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Why Celestial Navigation?
"A good discipline to establish involves turning off the GPS for extended periods of time (except for periodic checks), and navigating celestially. This hones navigational skills, yields the desired DR track, verifies correct GPS operation, and keeps your back-up system tuned, verified, and ready to rely on if needed. Your reward will be a well kept chart and log, an understanding of the forces affecting your passage, and pride in navigational accomplishment."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Why Celestial Navigation?      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 20, 2004 )

Selecting a Marine Sextant
"Older sextants tend to have smaller mirrors and scopes which make them harder to use. Spare parts and maintenance are also more uncertain. Avoid discontinued models (ie. those not shown in this catalog), and those greatly out of date. Purchase only from someone you know and trust, or a reputable dealer. You will find that today's low cost metal sextants are very competitive with expensive used ones."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Selecting a Marine Sextant      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 20, 2004 )

"Now we will write about "The Ditch." The Ditch is that part of the Atlantic ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) that stretches along the southern part of the east coast of the United States from Norfolk (Mile 0) in Virginia to Miami in Florida (Mile 1089) . The other parts of the ICW are from New York that, except for the shallowest-draft vessels, requires going offshore when passing the state of New Jersey. The ICW then continues inland via the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays to Norfolk. Beyond Miami the ICW continues to Key West. The Ditch makes it possible to travel along the east coast without ever having to enter the Atlantic Ocean."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: MIURA DOWN THE DITCH AND BEYOND      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 20, 2004 )

The Last Voyage of Solar Wind
"I was told that a 46 foot Ketch had dragged her anchor and was leaning all over my Flicka in the North wind.  The taxi owner had cut my anchor rode and dragged Solar Wind to a new location .  I was taken to my boat to survey the damage and I can only say that a collision between a 46 footer and a 20 footer does not leave a pretty picture. While the damage to the rigging was extensive, the hull appeared to have only suffered cosmetic damage.  The bowsprit was broken in half, the stanchions were bent, the life lines were broken, the pushpit was collapsed and the bimini was collapsed.  One chain plate was broken so the upper shrouds were loose but the mast was supported by the fore and aft lowers."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Last Voyage of Solar Wind      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 19, 2004 )

The Florida Keys Cruise - Part One
"With the approach of Fall and the end of the local sailing season, I began thinking about a more extensive trailering experience during the month of November.   My plan was to wash the Mississippi River mud from Solar Wind's hull with a generous application of salt water. Therefore, I would trailer to the Florida Keys region that I had heard so much about.   This trip would involve about 2,600 miles of round trip road travel and more than a hundred miles of coastal sailing."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Florida Keys Cruise - Part One      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 19, 2004 )

The Florida Keys Cruise - Part Two
"This day was a the time to stock up on provisions and plan the next phase of the trip.  I did confirm that there is sporadic water taxi service in Key West and channel 68 was the calling channel for service.  The taxi ran mostly during the morning hours and then again after 5PM.  I wrote a sail plan and gave it to Sue who would pass on the information to the Coast Guard if I failed to return on schedule. My plan was to leave Sea Bird Marina on the morning of the 15th   and sail down the northern ICW route to Key West. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Florida Keys Cruise - Part Two      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 19, 2004 )

Alton Pool and the Mississippi River
"For the first year, this will be my home cruising grounds.  For those not familiar with the area, the impounded waters behind Lock and Dam 26 on the Mississippi River is locally referred to as Alton Pool, named such for the nearby towns of Alton, Illinois and West Alton, Missouri.  This area covers a 40 mile long section that extends up the Mississippi river to the next Lock and Dam complex near Winfield, Missouri. This area also includes the lower Illinois river which would allow access to additional sailing grounds for about 80 miles northwards before encountering another lock and dam complex.  Ultimately, the Illinois river leads towards Peoria, Chicago, and finally on to Lake Michigan via the Chicago River."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Alton Pool and the Mississippi River      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 19, 2004 )

Boatless in Victoria
"Our marine surveyor had by this time worked his way from the forepeak to about mid-boat, and seeing we were alone, asked bluntly whether I was looking for a "project boat" to occupy my handyman skills - and bank account - for the next several years. He took me through his already long list of concerns, suggested I pay him for half a survey, and that we both go home. Since the broker and the owner were sitting on the flybridge, I took the broker for a walk, told him I would still buy the boat if the vendor either undertook to make the necessary repairs or reduced the price sufficiently to permit me to do so. The vendor said he couldn't, and I took the surveyor up on his offer."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Boatless in Victoria      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 18, 2004 )

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in chronological order

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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