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Weather watchers
"The NWS has long had an extensive network of surface weather observing stations located all over the country, routinely reporting such data as atmospheric pressure, humidity, temperature, visibility, wind direction and velocity, the type and percentage of cloud cover, and the type and quantity of precipitation. Consequently, through this network, the NWS knows both what is going on now in the atmosphere at many points scattered across the country, and what has happened at these locations in the recent past. With this knowledge, they can predict with great accuracy what the atmosphere will do in the near future."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Weather watchers      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 15, 2004 )

Dangerous Anchorage!
"At first I could not detect anything wrong, but then I realized that there was a background noise that had not been noticeable before. Small waves were now rolling up the shingle beach at the head of the bay and returning to head back out, undiminished in size. The beach was a perfect wave reflector! When the outgoing wave met the next incoming wave they would momentarily combine to form a wave twice the normal height. It was immediately apparent to me that this could be a very dangerous situation if the waves coming in from the west increased in size."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Dangerous Anchorage!      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 15, 2004 )

"But the fun wasn't over yet. All sail was still up and luffing, and Autant was still making way, the anchor line streaming aft from the bow. Suddenly, the boat stopped hard in her tracks, tugging at the anchor. The bow became a pivot around which Autant swung broadside to the wind. The sails filled. In a moment we were broad reaching under full sail around the anchor. A gibe was imminent. I fled to the cockpit and hauled in on the mainsheet to ease the shock on the rig. Just in time! "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: LEARNING THE DO'S AND DONUTS      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 14, 2004 )

Anchor Right to Stay Put
"If there's a possibility of inclement weather or of a wind shift that would swing the boat into danger, then setting a second bow anchor is called for. Many prudent skippers always set two anchors as a matter of course. This doesn't mean you have to get into the dinghy and row out to windward with an anchor and a pile of chain - something I've seen done all too often. Instead, simply determine where you want the second anchor to be and drive the ship over there. You'll probably have to temporarily pay out extra line on your first anchor to do this, and take it back in once the second hook is set. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Anchor Right to Stay Put      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 14, 2004 )

Hunter 426 DS
"The new Hunter 426 DS–the company's first deck-saloon model–has the huge windows, wide cockpit, stainless-steel mainsheet arch, generous freeboard, and B&R rig you expect from Hunter. The company's designers seem to be continually looking for ways to provide more interior volume, and raising the coachroof is one way to do it. But the 426 is more than simply a new boat with increased headroom belowdecks. Hunter's chief designer, Glenn Henderson, drew successful and innovative sportboats before he joined the Hunter team "a Henderson 30 won its PHRF class at this year's Key West Race Week). As with the Hunter 356, he has made sure the 426 performs well under sail as well as being spacious and comfortable belowdecks."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Hunter 426 DS      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 14, 2004 )

"Another unpublicized truth about the cruising life is the huge amount of work and attention a boat requires. Every cruising sailor is, in a sense, a slave to his vessel. Even if you start out with a brand new boat and equipment, the list of maintenance and repair chores is literally never-ending. If the boat is old, the list is even longer. The fact is, I don't know any cruiser who can honestly say, "I have absolutely nothing that I could be doing for the boat today!""

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: THE TRUTH ABOUT CRUISING      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 13, 2004 )

How Much Does It Cost To Cruise?
"We know young American friends on Capella, a barest-of-bare-bones 27-footer, who squeaked by on $300 month, had a ball for a year, then stopped to get "real jobs." We have European friends with two children on Caliente, who sailed from the Med, did three Caribbean seasons on $600 a month, and are now in the South Pacific; they supplement their kitty by taking on "deck-sleepers," backpackers looking for week-long adventures. Friends on 36-foot Bonnie Lass saved every penny for a decade while building her in the backyard, budgeted only $700 a month for circumnavigating the Caribbean, spent their five-year budget in three - and headed home early but ecstatic. Other friends tracing the same route as Bonnie Lass spent five times as much."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: How Much Does It Cost To Cruise?      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 13, 2004 )

"Self-sufficiency is a key to budget cruising. The crew's ability (or inability) to perform regular and preventative maintenance, as well as most repair jobs aboard, significantly effects the cruising kitty. Hiring skilled labor (when you can find it) is expensive. The frugal sailor is a self-taught handyman who acquires a working knowledge of mechanics, sail repair, carpentry, rigging, electronics, and plumbing. Where you sail also makes a big difference. The cost of living aboard in cruising grounds such as Guatemala, Turkey or Thailand is much cheaper than in countries like Norway, Italy and Japan. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: THE COST-OF-CRUISING VARIABLES      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 13, 2004 )

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Phil Bolger 1
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On Island Time
Marvin Creamer 1
Marvin Creamer 2
Jay Fitzgerald 1
Jay Fitzgerald 2
Container Yachts
Ancient Mariners 1
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EarthNC Plus
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Cast Off
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Chief of Watertribe 2
Dave and Anke 1
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Michael Storer 1
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Serge Testa
Floating Fox
Fine Tolerance 1
Fine Tolerance 2
Mississippi voyage
Lugnut 1
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Robby Smith 1
Robby Smith 2
Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Shane St. Clair 1
Shane St. Clair 2
Capt. Dave Kyser
Hugh Horton
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Black Swan
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Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
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Canal Boat
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Mahina Expeditions
Exit Only Part 1
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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
Ted Brewer
Managing the Waterways
The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
Paul Lutus part 2
Reese Palley
Fix it and sail
Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
Ellen Landrum
Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
Iceblink part 1
Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
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
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Stickers and Vacation
Sandy Mackinnon part 1
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The Naked Lady
Eileen Quinn
Gunkhole Marine
Sir Chay Blyth
Kruise for Kids
Project Bluesphere
Celestial Navigation
Distant Shores part 1
Distant Shores part 2
Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
Luke and DD part 2
Google Earth
Island Packet Yachts
Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
Flying scott
Hunter Marine
My first sailboat
Delphi yachts
Lats and Atts
Doyle Ploch
Spirit Investigations
Running aground
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