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Some Places

( Sailing andTravel )

Here’s a map of some of the places I’ve been and some of the places I want to go. Most of the places I’ve been are in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. The United States is a huge country to explore. Create your own travel map.

S/V Alina Marie

My friends Ralph and Alina brought their Tylercraft 26 to my marina on their way from the southern side of Long Island, where they bought the boat two years ago, back to Maine, where they live. That was two seasons ago. Earlier this season, Ralph and Alina got married. They have been working on recommissioning [...]

Visiting s/v Freedom

Earlier this week, I sailed s/v Pretty Gee down to Cuttyhunk to visit with my friends Ed and Chris on their Endeavour 42 s/v Freedom. They’re on the southbound leg of a cruise down to the Caribbean. They set out a while back from the Great Lakes and don’t really have a set ending date [...]

First Time Visitors

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking my fellow twinless twins Anna Tse and Honey Langley out on s/v Pretty Gee. They hadn’t been sailing before so this was a new experience for them. I also had my friends Ken and Dottie Willits and Dave Cowles along for the ride. We started out [...]

Electrical Systems for Boats

If you want to upgrade the electrical system on your boat or add one to a boat that really doesn’t have one you will need a few things. Before I mention what you’ll need, I would point out that it is often far less expensive and faster to rip out the entire previous system and [...]

La Dolce Vita Visits Pretty Gee

Today, I was working on s/v Sea Spirit’s VHF radio. Ken and Dottie had been having some issues with it since stepping the mast and I wanted to make sure the wiring going up the mast hadn’t been damaged while stepping the mast. I checked the radio’s power and antenna connection with a VSWR meter [...]

Ground Tackle—Emergency Gear

Just curious, how many of my readers consider a good anchor an important piece of emergency safety gear? There was a recent story about two boaters who were rescued after their boat ran out of fuel and was forced by seas and wind on to the rocky shore. Now, it seems to me that if [...]

First Sail 2012

Today, Sunday, May 20, 2012, was the first sail of the 2012 season for s/v Pretty Gee. I was excited to have an old friend along for the sail. I hadn’t seen my friend Adrienne since 1997, when I moved to Virginia and she headed off to Belgium for a nine-year stint in the EU. [...]

Giving Credit

I was reading June’s Cruising World and there’s an article about the Gunboat 66 Gazelle. Herb McCormick, who wrote the article, describes a photo of the forward cockpit as a “signature, centrally located forward cockpit”. Too bad he didn’t do his research… Gunboat stole the idea from the Chris White-designed Atlantic Catamarans, which had the [...]

2012 Sailing Season Starts

Today is the official start of the 2012 sailing season for me and s/v Pretty Gee. I launched s/v Pretty Gee with the help of Dale and Merry. When I got down to the boat this morning, I loaded the mainsail, the bimini, some PFDs, the flares I bought yesterday, and a couple other boxes [...]

Delivery: S/V Hilarity

( Events andSailing )

Sunday, I helped Dale and his sister-in-law Merry move S/V Hilarity from Fairhaven to Bourne. Dale bought S/V Hilarity at the end of last season and needed to move her from my marina, where she wintered, over to his mooring in Bourne, about 15 nm as the crow flies (shown on the image by the [...]

Cabin Sole Lockers

One of my major projects from this past winter was adding some additional stowage to the main cabin of s/v Pretty Gee. Stowage is very scarce on most trailerable trimarans and the Telstar 28 is no exception. My aim was to make the boat more comfortable, safer and more seaworthy while also giving the boat [...]

Anchor Locker and Bow Crash Compartment

During the last winter, I pulled the holding tank from my boat, s/v Pretty Gee. The tank had difficult to trace leak that turned out to be due to a couple of cracks in the side of the tank. When I pulled the tank, I noticed that there is a fairly large space in front [...]

Cruising on s/v Slight Breeze

Tomorrow, I head down to Connecticut for the annual summer cruise on my friend’s boat s/v Slight Breeze for a nine-day cruise. This will be the second year I am participating in his summer cruise. He asked me along last year when one of his normal crew, and the only other sailor in the crew, [...]

Sailing Videos

( Sailing andVideo )

I haven’t posted any sailing videos in a while, so I thought I’d post these. They’re from various trips over the past four years or so. Sailing s/v Felix wing-on-wing on the 2010 Bahamas-to-Marion delivery trip The three dolphins that escorted us on the Bahamas-to-Marion Delivery Trip S/V Felix Pre-dawn Sailing on Exuma Sound A [...]

Naked Kings Update

( cruising andSailing )

I spoke with Antoine, the new captain of s/v Avalon Explorer, and they are planning to leave for France tomorrow. I wish them luck and hope they have a fast, safe passage. I am asking that my weather goddess watch over them, because I think they will need all the help they can get.

Distress Signals

One of the most important pieces of safety gear are distress signals. There are many kinds of distress signals, but they fall into three categories as a general rule. Visual Distress Signals: These include flares, smoke, flags, mirrors, waving your arms, strobe lights, etc. They are designed to attract attention to you or your boat [...]

Three French Guys…

Lately, I’ve been helping my friend Glenn out.  He sold his Jeanneau Sun Leisure 34 to three French guys, who are planning to sail it back to France in about a week.  He asked me to keep an eye out for the three French guys that had bought the boat. I decided that helping them [...]

On Writing

Much of what I have written here on Adrift At Sea is sailing-related, though the blog was not originally started for that purpose, despite the nautically themed name.  I have written a fair number of technical articles related to the systems on sailboats.  While writing these, I’ve tried to keep the writing accessible for novices, [...]

Small Boat Safety Gear

( Safety andSailing )

One of my friends is a die-hard Laser sailor.  Tillerman, recently asked on his blog, what safety gear he should be carrying on his Laser.  That prompted a response from me that was rather lengthy for a blog comment, and lead to me writing this post. This list of safety gear applies to almost all [...]

Foul Weather and Clothing

( cruising andSailing )

Recently, on a sailing forum, a post came up about buying foul weather gear.  That brought up the subject of dressing for foul weather conditions and lead to this post. First, dressing appropriately for sailing requires a fairly wide wardrobe, especially if you are making a passage from a tropical climate to a temperate climate [...]

What to do if your boat starts sinking?

( cruising andSailing )

On a recent sailing forum post, the OP asked what to do if your boat starts to sink? That’s a very good question. Initial steps to take include: Getting everyone awake and into PFDs or survival suits Getting the engine started, especially if it is a diesel, since diesels will run even if the electrical [...]

The Long Cold Dark of Winter

I dread this time of year. This Saturday, I will be hauling s/v Pretty Gee out of the water for the season. That means no more sailing on her until sometime next spring. There will still be work to do—winterizing her for the long cold dark of winter—doing the various maintenance projects that have to [...]

Seamanship and the Small Craft Sailor

On the Sailfar.net sailing forum, there was a thread on the apparent prejudice that seems to exist against smaller sailboats, which seems to show up in some marinas. Over the last two decades, there seems to have been trend towards larger boats for the cruising market. Now, I can understand why the boat manufacturers have [...]

Jacklines, Tethers and Harnesses

Recently, the question of safety gear, specifically jacklines, tethers and harnesses came up on one of the forums I’m a regular of, so I thought writing about it, especially as we head into the colder weather would be a good idea. I’m a firm believer of using harnesses and tethers to help keep the first [...]

Gelcoat Cracks—What Do They Mean?

On one of the sailing forums, someone asked about what gelcoat cracks mean. This is basically the response I gave them. Basically, there are THREE types of cracks you see in gelcoat. 1) Crazing or spiderwebbing—called this because the cracks tend to go in all directions and have no real central point or directionality. These [...]

Boat Inspection Trip Tips

After reading a bit about what people think is or isn’t necessary when going to look at a boat… I decided to put together this post, which was originally written for the Sailnet.com sailing forum. This was a collaborative effort between my friend, Maine Sail, and myself. Please note: This article is about going to [...]

2010 Delivery of s/v Felix—Part I.

2010 Delivery of s/v Felix from Stocking Island to Marion, Massachusetts This spring, I was asked by my friend John if I would help deliver his boat, s/v Felix from Stocking Island, in the Exumas, back to Marion, Massachusetts. Being fairly familiar with s/v Felix, I was happy to help. The delivery was supposed to [...]

Sunday at the Marina

This past Sunday my friend Dave and I were down at the marina working on the s/v Pretty Gee. There are a lot of spring projects I’m working on and Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to be down at the marina. One project was cleaning and polishing the stainless steel on the boat. This [...]

Bilge Pumps

A friend of mine was asking about installing bilge pumps on his boat.  So, I thought I’d write about that today. My recommendation for a full bilge pump setup has a small “maintenance” bilge pump down in the lowest part of the bilge. The float switch for this pump can be integrated or separate, but [...]