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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #22
September 23, 2015
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #22 - September 2015
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There were five of us on board. We'd been pals of the skipper and his wife for some 20 years or so, and as we motored down the river towards Plymouth Sound with the highly experienced skipper on the helm, I pondered the degree of experience aboard - over 100 years and tens of thousands of sea miles between us! We should be OK then...
Having dropped the hook, we settled down in the cockpit for a couple of beers and a bite to eat while daylight ebbed away. Later, now in total darkness, we were enthralled by the spectacular displays - and had I remembered to take my camera you'd be seeing evidence of them right here.
Anyway, it all came to an end and the whole armada up-anchored and set off for their various moorings and marina berths. The girls were below, the skipper and I in the cockpit as we motored home to our TRSC mooring.
The behavior of the other boats was becoming alarming, getting very close to us before swerving away. There was some shouting too, in an uncomplimentary tone.
"Bloody idiots, you'd think we're invisible, wouldn't you?", said the skipper.
Then, with a degree of urgency - "Switch the bloody navigation lights on somebody. Now!"
You just can't beat knowledge and experience, can you?
To save his blushes I've purposely not named the skipper or his boat - but there's only one Dehler 34 in the TRSC!
This event was hosted by my club, the Tamar River Sailing Club. Well, we must have done a good job because the Jesters want to come back. Every year, in fact!
So, in May 2016 we'll see them all again, this time for their single-handed Plymouth to The Azores Challenge (1,400 miles as the crow flies - considerably more if you've got to tack against a south-westerly wind!).
Well done to the TRSC Committee and all those other club members who helped make this happen.
I just love the ethos of this event. Here are the 'rules'...
The Jester Azores Challenge is run on a ‘gentlemanly basis’ within the following guidelines:
Interested anyone? The entry list currently stands at 27 but it's still open...
Winter in that part of France is cold, wet and windy so Brian wants to avoid all that unpleasantness and get back to the Florida winter sunshine.
He's not interested in buying Florida real estate again but wants a comfortable, capable sailboat around 34 to 40 foot LOA for living aboard on a slip or marina berth on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast.
He's unsure of the availability/affordability of live aboard slips/berths and wondered if I could help him. Sadly, Florida is well outside of my territory so, my fellow Sailboat Cruisers, it's over to you. Can you help or advise Brian in any way?
If so, please
drop him a line...
These, apparently were developed to spin up jet engines in military aircraft. Worth a look I thought - and I liked what I saw...
So I bought one, a Red Flash 750.
Its small size - 165mm (6.5") x 176mm (7") x 125mm (5") - allowed me to locate it alongside the existing engine starter battery, which I then connected to my house bank - a real win/win situation!
I've been relying on my Red Flash battery for 4 seasons now. It spins my Yanmar 30 over very nicely and has never let me down.
They're marketed by DMS Technology in the UK who will happily ship one to you whichever side of the Atlantic you're on.
You can find out more at www.dmstech.co.uk/red-flash/red-flash-high-rate.
But you can overdo it - and if you have, it will be when the wind drops that you'll know about it. You see it particularly in crowded anchorages, where one skipper - having let out considerably more than the others - finds himself making new acquaintances with those nearest to him.
But what is too much scope and what is about right? Some basic trigonometry based around a critical angle of 15 degrees provides a clue.
A well dug-in Bruce anchor. Providing the chain remains flat on the seabed your boat is secure - there's no need for laying out more chain as long as this situation is maintained.
Same Bruce anchor, same seabed - but now the critical angle of 15 degrees has been reached. Your boat is no longer secure.
It's called Windyty and it's rather good - you can take a look at it here...
You can replicate this activity by towing a splashy object a few feet in front of your lure. A half-filled plastic bottle works well, as does a net bag full of wine bottle corks - it's known by sport fishermen as a 'teaser'.
Don't attach this to your trolling line, but tow it on a separate line adjusted such that all the splashy surface activity takes place a few feet (2 or 3m or so) ahead of your lure.
If you're using two trolling handlines, one from each quarter, tie the teaser line between them adjusted such that it's doing its stuff ahead of the lure that's closest to the boat.
The teaser should never be astern of your lures, as then the fishes' attention would remain on the teaser and they'd not get past to attack your lure.
This simple deception is probably the most effective way of getting fish to take an interest in your lures.
For everything you need to know about fishing from a sailboat, take a look at Secrets of Sailboat Fishing...
(1) A Trailer-Sailer >>> (2) A Small Family Cruiser >>> (3) An Ocean Cruising Boat.
And some would say this progression is continued as...
(5) Motor boat >>> (6) Motor home >>> (7) Nursing home!
We're not interested in (5), (6) or (7) - well not yet, anyway - so here's (1), (2) and (3)...
(1) A Trailer-Sailer
'Ta-Daah!' - A Hunter 240
(2) A Small Family Cruiser
'Wandering Star' - A Cobra 850
(3) An Ocean Cruising Boat
'Summer Rose' - A Passport 42
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