|Magic Goo to the Rescue|
|"To conduct the tests, Dolph collected dozens of strips of heavy Dacron and Spectra fabrics. Each strip was cut in half and then reconnected with a 1-inch overlap seam using every type of adhesive or adhesive-and-sewing combination that might be available on a 40-foot cruising boat. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Magic Goo to the Rescue Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|The High Cost of Safety|
|"The process of gearing up to go to sea should include a strong training component as well as a taste of actual open-ocean sailing. Whether experience is gained by signing up at a competent sailing school, by working on the pitching deck of a boat belonging to an experienced friend, or is self-taught through incremental exposure, the goal remains the same:" |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The High Cost of Safety Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|Getting the Most out of High-Tech Line|
|"An extreme example of this dichotomy is a halyard made of line that has a PBO core wrapped with a protective polyester cover. Under load, the core will slip through the clutch inside the cover, so the cover has to be sewn to the core in the area in which the clutch is likely to hold it.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Getting the Most out of High-Tech Line Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|Suddenly Alone, Totally in Control|
|"In more than a decade of sailing, plenty of it offshore, Iíve stood watch unaided by autopilot, hit the POS button on the GPS, and used a handheld VHF enough to know the routine. Yet always lurking in the back of my mind is this vague sense that, if something happens to Rick-my longtime companion and an accomplished, professional sailor-I really donít know enough to make it home on my own." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Suddenly Alone, Totally in Control Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|Initiate in the Stream|
|"For many of the crews in the fleet of 80 boats, which ranged in size from 32 to 60 feet, the biennial race from Massachusettsí Buzzards Bay to the Atlantic island outpost is old hat. For me, it was a voyage of firsts: first time offshore in a sailboat, first ocean race, and first time across the Gulf Stream. I wasnít sure what to expect. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Initiate in the Stream Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|The Killer Wind|
|"Jerry Immel, a longtime resident of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will never forget last September 15. As Hurricane Marilyn slammed into the island with sustained winds of 115 mph late that Friday night, he stood on the bridge of his 96-foot tug in the midst of the worst storm he had witnessed in his 30 years as a licensed captain.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Killer Wind Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|How to Prepare Your Boat for a Storm|
|"A secure marina may not be the most hospitable location during a hurricane. There are several important considerations. Does the dockmaster have an established hurricane plan in place? If not, will you be required to evacuate? The physical characteristics of the marina, its surroundings as well as the layout, construction and design of piers and slips all play an important role in the safety of your boat. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: How to Prepare Your Boat for a Storm Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )
|We Uncluttered Our Cutter|
|"All this clutter and junk will have to go," I said, shaking my head as soon as we were safely reaching across the placid lagoon toward the village. Suddenly the waist-high pin rails, head-high light boards, masthead radar reflector and "shippy" baggywrinkle liberally lashed about the rigging seemed to be acting like square sails set aback trying to cripple the old gafferís spirit.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: We Uncluttered Our Cutter Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )