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Cruising World January/February 2021

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

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United States
Bonnier Corporation
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
a wake-up call

In any normal year, between work and play I typically find myself aboard a pretty eclectic collection of boats, from our 1978 Sabre 34 to friends’ and dock mates’ vessels of the same or newer vintage to classic yachts, and of course the latest models on display at various boat shows. One benefit of being surrounded by a broad variety of sailboats is that you can sort of follow the evolutionary path from there to here, with few abrupt surprises. But 2020 was not a normal year—in so many ways. Because of quarantine restrictions this past spring in Maine, where our boat spent the winter, it remained on the hard all season. So, aside from 2020 being the first year in many that I lived entirely ashore, parked on a couch north…

2 min
close to home

OK, I’ll admit, it is a little worrying. I’m beginning to wonder if we might get used to daysailing and lose our drive to cross oceans. § My crew and I fancy ourselves legit bluewater cruisers, having crossed major oceans several times, most recently on our Jeanneau 44i, Keala, from her birthplace in La Rochelle, France, to Seattle, Washington. We would’ve headed for Canada and Alaska, but with maritime borders closed to British Columbia, we’ve found ourselves basically gunkholing about the 100 miles of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. § Short-distance cruising, it turns out, has a lot going for it. One of the basic goals for us, indeed of cruising in general, is to use conditions to our advantage. Unlike racing, cruising means sailing with the weather,…

1 min
eight bells: frank butler

The sailing community lost a giant among the ranks of production boatbuilders. Frank Willis Butler, president and chief executive officer of Catalina Yachts, passed away November 15, 2020, in Westlake Village, California, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. In making the announcement, Catalina said: “We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Frank’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.” A sailing icon and industry “kingspoke”, Butler introduced hundreds of thousands of people to sailing during his lifetime. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Butler have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Butler leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Catalina Yachts.…

4 min
a light in the dark

I have two concerns about the article by Roger Hughes in your October 2020 edition of Cruising World. § First, he replaced the incandescent bulbs in his Aqua Signal lights (below) with LED bulbs from Amazon. Navigation lights are tested and certified by the ABYC and the USCG as a unit. I believe that replacing the bulb with another type negates that certification. That might lead to increased liability on the author’s part if he were involved in a nighttime collision and subsequent legal action. § The second concern I have is that many LED bulbs generate a lot of radio-frequency interference that can significantly degrade the performance of radios such as an onboard VHF. This could also represent a safety issue. § As an aside, these two reasons are…

3 min
adrift: 40 years later

When Steven Callahan left Maine in January 1981 on Napoleon Solo, a 6.5-meter sloop, for a solo sail to the Canary Islands and back to America, he was planning to fulfill a childhood dream and thought he had prepared for all contingencies. Callahan was 29 when he started what he later described as an “exhilarating crossing” of the Atlantic and made it safely across the sea. On January 29, 1982, Callahan left the Canaries for the sail back to America. The first week of the return journey, Callahan said, “was smooth trade-wind sailing, and when a gale started, I wasn’t too concerned. I knew the boat, and I’d been through much worse.” Later, on the night of February 4, 1982, something—“probably a whale or a large shark,” Callahan recalled—smashed into…

1 min
new year, new gear

PETTIT ODYSSEY TRITON • $350 PER GALLON • PETTITPAINT.COM If you sail in a high-fouling area, check out Pettit’s new Odyssey Triton bottom paint. This ablative antifouling paint uses three biocides—copper thiocyanate, Econea and zinc omadine—to keep hull surfaces smooth. It’s VOC-compliant and provides multiseason protection in all waters. ACR RESQFLARE • $80 • ACRARTEX.COM Developed as an alternative to pyrotechnic flares, the electronic ResQFlare, when paired with the included distress flag, is a US Coast Guard-approved distress signal. The high-intensity LED emergency light provides 360-degree visibility for over 6 miles, and is waterproof and buoyant. GILL PENRYN HYBRID JACKET • $150 GILLMARINE.COM This versatile jacket is suitable for both on-the-water activities and shoreside adventures. It features a super-lightweight, breathable and stretchy fabric, plus synthetic, nonabsorbent down insulation. The raglan sleeves off er a wide range of motion,…