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Mid-Term Reflections From A Semester At Sea
"After New Year's, heavily provisioned for several months, Ithaka and Sea Camp set sail from Key West, made some westing, then headed across the powerful Stream for Havana. As a nearly full moon set at around 4:30 a.m., I awoke Douglas for his watch and told him to look to the southeast, at the first glow of lights on the horizon from the Cuban capital. As dawn broke, the dramatic mountain range of Pinar Del Rio revealed itself, and we searched the coast west of Havana for the sea buoy marking the narrow entrance through the reefs to Marina Hemingway. This had been only a voyage of 92 miles, but already we felt light years away from our old lives. We'd started cruising."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Mid-Term Reflections From A Semester At Sea      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 12, 2004 )

"Venomous sea snakes mostly inhabit the waters of Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and India. Some, however, are much more wide-ranging and are found from southern Siberia to the coast of New Zealand and Tasmania, from Cape of Good Hope to Central American Pacific waters. Sailors cruising these waters should be aware (and beware!) of these denizens. Their presence presents a potential danger to swimmers and divers, so it's worth while to have some knowledge of their habits and habitats and of medical treatments available if a crewmember is bitten."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: SEA SNAKES      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 11, 2004 )

Inflatable Boats
"Inflatable dinghies are lighter and more compact than other inflatables, so they're great for cruisers who must stow them between anchorages. They're also the least expensive. However, they can only handle small outboards and consequently are the slowest. They go faster when equipped with floorboards, but they aren't designed to plane, so they're less fuel efficient and tend to perform sluggishly. They make fine tenders for trips ashore, beaching the dog, setting a second anchor, and are great for teaching kids the fundamentals of boating."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Inflatable Boats      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 10, 2004 )

Soft dinghy? Hard choice!
"Versatility, durability, economy, and beauty. Can there possibly be any other attributes for this type of dinghy? Very definitely. In addition to everything else, they are (or can easily be made) unsinkable. Hard dinghies should have flotation built into their seats, bows, and/or gunwales. A hard-shelled dinghy will be safer aboard the mother ship during a blow if it is inverted and made fast securely. Its V-shaped or rounded hull will help press it down, while its rigidity prevents it from flexing and lifting to catch the wind . . . an inflatable idiosyncrasy. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Soft dinghy? Hard choice!      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 10, 2004 )

The Dinghy
"You know things are getting close to the end when we start making the final decision on the dinghy. The actual process, however, started with the early concept discussions. What sort of dinghy (or dinghies) to carry is always a part of the initial concept for a new project. The smaller the boat, the harder the tradeoffs. Yet for a serious cruising boat, the dink is a critically important piece of gear. With the right dinghy, all sorts of opportunities are opened."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Dinghy      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 10, 2004 )

The Fundamentals of Dinghy Choice
"Size and power are the major considerations. Too small a dinghy makes hauling unexpected guests or heavy loads a dangerous undertaking. Slow speeds make trekking to a distant anchorage miserable if the weather turns foul. On the other hand, too large a dinghy and engine are difficult for a small crew to handle and stow in a seamanlike fashion. It is our observation that many novice liveaboard cruisers begin with very small, low-powered dinks and gradually work themselves up the dinghy size and power chain to large planing tenders."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Fundamentals of Dinghy Choice      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 10, 2004 )

The Wild Wild West
"In June, we seized a rare weather window, left the protection of the barrier reef, and aimed Ithaka for Glovers Reef, an atoll 27 miles from mainland Belize, famous for pristine coral beds. Rendezvousing with us at Glovers were Harold and Diane on Sea Camp, friends from Cuba who'd been sidelined in Isla rebuilding their rudder. We spent almost three weeks at Glovers, snorkeling through the labyrinth of colorful, shallow coral canyons, alive with riots of tropical fish, mantas, eagle rays and dolphin. Douglas said the scuba diving on the outside wall of the atoll was the best of his life, and every afternoon he and Harold took their spears, and hunted fish, conch and lobster for dinner."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Wild Wild West      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 9, 2004 )

The Sweetest River
"We anchored Ithaka at the fork of one of the small rivers feeding the Rio, the Rio Tatin, in front of the Ak'Tenamit Project, where we spent a few weeks volunteering at their school and clinic. Each day the poky traffic of river life enveloped Ithaka - Indian children rowing their carved-out cayucos to school; Q'eqchi women washing piles of clothes against the rocks; fishermen standing in colorful dugouts, drifting with the tide, folding their great cast nets over their arms, whirling back like shot putters, then letting'em rip. At the end of every day, we dinghied to the natural hot spring bubbling from the limestone near shore, and soaked in the steaming fresh water. Anchoring along the banks of the river is safe wherever there's activity -- such as at Ak'Tenamit, or in front of any of the marinas upriver, or if you're in company with other boats, but it's best not to anchor alone; petty theft has been a problem for isolated yachts."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Sweetest River      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 9, 2004 )

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