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September 12, 2012

Yachting Answers on Quora

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Looking for an answer to a yachting question? Recently I have rediscovered Quora, a growing Question and Answer website. Quora is an interesting site because it has managed to draw so-called “high value contributors” who post under there real names. With the San Francisco America’s Cup coming up, Quora has quite a bit of activity in regards to yachts and boats. Also pushing up the content are the contributions of Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame who has taken on the topic of Boating as his medium to contribute to and explore on Quora. One his best answers is to the legendary “Are there more boats or pasta?” question.

If you are looking for answers, anyone can sign up and post a question. Or if you are interested in receiving a weekly email with the most popular of that week’s topics, sign up and you’ll get a weekly update (I do). There are many unanswered questions (ex. “How do AC45 boats go faster than the windspeed on the downward leg?”) that as a yachtsman/woman you might be able to contribute in and develop the sum of humanity’s knowledge too – if you are into that type of thing.

September 5, 2012

Newport Show – September 13-16, 2012

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Newport Boat Show 2012

If you harbor a passion for boating, there’s only one place to be. The 42nd Annual Newport International Boat Show, September 13-16, 2012, will feature new sailboats and powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors. Multiple waterfront facilities along America’s Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf. All Show sites are accessible by land or by water taxi service.

August 29, 2012

TS Isaac in Fort Lauderdale

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Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac came through South Florida this weekend. Here in Fort Lauderdale, we saw only 30 knot winds but a great deal of rain and flooding in low areas. Most boats checked their lines and maybe doubled up, but few stripped canvas. Looking out the window, all the jibs of the sailboats in the marina are still up. I ran around to look after yachts whose owners are afar, hit the beach to surf some waves, and then hunkered down as it became a bit too gnarly out there. Please feel free to check out the archives for a three part series on hurricanes that features a a hurricane story, notes on places to hide out for hurricanes in Fort Lauderdale, and details on what might constitute a good dock.

August 22, 2012

MY Cosmic Muffin – Fort Lauderdale Plane Boat

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Cosmic Muffin docked on SW 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale

Cosmic Muffin is one of a handfull of iconic boating symbols in Fort Lauderdale along with the dismasted Floridian and that blue sailboat without any portholes. Sometimes these icons move on like that Wooden Schooner that was slipped for so long on the New River or the famous Tropic Rover which sunk in the jetties of Nassau Harbor. But I think and hope we will have M/Y Cosmic Muffin forever. Florida is a colorful place, and nothing is more colorful than a Boeing 307 Stratoliner owned by Howard Hughes that was converted into a boat and featured in a novel by timeless troubadour Jimmy Buffett. See below for a historical timeline of the boat. Continue reading “MY Cosmic Muffin – Fort Lauderdale Plane Boat” »

August 15, 2012

Dania Cut-Off Canal Developments

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Derektor 900-ton Lift

Recently the Dania Cut has seen two big developments: (1) the dredging of the canal to 15-feet and (2) Dereketor Shipyards assembling of the second largest travelift in the USA.

The dredging barge has been in action since July, and although inhibiting navigation, she is a welcome sight. And as it is offseason with most yachts in the Mediterannean, she is not inhibiting too much. The deeping of the canal to 15-feet will allow the yards such as Dania Cut, Broward, Playboy, Harbortown, Powell Brothers, Associated, Derektors, and Royale Palm to service the ever larger superyachts that cruise our shores. From my office at Royale Palm, I check on the dredging daily and note its signs such as murkier than usual water flowing into the basin. Continue reading “Dania Cut-Off Canal Developments” »

August 8, 2012

Tarpon Springs, Florida – Waypoints

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Sponge Boats in Tarpon Springs

On Monday I took a day round trip to the Tarpon Springs area to oversee a survey and sea trial. I had the chance to do some sightseeing and got to thinking about all the places I travel not just in terms of yacht deliveries but also sales. From that perspective, I am introducing a new section I am labeling waypoints. The first waypoint featured is the town of Tarpon Springs which has two distinct attractions (1) a rich Greek heritage and (2) a historic sponge industry. Continue reading “Tarpon Springs, Florida – Waypoints” »

August 1, 2012

10 Cruising Catamarans Under $200k

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The Wrong Choice? on the Hard Outside My Office

Traffic has increased quite a bit recently with links to some of my articles posted by a popular blogging couple, The Wind Travelers, who are syndicated in Cruising World and have large followings on social media sites like Facebook. One of the posts they linked to is almost always my most popular week in and out, my list of 10 Best Center Cockpit Sailboats Under 200k. It is with a bit of mixed feelings I see the popularity of this post because I do not agree with the viewpoint it proposes or is interpreted to propose especially for a sailing family like the Wind Travelers. I do not think they made the right choice in their boat purchase. Continue reading “10 Cruising Catamarans Under $200k” »

July 25, 2012

Lobster Mini-Season Fort Lauderdale July 25 to 26

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BugFest-by-the-Sea 2012

Last night at 12:01am, midnight, opened the 2012 Mini-Season for lobster catching in Florida. If you do not have one, hurry up and purchase a saltwater fishing licence with a lobster permit. Then grab your free dive or scuba gear and head to the beach. One great event to participate in is the BugFest put on by the City of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, “The Shore Dive Capital of South Florida.” This event started yesterday and runs until Saturday with clinics, competitions, and a reef clean-up. Here those new to the hunt will learn tricks while old conchs will impress with the largest bug catches. Please see the official BugFest website for more details.

July 18, 2012

Big Boat Bible

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The Big Boat Bible

If you are in the market for a superyacht, I highly recommend purchasing and reading the Big Boat Bible, an onthology by Richard Friese at Yacht Shots Press. This book is on display at Blue Water Books in Fort Lauderdale and also available online through the Yacht Shots Press website. The bible presents articles from expert support providers to the superyacht industry including naval architects, yard managers, captains, maritime attorneys, and yacht brokers. My favorite chapter so far is Ron Holland’s article on yacht design from the interior out. I also enjoy the wise quotes dispersed throughout the book like “Being rich is expensive.” The paperbook retails for $25 while the hardcover is $35.

July 11, 2012

10 Best 50′ Aft Cockit Sailboats

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Deck View of a 50' Aft Cockpit

This list is a response to a comment request I received last week. Mgshorm wrote:

I love your lists. How about the best 48 ft -52ft aft cockpit semi production for a cruising couple with a budget up to $500,000. 2 stateroom; safe; fast; classy; easy to sail; all the bells and whistles for sailing in the Bahamas, Carribbean- AC/Genset/ electric winches, etc. vs. a refit of a Hinckley or Morris.

This request peeked my interest because of its uniqueness. I receive many emails and comments but very few in regards to 50′ aft cockpit monohulls, especially classically styled models. In fact I see this market as probably the smallest around and shrinking nonetheless. For someone who grew up aboard such a design, it is disappointing to see the disappearance of this market, so with a glow of nostalgia, I present my list of 10 best 50′ aft cockpit monohullls. Continue reading “10 Best 50′ Aft Cockit Sailboats” »

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