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July 9/2024:  I cannot pretend otherwise. My brand-new 2017 Boreal 47, Lunacy, overall winner of Cruising World’s Boat of the Year rumpus of 2018, ain’t so brand new anymore. Maintenance is inevitable… and more and more frequent these days. Case in point: the aft daggerboard control lines. I had, of course, noticed they were looking...
June 26/2024: My lowly connections in the sailing world had nothing to do with this experience. This was entirely due to my wife, a corporate M&A legal maven, who does a ton of work for Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund that is now title sponsor of the SailGP circus. She was handed some...
June 25/2024:  It’s not often I become an “early adopter” of anything, much less navigation electronics. But this is a bit of kit I was seriously curious about. I’ve never been a fan of having a chartplotter permanently mounted in a cockpit, for various reasons, but mostly because I’d rather focus on what’s around me...
June 14/2024:  I’m guessing not too many folks remember Bill Butler these days, but he had his 15 minutes of fame back in 1989, when he and his then-wife Simonne survived for 66 days drifting across the eastern Pacific Ocean in a liferaft. I met Bill a few years after that, in the summer of...
May 23/2024:  I did try to enlist crew to help sail the good ship Lunacy home from St. Thomas, but I will admit I didn’t try very hard. A good part of me wanted to do this singlehanded, fractured wrist or no. I had previously done some solo passages between the W’Indies and Bermuda, and...
May 17/2024:  So… it happened again. I go off on the good ship Lunacy for a month of the detached life afloat (more on that in a minute), and another important person in my sailing life crosses the bar. Thus… another tardy obit. Last time it was Patience Wales, my first boss at SAIL Magazine....
April 12/2024:  First things first. A short profile I wrote on Daniel Hays and his semi-famous boat Sparrow appears in the most recent (May 2024) print issue of SAIL. It ends with a postscript (complete with Dan’s e-mail address) that he is looking to sell the boat. But if you think you might be interested…...
April 4/2024:  I pimped this baby in print in the April 2024 issue of SAIL (that copy also was just posted on SAIL’s website), but now my enthusiasm is bubbling over here on to WaveTrain. I ended up cruising the Caribbean this winter using ePropulsion’s electric Spirit 1.0 Plus as my primary dinghy outboard, and...
March 14/2024:  As I have muttered to myself repeatedly over the years: I am one lucky boy. And I was surely feeling fortunate contemplating the prospect of this winter’s sailing schedule, a full month wandering the Eastern Caribbean with a crew of three old friends onboard. The first time in many years I’ve been able...
March 8/2024:  I’ve been AWOL on the boat for the past month, with an antique laptop that can’t wrangle posts here anymore, so I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting this space. I’ll catch you up on my own adventures in just a bit, but first we need to discuss a couple of recent events that strike...
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