Summer Is Here and The Living is Easy

Regular readers may have noticed a rather, shall we say, relaxed pace of posting in the last month or so. This does not indicate any lack of interest on the part of Phyllis, Colin, Matt and I, but rather is a manifestation of our usual summer slow down due to all of us being extremely busy with other things like actually getting “Out There” on our own boats. An activity that in turn, and in time, will spark lots of great new content.

You may also have noticed some gaps in our responsiveness to comments and emails. This is due to the challenges of finding reliable internet while traveling and sailing—that’s the downside, or maybe the upside, of cruising.

On the Adventure 40 front, I’m well aware (several readers have reminded me) that I have promised posts on the deck/rig and interior.  They will appear, but it may be a few more weeks. Recognize that me rushing these posts, even if I had the time and mindshare available, would not accelerate the appearance of the boat since the key man in the whole operation, Erik, will not be back from the Arctic until late September.

Don’t forget that there are nearly 500 posts (menu above) in the archives and 25 Online Books to read during this slow period.

Have a great summer all. And to our readers south of the Equator, the sun is already heading your way.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Marc Dacey Aug 9, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Rest assured, John, that if you and Phyllis and your associates did *not* actually get out “field-testing” your respective vessels in the Northern Hemisphere summer, I and likely others would start to question your wisdom! My blog posts slacken for the same reason: in some fashion and form, I’m out on the water, actually doing instead of preparing to do.

    • John Aug 11, 2014, 10:53 am

      Hi Marc,

      Yup, that’s the trade off. Hard to write about it credibly if you don’t do it.

  • Chris&Janet Aug 10, 2014, 9:32 am

    Isn’t it interesting the degree to which blogs and blogging take on lives of their own which often compete with the lives about which we blog.

    • John Aug 11, 2014, 10:47 am

      Hi Chris,

      Ain’t that the truth. This started as a hobby! Having said that, now that we charge for membership, we do feel a morel obligation to keep good quality contact flowing.

  • Matt Aug 10, 2014, 3:54 pm

    This is also a time of year when it’s comfortable to work out in the shop, so any spare time (that isn’t already taken up with hopping between cities, going out on the lake for a swim, or fixing the house / boat / cars) gets put towards boatbuilding rather than writing.

    It seems the rule is I get one article, of some kind, done for every lousy cold rainy day that hits us.

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