Month: February 2016

Poor Trace – a poem

The wind is howling, the rain is teeming down. We need a smile. I think it’s time for another airing of the poem “Poor Trace” , the sorry tale of Tracy’s attempt to find adventure on the high seas. POOR TRACE by Jon Crowley

The compass

I don’t suppose anyone would argue with the proposition that the wheel is the most important invention in the history of mankind. However, I would suggest that the compass is up there with the wheel as a significant invention because of its impact on exploration. The compass was discovered in 10th or 11th century China …

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Routing mast cables

If your boat has a keel stepped mast the mast cables – antennas, navigation lights – can exit the mast below decks. If, however, you have a deck stepped mast you’ll need to get the mast cables through the deck another way. You’ll want to look at the Cableport, a wonderful Swedish design that’s standard …

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Night sailing

When the sun has melted into the horizon like a knob of butter on a hotplate you flick on the navigation lights and prepare for a night at sea. Night sailing is at times magical, at other times intimidating. Deep water with plenty of sea room, no traffic, a gentle breeze and a big moon …

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Get wind oriented

Many years ago I was crew on a sail training boat when the skipper ordered the trainee helmsman to head up into the wind. The helmsman simply abandoned the tiller, saying: “I have no idea what I’m doing”. This feeling of helplessness at the helm is a condition I’ve noticed with inexperienced sailors many times …

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Merry Christmas!

I’ve spent two Christmases, 1991 and 1999, anchored off uninhabited cays in the Bahamas. White sand tropical beaches in the Bahamas remind me of sand dollars and sand dollars make lovely Christmas decorations. Every year we hang our Bahamian sand dollars on our Christmas tree here in England. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year …

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Marine salvage

I once towed a disabled boat a couple of miles into a marina and received a nice bottle of wine as a reward from the grateful owner. On a sailing forum recently, someone stated that by simply accepting a tow you entitled the captain of the towing vessel to claim ownership of your boat. Nope. …

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