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2021 America’s Cup AC75 Class Sailboat

2021 America’s Cup AC75 Class Sailboat

The 36th America’s Cup will see Emirates Team New Zealand attempt to defend the ‘Auld Mug’ against a fleet of exceptionally strong and well-resourced challengers in the new AC75 class sailboats in Auckland, New Zealand, from the 6th to the 21st of March 2021.

Laguna Windrose 22 MK1 Sailboat

Laguna Windrose 22 MK1 Sailboat

I bought this little Laguna Windrose 22 sailboat on Craigslist last year and it has been setting in my RV Storage building. Now that it is springtime and I have time because of the Coronavirus pandemic I will start the restoration.

Craigslist: Sailboats for Sale by Owner

Craigslist: Sailboats for Sale by Owner

In general, springtime is the most expensive time of the year to buy a sailboat because it is the beginning of the sailing season. Here are 6 boats from 32-foot to 35-foot LOA that are under $7,000. They will need some work.

Catalina 25 Tall Rig Sailboat Review

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.

Anchorage: 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.

Bay Bridge Marina Review

Bay Bridge Marina Review

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...

Sea Witch 36 Sailboat Review

Sea Witch 36 Sailboat Review

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."

François Gabart - Around The World In 42 Days

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.

Anchorage: 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.

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. ...

Anchorage: Chesapeake City Located on the C&D Canal

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.

Anchorage: Yopps Cove - Carter Creek

Anchorage: Yopps Cove – Carter Creek

Yopps Cove is located in an area of Virginia known as the "Northern Neck." In the 18th century, it was dubbed the "Athens of America". Steeped in history, three presidents, George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe, were born on the Northern Neck of Virginia.

PY 26 Paceship Sailboat Review

PY 26 Paceship Sailboat Review

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...

Atlantic City Anchorage: Rum Point Basin

Atlantic City Anchorage: Rum Point Basin

Rum Point Basin anchorage has good holding and plenty of room. You can leave your dinghy in the Trump marina/ state marina between F and E docks for 3 hours for free. Bus comes every 10 minutes to take you to town.

The Waterway Guide, an East Coast Sailor's Bible

The Waterway Guide, an East Coast Sailor’s Bible

If you are going to be sailing on the east coast you need this resource.  The Waterway Guide comes both online and in the book form.  Whenever I have internet access I always consult the online database but when I am in areas with no cell service then I consult the book.  Either way...

Review of the Columbia 8.7 Sailboat

Review of the Columbia 8.7 Sailboat

I bought a 1976 Columbia 8.7 sailboat and is in the process of refitting the ship from top to bottom. The ship's user manual is about average for information and helps understand the ship.

Cape May Harbor - Gateway to the Delaware

Cape May Harbor – Gateway to the Delaware

I have been to Cape May Harbor twice in my journeys, once I stayed in a transit slip at the South Jersey Marina and once at the Anchorage: Cape May Harbor East.  Both times were pleasant experiences but the Marian, as expected, was much more expensive.

Sailboat Review for the C&C 36

Sailboat Review for the C&C 36

The C&C 36 Sailboat is an exceptional ship with an impressive pedigree.  By far it is the best ship I have sailed. They are high performance ships with attractive interiors that can sail well in a variety of conditions.

Fisherman’s Cove in Norfolk, VA

Fisherman’s Cove in Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay this cove does not offer any anchorage but it does have an excellent marina named Little Creek Marina.  This marina shares the The Little Creek Inlet with the US Navy and a commercial fishing fleet.  When you enter the inlet you must keep a sharp...

Flag Harbor Yacht Haven - A Private Marina

Flag Harbor Yacht Haven – A Private Marina

Flag Harbor Yacht Haven is a hidden treasure, a safe haven, nestled among the wooded Calvert Cliffs on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Slips are available for sale or rent. The marina amenities include heated/air conditioned bathrooms/showers, a swimming pool, a covered picnic...

Sailboat Review of the Irwin 30 Competition

Sailboat Review of the Irwin 30 Competition

This is a racing boat, built with an oversized rig and a long keel but it has surprising amount of comfort. The Irwin 30 Competition is designed to race first and double as a daysailer. She is fitted with a tall rig, deep keel, Atomic 4 engine, stack pack for the main, self tailing...

Rock Hall Harbor, Maryland

Rock Hall Harbor, Maryland

Rock Hall is billed as "The Pearl of the Chesapeake", and this unique waterfront town is located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.   It is definitely a tourist town but it's small with a population of only 1,310 people and never seems to be crowded.

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

Who was the first to circumnavigate the world? The answer you receive will depend on who you ask. If you ask most of the world they will either say Joshua Slocum or Ferdinand Magellan, however both answers are wrong. If you ask someone from Spain they will say Juan Sebastián Elcano but...

Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen

Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen

This past spring Stephen bought a 28 ft Columbia 8.7 sailboat. He asked me to come and help him move it from the hardstand in Baltimore to his new marina on the Chesapeake Bay. His sailboat needed quite a bit of work before it could be put into the water.

The Life & Epic Journey of Joshua Slocum

The Life & Epic Journey of Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail solo around the world. He was born in Nova Scotian and a naturalised American citizen. He was a sailor, adventurer, and a noted writer. In Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he rebuilt the 36′ 9″ gaff rigged sloop oyster boat named Spray.  In 1900 he wrote a...