Category Archives: Dinghy

Dinghy Disaster II: Trapped Down Under

VOICEOVER GUY: A family, cruising the world under sail. You first met them in Dinghy Disaster: The Panama Horror. Now they’re back in a new adventure in the land of giant crocodiles, poisonous toads, huge mouse-eating spiders, and drop bears. Fasten your seat-belts and prepare to be Trapped Down Under. Read On..

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Something Shiny and New

Several somethings, really. For several years we’ve had a couple of items that have been vexing us. We’ve finally addressed them. Dinghy Engine Our main dinghy engine is a work horse. A two stroke Yahama 15 HP, it’s the de facto engine for cruising boats outside the U.S. It’s reliable, Read On..

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Camp Evenstar

Our home is out of the water and has been for a couple of weeks now.  We pulled Evenstar in Opua to get some much-needed work done.  The basic list is: New standing rigging.  All the wires that hold the mast up are original to the boat and need replacing.  Read On..

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Zoom Zoom Redux

We finally got a chance to test the new outboard. Two primary criteria went into it’s choosing although there were others too: 1) Must be much easier to start.2) Must be able to get the four of us up on a plane and moving fast. Initial field tests show success Read On..

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Do I at Least Get to Wear a Cool Hat?

Commodore (noun) – an officer in temporary command of a squadron. I’ve been a “Commodore” in the Bad Way before, more than once, through every fault of my own. What I am referring to of course is having more than one boat. In the past at least twice I have Read On..

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Zoom, Zoom…Here’s Hoping

For years I’ve been a proponent of Four Stroke vs. Two Stroke outboards. The arguments were several, though in truth mainly environmental. Four strokes are cleaner and quieter being the two main issues that tipped the scales. I’ve had several 4 stroke engines over the years and they’re not bad. Read On..

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May Be the Best $100 I’ve Spent

The kids, sailing into town to get Ice Cream in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. How cool is that? When I saw this little old boat that had been donated to our Jr. Sailing program’ bi-annual auction last spring I though it would be a blast for the kids. No Read On..

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