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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
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





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





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.





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





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)





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!





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





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





Single handed operation of the Jeanneau Yacht 57 By: Ian Van
I have spoken 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





Five Minute Sail
Five Minutes of "chillaxin'" sailing aboard Whimsy. No special effects or fancy editing - just plain ole' sailing to the gentle tunes of David Benoit. Enjoy the ride!





Sail Trim In A Fresh Breeze
Alessandro asked for a video about sail trim in a fresh breeze - so, here ya go Alessandro! This by no means covers everything - for example, sheet leads were an inadvertant omission - but the truth is that there is simply no substitute for time in the boat ..out on the water ..and under sail ..to fullly learn sail trim. Hopefully, any of you with a sloop rigged boat can take the information provided here and use it to sail your boats even better. Good sail trim not only makes your boat faster, it provides for an easier helm, better control, and extends the useful life of your sails too. While I'm far from being an expert on all the theory and physics of how a boat sails, the basic techniques I try describe here have worked well for me over the past 46 years - and I've spend a LOT of my free time sailing. So, get out there, go sailing,and give some of these techniques a try! I hope this answers your question Alessandro - and do feel free to ask any questions in the comment section. Sail On! - Tom Scott





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Winter Life
Another perfect winter sailing day on Charlotte Harbor! Temps in the mid 70's and a nice steady breeze - who could ask for anything more? I sure can't!!! Enjoy the ride!





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