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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Your Monthly Newsletter, Issue #61 for October 2020
October 18, 2020
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #61 - October 2020
What's in This Issue:
Entitled 'Navigation: It's Not Just for the Birds', Dr Cohen has dedicated his article to Professor Marvin Creamer who died August 12, 2020 at the age of 104.
Professor Creamer remains the only person to circumnavigate the globe without the use of any navigational instruments - no GPS, electronics, radio, compass, sextant, and not even a wristwatch.
His circumnavigation lasted from 21 December 1982 to 17 May 1984. He stands alone as a testament to what Tristan Gooley has called 'Natural Navigation' which is the art of finding your way through the world using clues from nature.
A natural navigator learns how to read the stars, sun, moon, wind, water, land, animals, and plants to establish where he is and in which direction he is heading.
The addition of a staysail transforms a sloop into a cutter, whilst the addition of a mizzen mast to a sloop makes it a ketch.
Not that there's anything too controversial there - both cutters and ketches have their afficionados who will ethusiastically attest to their cruising qualities.
In both rigs the main advantages over the sloop are:
These benefits are maximised in the cutter/ketch rig; properly known as the staysail ketch, and a fine example of which appears below:As with the Bowman 57 staysail ketch shown above, now you have 4 sails to play with: headsail, staysail, mainsail and mizzen.
And with a mizzen staysail set on a stay between the top of the mizzen mast and the foot of the main mast - you can go one further.
At anchor, the mizzen sheeted in hard amidships provides a steadying influence, keeping swing and yaw to a minimum.
But it's not all a plus of course; there are several negatives which apply to a staysail ketch:
Off the wind though, they are a delight to sail.
I've done what I can to minimise the likelihood of needing to go up there, primarily by replacing the incandescent Combined Tri-Colour/Anchor Light with a much more reliable LED version.
Still, from time-to-time go aloft we must, as so much other stuff is up there that can demand our attention - the VHF antenna, the wind indicator, the anemometer and the spinnaker halyard block for example.
Researching the various methods of going aloft I came across a webbing strap, luff-groove mast ladder from Recovery Marine.
These are not new of course, but compared to other versions on the market this one seemed particularly good value.
I had a few questions so contacted Recovery Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana for a chat with the company's head honcho.
Guess what? I managed to
10% discount off the Mast Ladder's already competitive price
for visitors to Sailboat-Cruising.com!
If you think the page is worthy of your appreciation, click the heart and spread the love - it will give kudos to the page in the eyes of Google, Bing and Yahoo etc and me a warm feeling of eternal gratitude.
Maybe that's stretching it just a bit, but thanks anyway.
As those of you who've asked for the owners' contact details know, I've offered you the opportunity to download our 3 used sailboat-related eBooks at a discount price.
The 'Boat Buyer's Bundle' I've called it. You clearly like a bargain so it seems only fair to also offer it to the readers of this newsletter too, even if you're not ready to make contact with the owner...
After some more research I'm pretty sure it's a German Frers designed Swan 51.
Thanks everyone for your input.
Let's see how you get on with this month's Mystery Boat:
Mary and I spotted this beauty anchored off Goran Haven, Cornwall UK during one of our recent hikes along the coastal path. Note the mizzen pinned amidships to reduce any swinging on the anchor.
Any ideas anyone?
If so, please let me know
by clicking here...
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...
Among other items this month, we have:
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See you next month!
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