Monthly: May 2009

28 May

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Geezer Moves North

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Because of damage at Seville, Dan moved slightly northwest, to Palafox Marina, where he was well sheltered and treated very well. He was able to explore nearby eateries, although we’re not sure how many, since he was only there a couple of days.
 
His other shoreside adventures included a trip to town aboard an MG-TD replica, which seems somehow fitting. Dan also reports that he has advised boat people along his route to stay alert for B. Frank, who sometimes follows him.
 
This morning, Dan left the good people of Palafox and motored north, since there was no wind at all. He’ll be up toward the Blackwater today, where he promises to stay on the boat, and examine all animals with his telephoto lens.
 
We’ll keep you posted. —Steve Haines

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28 May

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Fresh Off the Presses

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Just received a couple of new books for our SCA book store. Click on the book or title if you’re interested in ordering a copy. Thanks! —Eds

The Complete Trailer Sailor

Regular Small Craft Advisor contributor, Brian Gilbert’s long-awaited trailersailing text has finally arrived in 2009. Full of specific information on inspecting, buying, maintaining and equipping a small boat—as well as how-to sections on trailering, sailing, navigating, and cruising. Beautifully illustrated, this 266-page book covers galleys and heads, safety gear, anchors, and much more. There’s even a nice buyer’s guide covering many popular trailersailers. The book makes reference to ComPacs, Hunters, Catalinas, Seawards, Sea Pearls, Nordicas, ODays, Tanzers, Potters, and many other designs.

 

Small Trimarans: An Introduction

 Here’s a VERY small-boat specific title you won’t find many other places. Author Joe Farinaccio sits down with experts from all over the sailing world and talk small trimarans. Interviews inlude: Russel Brown, Dick Newick, Chris Ostlind, Chuck Leinweber, Gary Dierking and many others. Boats discussed include: Magnum, Windrider, Rave, Weta, Tremolino and many others. 

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27 May

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Potter Expedition on the Move Again

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April 13, Dan, Long Green, and Old Geezer left northern California, arriving in Panama City on the 19th. After some weather and refreshment delays, the trio made it to Carrabelle to get started on the wet part of the trip. Since then, Long Green has rested back in Panama city, while the other two thirds of the Expeditionary Force  has been meandering.
 
The Expeditionary Force has sampled beverages and taken bottom samples from Apalachicola, Lake Wimico, Port St. Joe and St. Andrews Bay, missing few spots in between. On May 5, after another weather delay, Dan headed west, across St. Andrews Bay, into the ditch and points west. He sailed the Florida 120, and his log records having a blast.
 
After the 120, weather compelled a tactical withdrawal into Wolf Bay Marina, where Dan was adopted by locals. But while the hospitality was fine, the weather was foul indeed, with plenty of rain, lightning, and waves crashing over the seawall for added effect.
 
The weather was consistently lousy, resulting in a Hotel California theme, since Dan had checked in, but could never leave. To be clear, though, this was not Valley Forge, as there was plenty to eat and drink, including fresh bananas, and a book exchange. There were excursions inland, too, including one to the Naval Aviation Museum with a retired crop duster from northern Alabama.
 
The people at the marina were offering Dan work, and the last straw came when they offered him a paying job. A man of principle, Dan set out yesterday after breakfast, and ventured toward the Pensacola bridge.
 
Armed with much local knowledge and plenty of wind, Dan overnighted at Seville Harbor, and will explore that area for a day or so. Plans are to head toward the Blackwater River, an area of spectacular beauty and a colorful array of animal life, much of it green and reptilian. He will stay on the boat.
 
The weather for the next few days should be fine, and we’ll keep you posted on the Expedition as new adventures unfold. —Steve Haines

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