Month

September 2011
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter's morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea! --from The Jumblies, by Edward Lear/Drawing by Edward Gorey ONE THING I'VE NEGLECTED TO MENTION is...
We've already discussed how a fiberglass laminate is created: what fabrics and resins are used, molds, the problem of blisters, and how cores can be used to make a laminate both stronger and lighter. Now we'll consider how a simple fiberglass boat hull can be reinforced and strengthened by the structural elements within it. This...
Boat show season is upon us. I spent last Thursday down in Newport, checking out the new boats on offer for the comic, then returned yesterday for some post-show test sails. This year when comparing boats I have been paying particular attention to how aft cabins are treated. Not the big palatial ones you find...
Editor's note: Later this fall I'll be crewing on a boat in the Caribbean 1500 cruising rally, which departs from Hampton, Virginia, on November 7. The prospect has me recalling the last 1500 I sailed in, way back in 1998, when the rally fleet had a serious run-in with Hurricane Mitch. It was a very...
Now for some more bad news from the Piracy Desk. Several news outlets over the weekend have confirmed that a 55-year-old French cruiser, Christian Colombo, was killed by pirates off the coast of Yemen last week during an attack on a 56-foot French-flagged cruising catamaran, Tribal Kat. Subsequently, the victim's wife, Evelyne Colombo, was rescued...
Some good news from the Danish foreign ministry today: the Johansen family (parents Jan Quist and Birgit Marie and their teenage children Rune, Hjalte, and Naja), along with two crew, who were captured by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean over six months ago, were released yesterday and are in reasonably good health. The Danish...
Our Labor Day weekend family cruise aboard Lunacy had been long anticipated, but somehow this anticipation did not translate into a prompt departure for the boat last Friday. As it was, we didn't have all our crew and gear aboard, ready to cast off, until nearly 4 pm. During the depths of the summer this...
{youtubejw width="500" height="360"}ZS_6-IwMPjM{/youtubejw} I'm a little confused about the provenance of this video, but I do know it was shot at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Something about a wedding, a beluga whale named Juno, and a mariachi band. What I'm unclear about is who was marrying who. I wonder, too, what happens to the sound...

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