat Bay Submitted by Noel Sat Sep 11, 2004 )
|HOW TO SIZE AND USE YOUR BATTERY BANK|
|"It is common practice among the energy gurus to perform an energy analysis of a cruising boat and advise a battery bank capacity based on the results. To perform such an analysis, assumptions are made about the length of time the lights, appliances, navigational equipment, water maker, etc. will be operating and the amount of current they will draw while they are on. An amp-hr (current draw x operating time) total over a 24 hour period is then calculated for every device which consumes electrical energy. For example;" |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: HOW TO SIZE AND USE YOUR BATTERY BANK Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 10, 2004 )
|The Ideal Pocket Cruiser|
|"As I pulled up the anchor that blustery morning, I realized that there had to be a better way. Somewhere there was a boat within our budget that had standing head room, a small head, a gimbaled stove, water and storage for 10 days, and comfortable sleeping quarters. Another factor I wanted was the ability to sail safely offshore. For me, this meant a fixed (lead) keel, solid construction, smallish cockpit, and an inboard engine. However, I needed something nimble enough to single hand. Maintenance would also be a factor, as the boat would spend it's life in the water rather than on a trailer." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Ideal Pocket Cruiser Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 10, 2004 )
|North Channel SWS Cruise 2000|
|"After sailing for a week on our father's Shearwater, True North, during last year's Magnum Opus, my sister, Ellen, and I were really looking forward to the possibility of borrowing a Dovekie for this year's cruise.
As the starting date of the cruise approached my father, Nick, called to let me know that we would be able to borrow the Turnstone from Robert and Jane Clare of Glendale, Wisconsin. I could hardly contain my excitement!
The Turnstone was the original Dovekie our family had purchased in 1982, and now I would have the opportunity to sail it again with my sister. This cruise would be the first Dovekie experience for my children, Roby and Gabrielle. Nick and his wife, Gayle, would be joined on True North by my brother, Dave, for another big family-reunion cruise.
I was looking forward to the extra room afforded by having two boats this year, but also nervous for us to be cruising on our own this time." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: North Channel SWS Cruise 2000 Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 10, 2004 )
|DEEP CYCLE BATTERY FAQ|
|"Because only the rich can afford cheap batteries..... A good quality deep cycle lead acid battery will cost between $50 and $200 and, if properly maintained, will give you at least 150 deep discharge cycles. The purpose of a deep cycle battery is to provide power for trolling motors, golf carts, fork lift trucks, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and other accessories for marine and recreational vehicle (RV), commercial and stationary applications. Dead batteries almost always occur at the most inopportune times: across the lake, during bad weather, or on the 17th tee." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: DEEP CYCLE BATTERY FAQ Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 10, 2004 )
|Shallow Water Sailors Spring Cruise|
|"Sandy said of the cruise, "We had a wonderful time on this cruise. This is our 16th Spring Cruise and both Leo and I think it's our best one yet! There's no one reason, just all the intangibles like terrific people, terrific boats, terrific music and plenty of food and wind. We probably ran aground a few times more than usual; a couple of times we were good and stuck. No big deal.
Friday we spent the day entranced with Norm's new boat. It was just beautiful, salty, and it made Norm smile a lot over not having to fetch things from the forepeak on his knees. So we took lots of pictures of Norm and Piilu." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Shallow Water Sailors Spring Cruise Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 9, 2004 )
|"The P23 is made by Precision Boat Works in Florida, the designer is Jim Taylor. Precision makes a 16 1/2, 18, 21, 23 and a 28. They are designed for good lively performance with good stability as well. There was an article in Sail last year that tested 5-6 "pocket cruisers" and the P23 was one of them. They article said that the P23 was unstable in winds over 15-18 knts. If you have ever been on my boat you will realize that some of the testers for these magazines have never been on an "alive" boat, or perhaps one under 35 feet! I have sailed in winds of 25 knts under full sail. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: 23 Precision Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 9, 2004 )
|Twilight Zone's Trip to Hawaii|
|"A number of modifications to the Stock Merit 25 are visible in this photo. Most important was the main hatch modification. The standard sliding hatch cover does not seal well and is prone to leak through the front and sides, so it was replaced with a 9.5 mm (3/8") plywood deck. Adding a lexan dome to this deck provided the necessary stiffness, and a good way to keep track of things from below. The aft 30 cm of the plywood deck was hinged with a continuous plastic hinge strip to allow more space in the companionway in good weather." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Twilight Zone's Trip to Hawaii Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 9, 2004 )