Most commonly yachts feature an inboard engine which exits through a stuffing box to a cutlass bearing and prop. Or they feature an outboard motor attached to the transom. But there are a couple other alternatives including sterndrive (I/O), jet, and pod drives. Let’s survey … Continue readingDrive Types – Inboard, Outboard, Sterndrive, Jet, Pod
Getting your latitude by celestial navigation can be actually relatively easy. It also can be totally overwhelming if you read the incredibly obtuse chapter 8 of Bowditch. My advise when learning is to stick to a few basics as outlined below.
It is posible to save 165 NM of navigation by crossing the state of Florida via Lake Okeechobee instead of doubling the Keys. Going counterclockwise, you enter through the Port St. Lucie Inlet, then motor up the river, and finally connect to the Port St … Continue readingGuide from Port Everglades to Lake Okeechobee
Alden, Burgess, Herreshoff, Paine are some of the legends of yacht design. After my recent travels aboard a Lewis Francis Herreshoff schooner, I have been thinking about what exactly went on back then. There is no doubt we have come a long way in terms … Continue readingThe Past of Yachting
Danger: Traveling this route during the tropical season from June until November is not advised. Traveling by sea from Florida to Saint Maarten is a 1,500 nautical mile journey upwind. There are two options: (1) the scenic route down the thorny path (2) the delivery … Continue readingGuide from Fort Lauderdale to Saint Maarten
I am still off on delivery and unable to respond to comments until I get to a hotspot. Hopefully, I am experiencing better times than in the sea story below. I was offshore in a tropical gale with a dirty fuel tank and an engine … Continue readingAdrift Through the Windward Passage
This week I am enroute from Fort Lauderdale to St. Maarten aboard the pictured yacht, a 75-foot Herreshoff design. Please check back in the next few weeks for stories and technical articles from my delivery adventure to St Maarten.
There no doubt to me that catamarans will play a larger part in the future of sailing and especially cruising than they have in the past. Even in racing, the America’s Cup is now catamarans. I see daily once monohull clients switching to catamarans. The … Continue readingFeatures of the Catamaran of the Future
The closer you look at the Gozzard 36, the more well thought out features you will find on this classic Canadian cruiser. The Gozzard family has been building sailboats since 1970 when Ted and his brother opened up Bayfield Yachts in Ontario building a wide … Continue readingGozzard 36 Review: Ingenious Interior
Key to keeping your batteries charged in the Bahamas is an alternative energy source. With diesel over $5/gallon who wants to run the engine or a generator to power refrigeration and autopilot. “Is wind or solar a better choice?” I am often asked and see … Continue readingWind or Solar?