|SAGA OF A JUNGLE SCHOONER|
|James Baldwin tells us about the Zoraida.
"When people learned I’d bought the gaudily painted pink and purple wooden schooner, Zoraida, they offered condolences instead of congratulations. Neighboring boats in the anchorage shunned my ugly boat like a ship carrying plague. ... Her persistent leaking, which several times brought her decks nearly awash, made her known around the anchorage as “the boat who wouldn’t float”. "
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: SAGA OF A JUNGLE SCHOONER Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|The Foolproof Head|
|Sailnet.com tells us about the foolproof head.
"Against my better judgment, I have gained far too much experience installing and repairing many different types of cranky marine toilets. Over the years I’ve experimented with everything from an electric head to a typical hand-pump model to a porta-potti to a simple bucket in a box. Eventually I discovered a practical, safe, and reliable toilet to install aboard my 28-foot sailboat, Atom."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Foolproof Head Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|In Search of the Unsinkable Boat|
|Sailnet.com brings us: In Search of the Unsinkable Boat.
"Once the majority of lockers were converted to watertight compartments, I wondered if I had incidentally achieved positive buoyancy on a boat with a gross displacement around 9,700 pounds. By making estimates of the amounts of fiberglass, lead, anchors and chains, other metals, woods, foam deck core, tools and miscellaneous gear, and calculating their respective buoyancy factors (see table below), I came up with a figure of 86.5 cubic feet of watertight locker volume needed to float the boat with the decks awash."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: In Search of the Unsinkable Boat Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|Giving Your Boat Some Legs|
|sailnet.com brings us: Giving Your Boat Some Legs.
"While in Madagascar, I even experimented by standing Atom bow-on to the beach with an anchor set out to each side connected to halyards at the top of the mast. This system sounded fine in theory, and may even have worked if I had not upset the balance by stepping off the side of the boat, causing one of the anchors to move slightly from the increased load. Moving in slow motion, Atom rolled gracefully and unstoppably over on her side. Fortunately, the only real damage done was to the skipper’s pride, as witnessed by a group of curious local fishermen who gathered around."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Giving Your Boat Some Legs Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|One With The Oceans|
|James Baldwin tells us about Alberto Torroba crosses the Pacific by dugout sailing canoe.
"In 1990, Alberto Torroba sailed alone across the Pacific from Panama to the Philippines. That’s remarkable enough. However, what made his voyage truly amazing is that his boat was a 15-foot open dugout canoe made from a single tree."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: One With The Oceans Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|TRINIDAD: CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS|
|atomvoyages.com tells us about TRINIDAD: CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS.
"Sailors who pop down to Trinidad for a week of Carnival hell-raising or a quick haul out and paint job are inevitably shocked when I tell them I’ve been here two years. “Two years?” they parrot back in shocked condemnation, making me feel as if I’d been caught spending two years living in a brothel or some other decadent waste of time. "
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: TRINIDAD: CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|A Law Unto Himself|
|A Law Unto Himself.
"Some may have doubted Kris’s sanity when he finally sailed out of Tasmania’s Mersey River in the middle of winter bound for the Great Barrier Reef. He had no radio, electrical system or plumbing. He burned candles for light and kept his drinking water in plastic cans. On that first shakedown trip, he was plagued by vicious squalls, seasickness and self-steering failures. Kris adopted the simple tactic of “Let’s get the hell out of here!” and hand steered up to 20 hours a day."
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: A Law Unto Himself Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
|Still Cruising After 80 Years|
|atomvoyages.com tells us about Jim Melcher who is still cruising after 80 years.
"Alert is a 33-foot Phil Bolger-designed Manatee leeboarder that stubbornly refuses to fit into any standard yacht category. Alert’s 80-year-old master, Jim Melcher, is equally unique among his fellow cruisers, virtually all of which are considerably younger and much less experienced. Eight decades of messing about in boats has left Jim, now bespectacled, gray-bearded and rail-thin, with remarkably good health and a continuing desire to learn more about boats and the cruising life as he sails into is sunset years. "
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Still Cruising After 80 Years Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )