Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Restore or Destroy?


A Yankee 30, abandoned in a boatyard, still restorable and a fine example of a good small voyager.  Is it worth the effort to restore or should it go into a dumpster?

Note:  AppliedSailing is not representing the boat for sale.  It is being used for discussion purposes only.  The vessel is appropriate because it has several key features starting with a skeg protected rudder and ending with a good designer and builder pedigree.

The boat is a 1971 Yankee 30.  More detailed information is available on line at www.sailboatdata.com

To compare a Yankee 30 to many other types of sailing yachts go to:  http://www.tomdove.com/sailcalc/sailcalc.html

The designer's blog is here:  http://sparkmanstephens.blogspot.com/2011/05/yankee-30-design-1999.html























First order of business is to clean the boat.

Restore or Destroy?


A Yankee 30, abandoned in a boatyard, still restorable and a fine example of a good small voyager.

Note:  AppliedSailing is not representing the boat for sale.  It is being used for discussion purposes only.  The vessel is appropriate because it has several key features starting with a skeg protected rudder and ending with a good designer and builder pedigree.  The boat is a 1971 Yankee 30.  More detailed information is available on line at www.sailboatdata.com























Saturday, May 7, 2016

Retire and Go Sailing- Boat Choices, con't

Voyage by truck?
Little boat, no headroom, sails like a dream, trailerable (after a fashion) hotels, small house, travel around the country and sail more places than if one was voyaging by boat.  Voyage by truck and trailer.  Boat as the RV.  


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Retire and Go Sailing-- Cultures


Courtesy Flags and Local Culture

The grandkids were over for a few days.  They always love to get out some of my old courtesy flags from my Caribbean days and rig them in the trees.  They also love to hear about the islands and the way people live in those places.  It reminds me of how the yachties represent their culture interacting with another.  It can go really well.  The courtesy flag indicates, "We respect your culture."

One of the things I have done to get a quick look at local culture is buy my courtesy flags at a local mart.  Aside from the fact they are less expensive than at the chandlery, I get to meet some locals while showing respect for their country.  They share back useful "secrets" in return.  I get away from the cruising world and step into the local's world... a bit.  The Customs and immigration folks have always been more than delighted to direct me to a local store selling national flags.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Voyaging the House-Guests and Neighbors

Voyaging, it is easy to take a break from the neighbors, neighborhood, town, etc.  Pick up the hook and slip off to a new place... maybe busier, maybe quieter.

In the House, the "land yacht" guests are way, way easier.  Pretty much everyone knows how to live in a house.  Guests aboard the yacht have to learn a whole new set of behaviors.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Voyaging the House-Charts and Maps

Paper charts.  Analoge.  In the land-house, we have maps showing topography for hiking or rivers for rowing, etc.  Of course, we still use big road maps when planning trips.  Digital information, GPS and map software/apps are very handy for automobile travel.  On the water, paper charts still rule for planning and even detail.  We can draw on them, annotate with notes.  We use digital charting in many ways.

Voyaging?  Maybe the best way to spend part of an evening with other sailors is with a large area chart spread out and the dream machine running full speed.  Which charts?

Start with the Pilot Charts.  Then move over to the various large area charts.  I have pictures below.  These aren't fancy images of never-been-folded charts.  My charts are marked up and well loved.

The pilot charts show statistical information about expected winds, current, sea temperatures, barometric pressure, ice, and wave heights for a give month on a given ocean.  Planning to sail from Newport, RI to Antigua?  You can get an overview of the conditions at sea for the month you plan to sail.  Invaluable.






These charts came from Chase Levitt in Portland, Maine.  Other sources known to me are Landfall Navigation in Greenwich, CT and Bluewater Books and Charts in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

True story:  Planning a trip to St Maarten in 2004.  Local guy asks if I am going down the coast from Massachusetts to Florida before crossing over to the Caribbean.  I said, "No."  He asked why and I took out the pilot chart, showed him the distances and wind directions.  He asked, "So why do so many people do it that way?"  "Dunno?"  Maybe a long offshore trip is unpleasant.  Maybe they just never looked at a pilot chart.