November/December 2014

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Eastern Shipbuilding completes Columbia

On April 17, 1923, the original schooner Columbia was launched in Essex, Mass. Ninety-one years later, a steel replica of Columbia (ESG Hull 981) was launched at the Panama City, Fla., yard.

Franklin expedition shipwreck discovered

A Canadian team has discovered the remains of one of two lost ships from the doomed Arctic expedition of Capt. Sir John Franklin in the Arctic’s Queen Maud Gulf.

Renewed quest

Circumnavigator and regular contributor Harry Hungate recently interviewed Dr. Stanley Paris in Jacksonville, Fla., about his aborted effort to better Dodge Morgan’s record for solo non-stop world circumnavigation.

New race to Alaska

The Race to Alaska, also known as the R2AK, is a new adventure race up the inside passage to Alaska.

Oliver Hazard Perry mainmast stepped

The mainmast of the 200-foot tall SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was scheduled to be stepped in a public ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 24, at The Hinckley Company in Portsmouth, R.I.

Water in the paint

Not all boat owners apply their own anti-fouling paint to their boats. But for those who do, and for those who don’t but who care about the environment, painting a boat’s underwater surfaces usually involves dealing with some heavy-duty solvents.

Dinghy dynamics

When you arrive in a new harbor or cove and anchor or pick up a mooring, you have established a temporary waterfront residence. I like to think of your trawler as your home afloat, which means your tender is your car.

Tackling coral atoll passes

Though we had cruised around many reef-surrounded islands, our first true experience passing into an atoll was in the Tuamotu Group of French Polynesia.

More in the ocean than just tuna

The recent article on sailing in Panama (“Jungle River Tactics,” May/June 2014) by Rich Ian-Frese shows a photo of a fish with the caption “Cat Ian-Frese admires a 40-inch yellowfin tuna caught on the sail returning to the Perlas Islands.” 

Embracing the bight

Whenever we’ve read articles or spoken to people about crossing the Great Australian Bight, the advice has universally been “wait for a weather window and get across as quickly as you can.” Then we happened to meet a fisherman who’d spent years in the Bight and his recommendation was quite different.

Life raft servicing

Only a year ago, this is how we would have answered the following questions about the life rafts on our boats. Q: “Is your life raft past its servicing due date?” A: “Yes.” Q: “Do you know when or where you’ll get it serviced?” A: “Well, not exactly.”

A raft in need

In light of the tragic capsizing this spring of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki during an Atlantic crossing, and more recently the rescue of the crew of the yacht Walkabout after being caught in the path of hurricane Julio off Hawaii, it seems appropriate to take a new look at life rafts and in particular how life rafts are stored and deployed on offshore vessels.

Working the combinations

Having made 20 or so trips up and down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Virginia to Florida I may be mistaken for an incorrigible ditch digger, but on almost every trip south I have combined offshore runs with ICW segments.

Sail to sell down under

Years before we contemplated a Pacific crossing, we had heard the rumors. Buy a boat in North America and sell it — maybe even at profit — in Australia.

November/December 2014 Issue 222: The loss of Concordia

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