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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #38
August 02, 2017
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #38 - August 2017
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The solution? Splice a small loop in the end of each sheet and attach them to the clew with a soft shackle.
They'really easy to make up, after all they're nothing more than a length of rope with a spliced eye at one end and a stopper knot at the other. Take a look at Soft Shackle Tying to see how it's done.
I had a go at making one up out of a length of 6mm Dyneema, and this is the result:
Although the rigger I spoke to said that 6mm Dyneema would be adequate for anything on my 38 foot (11.5m) sailboat 'Alacazam', I decided to use 7mm as the universal standard for my soft shackles in future.
So apart from the two for the jib and staysail sheets, which of Alacazam's stainless steel shackles could I replace with soft ones? These for starters:
That's 15 so far, which is why I'm knocking them out with the fervour of a future grandmother knitting socks and stuff for her first grandchild.
Seems it's an image-based social-media search engine - sort of.
Being a glutton for punishment, I thought perhaps sailboat-cruising.com should have a presence on it.
Our Pinterest Boards are in their early days yet, but here's what we got so far:
Sometimes though, when the fish are not so accommodating, you may get involved with something else on board, leaving your fishing line unattended.
If a fish takes your bait now, he'll swallow it greedily taking both it and the hook into its gut. Now the fish will be in some discomfort at best, or severe pain at worst - and no living creature deserves that.
If you're likely to leave your line unattended you need to replace your normal hook with one of these; a circle hook, so-called because of its inward facing point.
Now, if the fish swallows the hook, any tension on the line will pull it back into its mouth, the inward hook point failing to catch on any internal part of the fish.
But when the direction of pull changes as the hook is drawn from the fish's mouth, the hook will secure a firm hold in the hinge of the jaw, from where it can be easily removed with little or any lasting damage to the fish.
This is particularly useful if you catch a fish you really wish you hadn't,
as happened to us...
Back in 2004, Hurricane Ivan resolved any doubts I may have had about my insurers. The vessel store alongside Alacazam was blown over, in turn knocking Alacazam over into the boat on her starboard side. As you can see, she suffered a deal of damage as a result.
My insurers own surveyor reported that "Alacazam's mast was of superior quality and should be replaced by one of similar quality."
Pantaenius, my insurers, made sure of that by having a new identical mast fabricated by the original UK suppliers and shipping it out to Grenada, rather than having one made up locally at a much lower cost. Their support during Alacazam's repair was outstanding, which is why they continue to insure Alacazam to this day.
Consequently I was delighted when Pantaenius approached me about advertising on sailboat-cruising.com.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to you.
Kraken Yachts have commissioned award-winning New Zealand designer Kevin Dibley to produce a new yacht that is ‘Built for Purpose' - and that purpose is to be a true Blue Water Cruiser.
Kraken chairman and founder Dick Beaumont tells us that "The Kraken 50 does not cut corners or compromise. Unlike many production yachts, it offers - as standard - features that ensure safe and comfortable blue water cruising". For example...
Thanks to all of you for your replies, but my money is on it being a cutter-rigged version of the Hinckley Sou'wester 42 Mk2 introduced in 1995.
Meanwhile here's this month's mystery boat...
A heavy displacement, canoe-sterned cutter preparing to drop the hook in Five Islands Bay, Antigua.
Any ideas anyone?
Among other items this month, we have:
'Gypsy Girl', a Deancat 365 Catamaran
'Sanctuary', an Island Spirit 37 Catamaran
'Thetis', a Tropic 12 Catamaran
'Apollo of Brough', an Ohlson 38
'Surgiamo', a Beneteau 500
'Sea Symphony', Formosa 51
'Onward', a Taswell 43
'Hakuna Matata', a 65' Custom Design
Want to check out a whole load more? Then take a look at the full list of monohulls for sale here, and multihulls for sale here...
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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