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s/v Ocean Blue Another step closer to being far, far away........

Two Feet

Two Feet. That’s all (in theory) that’s different between Sole sUrchin and Ocean Blue. Two Feet. But with boats life is seldom simple or obvious. Of course I’m comparing two very different yachts, with two very different design briefs – … Continue reading

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Galley slave

Slow progress is being made in returning the boat to her former self after the recent unauthorised PNYC clean-out. The main challenge, I’m finding, is missing critical tools to perform simple jobs on board. The stove and base were manufactured … Continue reading

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Self steering

If one considers all the truly great and useful inventions and innovations in the history of the world, self-steering for your sailboat has to be right up there with the best of them. There’s nothing much worse than being invisibly … Continue reading

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At least it’s not only South Africa

Taken from John Vigor’s blog article “Are you a drunken operator” A vessel, apparently, is “every description of watercraft on the water . . . capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water” with the illogical … Continue reading

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Finally.

  I have finally received my Certificate of Listing. December 2012 the boat was bought and the application made. End July 2013 it arrived in the post. That’s good going, no? Anyhow, the good ship “Tubby” is now officially listed … Continue reading

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Tips to save fuel

OR RATHER PUT UP THE MAIN AND GO SAILING

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Why?

Sitting here onboard, I hear nothing. Nothing except an owl going “Hoo…..Hooo” that is. Why would I want to be in the Jhb traffic and stress with this on offer I ask ?

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Baaa… !!

The stupidity of the system… Instructions on how to wash your hands in the corporate washroom A lable to warn “Don’t Drink this poison because it’s harmful” COF’s and COC’s etc It’s amazing humanity survived into the 21st century !

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Winter anchorage

Bunnybrook at 8am on a chilly June morning. Magic ! With a steady 10kt easterly providing the motive power, we have a magic sail off the anchor all the way to the Confluence. Around 12pm the wind dies away to … Continue reading

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The next job onboard ……. it never ends !

    The closest I can get to my yacht is a …. tractor ! Ok. Ok. 15W40 is 15W40 right. But I ended up with this one because [no, no, not because of the tractor] my YSB12 manual recommended … Continue reading

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