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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #34
January 23, 2017
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #34 - January 2017
What's in This Issue:
We've been pretty busy, Mary and I (which is more like the honest reason for my tardiness with this newsletter), since rousing 'Alacazam' from her 7 month slumber in her hurricane cradle at Jolly Harbour in Antigua, West Indies.
Micron 66 antifoul paint lasts two seasons out here, but sadly it was time to do it again. I say sadly because it's double the price that it is back home in the UK - and it's expensive there! The post-Brexit fall in the value of the British Pound hasn't helped either, with everything in these $US and € based economies now eroding our cruising fund by 20% more than it did last year.
I'm always looking for a way to prevent - or at least slow down - growth on Alacazam's sterngear. This year I thought I'd try TK Line Antifouling Spray - a hard matrix clear antifouling spray paint that is designed to protect gear cases & propellers for up to 3 months of submersion. It came well recommended by the chandler I bought in from back home in Plymouth.
3 months eh? We'll see...
Soon we were launched, and with strong winds (the infamous 'Christmas Winds') forecast we left our marina berth and motored around to the sheltered Falmouth Harbour where we could anchor for free and complete our preparations for our 2017 Caribbean cruise.
And it was here that they dropped a bombshell of Brexit/Trumpescue proportions - they were thinking of selling 'Hummingbird'!
Mary and I were surprised and rather saddened by this news, having first met up with this cruising couple on the other side of the Atlantic some 15 years ago.
'Hummingbird' is an exceptional cruising catamaran, robustly constructed, fully equipped and properly maintained for extended cruising and living aboard. If they do decide to sell, she'll be advertised on sailboat-cruising.com.
If you want to know the moment the ad is published,
please click here...
Your delight though, may be short-lived...
They're fine while a breeze keeps your boat and the buoy in line, but as soon as the breeze dies away the buoy will head for your boat - as if by magnetic attraction - and the high steel ring will gouge grooves in your topsides.
But there is a solution - not a very pretty one but it works. Just haul in your mooring line so the buoy is tight up under your bow roller. This puts a great deal of strain on your mooring lines and cleats, but it's that or find somewhere to anchor - which is not easy in the very deep water outside the moorings in this anchorage.
Still on the subject of French moorings, but in Martinique this time. A few years ago, a large number of moorings were laid in Grand Anse D'Arlet at the north end of the island.
These were immediately grabbed by local boat owners leaving few if any for cruisers, and little space left for anchoring. This year, they've all disappeared for a reason unknown to me.
But it's just the buoy and top
gear that's gone though - the mooring blocks remain on the seabed, lying in wait to trap your anchor. Be very careful where you drop the hook!
It was a 49 footer, of Swedish manufacture, expensive and highly regarded. It had powered roller furling on the jib and staysail, and powered in-boom furling on the mainsail. Halyard and sheet winches were electrically powered.
On the way over they had:
I know that
many readers of this newsletter will be saying "Well, I've got powered winches on my boat and I've never had any such problems". If so please drop us a line with your tips and advice on using them successfully, and I'll publish your comments in a future issue.
Following a recommendation, I recently purchased an all-in-one face mask and snorkel - a
Tribord Easybreath Snorkeling Mask.
The answer, my friends, is "YES!" - it has transformed snorkeling for me. No leaks, all-round vision and no fogging. Absolutely brilliant.
I let my similarly bearded pal John try it out - and you can see what he thought of it in the pic below.
I was probably lucky to get it back!
One month after launching, it was time for a look-see...
Already it's got more whiskers than I've got, but I'll leave you to decide whether the TK Line Antifouling Spray worked or not.
The Micron 66 was doing its job though, but I'll be having a word with that Plymouth chandler when I get back...
Pic taken in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua a few weeks ago. Looks about 40 foot LOA and it has a distinctive sweeping curve to the cabin top.
Among other items this month, we have:
Take a look at these and all the other stuff at
used cruising gear for sale...
Want to check out a whole load more? Then take a look at the full list secondhand cruising boats for sale...
Don't forget...If you're thinking of looking at a secondhand sailboat, or just want to be aware of what to look for - and when to walk away no matter what - then you really ought to take a look at Andrew Simpson's eBook Secrets of Buying Secondhand Boats...
It's full of sound advice from an acknowleged expert and could quite literally save you $$$$$thousands!
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See you next month!
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