Month: November 2015

The Mona Passage

The Mona Passage separates Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico and has a reputation for unpredictable currents and, when the wind gets up, nasty seas. I discussed the passage with the captain of a local whale watching boat and he told me not to try it in anything over 15 knots of wind – better still, …

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Dock talk

I’ve spent many a happy hour on docks, engaged in dock talk – the exchanging of views on a wide range of subjects. The opinions and advice handed out are based on the personal experiences of the participants in the discussion. Or on something they’d once heard. Dock talk is always interesting and entertaining even if you wouldn’t bet …

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The Cableport

Where a mast is stepped on deck the mast cables, typically antenna coax and navigation light wiring, have to be routed through the deck to their destination below. The method of achieving this must be water tight, rugged enough to resist damage from the feet of crew working around the mast and should be of …

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Cockpit enclosures

I’m seeing more permanent cockpit enclosures these days. The soft fabric and clear plastic ‘tents’ have always been around, particularly in sunnier climes, but there seems to be a trend towards rigid structures. I remember many an amicable discussion on the subject of these hard dodgers, whenever cruisers congregated, but few actually went ahead and …

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