Rene Blei sent in this cool shot of a U.S. Navy submarine and it’s escort taken from his 60 foot Ocean Blue flushdecker southeast of Kingston, Washington.
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What is it?
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift that connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal in Scotland. This wheel, which operates on the Archimedes principle, replaced 11 locks that stepped boats down over a distance of a mile. This is a pretty amazing piece of engineering on many levels, requiring only 1.5kWh of energy to turn, described as the equivalent of boiling eight kettles of water. And fairly mind boggling to consider as it maneuvers boats and 130,000 gallons of canal water 80 feet from one level to the other. This isn’t sailing but adventuring through Scottish canals and the Falkirk Wheel is an experience I’d sign up for in a heartbeat.
A crew of five taking part in the ARC transatlantic rally has been rescued after their yacht began sinking. The crew of the German-flagged Noah: Alexander Grefrath, his ...On December 1, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
After some initial confusion over the vessel’s identity, it has been confirmed that a Chris White-designed Atlantic 57 catamaran named Leopard (as opposed to a production Leopard catamaran ...On December 1, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
In the 2016 Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean, 81 vessels departed on a 1,400 mile voyage across the Atlantic from Hampton, VA to the Bitter End ...On December 1, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
You Can Sail Faster
With a Max-Prop feathering propeller on your boat you will get to your destination quicker by increasing your sailing speed by up to 15% compared to a fixed propeller. The combination of low drag, outstanding reverse power, and efficient forward performance, makes Max-Prop the ideal sailboat propeller. Since starting production in the 1970’s Max-Prop has proven itself on racing and cruising boats around the world as the most reliable low drag propeller on the market today.
Thank you to all those who responded to last week’s survey question: If you haulout for the winter, how do you cover your boat? 37% use a custom canvas cover, 18% use shrink wrap, 23% use tarps and 22% do not cover their boat.
On A Roll
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Most of the difficulties can be overcome with a little forethought. Establishing a good watch system lays the foundation ...On November 9, 2016 / By Administrator
Stell and Snuggs, professional musicians, sailors and troubadours from New York City are performing a fundraiser at a community ...On August 17, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
This boat does not fit in the cruising category but it is original, innovative and just odd enough that it warrants a mention. The new Nuva MS6, presented ...On October 27, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
There are over 793 million people without access to fresh water. SAROS is a wave-powered desalination system which uses the energy in waves to access the nearly limitless ...On November 17, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman