|CRUISING INDONESIA South of Sulawesi|
|"The odd-shaped island of Sulawesi resembles a giant wind-blown spider lying in the azure seas east of Borneo. On the southwest side of the island is the port of Ujung Pandang, formally known as Makassar, a large bustling city with several new tourist resorts. It is also the traditional home of the Bugis people who have long been known for their skills in seamanship …. and piracy." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CRUISING INDONESIA South of Sulawesi Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )
|Changes in Racing Sails and Sailmaking|
|"Several other sailmakers are developing their own processes of making membrane sails more directly from raw materials. More than a year ago, UK Sailmakers, makers of the distinctive Tape Drive sails, began selling Ultra, a new kind of sail based on similar principles. More recently, Ullman Sails International and the Quantum Sail Design Group have announced new, unique approaches based on offshore manufacturing. And North Sails hasn't been idle, continuing to invest heavily in quality control and R&D to refine production at its 3DL plant in Minden, Nev., and expand 3DL production of smaller sails with rotary-molding machines.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Changes in Racing Sails and Sailmaking Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )
|Depthsounder Transducer Mounting|
|"In general, the transducer should be mounted on centerline, but clear from the lower unit of the outboard or outdrive. The transducer should not interfere with water flow into the prop, and vice versa. In single engine installations, it is also frequently suggested that the transducer be mounted on the port side because of a tendency for the propellor torque to roll the hull slightly to that side." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Depthsounder Transducer Mounting Submitted by Noel Mon May 3, 2004 )
|Winterizing An Outboard Motor|
|"If you live in the northern U.S. or Canada, your boating season comes to an end in September or October. You've got six months of fall and winter ahead, before you'll be able to get back on the water. Your outboard motor should be prepared for this storage period. Here is a quick summary of the procedure I use with my 5-HP FORCE outboard" |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Winterizing An Outboard Motor Submitted by Noel Sun May 2, 2004 )
|Refitting a Depth Sounder Transducer|
|"Before replacing the transducer, I decided to make a simple check of the control head to eliminate the possibility that it might be the problem. A neighboring boat in the marina was equipped with the exact same model of Datamarine D/S, so I removed the control head from our boat, and connected it to the transducer aboard the sister ship. There the unit worked fine. The control head was good; our problem was either in the transducer or the cable connecting the transducer to the control head." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Refitting a Depth Sounder Transducer Submitted by Noel Sat May 1, 2004 )
|Which type of VHF Radio?|
|"There are advantages and disadvantages to handhelds.Advantages include small size and portability, usefulness in an emergency, independence from the vessel’s power and antenna. Disadvantages are related to the power output and battery life, which affects range and how long the equipment can be used. Li-Ion battery technology is generally recognised as a welcome development; in Icom’s IC-M1EuroV and IC-M87 models, or example, it allows them to run for at least 27 hours.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Which type of VHF Radio? Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 30, 2004 )
|"Mauritius may have been known to Arab traders as early as the 10th century, but was discovered unpopulated by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas in 1505. The island was briefly occupied by the Dutch, then colonised by the French from 1715 until the British won a decisive naval battle at Grand Baie in 1810. France ceded Mauritius (Known as L'ile de France) to Great Britain in the 1814 Treaty of Paris. It remained British until gaining independence in 1968. Still, Mauritius retains much of the French culture, and the dominant language remains a French patois.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: MAURITIUS ISLAND Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 29, 2004 )
|Towing an Inflatable Dingy|
|"Many cruising sailors have small outboard motors for use with their inflatables, which creates a dilemma when it's time to tow: should the motor be left on the dingy while towing? The tendency to do this is proportional to the weight of the outboard and the difficulty in removing it and storing it on the boat. There are a number of reasons for recommending against towing with the outboard on the dingy." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Towing an Inflatable Dingy Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 29, 2004 )