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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Your Monthly Newsletter, Issue #67 for July 2021
July 10, 2021
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #67 - July 2021
What's in This Issue:
June - Too Soon (for the first one)
July - Standby (It's probably on the way)
August - You must (be fully prepared)
September - Remember (this is probably the worst month)
October - It's all over (last month)
This shouldn't be taken too literally, as there have been plenty of hurricanes that haven't read the rules.
But we've chosen to 'Standby' - at home in England - until 'it's all over'.
Alacazam has three deck hatches; two small ones over the saloon and a larger one on the foredeck through which we can hoist the spinnaker.
At anchor in hot climates these are opened to provide ventilation through the boat. However, they also let in sunlight (which gets things hot and fades the upholstery) and rain, which doesn't do the upholstery any good either.
In the previous issue of this newsletter (the May issue - so much for monthly!) I set out the instructions for making a cheap but effective windscoop for the forehatch. Quick and simple to set up, this is what we use when we're planning on being at anchor for a short period.
However, for longer stays at anchor we wanted a deck awning that kept the foredeck cool, provided good ventilation below without letting in rainwater or the hot sun.
This is what we eventually came up with...
It started out as a simple awning slung over a line between the mast and the inner forestay and tied off to the guardwires, but we found that any breeze flowed in at the forward end and out at the aft end without much of it finding its way below.
The solution? Easy:
We extended the sides down to deck level and put a gable end (in house-speak) on the aft end. Now the only escape for the breeze is through the open hatches.
In heavy rain, and at night, we close the forehatch but leave the saloon hatches open. It works a treat!
There's no 'one size fits all' solution - they have to be bespoke for any particular boat.
Mary made ours up from Sunbrella canvas using our old but reliable Reeds 'Sailmaker' sewing machine.
But it does happen - I’ve seen it. Not the lighting up of half the sky as I was foolishly expecting, but just a green glimmer for a second or so.
With most of the anchorages in Windward and Leeward Islands being on the western side of the islands, you usually get a clear view of the sunset. Hence a sighting of the green flash is a daily quest for crews of anchored yachts, so much so that we've named a favourite cocktail after it - the Sundowner Special! And here it is...
With special thanks to Akim King, barman extraordinaire at 'The Dodgy Dock' in Grenada, who provided the recipe.
Now it may be just a coincidence but, in my experience, it does seem as though there's a correlation between the number of these you've had and the likelihood of seeing the green flash...
Dr Michael Cohen sets out five sailing scenarios in which the superior brains of all cruising sailors respond to various external stimuli, and as usual, fascinating stuff it is too.
It casts off with an impressively concise example of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity that even I could understand.
Notably, his article omits any reference to the brains of jet skiers. Indeed, had these been the subject of the article, I suspect it would have been much shorter...
If you'd like a heads-up when it's released, just drop me an email and you'll be the first to know.
But here's a tip - 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 The Boat Buyer's Bundle...
Daniel, one of our readers, had sent me this pic asking:
"I’m trying to figure out what type of boat and what her keel is? Stumbled upon her this weekend and I’m told she’s been stranded here since hurricane last fall. Trying to decide how hard it would be to salvage if not claimed already under Florida law. Probably extremely difficult but I’m curious."
I told him I couldn't help, but I knew a bunch of wise and knowledgeable people that probably could, and several of you suggested that 'Ciao Bella' was in fact a Catalina 25.
One such wise and knowledgeable person, Michael Wilcox, provided the following supporting evidence - 1979 Catalina 25 for sale showing 'Ciao Bella' in happier times.
Daniel wasn't able to salvage 'Ciao Bella'; someone else beat him to it.
But let's see how you get on with this month's Mystery Boat...
This purposeful-looking cutter 'Dandelion' was spotted heading out to sea on the River Tamar in southwest England.
Any ideas anyone?
If so, please let me know
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The full list of monohulls and multihulls currently for sale can be seen at cruising-sailboats-for-sale.
Among other items this month, we have:
Take a look at these and all the other stuff at used cruising gear for sale...
And finally...If you know anyone who might be interested in the contents of this newsletter, please forward it to them. It's not secret!
And this newsletter can be a two-way thing. If you've read anything you'd like to comment on, or perhaps there's an event you'd like to see announced in a future newsletter, then please let me know.
See you next month!
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