Vacation (Holiday), Sailing and Camping

Nothing to do with us, but this photo, that I took some years ago in Maine, just screams vacation to me.

Phyllis and I will be taking two to three weeks off from publishing new articles.

First because we are going recreational vehicle (camper) camping with my daughter and her family. Very exciting since it’s the first time we have seen them since before the start of the pandemic.

And then, while we are away, the replacement mast for our new-to-us J/109 is supposed to get delivered, so as soon as we return from camping we will dive into commissioning the boat to get at least a couple of weeks sailing before laying up for the winter.

Also, this is our first vacation from publishing in over two years, so about time to take a break to recharge the creativity, if nothing else.

Coming Soon

And, talking of which, we have lots of interesting stuff perking for when we get fully back to work in November, including:

  • I think, after much thought, I’m finally ready to tackle the difficult subject of docking in current. No, I can’t make that fraught task easy, but I can, I think, make it easier.
  • Lots more stuff arising from the work we have been and will be doing on the new AAC test boat (AKA J/109) to turn her into a fast cruiser, including a complete redesign of the 12-volt electrical system.
  • A report on a great tool, together with a source of clear and succinct information, to keep our boats safe from stray current and galvanic corrosion—often (and mostly incorrectly) known as electrolysis. This will be particularly useful to those of us “blessed” by the marine industry with a saildrive.
  • A good solution, thanks to a smart member, to the rusty Spade anchor problem.
  • Colin will, all going well, be visiting the Boréal yard in France to sail the new 47 Mk2 boat and will be reporting on that.
  • Andy Schell is writing an article for us, too. I have seen a first draft and it’s great with a lot of good lessons shared, but I will leave the subject as a surprise.
  • More on things we learned selling one boat and buying another, including how little the marine industry cares about owners (with a few shining exceptions), and what we can do to protect ourselves from the worst of the resulting depredations.

We have never done the RV thing before, and I’m not at all sure it will be “our thing” (this trip is about safe-in-Covid family-fun) but if we learn anything useful we will share that, too, since many cruisers are also RVers, either mixed with cruising or after.

We also have a whole slew of incremental improvements to the site planned for the winter, to further enhance the redesign work we did over the last two winters, including the tricky task of increasing the visibility of the Adventure 40 at AAC without distracting from our core mission or slowing the site down.

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During this period I will be available in the comments, but sporadically, and it may take a little longer to get support from us if you have a problem with your membership but, rest assured, you will get an answer.

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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 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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