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Raking the Mast on a Hobie 16
"So you want to race that older model Hobie 16? One of the first tuning options you need to consider is mast rake, or tilting your mast towards the rear of the boat. Mast rake will move the center of effort aft towards the rudders, and help your boat point better. Since most of the time on the race course is beating upwind, that's where you want the boat to peform it's best. "
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Raking the Mast on a Hobie 16      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 3, 2004 )

Upgrading my Marine Head
"Composting toilets are not new. The technology is tried and true, proven over many decades of use in areas where either public sewerage is not available or sanitary septic systems are not feasible. My 32 foot catamaran fits into the greater spectrum of smaller yachts with installed marine toilets, thus it appeared a better than average solution if it worked as stated by the developer. The Air Head Composting Toilet is the brainchild of Geoffrey Trott, and has been around for a couple of years getting well tested."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Upgrading my Marine Head      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 2, 2004 )

The Big Payoff
"These fabled bays - Casco, Muscongus, Penobscot, Blue Hill, Frenchman -- are notched with magnificently protected coves, rivers, and fjords, surrounded by archipelagoes of granite-dumpling islands. It's large-sky country with lots of weather. At night the heavens spread wide, with the Milky Way a clear brushstroke of light. The air and sea proliferate with wildlife - eagles, osprey, deer, seals, dolphin, all kinds of birds, and several varieties of whale. As we approached the Isles of Shoals and crossed into Maine, a Right whale sounded in front of Ithaka, then swam alongside us. "Yo, Momma!" Douglas screamed. "It's the big payoff!""
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Big Payoff      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 2, 2004 )

The Proper Cruising Grounds: Croatia
"On the coast of Croatia, much more in evidence than wartime damage are the tourists—fortunately for me, fewer in number in June than there would be in July and August. June seems to be the month of all-male German-speaking cruisers; August, Arthur tells me, brings Italians. The splendid walled city of Dubrovnik—it has the finest city walls anywhere in the world, says one guidebook'was built at the end of the thirteenth century, when the area was under Venetian control. Coastal Croatia has many "small Dubrovnik”s and “little Venice"s, so the real Dubrovnik is the perfect place to start exploring the local cuisine (at a restaurant that hangs over a small beach), the architecture, and the ice cream (at a small café that hangs over the walls)."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Proper Cruising Grounds: Croatia      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 1, 2004 )

Rogue Waves
"In the cabin the inversion was so swift that no one had a chnce to brace himself, and objects were literally shot out of the storage compartments and onto the overhead of the opposite bulkheads. Thirty pounds of potatoes actually crossed the cabin and lodged behind the toilet in the head. There was no yawning, or leveling before the roll, as one would expect if had suddenly gybed and backed the trysai. SORCERY didn't lie down and then ross, as she might have if we had broached on the top of our storm seas. She was spun suddenly on her axis, like a 34-ton kayak doing an Eskimo roll. The motion was so violent that a heavy frying pay was bent double, yet we have no idea what it hit."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Rogue Waves      Submitted by Noel Mon May 31, 2004 )

Fountaine Pajot's Lavezzi 40
"When production catamarans reached critical mass about a decade ago, they displayed a wide range of innovative ideas. Some of these ideas persisted, while others disappeared. Today's cruising cats improve by steady evolution rather than quantum jumps; Fountaine Pajot's Lavezzi 40 is a perfect example. Americans were startled by the lines of these vessels in the early '90s, but their looks have become mainstream and the greatest changes now are incremental. That does not make them any less significant, though, as today's boats are stronger, better finished, and easier to sail than the early models."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Fountaine Pajot's Lavezzi 40      Submitted by Noel Sun May 30, 2004 )

Finding your following sea
"In 1982, McGrady looked as though he’d attained every bit of the American Dream. He was a dentist in the Pacific Northwest with a thriving practice and a second business in the software industry. He had a new wife, Davey Temple, with whom every day was a romantic adventure and both had loving children. They also had a lot of stuff. Then the death of his father shocked him into acknowledging how unhappy he was, how much he was putting on hold to do what was expected."
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( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Finding your following sea      Submitted by Noel Sat May 29, 2004 )

Bahamas Trip
"Deciding what you need to take for a two month trip is an adventure before you even leave the dock. Of course we were only going to the Bahamas and would have regular access to grocery stores, but we had heard stories of very expensive prices and limited availability, so we tried to leave as prepared as possible. However, trying to estimate how much Coke you drink or how much toilet paper you use in two months isn't easy. In the end, we took as much as the boat would hold, plus an extra 12-pack of beer."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Bahamas Trip      Submitted by Noel Fri May 28, 2004 )

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Podcasts:
in chronological order

The Complete Trailer Sailor
E-Charting
Simple Sailor 1
Simple Sailor 2
Phil Bolger 1
Phil Bolger 2
On Island Time
Marvin Creamer 1
Marvin Creamer 2
Jay Fitzgerald 1
Jay Fitzgerald 2
Container Yachts
Ancient Mariners 1
Ancient Mariners 2
EarthNC Plus
Mike Harker
Cast Off
Chief of Watertribe 1
Chief of Watertribe 2
Dave and Anke 1
Dave and Anke 2
Michael Storer 1
Michael Storer 2
Serge Testa
Floating Fox
Fine Tolerance 1
Fine Tolerance 2
Mississippi voyage
Lugnut 1
Lugnut 2
Robby Smith 1
Robby Smith 2
Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Duckworks
Shane St. Clair 1
Shane St. Clair 2
Capt. Dave Kyser
Hugh Horton
American Eagle
Trekka 1
Trekka 2
AGLCA
Black Swan
Bluesphere Update
Kruger Canoes 1
Kruger Canoes 2
PDRacer
Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
Sven Yrvind 1
Sven Yrvind 2
Spirit of S.C.
Gannon & Benjamin
Center for wooden boats
Canal Boat
Caribbean Compass
Mahina Expeditions
Exit Only Part 1
Exit Only Part 2
Graham Byrnes
SoCal Potters
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
Bumfuzzle
Ted Brewer
Watertribe
Managing the Waterways
The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
Paul Lutus part 2
Reese Palley
Fix it and sail
Beachcombers
Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
Ellen Landrum
Towndock
SSCA
Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
Iceblink part 1
Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
Sailblogs
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
Around in 8 Feet part 2
Paddlevan
Stickers and Vacation
Sandy Mackinnon part 1
Sandy Mackinnon part 2
The Naked Lady
Eileen Quinn
Gunkhole Marine
Sir Chay Blyth
Kruise for Kids
TheSailingChannel
Project Bluesphere
Dinghies
Celestial Navigation
Distant Shores part 1
Distant Shores part 2
Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
Luke and DD part 2
Beneteau
Google Earth
Island Packet Yachts
Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sunsail
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
Flying scott
Hunter Marine
My first sailboat
Seabreath
Delphi yachts
Lats and Atts
Doyle Ploch
Spirit Investigations
Running aground
Luke part 1
Luke part 2
More Luke stories
Kite Quest 200
The Elusive First 3 Shows!

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