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How Not to Race
""Wouldn’t it be funny," he asked, "if we placed well, even fully loaded?" Fat chance. A Rival 38 may be a fastish boat, but it’s no racing machine, especially with us on board. For the first three mostly windless days, we came in dead last, even behind a tubby, cat-rigged boat. If my memory serves me well, we ended up disqualifying ourselves by using the engine on at least two of those days to get in before dark and before all the party food was gone. With the exception of Susan, our crew, which included two friends from New York, my father, and me, was more relaxed than any race participants should ever be. We spent the days admiring the beautiful big racing boats until they had left us too far behind, tweaking sails in half-hearted attempts to catch up, talking and enjoying the spectacle around us."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: How Not to Race      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

Feline Friends on Board
"To this group, I recounted the usual tales of storms, calms, mechanical breakdowns, friendships, and loneliness. For once, though, I also had an unusual audience that wanted to hear more about the cats themselves, one of whom who is now 15 years old and lives with me still. His name is Tarzoon, the only cat in town who gets introduced as the cat from Vanuatu in the South Pacific, the one who sailed halfway around the world."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Feline Friends on Board      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

The Triumph of Good
"In a way, cruisers must be more open to cultivating this faith in human nature, and this was what allowed me to regard the fishermen’s presence as assistance rather than danger. As I once did, cruisers are still arriving in harbors everywhere on their boats, often with all their worldly possessions contained within one hull. Over and over again, they are being absorbed and welcomed by people of entirely different cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, and ways of life. Even though sometimes it seems as if the bad, or the potential for bad, gets more of the attention, it hasn’t really kept the number of boats out there from growing. Ever since Slocum wrote about his adventures, others have been following in his wake, cruising the oceans, and collecting the colorful memories of relationships and interactions ashore that will follow them through life."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Triumph of Good      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )

"But we all knew exactly where to go - away! We came about and steered north until the land sank back into the sea whence it had arisen. Then, falling off to port, we headed due west, wing and wing, still intending to weather Cabo San Antonio. All through the night and the next morning we ran before the gentle breeze, averaging maybe three knots. When my noon sight established the latitude the next day, we gibed the mainsail and added two points of southing to the course, hoping to sight a Cuban landmark to confirm our longitude. We expected to be a good 75 miles down the coast. So imagine our surprise when a large and familiar looking city again appeared off the port bow."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: THE VOYAGE OF THE SLOOP ELIZA      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 17, 2004 )

Stellar 52 Center Cockpit
"A bit of genealogy might help you understand the Stellar 52 Center Cockpit—it is neither of the boats that were built earlier with the same name. This big cruiser's design is from Sparkman & Stephens, who drew the spiritual predecessor, the Stevens 50, years ago. This handsome craft has the familiar S&S touches including a low deckhouse, just the slightest sweep to the sheer, a raked transom, pleasing overhangs, and a tall rig. It's clearly a smaller sibling to the custom boats that have come from this designer in recent years and is built at a yard in Taiwan"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Stellar 52 Center Cockpit      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 17, 2004 )

VHF in Collision Avoidance -- Friend or Foe?
"The problems inherent with the use of VHF in collision avoidance seem concentrated in the following areas: Confusion as to identification in multiple-vessel situations: One vessel initiates contact with a vessel it believes it holds visually, when in fact another is answering. This results in confusion on three bridges, not just one."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: VHF in Collision Avoidance -- Friend or Foe?      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 16, 2004 )

Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutter 30
"The Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutter 30, the flagship of the Crabber line, is squarely in keeping with classic British cutter designs. A plumb stem, stern overhang, stately gaff rig, low deck profile, and rakish extra-long bowsprit all add up to a vessel that is guaranteed to attract attention wherever you go. The boat's construction, though conservative, is thoroughly modern. The hull is solid hand-laid fiberglass, the deck is balsa-cored glass with a beefy through-bolted joint, all deck fittings are custom stainless steel, and the hardware and rigging are strictly contemporary Harken."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutter 30      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 16, 2004 )

Self Steering
"Self steering is a system, not just a bolt on box. Using a self-steering gear will have follow-on effects in electrical consumption and battery charging, sail trim and sleeping. Get the self-steering device on the boat as early as possible and use it. This is doubly true for windvanes - they are not as easy to understand as an autopilot. Do NOT decide to learn how your windvane works on your first oceanic passage."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Self Steering      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 15, 2004 )

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