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Boat Review: Hunter 23
"The Hunter 23 is a twenty three-foot sloop, which weighs about 2450 lbs empty.  It has an eight-foot beam and a mast height of about thirty-three feet.  The boat has a fixed wing keel which draws about 2’3”.  This model was produced from approximately 1985 to 1992.  It evolved from the Hunter 22 and was replaced by the 23.5 in the Hunter line up.  To the best of my knowledge, the boats varied very little by the year produced with the exception that the earliest boats had an un-ballasted swing keel which deployed below the fixed wing keel."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Boat Review: Hunter 23      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 3, 2004 )

"How does she sail? How well is she put together? How versatile is she? How easy is she to use? How much does she cost? It's a fair guess that every sailor contemplating a boat asks these five questions, JP. "If you have to ask.." Morgan notwithstanding. And so it was this May, at the second annual SBJ Sailboat Sea Trials in Newport, Rhode Island, that Small Boat journal set about answering these questions for seven sailboats between 19 and 21 feet long. (For a report on the 1984 SBJ Sea Trials, see SBj #39.) Enlisted in this quest were two avid and long-time sailors, to whom we gave the title "Sea Trials Judges." They were"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: SBJ SAILBOAT SEA TRIALS      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 3, 2004 )

The Ultimate Cruiser, Maine Style
"Using an Ultimate 20 as a cruising sailboat may seem a bit Spartan, but when you start out originally as a canoeist and sea kayaker, or cruising in smaller sailboats, the space in a U20 seems almost luxurious. My home waters (the Penobscot Bay of midcoast Maine) have an abundance of harbors and islands that are ideal for small boat cruising, and my goal each summer is to explore as many of them as possible. The advantage of a U20 over heavier cruising sailboats is that you can sail most places rather than resorting to a motor, an unfortunately not uncommon occurrence in a fully loaded cruising sailboat. A lighter sport boat will not handle heavy weather as well as a full keel cruiser, but you can keep an eye on the weather forecast and head for a secure harbor in strong winds."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Ultimate Cruiser, Maine Style      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 3, 2004 )

Farne Islands Pilot
"The islands are an erosion-resistant outcrop of basalt off the Northumberland coast. The group consists of 14 sizeable islands and numerous rocks, some of these are seen only at low water. To give an idea of scale, seven miles would complete a circumnavigation. The islands, a nature reserve of the National Trust, have no facilities and landing is allowed only on Inner Farne and Staple Island for a small fee. The attractions are the birds, (over seventeen species of seabirds breed regularly) the seals and the solitude. Images of the rugged islands and the sound of thousands of bickering seabirds will long stay in the visitor’s memory."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Farne Islands Pilot      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 1, 2004 )

The Wakulla County Model Bow Skiff
"When I was a boy and a young man, I did it, too. My grandfather loved the place and every fall when the crops were in, he rented a house at what they call "Wakulla Beach" (find that, if you can) and a skiff came with the house. We poled the skiff all through the creeks and caught crabs and fish and gigged flounders. Though I let the last model bow skiff I knew where was get eaten up before I got up the gumption to go down there and bog around in the mud to photograph it and take off the lines, I remember the boats pretty well. They were all just about as long as what you could build with sixteen f oot lumber. They were built hard chined in the southern tradition. With that, I must digress. Most small southern boats are hard chined. Bent frames don't last down here. There is an old erroneous saying that states that southern oak is not good for building boats. Southerners invented that saying and it got mis quoted as it moved north. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Wakulla County Model Bow Skiff      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 1, 2004 )

Shane St. Clair's Voyage Through America
"It was early afternoon as I rounded the eastern point of the island and headed for the 20 foot wide harbor entrance. Any boat with more than a foot of draft must line the ranges up carefully and proceed with caution. I learned later that I caused quite a stir when I barreled in at 7 knots and kicked the anchor over the side in 11 inches of water. The gracious Canadians quickly recovered, though, and welcomed me to their soil with excellent company, a delicious supper, and a barrage of questions about my trip."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Shane St. Clair's Voyage Through America      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 1, 2004 )

The voyage of Squeak
"From 1990 to 1993, Bremerton native Stephen G. Ladd rowed and sailed a twelve-foot boat 6,500 miles, and traveled with her another 8,500 miles via cars and ships. Ladd himself designed and built the diminutive vessel, which he christened Squeak after a dearly departed cat. Squeak served as Ladd's transportation and lodging as he voyaged down the Mississippi, to the ports of Panama, along the Colombian coast, over the Andes, and down the dark rivers of South America."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The voyage of Squeak      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 1, 2004 )

Dinghy cruising the Yasawas
"They are truly amazed at the stories of my little boat, so much so that it's a total village expedition the next morning back to the other side to see it. As with others, the oohs and aahs over my method of transport were interjected with comments about my bravery and skills as a seaman. I was even called "Ratu Dave" meaning chief and one I really liked: Kai Viti meaning something like "stick Fijian" or "brave and tough". I wondered how many other skippers had been treated as such: not too many of those hiding offshore in their luxury glass and wood champagne palaces, I'm sure. Oh yeah theres a lot to be said about traveling in an open boat and my heart swelled again!"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dinghy cruising the Yasawas      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 31, 2004 )

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