Monthly Archives: July 2016

#73: Raising the New Rig — Part 2

Here comes the Hotstepper!  And here comes the hi-mods.  Watch as we step the mast and install mechanical fittings (hi-mods) on each of the stays and shrouds to complete the final phase of replacing our original 1985 rod rigging with … Continue reading

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Ch. 2: “No Gloves”

“No gloves,” she said.  “Okay?” We were at Yannick’s house, meeting his wife and children, and discussing, for the first time, the realities of Phillip and I serving as crew aboard his catamaran for the passage from Florida to France.  … Continue reading

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#72: Raising the New Rig — Part 1

Three months in the yard and we are finally (in video time) ready to raise the new rig.  Watch as we assemble the shrouds and stays, put our first hi-mod mechanical fitting on the forestay and complete all of the … Continue reading

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Ch. 1: The “Human Factor”

I don’t toy with the idea; it toys with me, pecking and picking at the back of my brain.  “You should go,” it says.  And I should.  At least I believe I should.  Maybe not believe, but think.  I think … Continue reading

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Gift #2: 6-Day Bareboat Charter Course!

Gift of Cruising Campaign #2 … LAUNCHED!  I’m giving away a 6-day live-aboard Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter course through Lanier Sailing Academy in Pensacola, FL this October which will (of course!) include a tour of our Niagara 35 post-shipyard … Continue reading

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Atlantic-Crossing Top Tens!

“You’re going to hate sailing forever.  It’s like wanting to try cake for the first time and instead of trying one slice, you eat the whole cake instead.” This is what one YouTube follower told me when I shared the … Continue reading

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#71: The 847 Other Projects

They say: “If you’re going to haul out, be sure to do this and that and this while you’re out of the water.”  Well, trust me.  We did.  I have spared you for quite some time but I now think … Continue reading

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