Chapters in the Ship's Log Book

Sailboat Reviews from the Ship’s Captain

The Dread Pirate Dave on a Catalina 25 in the San Diego Bay

Catalina 25 Tall Rig Sailboat Review

I sailed a Catalina 25 in the San Diego bay for a few hours and I liked this little sailboat.  She was fairly agile in the bay and although it did not have a Knotmeter gauge but she move fairly swiftly for a 25 foot sailboat.

Sea Witch 36 Sailboat

Sea Witch 36 Sailboat

Hugh Angelman’s 36 foot auxiliary ketch, the Sea Witch – a boat that not only became a classic, but (in spite of the relatively small number that have been built), went on to win the Trans Pac race and become a “class” in itself – known as the “Sea Witch Class.”

PY 26 Paceship

PY 26 Paceship Sailboat

The PY 26 design was first built by Paceship Yachts in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. At the end of 1977, the company was bought by AMF of Connecticut, who built the design between 1978 and 1981. Tanzer Industries bought the mold and rights to the design in 1981 and produced the boat as the Tanzer 27 (with a desk stepped versus the original keel stepped mast) until they went out of business several years later.

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Harbor Reviews from the Ship’s Navigator

Bay Bridge Marina

Bay Bridge Marina

I have only visited this marina once and had trouble making it in with my 5.5 ft draft. The entrance a bit shallow, the charts says the approach depth is 7 to 8 ft but I bottomed out just after the entrance had been drudged. Also the approach has a strong cross current so be careful when entering and leaving the marina.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

I captained a C&C 36 sailboat from this Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to Port Huron Yacht Club. It took about 3 days to prepare for the long journey so I spent a few days exploring the marina and surrounding area.

Pasadena Yacht Yard (PYY Marine) & Whites Cove Anchorage

Pasadena Yacht Yard (PYY Marine) & Whites Cove Anchorage

I first discovered the PPY Marina when my brother bought his Columbia 8.7 Sailboat which was on the hard in the PYY Marine yard. We worked on the engine, replaced the fuel tank and painted the hull of his boat before the PPY team used the boat lift to put the “Defiant” into the water.  The marina also provided a diesel engine mechanic to help get this old engine started and a mechanic to adjust the stuffing box.

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Anchorage Reviews from the Deck Hand

Northeast Whitehall Bay

Anchorage: Northeast Whitehall Bay

Whitehall Bay, on the west side of Chesapeake Bay and has general depths of 13 to 6 feet. A lighthouse at Sharps Point, on the west side of the entrance to Whitehall Creek Entrance Light 2W, provides a well-marked approach to the channel between North Shoal and Whitehall Flats.

Tilghman Creek

Anchorage: Tilghman Creek

Tilghman Creek is an excellent place to drop the hook if you are looking for solitude. This honey of an anchorage is sheltered from all directions, although houses and docks surround the cove. Normally not too crowded and offers Good holding.

Anchorage: Chesapeake City Located on the C&D Canal - Postcards from the Edge

Anchorage: Chesapeake City

While tidal current tables report the current at the entrance at 2 knots, old hands know that the current across the entrance can be substantially greater. More current is experienced at the far end of the basin where a small stream enters.

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Camping for the Land Lubbers

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LED Camping Lantern | Atomic Beam vs Cascade

I tested two LED Camping Lanterns to find the right mix of quality, price and usability of the Atomic Beam LED Camping Lantern by BulbHead and the Cascade LED Camping Lantern by Mountain Tech.

Round Mountain Campground - Pike National Forest

Round Mountain Campground – Pike National Forest

Round Mountain is a small, rustic campground that sits just 6 miles from Lake George, 11 miles from the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and 15 miles to Eleven Mile Reservoir. It is also within a short drive to hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, wildlife watching and birding.

Boulder Oaks Campground

Boulder Oaks Campground – Campo, CA

Boulder Oaks is the only equestrian site on the Descanso district, offering 17 horse stables, 30 camp sites, and local access to the Pacific Crest Trail

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Recipes from the Ship’s Cook

Mozzarella Chicken with Cheesy Noodles and Sweet Carrots

Mozzarella Chicken with Cheesy Noodles and Sweet Carrots

Mozzarella chicken is a simple dinner recipe! It’s pan-seared chicken smothered in a tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.  Served on top of cheesy pasta with glazed carrots on the side.

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Dutch Oven Peach Crisp

Learn how to make a very scrumptious Dutch oven dessert with Dan Brooks, the Cast Iron Ranger and Brent Bolton from Dutchmasters Catering.

Fish Tacos with Raspberry-Pineapple Salsa

Fish Tacos with Raspberry-Pineapple Salsa

At first, fish tacos might sound a bit unusual but if you like fish you will love this recipe. Use your favorite fish with this lively raspberry-pineapple salsa and a yogurt-lime cream sauce for a spectacular explosion of flavors.

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Travel Around the World

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François Gabart – Around The World In 42 Days

French sailor François Gabart beat the previous solo around-the-world record of Thomas Coville by six days and 10 hours. The 98 foot trimaran crossed the finish line on December 17th, 2017 setting the new solo around-the-world record at 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

Göbekli Tepe “Potbelly Hill” A Neolithic Church

The Göbekli Tepe site is believed to be a social or ritual compound dating back to the 10th–8th millennium BCE.  Circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected in what appears to be ritualistic structures and is known as the world’s oldest known megaliths.

Are You a Tourist or an Explorer?

Tourist or Explorer, What is Your Cup of Tea?

There is no difference between a Tourist or Explorer. Tourists are the largest group of Explorers.  Most people have some curiosity in them, the question is how much. My definition of a Tourist is not based on attitude or appearance but how a person travels. I have played the tourist role at some points in my life. Tourists rely on agents to plan their adventure.  The degree of danger or difficulty has no bearing on the adventure or the Tourist classification.

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The Other Stuff

The Oracle of Argos

Oracle of Argos | Horoscope July 8 – 15, 2018

Today, July 8th 2018, the Oracle of Argos will deliver 12 readings, one for each house in the Zodiac, written in poetic dactylic hexameters. Well maybe not so poetic and definitely not in dactylic hexameters. Without further adieu, let’s begin.

Climate Change! It’s Here & There’s No Denying it.

In the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago, beginning the modern climate era. Most of these previous climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Always popular on Halloween “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a short story written by American author Washington Irving. First published in 1820 along with Irving’s companion piece “Rip Van Winkle”, this story is an example of early American fiction.

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Upcoming Events from the Crows Nest

Upcoming Events

Oktoberfests in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is the world's most famous beer festival, taking place in the German city of Munich. The original and still the best, the 17 day festival runs from mid-September to the first Monday of October, with literally millions of revellers making their way to the city to join in the festivities.

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Buccaneer’s Weekend 2018 at Catalina Island

The Ultimate pirate party on Catalina Island, with treasure hunts, costume contests, food, drink, live music, and a lot more!

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event, and has over 500 balloons each year

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 4401 Alameda Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 United States
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Beyond Charity, Rethinking how We Give

I wanted to let you know about Kiva (www.kiva.org), a non-profit that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur across the globe. You choose who to lend to - whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq - and as they repay their loan, you get your money back. It's a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty.

Tiny Homes for the Homeless

 Anyone can help the homeless obtain shelter.  For as little of $150 you can build a Tiny Camper for a homeless person.  Providing decent & affordable homes can only make a better world.

Donate to Habitat for Humanity

$150 Bike Micro Mobile Home

The Rights of Women

According to the (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.  This is a problem in our country.

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Be Good to Your Daughters

Drop Anchor

Even while Rome is burning, there's somehow time for shopping at our Ship Store.  Beware you will be forced to confront your darker side, compelled to ask the question you might not be prepared for: 

How do I get this cool stuff?

Music: Sail by Awolnation