One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day…and have no life.
The inspiration for this post came from the several comments about the above photograph of a manifold I built on Morgan’s Cloud pointing out that:
- The hose clamps holding the large cockpit drain hoses are too long.
- The curve in the hose feeding the manifold is kind of tight and that, together with several 90 degree fittings, will have at least some effect on flow rate.
- The hose at the bottom would be better routed behind the seacock, although actually it does not interfere with the handle.
- It would be better and more elegant if the whole manifold were built from bronze fittings (or maybe Marelon), rather than a mix of CPVC schedule 80, bronze, and Marelon.
And you know what? The commenters are absolutely dead right on every single point.
But…you knew there was going to be a but, didn’t you?
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With all the focus on gear, it's easy to forget what cruising is all about. Phyllis reminds us in this post.
This whole transiting the Northwest Passage (The Passage) in a yacht is getting out of hand and many (maybe most) of the crews and boats trying it shouldn't be anywhere near the place. How can someone who has spent much of the last 20 years in the high latitudes in a yacht say that without being a [...]
Not a lot more to say, really.
We have been working on improving our person overboard prevention system over the summer and have just made a video that just might save your life.
The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly. Updated and video added, October 2014.
This is the first of four posts I'm going to write on ways to save money while cruising. These are not the sort of tips beloved of the sailing magazines that can save you a few dollars--you know the ones, "how to make your varnish brushes last longer"--but tips that can save you real money and keep you out [...]
Being as how we ended up commissioning Morgan’s Cloud too late for any high latitude shenanigans (we left Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington, Maine on August 1st), we decided to take our time on the 250 nm passage to our Base Camp near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A while ago I wrote a post about [...]
OK, enough with all this talk of motorboats, let's go sailing in a bit of breeze on Morgan's Cloud. We made the video below a few days ago in a solid Force 7 blow (near gale, 28-33 knots). By the way, look for a timely reminder from Phyllis at the halfway mark in the video--I'm suitably ashamed of [...]
We just published part 2 of our thoughts on Motorboats generally, and those from Nordhavn specifically. We look at seaworthness, fuel burn, the environmental implications, and what all this means to Phyllis and me.
Most sailors, even those who won't admit it, have harboured thoughts about motorboats. But what's it really like on an offshore motorboat, and how does that compare to sailing? Read on to find out.
Having finished recommissioning our own Morgan's Cloud, we are now ready to get back to revealing and discussing Erik's design for the Adventure 40. Back in June we published the hull lines and now we are moving on to the rig and deck. Erik has come up with a clean and simple layout that will function well at sea. [...]
More years ago than I care to admit, I made my first foray into my favourite cruising ground, the western isles of Scotland. Not only did it have a special resonance for me as a Scot living in exile, but it also offered a vastly different experience from my usual haunts in the western Channel. [...]
A chapter to keep us all, including me, on the straight and narrow path to a good boat as we reveal and discuss the Adventure 40 design in the coming weeks.
The first of Phyllis' two posts on cruising Nova Scotia. Sometimes the best cruises are close to home!
The sound of gushing water from below has got to be right up there on any voyaging sailor's list of worst nightmares. On Morgan's Cloud, given that we believe that any pump that is practical for a yacht, no matter how powerful, is going to be of limited use in a flooding situation, we have always [...]