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PDQ 42 Antares
"Cruising catamarans may not come first to mind when you think of Canada, but PDQ Yachts in Whitby, Ontario, has been building cruising cats since 1988. Their first model was the PDQ 36. A revised version, the PDQ 36 Capella, is still in production. Next came the PDQ 32 (also still in production as the PDQ 32 Altair). PDQ owners who loved their boats clamored for something bigger, so the design team drew the lines for the new PDQ 42 Antares. On a trip to Canada I took a tour of the factory, a modern and efficient place with a workforce of capable craftsmen. Then I took a test sail."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: PDQ 42 Antares      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 20, 2004 )

Renovation for a Sailing Renaissance
"The Naval Academy has used sail training to develop the skills of midshipmen since 1845 when the Academy was founded. But in modern times, relatively few of the 4,100 midshipman at the Academy spend more than a couple days in a sailboat. Now a new plan is being phased in: all midshipmen will be required to become qualified to skipper a Colgate 26, and in the summer months every midshipman will complete an offshore cruise on one of the 44-footers. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Renovation for a Sailing Renaissance      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 19, 2004 )

Sea Dart - Dart's Rescue
"The next day we drove down to Bridgetown and went to the Barbados Yacht Club where Mr. William Osborne, the owner, had agreed to meet us to show us Sea Dart. When we arrived Mr. Osborne was not present, so we decided to swim out to look over Sea Dart without him. We swam out to the boat, and as we came up under Dart's bow sprit I was instantly captivated by the two hand carved dolphins that graced the bow just under the bow sprit."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sea Dart - Dart's Rescue      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 19, 2004 )

Rigging Your Banshee
"The stock Banshee, as delivered, can be adequately sailed in moderate to light winds. The addition of a cam cleat for the main, preferably with a ratchet block, is essential to managing the boat in a blow. A second minimum requirement is protective. You should affix a layer of sponge rubber or thick carpet to the rear of the daggerboard well to protect the board’s trailing edge from crushing when you touch bottom. Finally, you should install a rudder lock to keep the rudder on the hull in the event of a capsize. These are essential modifications. Most anything else that you add makes the boat infinitely easier to handle, especially when racing, but is not mandatory. However, if you you’d like to make some changes, the following is my list in order of importance."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Rigging Your Banshee      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 19, 2004 )

Control the Wicked Boom
"A preventer is an adjustable line that holds the boom out. Preventers should be rigged permanently on both sides of the boat using line whose diameter is at least as large as your mainsheet's, either Dacron or nylon (some sailors like nylon's stretch for absorbing shock loadings that might break the boom). There are two kinds of preventers: the combination preventer-vang and the offshore preventer. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Control the Wicked Boom      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 19, 2004 )

Sailing Myth and Reality
"The boat was a thing of beauty, especially in the technical department. Until then, my sea-going education had been limited to primitive vessels—"primitive" meaning that all the systems were manual: mainsails that had to be reefed on deck, by hand; anchors that had to be raised on the windlass one link at a time; foresails that had to be hanked on and off in every weather condition; cockpit and mast winches that had to be hand-cranked; backing, turning, and docking that depended on the propeller, rudder, and skill of the helmsman. These systems I knew were simple but they worked and I trusted them"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailing Myth and Reality      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

Sailing in Slocum's Wake
"In Slocum’s own words, he forgoes details of what sounds like a colorful past and launches right into the rousing tale of a down-and-out man with a friend who gives him a wreck parked in a field, more or less as a joke. Slocum goes on to transform the derelict oyster boat into a perfectly sturdy and well-balanced 37-foot voyager. It takes him 13 months and costs $553.62, and the biggest question people would ask of any sailing boat in those days, especially in the fishing and whaling center of New Bedford, was, "Will she pay?" In the end, she does, not in the capacity of a cargo vessel, but as the boat that carries the first single-hander around the world."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailing in Slocum's Wake      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

Mastering the Med Moor
"Imagine the exultation! I finally got it, how to execute the granddaddy of maneuvers under power—the Mediterranean mooring. After this first trip to Greece, propellers, rudders, and docks never intimidated me again, and it has led to confidence and skill in all other docking situations ever since. In fact, docking has become something I look forward to. The more crowded the harbor, the smaller the spot, or the stronger the wind, it all means a greater challenge, and to be able to embrace with such glee something that once terrified me is an incredibly liberating feeling. Of course the thing that still makes me squirm is the idea of working in a tollbooth. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Mastering the Med Moor      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

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