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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!





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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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





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





Carpe Diem
With only a couple of more weekends of "Daylight Savings Time" left, I'm "seizing the day" and grabbing an after-work sail while I still can! Beautiful weather, a nice breeze, and a great sunset were all appreciated as Whimsy and a few other boats enjoyed the day. If you happen to know what the "Whozamahwahtzee 44" in the video really is, please leave a comment. There was a time when I knew nearly every boat in sight - but I no longer keep up with too many "modern" designs. It looks like a Juneau, Beneteau, Dufour ..something of European vintage. ...Whatever it is, I sailed past it. ;-)





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





I'll Marimba This
A previous cold front was backing up over Charlotte Harbor as a warm front today, so Whimsy and I enjoyed a fresh breeze and temperatures in the mid-seventies. The breeze was up and down a bit, mostly in mid-teens with gusts into the low to mid twenties. Whimsy mostly took it all in stride, except I managed to wash the leeward jib sheet tail off the boat and flood the cockpit seat. I quickly got the errant tail aboard, and a fast tack took care of the water on the seat. ;-) So, it turned out to be a pretty good sailing day. Hope you can enjoy the ride! Sail On! Music : Marimba: Paul Hardcastle.





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





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Christmas Time Is Here
It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I did NOT go shopping! Instead, I got up early and set up the Christmas lights along the seawall, and got the tree down out of the attic and all put together for my wife and daughter to decorate. Then, I took advantage of the perfect conditions (...10-11 knot breeze, clear skies, and 65F degree temperature) to enjoy a little Christmas Cheer sailing on Whimsy while listening to Christmas Carols on the radio. I'm in the mood for Christmas! Enjoy the ride - and I hope everyone has a great Christmas season wherever you are! Sail On!





Harbor's Grey
It was a grey day on Charlotte Harbor, but that wasn't enough to keep Whimsy and I away! With a nice breeze set up, we enjoyed the day as a cold front slowly approached form the northwest. There were a few other boats out enjoying the day too - a Newport 30 III which I tested myself against, and a couple of Island Packets (...the IP-41SP belonging to my neighbors Joe and Diana!). There were lots of geese on the harbor, and the overcast conditions kept the temperatures down into the 70's. It turned out to be a simply wonderful day for a sail. I hope this video helps you enjoy the ride as much as I did! Sail On!





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.





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