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Breezin' with Whimsy

I tried out a bungee cord dampener on my home-made pivoting camera mount. It did a good job of dampening, but it also prevents the camera from staying level. So, more tweaking is needed! In the meantime, enjoy the ride as I work Whimsy in a bit of breeze. Apologies for some rather unflattering camera angles as I bumble about the cockpit during manuvers, but I was busy. ;) Sail On!


 


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Atomic 4 Care
Well, you know I can't go sailing ALL the time! Every so often, there are boat chores that need to get done - and today it was the old Atomic-4 engine that needed a little attention. Yes, the Atomic -4 is old, dated, obsolete, whatever - but I have really come to appreciate it over the past several years, and I think it gets a bad rap in some circles. At 45 years old, my Atomic 4 doesn't produce too much more than half of if it's rated power, and it does guzzle fuel at nearly one gallon per hour, but it has proven itself to be a reliable engine that even I - a non-mechanic - can keep in running order. For my use, it has been a great engine. If I were cruising the eastern seaboard, or sailing across oceans, I'd really rather have a diesel. But, for day sailing, racing, and coastal cruising, the Atomic 4 is sweet. It won't push me upwind in 40 knots of breeze, and it won't run much more than 15 hours off my 14 smallish gallon fuel tank, but I use it as an "auxiliary" engine, not a get me anywhere engine. If the winds are greater than 35 knots, I can sail - and if I have to motor more than 15 hours between fuel stops, I might as well not be on a sailboat. It has been a good engine for Whimsy, and after 45 years it is still getting the job done. Thanks to Moyer marine for helping me keep this engine working!





Working Whimsy
Many have contacted me and said that while the videos of Whimsy self-steering along - or me just kicked-back at the helm - are nice, they are really curious about working the boat alone. Is it a lot of work? So, this video shows Whimsy going through two tacks, a jibe, sailing along a bit, and docking. Unfortunately, the camera angle that allows you to see all the "goings on" also ends up show-casing my rather fat butt. :-( My apologies - but hopefully the video will answer your questions! Oh, I left the video sound up so you can hear all the "clanks and clunks" going on while the boat sails, and the old Atomic 4 while docking. ;-) Sail On!





SAIL!!!
The Weather Weasels said the winds were going to be 14 knots today. They weren't even HALF right! So, with my 130% high-cut cruising genoa rolled up to about 85%, and the mainsail lashed to the boom, I went out and bashed around the harbor. The winds were fairly steady, but the infamous Charlotte Harbor Chop was just relentless. Whimsy carried me through it all, but by the time I got back to the dock it looked more like I had been swimming than sailing. At least I was warm. I hope you can enjoy the ride from the comfort of your own computer - and if you want it all to feel more realistic, spill a drink in your lap. Sail On! Music: Sail / AWOLNATION





A Christmas Gale Sail
A test sail during Gale Warnings. I used no mainsail, and the working jib was furled about 50%. My gimbled camera mount was underwhelming - I need to come up with a damper of some type. I could go to windward - but not very close. Tacking angle was about 115 degrees with the handkerchief jib and no main.





Working Whimsy 2
Some of you have asked about what is involved in single-handing the Morgan 30, Here's a real time (no edits) look at what is involved in getting Whimsy's sails hoisted, and then getting everything back down and put away again. She is very easy to single-hand ...I mean if I can do it, ANYBODY can. ;-) Music By: Earl Klugh





heavy weather sailing Catalina 22 C22 extreme sail on Courageous Cat Sailboat C 22
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Dana 24 New Design Review
Latitudes & Attitudes reviews the "new" Dana 24, now being built by Seacraft Yacht Sales in Seattle, WA. More marine product demos, boat reviews, and entertainment available as free streaming video at http://www.seafaring.com





Ease Along
Another beautiful SW Florida winter day! A comfortable 72F, nice 8 knot breeze, clear sky, and everything else just perfect for Easing Along aboard Whimsy. Enjoy the ride! (Music: Toots Theilmanns / Bluesette)





Sun Cats Rock
A Well-Sailed Sun Cat Dancing on Charlotte Harbor. Winds were about 16-18 knots. It was a little bumpy on camera boat Whimsy- so the camera shakes a bit at points. :-( But, it was great winter day for sailing in SW Florida!! (Jan 08, 2011)





Whimsical Light Air Canal Sailing
On a warm summer morning with little air out on the harbor, Whimsy and I find breeze enough to sail within the canals of Punta Gorda Isles. Music: "Sunrise", performed by Chet Atkins & George Benson.





57 Jeanneau Yacht Sailboat Video Walkthrough By: Ian Van Tuyl at IVTyachtsales.com
I took this video to show you a quick walkthrough of my clients Jeanneau 57. For additional information on this amazing yacht please feel free to contact me at any time day or night. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Ian Van Tuyl 1-619-507-4416 ianvt@cruisingyachts.net





The First Front Approaches!
After an absolutely craptacular work week, a Friday evening sail was just the thing to set me right again! The first cold front of the year to actually push past Charlotte Harbor is coming through tomorrow, and it may be too stormy to venture out then - so today's sail was really enjoyed. Sunday should be ideal with lows in the mid 60's, highs in the low 80's, low humidity, and a nice breeze - Oh, I can't wait! I'm really looking forward to some nice dry weather for the next few months, and getting back to sailing Whimsy in fresh winds! You're all welcomed to follow along as I ...Sail On!





Bossa Beat
A great winter day in SW Florida ...temperaqture 84F, and winds out of the south at 13-18 knots. Whimsy and I were chomping at the bit to get out there today! It's only a few weeks now before our glorious winter is replaced by the heat of summer and regular afternoon rains - so we have to take advantage of these great sailing days when we can. Today, I beat down the harbor against wind and tide, and enjoyed a quick run home. Hope you northern folks can enjoy the ride! I know many of you are getting ready for your sailing season to begin - Sail On!





Chill Pill
After a couple of cold days - days where I actually had to wear sweat pants while sailing (ahem) - today turned out to be a wonderful sailing day. Temperatures climbed into the mid 70's, I could wear my proper sailing shorts, and the breeze was good! I didn't even have to reef - although Whimsy did gripe a couple of times! This was the perfect "Chill Pill" I needed to break the grip of the cold we've had the past few days, and it warmed my heart too! It was a great sailing day, and you are all invited to virtually sail along! Sail On!





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