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  • Bill Scanlon
    Cruising Compass wrote: Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 15:27:52 -0400 (EDT) From: Cruising Compass To:
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       Dear William,
      Blue Water Sailing presents Cruising Compass: The Weekly Newsletter for Sailors &amp; Cruisers
      Sept. 28, 2006 - Issue 10
      Welcome to Cruising Compass—your weekly dose of cruising news, notes and fun. Cruising is all about stories; submit yours here.

      Know someone who's into the cruising lifestyle (or just dreams about it!)? Send them Cruising Compass by clicking on Forward Email at the bottom of the page.Click here to view the Cruising Shot of the Week! Have a great shot of your own? Email it to us.
      Give your cushions a lift and experience superb sleeping comfort with the award-winning Froli Sleep System. The Froli system is easy to assemble and, because of its modular nature, can be fitted to any size or shape bed. What's more, the comfort level is adjustable from very firm to soft to accommodate individual preferences. The installation lifts your mattress approximately 1" and of course, the added ventilation keeps your bunk dry and helps eliminate mildew.

      Try it out at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, booth D-40 or contact Froli's direct distributor, Nickle Atlantic, LLC toll free at 888-463-7654 or visit www.FroliSleepSystems.com

      Dropping anchor—legally!

      Through the work of the SSCA and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Florida has adopted new laws that make it illegal for cities and counties to dictate how long a cruising boat can anchor, so long as it’s not in a designated mooring field. Read more about this at www.ssca.org.

      Awarding access

      As waterfront land values skyrocket and condominiums sprout on nearly every acre of waterfront property, recreational boaters are losing more and more access to the water with every passing day. To spotlight the problem and to recognize those who are helping turn the tide, BoatU.S. has launched a national Recreational Boating Access Award.

      The BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award will honor an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. Judges will look at four criteria: 1.) the challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area; 2.) the direct impact or measurable results of the solution; 3.) the level of success in increasing awareness of the issue in a community; 4.) and "repeatability," the ability to take the successful approach and adopt it in other areas. To learn more about this award, visit www.BoatUS.com/gov/AccessAward

      Boat show update

      Things are looking good for boat shows this year so far. Seattle’s Lake Union Boats Afloat show saw a 24 percent attendance increase over last year and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has sold out exhibit space for all six venues, including additional in-water slips added to the Las Olas Marina show venue. Fort Lauderdale show organizers report the strongest demand ever for participation. This show is regarded as a barometer measuring success across all levels of the marine industry. Strong attendance and record-breaking sales have also been reported at the UK’s Southampton Boat Show, which ended on September 24th. To learn more about the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, visit www.showmanagement.com

      U.S. Sailboat Show

      Annapolis, Md., October 5th – 8th. If you only plan on attending one boat show this year, this should be the one. This enormous and exciting show has more boats and gear than you could imagine, not to mention a really great seminar line-up. While you are at the show, come by booth YB15 and meet the Blue Water Sailing/ Cruising Compass crew. You will also be able to buy cool Blue Water Sailing gear and enjoy special boat show pricing on a Blue Water Sailing subscription. For more info about the Annapolis Sailboat Show, visit www.usboat.com

      37th Annual International Sail and Powerboat Show

      Long Beach, Calif., October 5th – 8th. This show has grown into the largest of its kind in Southern California, and is worth the trip if you are in the area. On Friday, October 6th will be the first Women on the Water day to be held at this boat show. Women get in free all day, and there will be special seminars and workshops designed to encourage women to discover boating. Learn more at www.internationalsailandpowerboatshow.com

      SSCA 20th Anniversary Cruisers’ Gam

      Annapolis, Md., October 7th. Attending a Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Gam is a great way to meet other cruisers or just to learn more about the lifestyle. Food, seminars, an auction, prizes and a happy hour are all part of the fun. Registration is required. Visit http://ssca.org/eventind.htm to learn more.

      Cruising seminar series

      Cruising chandlery Downwind Marine’s cruising seminar series begins October 3rd and runs through November. The seminars will take place at 7:30 pm at the Point Loma Assembly Hall in San Diego, California and cost $3 per person. The first seminar is titled Surviving a Haul-out. Visit www.downwindmarine.com to learn more.

      Seaport Days

      September 30th – 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Alexandria (Va.) Waterfront Park. Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s family day with boat building, rides, children’s activities, boats on display. Free. Reservations required for boat building. www.alexandriaseaport.org, (703) 549-7078.

      Win a Caribbean Bareboat Charter at the Annapolis Sailboat Show

      A week in the Caribbean aboard a 40-foot bareboat could be the best possible way to break up a long cold winter. All you have to do is enter the Cruising Compass-Footloose Charters Sweepstakes and you may be the lucky winner. Come to the Blue Water Sailing-Cruising Compass booth YB-15 at the Annapolis U.S. Sailboat Show—October 5 thru 9—and fill out the entry form. Bring your friends so they can sign up for the Sweepstakes, too. Plus you'll receive the Special Boat Show discount on a year's subscription to Blue Water Sailing. The drawing will be held on Monday, October 9.

      Do you know of an event that would be of interest to the Cruising Compass community? Let us know at comments@....

      Beautiful anchorages around the country and around the world... real stories from real cruisers... valuable cruising advice from experts... the technical information you need to equip your boat for safe and fun sailing... and the best and most in-depth boat reviews... that's what you'll find in every issue of Blue Water Sailing magazine – the only sailing magazine published by circumnavigators. Get two issues FREE with no obligation by clicking on www.bwsailing.com.
      The pre-survey survey

      The fall always seems to be the time when we get serious about looking for a new boat – or a used one in most cases. Once you find a boat you like, you need to step back and have a cold hard think about what you are really looking at. If it's true love, then you might rush ahead and sign a purchase and sales agreement, which is subject to survey, and then go ahead and have a professional surveyor give the boat a thorough inspection.

      But if you are still playing the field, still weighing your options and trying to sort out in your mind what you really need, then you ought to be able to give a boat a pre-survey survey on your own. Getting a good handle on a boat's true condition will certainly aid the decision process.

      Here are five basic details to look at when you have that first in-depth look at a potential new/used boat:

      1. If the boat is out of the water, walk around the hull and look hard at the topsides from front, back and sides. Look along the cove and boot stripes and have a good look at the bow, stern, rudder post and keel. What you are looking for are signs of damage that has been repaired, or hard spots in the hull where the chain plates have been strained, or a leaky hull-keel joint, or stressed areas around the rudder. If a boat has been in a serious grounding or accident and then been repaired, you will probably have to determine the fact for yourself.

      2. You will need to determine if the hull has water in the laminate that will turn into osmotic blisters or de-lamination. A moisture meter costs about $300 but is worth its weight in gold. If the boat is older, then the rudder more than likely has water in the core. In the absence of a moisture meter, sounding the hull with the plastic butt end of a chisel or a plastic hammer will tell you a lot about the state of the laminate. Good hard cracking sounds indicate solid laminate; softer dull thuds tell you where the laminate is questionable.

      3. The rudder post and internal structure get a lot of wear and tear and can be damaged in a serious grounding. Give the whole assembly from the tip of the rudder to the internal structure and bearing a thorough inspection. Check for cracks in the fiberglass lay up around the rudder post and manhandle the rudder enough to see if there is side to side play that would indicate worn or damaged bearings.

      4. The chain plates and main bulkheads absorb a lot of strain when the rig is under pressure. Check all chain plates as well as the stem and stern fittings for cracks, corrosion, or any other signs that they may not be well anchored to the hull. If the bulkheads are not firmly and securely bedded to the hull or show any cracks, beware.

      5. Engineering systems on older boats are always suspect. Check the engine for oil and fuel leaks, cracked hoses, blocked cooling systems, and rotten engine mounts. If you can run the engine, take a look at the exhaust: dark blue and you have an oil problem; white and wet and you have water in the fuel system; white and dry and you have a water pump problem (see the Boat Rat tip in the Aug. 24th edition). Also, look at all of the other systems from the batteries through the main panel to any auxiliary gear that has been installed, such as a watermaker, refrigerator or genset. If the boat was owned by a Gyro Gearloose and looks it, beware. If the plumbing and wiring are neat, clean and corrosion free, that's a very good sign

      SolarSafe wristbands

      Sun exposure is something that all cruisers must deal with. In order to be effective, sunscreens need to be reapplied after frequent swimming, toweling, sweating or just after a few hours of sailing in the sun. Unfortunately, many people don’t remember to reapply their sunscreen, or don’t realize they’ve had too much sun until it’s too late. SolarSafe wristbands take the guesswork out of sun exposure by changing color when it’s time to reapply or get out of the sun. Check it out at www.solarsafe.com/us

      Does anything smell better than fresh bread baking in the galley? Don’t think so! Some cruisers that we have come across regard baking bread as something that requires magical skill. Baking and enjoying fresh bread wherever you are can be one of the best parts of cruising. Once you learn a few tricks, you will discover just how simple and versatile bread can be—no magic required!

      Bread 101

      By Jen Brett

      This is less an exact recipe and more of a tried-and-true method for a basic sandwich loaf that I have used for years on a cruising boat. Try it and you too will be enjoying freshly baked bread whenever you want...

      Click here to read more.
      When out sailing on a sunny afternoon, do you think about all those Murphy’s just waiting to happen? Like most of us, you enjoy the moment ... the sunshine... the day. What might spoil the fun? A line tangled around the prop shaft... a lobster pot & buoy, a loose genoa sheet or dingy painter, even a dock line. Protect your fun family day with a Shaft Shark... the simple, inexpensive tool that slices a line before it can tangle in the prop. Order before October 1st and get a 20% discount... just say you saw the offer in Cruising Compass. For more information visit us at www.ab-marine.com
      NAVCEN

      The US Coast Guard Navigation Center maintains a very informative website. Here you will find light list corrections and the weekly-updated Local Notice to Mariners (which is now only available online) for your cruising area. There is also an absolute wealth of info about navigation systems and rules. Check it out at www.navcen.uscg.gov

      Getting off the dock

      Last night the wind came around and picked up to gale force. You're now lying on the windward side of the long dock and being blown against it. There are boats moored ahead and astern but a lot of open water to windward. And, you never got around to installing that bow thruster you covet. But you need to get underway. What are good ways to unmoor without causing a collision or damaging your hull?

      Send your answers to comment@.... A winner – who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat—will be selected at random from all of the correct answers.
      • Congrats to our Mindbender winner from last week, Carl Lundgren, who will be sporting a Blue Water Sailing hat for finding a solution for unfouling his anchor. Here’s his solution:

        Most important: be careful, cables are potentially dangerous situations.

        To attempt a retrieval:

        1. Shackle a 2 to 3 foot length of chain in a loop around the fouled anchor rode and to a second line.

        2. Maintaining tension on the fouled rode, lower the chain loop to the bottom

        3. Allow the boat to back down wind/current on the fouled rode (presumably allowing the anchor shank to "relax" back to the bottom).

        4. With a dinghy or the boat (after floating the bitter end of the fouled rode to a marker buoy) pull the second line in the direction OPPOSITE the fouled rode (upwind or current).

        If the anchoring gods are with you the chain loop has slipped along the anchor shank and you have moved the anchor in the direction opposite the fouling and you are free!

        But back to the initial statement, please be very careful of cables you, your crew and your boat are in a potentially dangerous situation and the interruption of the cable could serious have serious shore side consequences also.

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      Bill Scanlon
      USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
      Towing & Sailing Endorsements
      Lic. # 1092926
      1984 Catalina 30
      "Ruby"
      Std. Rig  Hull#  3688
      Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
       
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