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"If someone mentioned to you they dreamed of going sailing, and expressed more than a passing interest in buying a sailboat, what would be your best piece of advice? And given the benefit of hindsight, if you were at that stage, what would you do that was different? What mistakes would you avoid? These questions were put to a number of cruising yachties recently in a survey. The most common mistakes were not buying the right type of boat in the first place and not learning enough beforehand. There are many traps to snag the unwary or inexperienced. Respondents tell of repercussions ranging from disappointment to severe financial hardship and worse. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: BUYING IN HINDSIGHT      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 17, 2004 )

Putty Boats
"One conclusion we can certainly come to is that the strength and impact resistance of boats built with these materials is something worse than merely inadequate. In the past, it was generally true that no matter how low cost the boat, a decently laid up solid laminate hull was capable of surviving a heavy beating without the hull breaking into pieces as we see here. As near as I can tell, the boats shown here received a minor beating, and broke to pieces. How can there be any doubt of that when the major part of the laminate is nothing but putty?"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Putty Boats      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 17, 2004 )

Windvanes 101
"During our sail around the world we tried many different types of self steering, and as we traveled we exchanged experiences and ideas about steering with other cruisers. Upon our return to Sausalito in 1977 self-steering became our business. Since then we have provided thousands of wind vane systems of different kinds as well as many autopilots. We have made a point of trying to sail with the vane gears we supplied as often as possible, and we think this has provided some rare experience of a type of equipment that is little understood."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Windvanes 101      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 17, 2004 )

How to Install a Diesel Engine in 800 Easy Steps
"The engine now needs to be aligned to the correct angle in relation to the water. This is what I call the horizontal direction. Your Yanmar should not be mounted more than 15 degrees relative to the water level since the oil pump will be ineffective. The optimum angle to the water would be 0 degrees but that's rarely possible. Between 5 and 10 degrees would be good. Yanmar specs their engine out at 8 degrees. This alignment will be accomplished through the use of the adjustable engine mounts. With a protractor and an adjustable square, mark off whatever angle you desire (I used 5 degrees). If you have leveled the boat, use the adjustable square in conjunction with a bubble level to establish the correct angle. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: How to Install a Diesel Engine in 800 Easy Steps      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 17, 2004 )

Hurricane Survival
"we should start with a review: You have identified where you are going for shelter. You've actually been there and scoped and sounded the whole place out. You have a hidey hole ashore lined up, because you know you aren't Sterling Hayden or Naomi James and there is no useful work you can do aboard in 70 knots of wind. You have looked at all the backing pads on your cleats and replaced them with both larger-in-area and thicker pads, and new through-bolts as well, because the least sign of rust on a stain-"less" fitting has raised grave doubts about whether it can withstand 16,000 pounds of pull in 85 knots. You have taken your roller furling headsail off, so you know everything works, and, if you have a roller furling main, you have taken it off too. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Hurricane Survival      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 12, 2004 )

Preparing Marinas and Boats for Hurricanes
"A study by MIT after hurricane Gloria found that boats stored ashore were far more likely to be saved than boats stored in the water. For many boat owners and marinas, hauling boats is the foundation of their hurricane plan. Some farsighted marinas and yacht clubs have evacuation plans to pull as many boats out of the water as possible whenever a storm is approaching and secure the rest. There are some types of boats that must be pulled if they are to have any chance of surviving. Smaller, open boats and high performance powerboats with low freeboard, to use two examples, will almost always be overcome by waves, spray, and rain."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Preparing Marinas and Boats for Hurricanes      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 12, 2004 )

Safe Harbor
"My estimate of the survival rate of boats at anchor in the last four storms is between 5-10%, depending on location. That really says it all as far as anchoring is concerned. There are simply too many unknown factors involved for mooring to be reliable, and there's a long list of reasons why. The use of anchors for secondary holding, or to keep boats away from docks is fine, but dependence on anchors almost invariably fails. Certainly there are exceptions to this, but unless you have a great deal of certainty about the holding ground and other conditions, anchoring is a poor option."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Safe Harbor      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 12, 2004 )

"There's only one reason to own a small wooden sailboat-it's fun, pure and simple fun. But, if you're the practical type and need just a little more encouragement, consider this. How about a sailboat that also nearly lifts from the water with the slightest tug on the oars, that handles a few kids for an afternoon of fishing on the pond and that you can cartop, toss in the truck or haul on a small trailer when the day's over? How about a wooden boat that's tough enough to last through years of use, light enough for the kids to pull ashore and sea friendly enough for sailors of all levels? Convinced yet? Well, let's add this-how about all of the above in a boat that you build yourself?"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: SMOOTH SAILING      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 11, 2004 )

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On Island Time
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Floating Fox
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Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
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John Wellsford 1
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Shane St. Clair 1
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Gannon & Benjamin
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The Venturers Cruise
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The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
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Reese Palley
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Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
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Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
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Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
Lin and Larry Pardey part 1
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Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
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Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
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My first sailboat
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