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ALLURE Refit Page
"The story of the upgrade of "ALLURE" is going to be a long one. The purpose of chronicling the refit is to network with other members and find the best way based on their experiences. Some of the things I have done are completely novel to me because I don't have a comparison to go by except my 20 years commercial fishing in Alaska. the wiring, plumbing, etc. that is the same on most boats. So here goes, I would like input from members or interested sailors everywhere so we can all learn the easy and reasonably priced way to prepare these boats for long sea voyages. I hope the story and photos we are providing will help those of us that have to do our own work."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: ALLURE Refit Page      Submitted by Noel Thu May 27, 2004 )

Custom LED cabin lighting
"Anungoday's cabin lighting uses two strands of LEDs. The first strand is of five red LEDs with three in the main saloon and two in the vee berth. A second strand is of three white LEDs in the main saloon only. The white strand has its own switch, so the main cabin light dimmer brings up either the red strand only, which will not clobber night vision, or dims the red and white strands together. When both strands are on and turned up full, the half-watt total power consumption would take three months to drain the battery. Of course the battery would have self-discharged long before that."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Custom LED cabin lighting      Submitted by Noel Wed May 26, 2004 )

An Unconventional Boat
"It was clear that only a multihull could provide the stabilty I wanted for a light-weight trailer boat. And I think I got infected by the multihull virus when I made experiments with my canoe converted into an outrigger boat before buying a "real" sailboat. A catamaran like Wharram's Tiki 21 seemed attractive, but would not offer the comfort I had in mind and wouldn't be a real trailer boat. As for trimarans... well there seems to be an unwritten law that trimarans are uncomfortable racing machines with extremely slim center hulls."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: An Unconventional Boat      Submitted by Noel Tue May 25, 2004 )

Palm Stikine Drysuit
"At a suggested retail price of $650, this 4-ply, breathable, expedition-weight drysuit comes with a standard relief zipper, and for $100 more, breathable feet, leaving everything comparable all wet. For instance, the 3-ply Kokatat Meridian Gore-Tex drysuit outfitted with relief zipper and socks sells for a suggested retail price of $910. For the price, and head-to-head, the Palm can't be beat."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Palm Stikine Drysuit      Submitted by Noel Mon May 24, 2004 )

Boat Selection
"From my observations and experience, the majority of boats cruising for a year or longer are sailed by couples, and a boat in the 35' to 45' size range works out best, particularly if they are new to sailing. The cost, time and energy required to maintain a 50' to 60' boat versus a 35' boat once you're "out there" cruising is significantly higher. When I started cruising the South Pacific in 1974 on a Vega 27, there were many cruisers on shoestring budgets, open-ended cruises on boats under 35'. Today we are seeing people cruising faster on larger boats, covering a lot of countries in a shorter time with a planned cruising time frame."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Boat Selection      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

s/d Puffin, PA 4792 CA
"The D4 is a classic. Think of a "dinghy", and chances are, you're picturing a D4 in your mind. Jacques Mertens, the designer of the D4, will tell you that there have been thousands of downloads of the free plans. Had Carl Sagan said that there were "billions and billions" of them afloat around the world, he might not have been too far off the mark."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: s/d Puffin, PA 4792 CA      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine
"Here's a laundry list of features you may or may not like and use: 32MB of built-in memory, including a 15MB mapping database from Navionics, complete with waterways, navigation aids, buoys, beacons, lights, fog signals, radio/radar stations, and highly detailed coastline information; 17MB of available memory for downloading enhanced marine data, cartography, and additional geographic regions using Magellan MapSend software (which you can guess I love doing); tide and current data with graphs showing high and low tides at certain areas; a decently large high-resolution display (but this ain't your computer monitor folks); and a rubber-armored waterproof case that floats when dropped overboard (my favorite feature, from personal experience)."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine      Submitted by Noel Fri May 21, 2004 )

Sailboats and Lighting
"In this Bulletin, and in the Sea Grant video "Lightning and Sailboats" we attempt to answer these questions. We describe the physics of lightning at a layman's level, discuss how a lightning protection system is supposed to work, and explain some of  the technical details necessary for the correct installation of a protection system. A more technically oriented paper is published in the technical literature."
Story

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sailboats and Lighting      Submitted by Noel Thu May 20, 2004 )

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Jay Fitzgerald 1
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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
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Robby Smith 1
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Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Duckworks
Shane St. Clair 1
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Capt. Dave Kyser
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American Eagle
Trekka 1
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AGLCA
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Bluesphere Update
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PDRacer
Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
Sven Yrvind 1
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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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