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Upgrading Hobie 14, 16, 17, 18, and 21 tiller conn
"Many Hobie Cats have a rather crude tiller connector mechanism. By tiller connector, we are referring to the point between the rudder arm and the rudder crossbar. This article will illustrate the steps to retrofit other Hobie catamaran models with the advanced Hobie 20 (Miracle) style tiller connection. The Hobie 20 sports an advanced tiller connection with features of easy disassembly, accurate turning, no binding, and reduced or eliminated slop. All other models, however, have a bolt with spacers, a spring, and a nylon lock nut. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Upgrading Hobie 14, 16, 17, 18, and 21 tiller conn      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 18, 2004 )

La Bonita's First Trip to the Florida Keys
"Looking up from chart I see sign "clearance 19 feet" - Bonitas' mast is 22'. Superb math skills indicate a minor problem. Emergency bat turn rudder hard over, motor hard over, rev to the max. Bonita is super, a complete 180 degree turn while the top 3' of her mast is 6 - 12" from bridge. Wino on bridge applauds - I'm smug. Radio call to dockmaster inquiring as to sailboat exit from marina, as my chart must be outdated. Smart a$$ dockmaster asks "what is a sailboat exit?" Sigh... I tell him I need just over 22' of clearance. He chuckles, not a good sign. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: La Bonita's First Trip to the Florida Keys      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 17, 2004 )

The Water Roads of South-East Asia
"Skipper and boat sailing well in Thai waters heading south. Conclusion of 1st and 2nd legs. Despite intensive lobbying, Jo was finally, and sadly, unable to get permission from the Burmese government to sail himself and Bandoola from Yangon, down the west coast to the Thai border. This was apparently due to some insurgency activity in connection with a proposed pipeline somewhere along the coast.  So he put the boat on a local ferry and sailed for 6 days from Yangon (Rangoon), comfortably (apart from the absence of a fan in sweaty conditions !) installed in the radio operator's cabin. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Water Roads of South-East Asia      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 17, 2004 )

Water, Water Everywhere
"The ladies weren't being disobedient; it was more than that. It was a combination of me not feeling self-confident about my knowledge to assert it strongly enough and the inability of these ladies to radically ratchet back on the consumption of something we take for granted and that must be unlearned. The Swiss Army and my father's years of independent traveling in desert regions had taught him how to ration, how it's always better to learn how to live with the minimum than to run out. Without becoming quite as extreme as he—I have never made anyone brush their teeth with salt water—I also had learned how bathing and doing dishes might be nicer with freshwater, but the salty stuff works very well, too. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Water, Water Everywhere      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )

Christmas at Sea
"Our last landfall, coincidentally, had been Christmas Island, a speck in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia, which some explorer with a creative propensity for naming new lands must have discovered on Christmas Day. We were headed for Sri Lanka, which was once named Serendib, hence the word "serendipity." There aren't many Christmas-like or serendipitous feelings in between the lines. Who could be in the holiday spirit if they were looking forward to a pressure-cooked meal of sauerkraut and canned meat of uncertain origin"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Christmas at Sea      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )

Bon Voyage
"A huge dimension of cruising is colored by the friends we make and the force of these encounters. Originally, humans were a tribal species so there is something about cruising that runs decidedly counter to our instincts, where every man or boat is his or her own island. As a result, harbors around the world become like petri dishes of cruisers swarming about and making up for lost time by creating instant social communities. Because boats keep moving, friendships are forged much faster than they are on land where time seems more plentiful. Consequently, an anchorage full of boats with scheduled itineraries is a fertile place for rapid bonding with fellow humans of like interests, which is something we crave and waste no time dithering over. I sure didn't. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Bon Voyage      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )

Cruising Dreams and Boat Lists
"In those days, Arue had a small marina with showers, a large green field for neighborhood kids to play soccer, a shed housing native racing pirogues, and, at the end of the drive, on the main road, a Chinese takeout restaurant that provided a cheaper alternative to the plentiful finer fare that tempted me every time I got off the boat. The islands are also some of the last of France's colonies, and the European influence combines with the Polynesian to create an exotic blend of cuisines, not to mention plenty of guy watching. It is a place that is synonymous with dream, a dream to behold, a dream to experience. What more could a nineteen-year-old girl ask for?"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Cruising Dreams and Boat Lists      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )

Making Your Boat a Home
"Liveaboard sailboats are easy to spot. They're the ones in the anchorage with wind generators and solar panels strategically placed around the boat, laundry fastened in the rigging, jerry cans lashed to the lifelines, and as assortment of accouterments from sailboards to bicycles strewn about the decks.  Families are even easier to spot as their children dash about the anchorage exhibiting a paradoxical air of self-reliance and maturity, coupled with sheer deviltry. Just like a house, each liveaboard boat possesses a unique flavor, one that reflects the person, couple, or family that lives on it. While charter boats are characterized by a certain uniformity, and weekend and vacation cruisers exhibit a neatness that suggests temporary residency, liveaboard sailboats have personality."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Making Your Boat a Home      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 15, 2004 )

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