This and That, July

At lunch with Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson of 59 North.

At lunch with Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson of 59 North.

Young People Doing Cool Stuff

Over the last couple of years I have exchanged a bunch of emails and had a few conversations about offshore sailing with Andy Schell, but we had never met. We fixed that when he and his wife, Mia Karlsson, and I had a lunch in Lunenburg where they had stopped by in their beautiful new-to-them Swan 48 Isbjörn that they bought to take paying crews on offshore passages.
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The Perfect Forecast?

The near-universal availability of accurate weather forecasts and GRIBs is great, but over analyzing the data can lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. Colin tells the story of an imperfect forecast that lead to a perfect voyage. Free feature post.

Propane Tank Gotcha–Take Two

Do you carry aluminum propane tanks like we do on "Morgan's Cloud"? If so, you need to listen up as Phyllis shares some things about re-certifying and replacing them that we learned the hard way...$500 worth of hard way.

FREE Post. I would be the first to commend the authors of the report on their diligence in analyzing the capsize of the Beneteau First 40.7 "Cheeki Rafiki" and the tragic loss of four lives.

Having said that I believe said report failed the offshore sailing community in its recommendations. Here are my thoughts on what we need to do to prevent another tragedy in the future.

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This and That–June

A few thoughts and photographs in a FREE post to start the month off: lee shores, pubs, books, and a sobering reminder.

Most yacht engines are horribly inefficient, but that can be fixed. In this series Matt, AAC engineering correspondent, explains how in easy to understand terms, and cuts through the marketing hype surrounding the many options.

Every owner of a boat with an engine--auxiliary sail or power--will benefit from reading this, even if you only use the knowledge to better manage your existing engine and, into the bargain, make it last longer and breakdown less often.