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Cruising World November/December 2018

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4 min.
just for the fun of it

It’s said you can’t buy happiness, but you certainly can purchase fun, which is exactly what Groupe Beneteau did this past July when it acquired Slovenian sailboat builder Seascape and its line of four sporty speed machines that range in size from 14 to 27 feet. Rather than try to cram as many creature comforts and appliances as it could between bow and stern, Seascape’s approach was to keep its boats uniquely simple but amazingly versatile, as I was to find out one fine blue-sky day in Newport, Rhode Island, last September. But more on that in a minute. First, here’s the back story. Seascape was launched in 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis, by Kristian Hajnšek and Andraž Mihelin, sailors who had each waged a couple of…

2 min.
calm before the squall

So many places take credit for the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” — Scotland, New England, Scandinavia — but anyone who’s cruised the Pacific Northwest knows how well it applies to the rugged coastline there. It’s not at all a negative attribute; it renders a beautiful region just that much more interesting. The forests might glow green and inviting in the sunlight one day, and then take on an entirely new aspect of mystery and forbidding wilderness as mist gathers among the firs the next day. The twisting channels of the Inside Passage can be whipped white by gales, made a sullen gray by solid cloud cover or polished to a blue mirror by a calm high-pressure system. Summer sunsets linger for hours, their pink…

1 min.
agent prone

In your August/September On Watch (“Transiting Neptune’s Stairs”), Cap’n Fatty Goodlander tells of the comedy of errors during his Panama Canal transit, partly due to his two pilots not doing their jobs, and because he did not have a canal agent. They make all the arrangements, and they provide experienced line handlers instead of a pickup crew. During my pleasant transit of the Panama Canal, I was docked at the Pedro Miguel Boat Club, 2 miles from the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side. My canal agent, Pete Stevens, informed me there would be a delay of three or four days to go through the last locks. Good! I loved the place: The clubhouse was an old wooden building surrounded by trees. In its large library, I read a good…

2 min.
school of hard knocks

After reading “The Last Wave” (August/September 2018), Jim and Joy Carey’s account of a rogue wave hitting their boat off the Washington coast on June 17, 2018, I had to tell you my story. On June 16, 2018, my only brother who is not a sailor and I were going into our second week aboard Trilogy, my 1988 Sabre, and we had just spent the night in the marina at Gibsons, British Columbia. The forecast for the day was 15- to 20-knot northwest winds. That was music to my ears. We reached about 2 miles into the Strait of Georgia before I decided to turn left and go with the waves, which now were 6 feet, in 20 to 25 knots of wind. We enjoyed fast surfing off the waves, hitting…

1 min.
passage notes

In the Wake of Florence Last September, Hurricane Florence devastated the Carolinas with a massive storm surge and record-breaking rainfall. Just a week after the storm, residents of New Bern, North Carolina, were already well underway on the cleanup efforts, and many marine facilities in the region are open. If you’re planning a trip south on the Intracoastal Waterway this year, be sure to read the Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners and have the latest charts on hand. For more information and photos, visit cruisingworld.com/1812florence. Northwest Passage No-Go The crew of DogBark!, who have been documenting their journey north from Seattle and into the arctic, have had to abandon their plan of traversing the Northwest Passage this season. “With the season sliding by, we made the excruciating decision to turn back instead of…

3 min.
gone with the wind

James Taylor’s got a great song called “Copperline” in which he reminisces about his boyhood home in the woods and how it was so beautiful that it made the angels sigh. In the last verse, he goes back as an adult to find nothing but “spec house and plywood.” But he’s unfazed because it doesn’t touch the wonderful memories he has of this special place where he grew up. I had my own Copperline experience recently when I visited Key Largo and chartered a boat for the week. I brought my old Florida Chart Kit BBA as a backup and, noticing my pencil marks of an anchorage nearby and the date, October 31, 1998, my eyes glazed over and I drifted back in time to my first cruise on our “big”…