Tag: learning

Oct 06 2009

Searching for a Sailboat – Part 7 – Boat Found!!

We found our boat! Finally we managed to find a boat that filled both of our wish lists.  Here is what was on our wish lists. Tom: Needs to be a ketch.  Why?  Because I like the layout. Steering wheel for ease of use and so that a there is no tiller to take up …

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Aug 06 2009

Searching for a Sailboat – Part 3

Okay, so we’ve spent a lot of time looking and researching.  As it seems, it will end up cost us more to buy a boat in need of repair and spending money to fix it up than it will paying more for a boat in good condition.  It’s kinda like buying a classic car that …

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Jul 24 2009

Weekend Sailing Plans

We decided that we will go down to the boat tonight and take her out.  The wife wants to do some fishing anyway.  We’ll do a bit of sailing and perhaps anchor outside the harbor for the night.  This will be good practice for testing the systems and finding out where we need to improve …

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Jul 23 2009

Sailing, Physics, and Fluid Dynamics

So, I was thinking of sailing and how the sail works the other day, and then I happened upon an interesting site that gave me some new insight into how the sail works. This site talked about how the wind flowed across the said and brought up some interesting characteristics that the sail has.  First …

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Jul 23 2009

Next Adventure…

So, for the next adventure we’ll sail out into the outside of the harbor and spend the night anchored.  That way we can test how things will work for us with what we have in place. We always try to keep at least two day’s worth of food and water with us in case something …

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Jul 09 2009

Why We Bought a Sailboat

There seem to be two ways of looking at the purchase of a sailboat.  Most people buy a boat as a luxury item to bring them pleasure.  It is an added expense.  We bought our boat for completely different reasons. The first motivation, was the economy.  We surmised that if we bought a large enough …

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Jul 04 2009

Life Began…

Life began, at least my sailing life, about a month ago (June 3, 2009) when my wife and I purchased our first sailboat.  She’s a 26′ Columbia Mk II and she is our pride and joy.  Although she needs some fixing up, we’re taking our time and learning to sail with her.  We will eventually …

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