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May 2012

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Welcome to the 21st Century

Times, they are a changing, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident then onboard a sailboat far, far from land.  Access to “data” has changed so much in the last 15 years, that basically nothing I knew when we cruised on Earendil is relevant today.  So, I’ve had to get …

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Contemplating an Atlantic crossing

I met Justin sailing, and one of the first conversations we ever had had to do with sailing to remote places, over the big ocean.  Adventure appealed to both of us then, and it has kept us wandering in the 17 years since we met. For the past few months, …

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Atlantic High

Credit for the title to William F. Buckley who wrote an enjoyable little book about his sailing called “Atlantic High”. We bought Shearwater 7 months ago.  She is in Annapolis, MD.  We live in Madrid, Spain.  We really like living in Europe.  It would be great if Shearwater was over …

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Why is it?

Why is it that with every boat project getting to 90% complete is fairly easy and straightforward and the last 10% ALWAYS involves something stuck, something new broken, or you are missing a critical part and have to run to the marine store or hardware store?  That was certainly our …

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The real test – 30 hours of sailing!

Projects are great, but in the end, the goal is to let loose the lines on a boat – and let it take you places. Originally, we wanted to take the boat from Annapolis to Newport, RI on this trip, and our preparations were focused on this.  On Saturday evening, …

That's what 90 degrees looks like.  Fast for sailing.  Not so much for motoring.

Do as I say, not as I do…

I must eat my words.  I jinxed it.  I should have known better.  A few posts ago I mentioned that Chris & John checked over the Max-Prop and transmission to confirm that the transmission reduction was what I thought it was and that the prop should, in fact, be set …