|MacArthur aims for solo record|
|"The 26-year-old yachtswoman has decided to return to singlehanded sailing after the disappointment of abandoning her crewed round-the-world attempt when her 34m (110ft) maxi catamaran Kingfisher 2 was dismasted in the Southern Ocean in February." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: MacArthur aims for solo record Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 15, 2004 )
|"Andy, Liz, Laurie and I spent the Labor Day weekend on board Strange Bird cruising up to Drake's Bay. It is about 25 miles up the coast from San Francisco. We had (as Andy would say) a HOOT! The wind was on the nose all the way to Drake's Bay but the seas were calm and we enjoyed the ride. I went below for about an hours nap and while I was down below they saw some Humpbacks frolicking, by breaching and slapping their flukes repeatedly." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Drake's Bay Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 15, 2004 )
|"The CSY 44 turned out to be a ruggedly built mid-cockpit cutter also available in a pilothouse version. The hefty lay-up schedule, moderate sail area and full sections made it as appealing to cruising traditionalists as it was to the charter fleet. Her bulletproof rub rail and a keel and ballast arrangement designed to handle a grounding piqued the interest of many cruisers. The fact that the vessel could be purchased in kit form or as a ready-to-cruise package further widened its appeal.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CSY 44 Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 15, 2004 )
|"Nights were much lighter than I imagined they'd be on the ocean. Millions of stars lit up the sky and I saw two of the most amazing falling stars I've ever seen. Phosphorous highlighted the tops of waves and revealed critters swimming all around us. Dolphins joined us on two nights, racing our bow. Little, chattering seabirds were attracted to our running lights. Many would fly into our sails, then flutter down onto the deck and into our cockpit. One surprised Brian by landing directly in his lap. I scooped another up in my hands and it was so delicate!
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Sea Pilgrim Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 14, 2004 )
|Checking the Basics of the Atomic 4 Engine|
|"There are problems associated with Atomic 4's that can lead to its eventual failure. The biggest cause of engine failure is without a doubt overheating. If you are looking at a boat with an A-4, chances are it is raw water cooled, meaning the engine is cooled to proper operating temperature by the use of sea water flowing through the cooling passages in the engine. This is also known as an open cooling system. Some A-4's were delivered with fresh water cooling (closed system). " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Checking the Basics of the Atomic 4 Engine Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 14, 2004 )
|"Designed by Tartan president and in-house designer, Tim Jackett, the 4400 will surly capture its share of the market for upscale passagemakers that can go places in style without neglecting the numbers on the fun-meter. Hull No. 1’s launch coincided with the opening of Fairport’s first factory office on the West Coast to provide support to local owners. Afterward, the boat was commissioned for her owner, a first-time boat owner from Carmel, California, who also has an affinity for fast cars and planes.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Tartan 4400 Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 14, 2004 )
|"I saw this wireless remote demonstrated at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and was inspired to utter, “How cool is that?” When you set it up to operate main-engine transmissions and thrusters, you can maneuver a boat any which way from anywhere onboard that suits you. You can even step onto a dock and handle your own dock lines (though it’s probably a good idea to have someone onboard ready to take over if something goes amiss)." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Yacht Controller Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 13, 2004 )
|"My mind keeps flashing back to the point where we got our man up to the side of the boat. He was dazed and wasn't expending much effort to help himself. As one of our crewmembers reached down to grab his hand, our victim raised his hands and started to slide beneath the surface of the water. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Man Overboard! Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 13, 2004 )