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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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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

Steppin' Out
A cold front came through last night, and this morning the breeze was up. So, Whimsy and I decided to head out onto the harbor and enjoy the great sailing conditions. This video illustrates just how quick and easy it is get Whimsy under sail single-handed even when I take the time to tuck in a reef. I had a large power boat closing on me as I was nearing the end of the channel, so I bailed out to the left so he could pass to the right, and then I tacked back behind him. I've found that if I don't get out of their way immediately, they will (more often than not) accelerate and rock me hard anyway. So, I treat all of them as though their sole desire is to wake me off my deck - and I do whatever I can to get out of their way. I had a great sail down to Bokelia and back. The breeze picked up into the low 20's, and it was nearly a beam reach each way. Whimsy translated the breeze into 7.5 knots of boat speed down the harbor, and back. A truly great reward for Steppin' Out!

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!

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.

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)

Easy Breezy
Just another beauteous day sailing aboard the 1969 Morgan 30 Whimsy. Music: Ocean Breeze - Earl Klugh.

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Whimsy Up & Away
The 40th anniversary of the 1969 Morgan 30, Whimsy.

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

heavy weather sailing Catalina 22 C22 extreme sail on Courageous Cat Sailboat C 22
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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!

Soon It's Gonna Rain
Well, my next to last sail of summer was much like many of them recently - wet! The good thing about the clouds and rain is that they keep the temperature down. Today we only got to 81F, and it was a warm rain. I do enjoy giving the sails a nice fresh water rinse every so often, and I really don't mind getting rained-on myself - as long as it is warm. But, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming "dry" season, and the "clear sky" sailing that happens after a frontal passage. I've endured the fairly damp summer, and fall starts in just a couple of days! ..Yeah! ..Sail On!

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!

Single handed operation of the Jeanneau Yacht 57 By: Ian Van
I have spoke to lot's of clients and potential buyers who ask the same question. Can this yacht be handled by myself or shorthanded? I always answer yes the reasons are that when you get up to a vessel of 50ft or greater it actually becomes easier believe it or not. The reason for this is you start finding bow thrusters on 50+ yachts along with electric winches and in Jeanneau's case the way we order the yachts 53 + electric Genoa furler's. all of these options and with the new modern hull design make single handling a vessel of this size very easy. Actually I even find it easier to sail this 57 then my own Jeanneau 39i P.V. I hope that you find this video helpful in explaining what I'm trying to say and if you would like additional information on the Jeanneau product or are looking to buy or sell a yacht please feel free to contact me at any time day or night at 1-619-507-4416 or ianvt@cruisingyachts.net I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Ian VT

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