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  • Bill Scanlon
    Cruising Compass wrote: Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 15:30:40 -0500 (EST) From: Cruising Compass To:
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      Subject: Cruising Compass #20 - the Newsletter for Sailors and Cruisers

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       Dear William,
      Blue Water Sailing presents Cruising Compass: The Weekly Newsletter for Sailors &amp; Cruisers
      Dec. 7, 2006 - Issue 20
      Welcome to Cruising Compass - your weekly dose of cruising news, notes and fun. Cruising is all about stories; submit yours here and share it with the rest of the Cruising Compass community!.

      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 (you know you do!)? Email it to us.Speed freak

      Those folks who think that sailing is just too slow have not seen SailRocket, the boat that hopes to break the world speed sailing record. Located in Weymouth on the South coast of England, this boat is designed purely for speed. SailRocket has been recently fitted with a solid wing for a sail; the traditional sail material had a difficult time holding its shape at the higher speeds. The ultimate goal is to achieve 50 knots of boat speed, which she will only need a little more than 20 knots of wind to do. The current men's world speed sailing record stands at 48.75 knots. Check out SailRocket at www.SailRocket.com

      Baja's new ha-ha

      One of the most isolated and starkly beautiful places on Earth is planned to undergo a change. Fonatur, Mexico's tourism promotion organization, is planning to build the Escalera Nautica, or nautical ladder, on Mexico's Baja California, the thin peninsula of land south of California. The plan involves 22 full-service marinas, 10 new and 12 already existing, spaced roughly 120 miles apart on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez coasts. Along with the new marinas will be all of the tourism infrastructure - roads, hotels, golf courses, shops - that the Mexican government hopes will attract more tourists and cruisers (and jobs) to the region. Three marinas have opened in Loreto, La Paz and Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), with four more on the way within the next few weeks.

      With marina space tightening in the US, Fonatur believes that the Escalera Nautica will attract up to 75,000 boats a year once it is completed. Conservationists and environmentalists worry about the impact that this ambitious project will have on the diverse ecosystem. Learn more about this project at www.EscaleraNautica.com.

      Mom & pop marinas: an endangered species

      Dockominuim developer Yacht Clubs of the Americas has acquired two more marine facilities in Florida to develop into the slip-for-purchase style that seems to be taking over in the state. Pelican's Nest Marina and SunDance Marine, located in Jensen Beach, just north of Palm Beach County on the ICW, will be turned into a luxury yacht harbor with dock and rack space to purchase. While it is a good thing for the boating community that this piece of Florida waterfront will continue to be a marina, whether or not this improves the decrease in access to water depends on how deep your pocketbook is. Learn more at www.ycoa.com. How do you feel about dockominiums? Voice your opinion in the poll on the Cruising Compass website or send an email to comments@....

      ARC adventures

      The 2006 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has seen its share of drama. The ARC left Gran Canaria on November 26th and is currently en route for St. Lucia. Already, there has been a rescue and a dismasting. The rescue occurred when the 32' Nicholson sloop Compromise's captain had a medical emergency and issued a Mayday. The closest, fastest boat to them was the Mirabella V, which at 247 feet is the world's largest sailing sloop. Due to the fact that the crew of the Compromise, two others besides the captain, were not capable of sailing her back to the Canaries without the captain, they all abandoned ship to the Mirabella V. Read the Mirabella V's captain's account of the rescue here.

      On December 3rd, Mustang, a Camper & Nicholson 25m sloop, suffered a break in her mast, losing two-thirds of her rig over the side. The crew is fine and determined to reach the finish line in St. Lucia under power and a jury rig. Read more dispatches from the ARC at arc.worldcruising.com
      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.

      And don't forget to send that special sailor on your list a gift subscription! Happy Holidays!
      Sail Thailand

      Travel to Thailand on an Adventure Sailing course from Modern Sailing Academy. This is a cool way to get advanced ASA certifications while having the experience of a lifetime. There are two 10-day legs that you may choose from. Leg one (Feb. 1-11, 2007) sails from Phuket to Langkawai, Malaysia, and leg two (Feb. 14-24, 2007) follows a reciprocal course. The class will be taught on a Belize 43' catamaran. Learn more at www.modernsailing.com.

      More boat parades!

      Grab your hot cider and check out the upcoming boat parades this weekend:
      • Eastport (Md.) Yacht Club's Lights Parade. Downtown Annapolis, Dec. 9th, 6-8 p.m. Watch more than 50 sail and power boats all decked out for the holidays as they parade by the Naval Academy, City Dock and Spa Creek. More info at www.eastportyc.org.
      • James River Parade of Lights (Virginia). Dec. 9th The lighted boat parade will span nearly 12 miles of the James, from Richmond to the Varina-Enon area. www.jamesriveradvisorycouncil.com/parade.htm
      • 45th Christmas Boat Parade. Kemah, Texas, Saturday Dec 9th 6:00 p.m. Watch as boats parade on Galveston Bay. www.kemah.net/boatparades.html
      • Marina del Rey (Calif.) Holiday Boat Parade. This parade is so great, it takes up two nights! Dec. 8th 7-9 p.m. and Dec. 9th 6-8 p.m. Check it out at www.mdrboatparade.org
      • Hawaii Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade. Honolulu Harbor, Dec. 9th 5-7:30 p.m. This year's theme is an Elvis Christmas. Learn more at www.alohatower.com/specialevents.html
      Dinghies for cruisers - Ten things to consider

      Choosing the right dinghy or dinghies for a cruising boat will be a very personal choice. But there are some practical aspects to choosing the right dinghy that should affect your decision. Most cruisers these days opt for inflatables with an outboard on the transom while some prefer to use a rigid dingy that can be rowed and sailed. Here are some things to consider:

      1. An inflatable dinghy is only as useful as the outboard on the back. Inflatables are difficult to row and few have the ability to carry a sail. So, if you like to row and/or sail a dinghy, the better choice will be some sort of rigid version such as a traditional Walker Bay boat.

      2. If your cruising plans involve a lot of reef snorkeling, diving and exploring the anchorages you like to visit, then an inflatable with a good-size motor will be your best choice. It becomes your car.

      3. The size of the pontoons on an inflatable is important. The larger the diameter, the drier you will stay as you bounce along through the waves. Modern designs from AB, Carib and others are much favored by Caribbean cruisers who know all about wet shorts from trips across a windy lagoon.

      4. Inflatables with rigid floors are durable and cut through the waves better than those with flat or inflatable keels. But RIBs are heavy so you need to know how you will carry a dinghy when on passage and how you are going to get it on and off the boat.

      5. Sailing offshore, you should have the dinghy stowed on deck or deflated and stowed below. If you plan to stow it on deck, make sure there is room either before or aft of the mast to lash it down upside down.

      6. Davits can be a great way to carry a large dinghy when sailing. But you don't want to head offshore with a dinghy hanging in the davits. A large wave can break it loose from its lashings and can sweep it away. Wells Marine builds after market davits that are higher and sturdier than most. If you plan to sail long distances with the dinghy hoisted off the stern, check out the Wells designs for your boat.

      7. For those living aboard, particularly if there are children involved, having two dinghies makes a lot of sense. Two inflatables work fine since one can be stowed away when not needed. But if you do have two dinghies, it is fun to have one be a sailing dinghy since there is no more pleasant way to explore a pretty cove than in a pretty little sailboat.

      8. If you will be cruising among coral reefs and beaching the dinghy on rough and rocky shores, then a RIB or a rigid dinghy that won't be damaged by sharp edges makes sense. In Australia where cruisers have to contend with crocodiles, most cruisers sail with aluminum dinghies or "tinnies" as they call them. Crocs don't like the taste of aluminum, apparently.

      9. Inflatables can and do get punctured or torn so you need to be able to mend a wound in the fabric quickly and easily. Dinghy manufacturers supply repair kits but in a pinch you can make repairs with dinghy fabric and 3M 5200 or even contact cement. Long tears need to be sewn closed before a patch is fixed over them. An inflatable can last a long time if well cared for, which includes protection from the sun, and repaired regularly.

      10. Unfortunately dinghies are too often stolen. Even in the U.S. theft is a problem. So, you need a way to chain or cable the dinghy (motor and gas can) to a dock or to your boat. Stainless steel chain and hefty padlocks are a good way to go. While at anchor, many cruisers opt to hoist the dinghy out of the water on the main halyard overnight so light fingered locals don't make off with them.

      Choosing the right dinghy and then equipping it for speed, comfort, safety and thieves can make your cruising time much more enjoyable.

      It might not be a stocking stuffer, but it's a must-have for improving your sleeping comfort aboard. The FROLI® system is the modular spring base that easily installs underneath your cushion or mattress. The system fits any size or shape bed. What's more, the comfort level is adjustable from very firm to soft according to your personal preference. It raises your mattress by approximately 1 1/2" and, of course, the added ventilation keeps your bunk dry and helps eliminate mildew. What more could one desire? For more information, contact Froli's direct distributor, Nickle Atlantic, LLC toll free at 888-463-7654 or visit www.NickleAtlantic.com
      Regarding the functional engine speed discussion from last week:

      "The article describes a process not unlike that used with propeller driven aircraft (though with them, fuel-air mixture also is involved). The only thing I would caution with diesels is this functional speed is often achieved at less than full load on the engine. To keep the engine in good shape, running at full load for about a half hour every two hours or so is not a bad idea. While it will reduce the absolute max range attainable, it will keep that very expensive chunk of iron in better shape."

      -Chris Waln, Brilliant Star Caliber 40 LRCWhat to do with the bananas? Bananas are a perfect all-around food. Available just about anywhere, you can enjoy them in so many different ways. If you find that you have a bunch that seem to have ripened overnight, banana bread or cake is the perfect use for them. The riper the banana, the better.

      Banana Cake

      From The Essential Galley Companion by Amanda Swan-Neal
      • 1 3/4 C flour
      • 1 C bananas, mashed
      • 3/4 C sugar
      • 1/2 C milk
      • 1/4 C butter
      • 1 egg
      • 1 t baking soda
      • 1 t baking powder
      • 1 t vanilla
      Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, add beaten egg and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking powder and baking soda, add milk and stir in bananas. Bake 45 minutes at 350°F in a greased 8x8 pan.


      If you enjoy marine electronics, you will love Panbo - it speaks to the electronics geek in all of us. Panbo is the name of a marine electronics blog by Ben Ellison, who has been on and around boats in Camden, Maine, for more than 30 years. Researching and writing about marine electronics is his full-time job, and his blog is loaded with cool information. There are archives on the site back to February 2004, as well. Check it out at www.panbo.com

      Trace the leak

      It's raining hard and you are snugged down below with the ports and hatches closed. All is well except water is filling the dome light in the saloon and then dripping onto the saloon table. The boat has a molded fiberglass headliner, the usual deck hatches and a deck stepped mast. You know the leak is somewhere on deck and the water is running to the light inside the headliner. How do you find the source?

      Send your answers to comments@.... A winner - who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat - will be selected at random from all of the correct answers.
      • Congrats to this week's winner, Peirce Brawner, who will be sporting a new Blue Water Sailing for his correct method of finding which compass is correct:

        "Go out on most any kind of day after having entered the GPS coordinates of some land based, charted object that is visible from several directions on the water. Establish this object as a waypoint. At a mile or so from the object press the 'GO TO' button on the GPS for this waypoint, head your boat directly at it while sighting down the centerline (or line parallel to the centerline) of your boat toward the object. When you are on heading, have an assistant read the compasses. The reading that does not agree with the GPS bearing (and your heading) will be obvious. Make sure that the GPS is set to read magnetic bearings and do not try to use the GPS 'Track' direction as your basis of comparison.

        The problem will probably be found to be with the fluxgate compass because of metal objects thrown or stowed near the sensing element, which is often out of sight."
      1995 Oyster 485

      This outstanding example of one of Oyster's prettiest models, Ti Amo is for sale by her second owner of 6 years as his new location does not allow full utilization of this cruising yacht. Ti Amo has carried her crew of two throughout the Caribbean, entire US East Coast Newport to Key West, the entire Pacific coast of California and Mexico. 18 cruising months, 18,000 safe, comfortable miles.

      Sails new 2003 and 2005; 6 KW Northern Lights gen set 2000, water maker, color radar, Navman 5500, sat phone, 10.4 Caribe/15 HP Johnson on davits plus lifting arm, antenna stalk, many boat specific spares. Three staterooms, two heads, $475,000 neg. Located Newport Beach, CA contact Carl Mischka 949-500-7261. For more photos, visit YachtWorld

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