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The Chronicles of Commedia
"Well, we made it. Around "The Mitten" of Michigan, from South Haven north along the East Coast of Lake Michigan, under the Mackinaw Bridge, South along the West Coast of Huron, down the St. Clair River and across Lake St. Clair to my home port of Belle River, Ontario. My recently (last November) acquired 1978 Cape Dory 30 Cutter, "Commedia", repaired and updated, finally came home. Boat and crews survived unscathed. I've tried not to wax too verbose, but I'll warn ye', it's a bit of a long read, so fix a drink first:"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Chronicles of Commedia      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 29, 2004 )

When Not to Sail the Great Lakes
"Having reorganized the boat and stowed everything heavy or sharp, we plan to go out into a steady 30 knot north wind with 6-8 foot waves and whitecaps. There is quite a bit of chop inside the breakwater. Waves are breaking over the outer harbor wall in a few places, but the wind direction is perfect for clearing the shoals north of town and shaping a course for Port Huron, which we should be able to reach in about 8-10 hours even reefed. Casting off and clearing the berth prove difficult in the high wind. And the engine stalls (not clogged this time) going through neutral. (Later inspection when the engine is pulled reveals that we have been running on ONE cylinder) Not a problem except we are drifting around in a tight harbor. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: When Not to Sail the Great Lakes      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 29, 2004 )

Building a Dinghy
"First-the answer to "The Question". I've been carrying around a copy of WoodenBoat featuring Commodore Munroe's Egret since 1984. I've sailed other hull shapes, and looked at a lot of plans-even a few used boats in that time. But I kept coming back to that design. I'll have to build it myself-and it looks like I've just about got the resources now. But before sliding down that slippery slope, I thought I'd see what kind of surprises were in store for me, and whether or not I might actually be up to this sort of task. If a rowboat makes me crazy, I should probably take up knitting instead."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Building a Dinghy      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 28, 2004 )

"MOST sailing people do not realize what magnificent cruising waters we have in that noble bay, the Chesapeake, which might reasonably be called a sea. In point of fact, it was called a Gulf, or Sea, by one Daniel Gookin, a couple of hundred years ago. It is about two hundred miles long, ten to twenty miles wide, and full of bay-like tributaries, the exploration of which alone would make months of sailing. The scenery is varied, and always picturesque; whether the pleasant sheltered bays of the Eastern Shore, the bold bluffs of the Patuxent, or that of the tropic-like pine-fringed Piankatank. Fish, oysters, and game are all plentiful and cheap. The supply of crabs, indeed, seems to be inexhaustible."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CRUISES, MAINLY IN THE BAY OF THE CHESAPEAKE      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 28, 2004 )

Staying in Touch - Even Offshore
"Globalstar satellite telephone service is delivered through special multi-mode phones, which work like traditional cellular phones when you are in an area with cellular coverage. Globalstar phones look and act like mobile or fixed phones with which you're familiar. Globalstar's mobile satellite phones, slightly larger than traditional cellular phones, are built by three wireless manufacturers, Ericsson, QUALCOMM and Telit. The difference is that they can operate virtually anywhere, carrying your call over a secure Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) satellite signal. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Staying in Touch - Even Offshore      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

"Heading up the first stretch of the Rio Dulce is a magical experience. Suddenly the sea disappears astern and steep cliffs and jungle enfold you. As the river snakes inland, exotic flora - so much green! - lines the shores and vine clad trees angle precariously over the riverbank. Here the river is often in shade, but the sun lights the leafy walls that tower above. La Vaca is a prominent white cliff on the first bend. About 100 meters beyond on the right side is a horizontal tree. Near here, we were told, there is a cave through the mountainside to the jungle. From there you can climb up and look down on the river. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CRUISING THE RIO DULCE      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

"Have you ever looked at a beautiful yacht and then been sorely disappointed when you read the name on the transom? Sometimes we can't help feeling that we could have come up with something much more appropriate had it been up to us. But with so many boats afloat, great names are getting harder to invent. How do you come up with a really good, original name for your boat when all the useable names seem to be taken?"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: WHAT'S IN A NAME?      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

" The wind was very light from the southeast; the night was pitch black. Only the sounds that a sailing boat makes underway: the faint splashing of the bow wave; the creaking of the spars. Nothing. (But something!) The wind died. Then, instantly, my world went berserk! It came over the starboard quarter from the northwest, a wind shift so sudden, so violent that it exploded. One moment the breeze was southeast 4 knots; the next instant it shifted 180-degrees to northwest 80 knots, or 90, or 100. There was no way to judge that initial gust."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: KNOCKDOWN!      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

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