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With some astonishment I realize that my early family sailing experiences with an 8mm video camera in hand now constitute a museum show of ancient American yachting.
(This link was lost in the forum hacking last year.)
We were members of the Raritan Yacht Club, in Perth Amboy, N.J. The club occupies high ground across from Staten Island, with Sandy Hook due east and the Atlantic beyond.
Updated 11-24-2014 at 09:26 PM by Christian Williams
Deck winches are easy to take for granted until, when trimming the big genoa in 20 knots, the drum loses its grip and you're holding a runaway winch handle by the tail.
Possibly I am not the only one who put off the obvious and elementary task of annual winch service. They seem so sturdy, etc. Tough as nails, etc. Always there for you, and so on. Rather like a well behaved child who you make sleep in the yard, or a dog who runs after your car till you're out of sight, or the bottle
Updated 11-17-2014 at 04:40 PM by Christian Williams
Cruise of Thelonious, Los Angeles to Hawaii and return. Twenty days out, 28 back.
Updated 10-10-2014 at 01:11 PM by Christian Williams
Interactive chart link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...k.ktYmkzLT_ZnA
This summer's 6,000-mile cruise to Kaua'i gives an insight into wear and tear on a boat over time. I was 48 days at sea--20 out, 28 for the return--sailing 24 hours a day, half of it in winds of 20 knots plus. For me, a realistic typical year's sailing is maybe 20 days at four hours a day, or 80 sailing hours. The cruise put on more
Updated 11-10-2014 at 09:24 PM by Christian Williams
Demonstration of the 2014 "Sailomat 800"self-steering vane during a 6,000-mile transit LA-Hawaii-LA.
Updated 10-29-2014 at 04:23 PM by Christian Williams