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Choosing a Blue Water Sailing Vessel

Oceanic – seafaring is more than amusement, it is an educational platform, surveillance post, a transport system for awareness, and a distribution system for understanding. Ocean sailing is often both bodily and psychologically challenging.

Blue water cruising can be one of the most depressing and pleasant sports in the world, together at the identical time. Ocean cruising persons have learned how to manage their lives, including relationships and capital, because they must. Ocean seafaring presents real troubles that require genuine solutions, that can’t be ignored. Life or loss of life are the only two options.

Deep-sea cruising is an instructive opportunity that has full potential for the growth of wisdom, skills, and attitudes that are hard to teach in the limitations of the classroom. . Sailing is a incredible tool for honing personal and team skills. Bluewater sailing is first, the most superb and liberating experience. But it has its individual risks that require extraordinary care to steer clear of.

Sailing vessels were used by the peoples of the Mediterranean region several thousand years before the birth of Christ. But designs have altered as have the sailors. Builders of bluewater sailboats have taken into account how boats are sailed these days into deliberation, considering the added weight and speed the yachts will need. And yes, open water sailboats are compromises in every meaning.

Vessels built for speediness are much more delicate than those constructed for strength. But a boat’s fit to sail has a lot to do with awareness. Seaworthiness means something very different on protected lakes than on open seas.

When steadiness is compromised the yacht is not equal to the circumstances that is in front of it. Perhaps the following broader meaning is closer to what contemporary designers aim for; a seaworthy boat is one that is able to pull through rapidly from a 180-degree keel over without severe harm and without sinking. Brawny enough to care for herself while hove, proportionate submissive on the helm, and effortlessly handled at all times, nimble downwind and able to beat to up wind, or at least hold her position, in all but the gravest of conditions. She must able to transport sufficient crew with excellent headroom and security, plus water and provisions, for long periods and be able to provide good average speeds on extended passages.

In Principles of Yacht Design, Larsson and Eliasson note that the seaworthiness of a maritime yacht depends on its vibrant behavior in a seaway; and dynamic affects, obviously, are much more complicated to gauge or predict than fixed effects. (Any vessel may be turned turtle by a breaking wave with a height fifty-five percent of her total length.

Descriptions of blue water vessels invoke names for instance, Heritage, Contessa, Fisher, Ocean, Tayana and Roberts. So what are the significant features to look for in a oceanic sailboat sailboat?
Gratifying to the eye. Can you be devoted to the boat–you know there will be issues with her, so she has to make your heart beam while you labor through them and consent to them or else you’ll get discontented.
Thirty-five – forty five feet on deck. Large enough to be sea-kindly and safe in awful weather, yet little enough for one to single-hand if you had to.

First-class survey. Good condition and construction, and a dry cruiser. No need to keep everything covered in plastic.

Good air flow. Air conditioning will not be a main concern on the high seas.

Full displacement cruiser with a full keel. Capable of taking care of you in dreadful weather while you hunker down below decks.

Inboard diesel engine power-driven at not less than 3 hp/ton. Enough power to make your way motoring or motor-sailing when needed, or to power up and get out of a tricky situation.

Dense fiberglass hull. Trouble-free to care for.

Fiberglass deck (no teak). Easy to look after, and no water leaks.

Lots of easy to get to and well-ventilated storage. These will be your quarters, so you need sufficient space for books and other comforts, as well as all the spares, paraphernalia, etc. for blue-water cruising.

Bulwarks with drains. Superior solid footing while on foot around the area on board a ship, and good drainage in heavy rain or taking on green water.

Tough through-bolted deck cleats. Robust attachments for dock lines.

Dual bow anchors, one with at least 300′ chain. A second anchor for squall conditions, and lots of chain for average circumstances.

One hundred gallon fuel tank. A sufficient amount to give you a range of at least 500 nautical miles under power.

Big water tanks. Adequate to last the crew 3-4 weeks lacking rain catching, or a watermaker.

Small aft cockpit with drains and beefy pad eyes for connection. Relaxing and safe for whoever’s on duty, and safe in a seaway, with capability to drain fast if much water is shipped.

Aluminum keel-stepped mast. Negligible maintenance and extra reinforcement than deck-stepped.

First-rate handholds and foot space on deck for moving around. Critical for protection aboard.

Decent handholds and headroom below. Headroom for a 6′ individual, and sturdy handholds for moving around down below when the seas are up.

Sails: Jib with roller furling. Simple to handle from the cockpit.

Sails: Staysail. Bulletproof method, no furling gear to jam, and trouble-free to take off and switch to storm jib.

Sails: Storm jib. For use on the inner forestay (replacing the staysail) in thunderstorm situations.

Sails: Storm trysail with independent mast track. For service in a storm, without having to get rid of the
mainsail. Also, helpful for steadiness while sailing downwind.

Dodger, splash cloths, and bimini. Dodger with effortless visibility forward to keep the blustery weather out of the cockpit, and together with splash cloths keep crew in the cockpit dry as a bone when water is shipped, and a bimini to shadow us from the hot sun.

All berths accommodating 6′. Good for sleeping, and comfort for tall crew members.
Refrigeration. Negligible electrical requirements but yet enough room to keep perishables cool, a freezer would also be excellent to have aboard.

Engine starting battery split from house batteries with a battery monitoring arrangement. Adequate electrical storage to illuminate and chill the boat, as well as run our basic electrical apparatus without unwarranted recharging requirements.

Autopilot. To take the edge off the helmsman when under power.

Wind vane. To substitute for the helmsman while sailing without exhausting the battery.

Emergency boarding ladder An simple to drop and recover swim ladder on the side of the yacht
Lee cloths for the berths. Luxury and sanctuary for the off-watch crew to rest below.

Three-burner propane stove-top with oven. Able to roast pretty much whatever we want.

Directions for all the equipment. So you can mend things, or find out where to go for replacement parts.

Maintenance logs. To know how old the rigging is, what the service record is for the engine, hull, plumbing, and electrical systems, etc.

Diesel stove. To keep you cozy on cold nights.

Life raft, MOB unit, flares, fire blanket, propane and CO detectors, and fire extinguishers. Necessary safety equipment.

Radios-VHF marine and Single Side Band. Indispensable communication gear.

Dinghy with outboard. Capability to get around when at anchor.

Radar. Important for course-plotting at night when close to land, or in shipping lanes, or in fog. Also a fabulous device when approaching an unknown anchorage with a hard-to-find way in, or entering or leaving a dock at night.

Wind instruments (vane and speed) and depth sounder. Depth sounder indispensable, wind instruments extremely useful.

Mike Dickens, the author is a boat owner and cruiser and owner of Paradise Yachts.

Paradise Yachts is a Yacht Brokerage offering used yachts to customers worldwide.




Quality Sail Repair Can Make Old Sails Like New

If your sails have seen better days, you may think that replacing them with new sails is your only option. But think again – high-quality, competent sail repair can make old sails look, feel, and perform like new. Even sails that have been in service for decades can be restored and refurbished to like-new condition. One of the keys to getting the longest life out of your sails is to keep a close eye on your sails and have repairs done as soon as a problem appears. Here are some things to look out for:

Stains – The bad news is that stains on sails are an unsightly but unavoidable consequence of regular use. But the good news is that the right cleaning techniques can reliably eradicate just about any kind of stain, including stubborn rust marks. Returning stained sails to their original beauty is a job for trained and experienced sail repair professionals, however – no amount of washing or do-it-yourself stain removal will give a badly stained sail that like-new look and feel. But in the right hands, professional dry cleaning using tried and tested sail restoration techniques will eliminate stains and leave your sails looking almost as good as they did the day you bought them …. even if that day was thirty or more years ago.

Mainsail, leech edge – The leech or back edge of the mainsail is often the first part of the sail to show wear and tear. Be on the lookout for these signs of leech edge problems:

– You’re having trouble setting or trimming the main.
– It’s hard to flatten the back edge of the sail
– Using the leech line only seems to cup the back edge instead of helping to flatten or quite down the back edge.
– You see visible signs of wear along the leech/back edge of the sail. This wear may be visible as tiny holes in the fabric, or in extreme cases tears along the stitching may even be visible.

If you note any of the above, it’s likely that aging and use have created a problem that requires professional sail repair. As with all sail problems, the sooner you tackle it, the better the chances of successfully repairing it will be. But even severe cases of wear can be fixed by sail restoration specialists.

Batten pockets – Battens and the pockets that hold them provide an important role in shaping your mainsail. As you change direction with the boat, the mainsail moves from one side of the boat to the other. This causes the batten to flex and bend the cloth at the end of the pocket.  Over time the cloth can become weak and even tear.  If not caught in time the damage can be catastrophic, tearing out the whole pocket back to the leech edge and causing major damage to the sail. This is a problem that’s all but impossible to address on your own, but it’s a reasonably simple procedure for a sail restoration professional to repair.  While making a repair of this kind it would be a good time to replace the elastic in the end of the pocket to keep proper tension on the batten to help maintain good sail shape.  However it is important to catch wear in this area as soon as possible, so be sure to inspect your sails regularly for this kind of wear.

Bolt rope has shrunk or drawn up making it hard to raise or lower the main and to get a nice set on the sail – This is a common problem and one that many sailors are told cannot be fixed or adjusted. However the truth is that a good sail restoration professional may very well be able to fix it. In addition, the cost for this type of repair is relatively low and it takes very little time to do.

Different sail makers use various types of line or rope in the bolt rope. Nylon is popular because it has stretch, but it also will shrink. If you begin to notice the boom seems to be hanging lower at the clew or back edge of the sail than the tack or front edge of the sail, or if the bottom of the sail seems to have a noticeable bag or extra cloth, the problem could be the bolt rope.

Bag in the lower body of the sail – Another common problem that is almost always due to the sail being stretched by the wind. Sail restoration professionals have a number of ways to make repairs or adjustments that will solve this problem


Current and Upcoming Sailing Races to Follow

At this transitional time of the year, the seasons begin to change and some local and international sailing races are coming to an end, whilst others are only beginning to heat up. No matter what time of the year it is, there will always be a number of gruelling sailing events taking place. If you are an avid regatta follower, you will know that a few significant races on the sailing race calendar are happening as we speak. Sailing enthusiasts, as well as people who are interested in the sport, should take note of these current and upcoming races.

One of the most exciting and action-filled sailing races that is happening at the moment is the Clipper Round the World challenge. What makes the Clipper challenge so unique is the fact that not all the sailors participating are professionals. 450 people on ten yachts take part in this around the world sailing race. The participants sail 40 000 miles past six continents over a period of ten months to a year. Participants currently sailing the globe are expected to return next year July. There is the opportunity for anyone to take part in this race, all you need to do is complete the sailing course training and then you are set to take on what Clipper calls “the challenge of a lifetime” This sailing race is a fantastic opportunity for people from different backgrounds to sail as a unit around the world.

A sailing race with a difference is the Exercise Transglobe 2009 – 2010. This race sees the three major UK armed forces taking to the sea. The Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force all compete in this year long racing adventure and the crew is changed at every destination for optimum diversity. Over 500 service personnel take part in the race. The combination of service ethics and sailing adventure makes this race a one-of-a-kind event.

More exciting sailing races coming up are the China Cup as well as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which is set to take place in December of this year. This much anticipated event draws some of the best sailors, and the sailing race itself is no laughing matter. This sailing race is the pride of Sydney, and is always highly covered in the local and international media.


All That You Need To Know To Plan An Enjoyable Sailing Holiday

Everyone looks forward to a vacation so that they can break away from the monotonous and tiring daily grind. However, the idea of vacation differs from person to person. While some are happy to go visit their loved ones, others take time out to travel to new and exotic places. Many others love to go on trips full of excitement and adventure that gives them an adrenalin rush. A sailing holiday provides just the exhilaration that such people look for.

Sailing sounds a very thrilling thing to do, but if it is undertaken without proper planning, it can turn out to be quite a disastrous trip. There are so many factors to be considered and a lot of decisions to be taken to make sure that your sailing vacation is the adventure you had imagined it to be. The major things to be considered include:

Picking up the correct destination

Choose the right destination, keeping in mind the weather conditions there, the age and health of the people in your travel party, and your budget.

Deciding on the boat and the crew

Pick the right type of boat/yacht and see to it that is well-maintained and in perfect running condition. The crew that would be operating it should be knowledgeable, trained, experienced and friendly. It would be a good idea to check out a reliable online local business directory to find about the sailing companies whose services you can hire.

The required amenities

Your sailing holiday doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. You should ensure that your boat has all the basic amenities for comfortable living such as microwave oven, coffee maker, blender and TV. You should also put in some water toys and arrange rented paddle boats, kayaks, scuba diving gear, etc.

The necessary food provisions

You should have enough food and beverages to feed all the travelers well for the duration of the trip. Carry sufficient water for daily drinking and cooking needs.

First aid necessities

Make sure that the boat has a first aid kit containing antiseptics, antibiotics, medicines for healing cuts or bruises and treating allergic reactions, etc.

Clothes to be packed

You must pack light and pack right, including essentials like good shoes, swimsuits, tees and shorts, hats, sunscreen, etc.

Having a sailing itinerary

It is advisable to plan about the places or islands you intend to visit and draw up an itinerary. Learn a little about the destinations and read up about their high points.

Getting the right phone

Save yourself from unreasonably high telecom bills by enquiring about the roaming charges levied by your phone company before you venture out to the sea. You can get good coverage at excellent rates if you buy a pre-paid phone/data card of the local service provider.

If you plan right, your sailing holiday will be much more than just a vacation. It will be an unforgettable adventure, an experience you will cherish for life.