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. ;)
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
Music By: Earl Klugh
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
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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
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.
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)
Just another beauteous day sailing aboard the 1969 Morgan 30 Whimsy.
Music: Ocean Breeze - Earl Klugh.
Summer Breeze Aboard Whimsy
Whimsy being single-handed on Charlotte Harbor the day after TS Bonnie blew
by, resulting in a rare decent summer breeze!
Until You Come Back To Me
A beautiful light air sailing day with just a touch of touch of fall in the
air (..air temps in the low 70's) was ideal for enjoying an easy sail
aboard Whimsy. Oh, I may have pulled the Bimini top off a week too early,
but this was a pretty - and easy - day for just relaxing. I used the
autopilot off the wind (..Whimsy is reluctant to self-steer with the wind
aft of the beam), but upwind she displayed the well-mannered balance for
which she has become most appreciated - even as I moved around the boat to
get fun video angles. Upwind, I just locked the tiller and watched her go.
I hope you can enjoy the ride - I sure did! Sail On!
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!
Day By Day
The best way to have a great start to the long holiday weekend is ..to go
sailing! So, after work, I ran down to the dock, splashed Whimsy,. threw
my cooler and camera aboard, and made my way out to the harbor where a nice
15+ knot breeze was waiting. It was a long day at work, so I took it easy
and just unrolled the genoa - leaving the mainsail stowed on the boom.
Whimsy was fine with the "lazy" rig configuration, and she still managed 6+
knots. Tom Ray came out to join in the fun aboard his Adventure Island
Trimaran, and he was having a blast! Unbeknownst to me, he had called
shortly after I left to see if I wanted to go sailing, and of course Wendy
gave him the best possible reason why I couldn't join him ...because I was
already sailing!!! We had a great time, and I hope you all can too! I
hope you all can enjoy the 4th of July weekend wherever you are, and Sail
Short Sail On The Long Day
A short sail on the longest day of the year turned out to be great fun!
Unlike every day for the past two weeks, the wind was perfect, the
temperature was below 90F, and there were no thunderstorms nearby! Whimsy
and I took advantage of the near ideal conditions, and enjoyed some really
great sailing on the first day of summer - which is rare. Hope you can
enjoy the ride!
One Tack One Take
It was a lot more breezy than the weather weasels predicted.! After
watching my Genoa fall into the harbor immediately upon unfurling, I had to
struggle a bit to get it back on board. (The #1 jib halyard snap shackle
lived up to its name!) I quickly swapped over to the #2 jib halyard,
re-hoisted, and resumed sailing - but I was Exhausted. So, no running around the decks
gathering varied angles for this tired guy today! Instead, the camera is
mounted on my swim ladder during one tack, for one take, with no edits.
It's simply all I was up to. Enjoy the bouncing ride, and "Sail On!"
August is a notoriously lousy month for sailing in Florida - no wind,
thunderstorms and heat all conspire to make sailing tough. But today, I
found a gap to get out there in early. Whimsy and I dodged the
thunderstorms, there was just enough wind to make consistently good speed,
and the cloud cover and breeze kept the heat down. A rare "pleasant"
August sail was the happy result! I hope you can enjoy the video ride - it
was a good day! Sail On!
Music: Serenata - performed by Pete Jolly and Marty Paich.