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My First Funny Boat Story
"After being an avid windsurfer for nine years, I was getting the urge to go sailing on something large enough that I could sit down, take a friend, eat a meal, and even spend a whole weekend on it.  After months of research and shopping, I chose the Sea Pearl 21, a camper/cruiser with freestanding masts, light weight, and a draft of just six inches (see sidebar).  I thought these features would make it a real low-stress, relaxing boat, easy to sail, easy to trailer.  I was right; unfortunately it takes more than a good boat to make for trouble-free sailing."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: My First Funny Boat Story      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 31, 2004 )

Exploring Lake Ouachita on Shady Character
"In the late afternoon, I anchored in a notch in the shore of another island. My luck was better this time, as there were few of the flies. After taking a swim and a stroll, I returned to the boat and noticed that the flies seemed to staying with the boat rather than with me. That gave me an idea. I had cooked three breakfasts in the cockpit by now; and although I had wiped up any spilled food, I had not given the cockpit a thorough cleaning. I knew from my kitchen at home that when you cook bacon, the grease can fly around quite a bit. So I got out my soap and sponge and bucket, and gave the cockpit a good scrub, doing the seats and bridgedeck as well as the sole. For good measure, I cleaned the toilet as well. When I was done, the flies were gone; and now I knew how to control them."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Exploring Lake Ouachita on Shady Character      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 31, 2004 )

Thanksgiving on the Water
"The regular launch ramp was high and dry, but there was a low-water ramp, which I suppose was left over from an earlier era when the water level wasn't kept so high. (Like most Texas lakes, this one is artificial; engineers control the water level by opening and closing gates at the dam.) The old "ramp" was just a bumpy track in the ground, with no pavement that I could see. There were, however, some barely-submerged concrete structures which must have been foundations for docks when the ramp was in regular use; now they were just obstacles. But I carefully backed the trailer down between the ruins, and was able to get Shady into the water with no problems. I set two anchors to hold her away from shore while I parked the car; I usually do that to make sure that the wakes from powerboats won't grind her on the rocks or sand."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Thanksgiving on the Water      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 31, 2004 )

Marquesas' Magic
"The West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron is a loose knit group of sailors made up mostly, but not exclusively, of Sea Pearl owners who love to explore the offshore islands, and inland lakes of Florida. I founded the group two years ago after making a solo sailing exploration of the North Channel of Lake Huron in my Sea Pearl, Whisper. While sailing among the granite bound shores of the North Channel, I dreamed of having a group of sailors who would share my love of sailing in wild places. When I returned from Ontario, I set about gathering interested small boat people and "The Squadron" was born."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Marquesas' Magic      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 30, 2004 )

Sailboat Design Ratios
"This article attempts to provide explanations for the basic sailboat design ratios used to compare boats with one another. Some of it is my interpretation of what I have read in the books, articles, and web pages I refer to below. I do not claim to know anything about these subjects so, as with anything you read on the internet, it's up to you to evaluate it's worth. I suggest you look at the sources I refer to, as well as additional sources, and draw your own conclusions."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailboat Design Ratios      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 30, 2004 )

On a dhow and a prayer
"I haul back on the rope and the yard climbs up the mast in short, jerky snatches. The roughly stitched canvas sail billows out and the Karibo Vi silently and effortlessly begins her voyage. Roughly 1 500km of glittering ocean, palm-fronded beaches and treacherous coral reefs lie in wait. My equipment consists of a hand held compass, a map that stretches as far as Cabo Delgado, the sea sense of a local Swahili crewman and a huge amount of optimism and hope. I have not tried anything like this before."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: On a dhow and a prayer      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 30, 2004 )

Small Is Beautiful
"So there you are reading Cruising World. Perhaps you, like we, love boats and dream of really going somewhere in one. If I could share only one insight with you it would be this: Don't believe for one minute that the limitation on what you can do lies with the boat you do or do not own. That's not it. The limitations lie within ourselves. The oceans of the world have been crossed over and over again in small craft of all kinds, many clearly unsuitable to the task. Meanwhile we have jobs and schedules and weekends and friends and social obligations and children in school. We want cooked meals and cold drinks and showers and private places to go to the bathroom. In other words, boat or no boat, we are not yet on our way to Tahiti."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Small Is Beautiful      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 30, 2004 )

Sailing the Wilderness Waterway
"So I always went in the winter -- through May 1 anyway. And because I used a small canoe I had to fight for the camp sites which you cannot reserve in advance. These sites are usually old homesteads, built on oyster mounds the Calusa indians left, and a full day's paddle apart in a canoe loaded with tent, provisions, and even fresh water. I bought the Sea Pearl specifically for this type of sailing/camping. It holds several times the capacity of my canoe, can go into 90 percent of the same nooks and crannies, and doesn't require backbreaking labor to get there. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailing the Wilderness Waterway      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

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The Complete Trailer Sailor
Simple Sailor 1
Simple Sailor 2
Phil Bolger 1
Phil Bolger 2
On Island Time
Marvin Creamer 1
Marvin Creamer 2
Jay Fitzgerald 1
Jay Fitzgerald 2
Container Yachts
Ancient Mariners 1
Ancient Mariners 2
EarthNC Plus
Mike Harker
Cast Off
Chief of Watertribe 1
Chief of Watertribe 2
Dave and Anke 1
Dave and Anke 2
Michael Storer 1
Michael Storer 2
Serge Testa
Floating Fox
Fine Tolerance 1
Fine Tolerance 2
Mississippi voyage
Lugnut 1
Lugnut 2
Robby Smith 1
Robby Smith 2
Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Shane St. Clair 1
Shane St. Clair 2
Capt. Dave Kyser
Hugh Horton
American Eagle
Trekka 1
Trekka 2
Black Swan
Bluesphere Update
Kruger Canoes 1
Kruger Canoes 2
Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
Sven Yrvind 1
Sven Yrvind 2
Spirit of S.C.
Gannon & Benjamin
Center for wooden boats
Canal Boat
Caribbean Compass
Mahina Expeditions
Exit Only Part 1
Exit Only Part 2
Graham Byrnes
SoCal Potters
World Cruising Club
Saving Old Seagulls
Grahame Shannon
Spanish and French
Mico Verde
Ministry of Rum
Silver Donald Cameron
Community Boating
George Buehler
The Venturers Cruise
Ted Brewer
Managing the Waterways
The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
Paul Lutus part 2
Reese Palley
Fix it and sail
Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
Ellen Landrum
Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
Iceblink part 1
Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
Lin and Larry Pardey part 1
Lin and Larry Pardey part 2
Jeff Hazzard
Boat Surveys
Schooner to Cuba part 1
Schooner to Cuba part 2
Lightning and Sailboats
Microcruising part 1
Microcruising part 2
Around in 8 Feet part 1
Around in 8 Feet part 2
Stickers and Vacation
Sandy Mackinnon part 1
Sandy Mackinnon part 2
The Naked Lady
Eileen Quinn
Gunkhole Marine
Sir Chay Blyth
Kruise for Kids
Project Bluesphere
Celestial Navigation
Distant Shores part 1
Distant Shores part 2
Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
Luke and DD part 2
Google Earth
Island Packet Yachts
Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
Flying scott
Hunter Marine
My first sailboat
Delphi yachts
Lats and Atts
Doyle Ploch
Spirit Investigations
Running aground
Luke part 1
Luke part 2
More Luke stories
Kite Quest 200
The Elusive First 3 Shows!

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