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Stretching the Limits
"At 246 feet LOA, she is the largest composite- structured yacht in the world. Her carbon five-spreader rig stands 292 feet high—the tallest mast. Everything about this 740-ton mammoth of the seas is massive—including her charter fee of $250,000 a week. This megayacht, built by VT Shipbuilding in England at a cost of approximately $50 million, was designed by Ron Holland, but she is very much the brain-child of her American owner, Joseph V. Vittoria, formerly CEO of Avis Rent-A-Car System Inc. He already owns two 40-meter yachts, Mirabella and Mirabella III, and was driven to add to this fleet by the strong desire to develop the ultimate in status symbols."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Stretching the Limits      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 3, 2004 )

Don Moyer and the Atomic 4
"During the next four years, Don became the acknowledged guy to ask about Atomic 4 problems within their community of sailors. People asked for advice, and Don offered it. Eventually he began writing down new things he was learning about the engine and distributing this information to those who'd asked, in an effort to keep his previous advice as current as possible. This blossomed into a small newsletter to 65 people who Brenda identifies as "people we met along the way." Don's springboard into regional and national prominence was unplanned. Early on, Dan Spurr, editor of Practical Sailor, gave a positive - and unexpected (given his historic lukewarm feelings for the Atomic 4) nod to Don's modest efforts. This important blessing made all the difference. Don hopes that at some level Dan has actually rekindled some sort of affection for the Atomic 4. But Don says more than likely the nod was simply an example of Dan's profound interest in all aspects of the boating fraternity."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Don Moyer and the Atomic 4      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 3, 2004 )

The Birth of Fiberglass Boats
"Development of plastics began in the mid-1800s, in part due to a challenge from a billiard ball company to find a new material to replace ivory for its chief product. Patents were awarded for a variety of plastics by the late 1800s. Research speeded up in the 1920s, and again with the approach of World War II, due to the shortage of many natural products. Carlton Ellis of DuPont was awarded a patent for polyester resin in 1936. The Germans furthered the manufacturing process of this early polyester by refining its curing process. Early in World War II, British Intelligence stole these secrets and turned them over to American firms. American Cyanamid produced the direct forerunner of today's polyester resin in 1942. "
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Birth of Fiberglass Boats      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Allied Boat Company
"During this time, Wright commissioned Thomas Gillmer to create another legendary Seawind, slightly larger than the original. This became the Seawind II. A ketch-rigged 32-footer, it had the same hull as the previous Seawind. The Seawind II served as the flagship of the new company. Other new boats included the Princess 36, Mistress 39, and the Mistress Mark III. This nucleus of quality yachts promised to put Allied back on course as a front-runner in American boatbuilding. The promise, unfortunately, was unfulfilled. "
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Allied Boat Company      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Catalina Yachts: One big family
"Eventually, he wanted something larger than a dinghy so his growing family could enjoy sailing together. Says Frank, "The first boat I bought [for the family] was a Victory 21." But his first boatbuying experience wasn't a good one. The builder was strapped for cash, and when Frank arrived to pick up his boat on the appointed day, neither the boat nor the owner was to be found. He quickly assessed the situation and basically began to build the boat himself with help from some of the builder's employees, all but commandeering the plant until he finished it. What made him think he could build a boat? "I never even thought about it," he responds. "It was either that or lose my money.""
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Catalina Yachts: One big family      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

What to Look for in a Boat for Long-Term Cruising
"You've hit the nail on the head by saying that what one intends to do with the boat dictates what that boat should be. This is key. If I was going to cruise the Bahamas, for example, I would take a catamaran; i.e.: something with shoal draft and lots of outdoor living spaces. If I was planning long ocean passages I would want something more robust with vast amounts of storage capacity. Draft would not be my main concern."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: What to Look for in a Boat for Long-Term Cruising      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Sailing with Small Kids
"The fact that you are even considering sailing from Seattle to Hawaii with an 18 month old shows that you have fortitude and adventure boiling in your blood--the very qualities that will get you through a sea voyage with a toddler. My best advice is to just do it. All the difficulties you may undergo during your passage will be erased the minute you land in Hawaii. The rewards are indescribable."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailing with Small Kids      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Breathless in Samoa
"Jaja and I had snorkeled extensively in the clear waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific. We had a spear gun and had killed hundreds of fish for our dinner. Going underwater was second nature to me. The problem with Pago Pago harbor, however, is the water was dark brown and warm, like hot chocolate. I took a deep breath and went down about three feet. Then I remembered what Jaja told me. I took a sample breath. It worked. I hovered for a moment, looking around. Nothing in sight; I was locked in a brown, bubbly void. Panicked, I resurfaced and spit the rubbery thing out of my mouth. I gasped for air. The air around me stank of rotting fish, and of the ammonia the ships used for refrigerant."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Breathless in Samoa      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

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Jay Fitzgerald 1
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Serge Testa
Floating Fox
Fine Tolerance 1
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Mississippi voyage
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Robby Smith 1
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Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Duckworks
Shane St. Clair 1
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Capt. Dave Kyser
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American Eagle
Trekka 1
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AGLCA
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Bluesphere Update
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PDRacer
Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
Sven Yrvind 1
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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
Bumfuzzle
Ted Brewer
Watertribe
Managing the Waterways
The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
Paul Lutus part 2
Reese Palley
Fix it and sail
Beachcombers
Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
Ellen Landrum
Towndock
SSCA
Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
Iceblink part 1
Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
Sailblogs
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
Paddlevan
Stickers and Vacation
Sandy Mackinnon part 1
Sandy Mackinnon part 2
The Naked Lady
Eileen Quinn
Gunkhole Marine
Sir Chay Blyth
Kruise for Kids
TheSailingChannel
Project Bluesphere
Dinghies
Celestial Navigation
Distant Shores part 1
Distant Shores part 2
Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
Luke and DD part 2
Beneteau
Google Earth
Island Packet Yachts
Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sunsail
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
Flying scott
Hunter Marine
My first sailboat
Seabreath
Delphi yachts
Lats and Atts
Doyle Ploch
Spirit Investigations
Running aground
Luke part 1
Luke part 2
More Luke stories
Kite Quest 200
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