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Radio Weather Forecasts
"Satellites and computers beware: There is still a wealth of weather information floating around out there (for free) on the multitude of radio band frequencies. All you need is a single side band receiver (with upper and lower bands) a good antenna, and a moderate dose of patienc"
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Radio Weather Forecasts      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

Cook's Time
"Reading about Cook's voyage up Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aboard the ENDEAVOR, reminds me of our voyage up the inside of the Barrier Reef aboard DIRECTION. There are thousand of reefs upon which one could lose a boat in those waters. Even with our full set of charts, which detailed the numerous aides to navigation, we had to pay strict attention at all times. I find it miraculous that Cook--who had no charts--only hit bottom once during his trip up the Reef."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Cook's Time      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

A Short History of Canoe Sailing
"She was, of course, the wind. When she met the voyageurs head on, they cursed her—silently, because no sane man wanted to get on the wrong side of the Old Woman—and then they paddled harder, sweating and singing as wind-driven waves dumped gallon after gallon of water into their Montréal canoes. And when the Old Lady turned round and buffeted their backs for a change, what then? The voyageurs raised their big square sails and murmured half-remembered prayers, while their overloaded canoes scudded along before the gusts, making six knots or more, with each sickening roll threatening to drive a gunwale under and toss every man into the water to drown or freeze."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: A Short History of Canoe Sailing      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

Analog skills in a digital world
"There is no question that the dawn of digital navigation has been a real boon to veteran and novice navigators alike. Never have sailors known more accurately where they are on the planet and never have we been able to communicate for pleasure or safety more reliably. We have virtually arrived at the age of the paperless chart table."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Analog skills in a digital world      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

State of Cool
"Mechanical refrigeration, taken for granted today, could be likened to a thermal alchemy of sorts. Even in the modern era, it is difficult not to be awed by this invention’s incredible usefulness and value. Combine the right gases, a compressor, and a few other simple mechanical components, add electricity, and the result is ice cream while cruising amongst remote tropical atolls. Let’s look at some of the main components of a refrigeration system as a way of examining the state of marine refrigeration today."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: State of Cool      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

The Delta Anchor times 300
"Having the anchors together on the showroom floor provided the tentative answers. It is my opinion that there are two major reasons the old CQR is more difficult to set, requires a much heavier anchor to do the same job, and also will not work without a long heavy chain lead. The two reasons are the hinge and the massively heavy shank. The hinge allows the anchor to wander in a non-linear fashion and deflect the driving forces placed upon it by the pull on the rode. The massive shank prevents the anchor from burying. Neither of those conditions apply to the DELTA which has no hinge and has a blade-like shank, sharpened on the lower edge to aid in penetrating the bottom."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Delta Anchor times 300      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

Tranquil Desert Havens
"Every ocean or sea has its own mythology, and though some of it is largely fictional, many of these myths have an element of truth: the Roaring Forties really do roar, and the Pacific can be as peaceful as its name implies. The Red Sea is not exempt from myth-making and, indeed, has perhaps more than its fair share: unmarked reefs, gale-force headwinds, pirates and hostile coastlines occupied by warring nations, to name but a few. However, the myths are in need of updating. As boats and equipment have moved on, so too has the political climate of the region."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Tranquil Desert Havens      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

Blue Sky Messenger
"An AeroRig with a hydraulically operated dinghy garage in the transom makes Blue Sky Messenger a unique new Sparkman & Stephens design. Built by the CNB shipyard in France, the composite yacht is ultramodern, right down to the 14-foot-6-inch jet-propelled ski boat/tender. The owners wanted a fast, fun boat that could be sailed with a minimum of effort, and they got just that. With the yacht’s AeroRig sail and rigging, one sheet controls the entire sail plan. "
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Blue Sky Messenger      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

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Podcasts:
in chronological order

The Complete Trailer Sailor
E-Charting
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
Duckworks
Shane St. Clair 1
Shane St. Clair 2
Capt. Dave Kyser
Hugh Horton
American Eagle
Trekka 1
Trekka 2
AGLCA
Black Swan
Bluesphere Update
Kruger Canoes 1
Kruger Canoes 2
PDRacer
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
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
The Elusive First 3 Shows!

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