Charles Doane

THE SUBJECT WAS WINCHES
  While discussing the care and feeding of Lunacy's winch menagerie last week I neglected to mention that both Harken and Holmatro have recently introduced new winches that are markedly different from what ...
GLOBAL PLUMBING
Here's an oceanic news flash from the realm of geoscience: the Bering Strait is a valve that can play an important role in global climate trends. Open the valve (its current position; ...
Surfing Cat in Oz
  This is a Perry 43 catamaran named Saltonay coming in over the bar at the Southport Seaway entrance to Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia. If you watch the whole video you'll ...
GOLDEN GLOBE REVISITED
And just what was I reading while cruising aboard Lunacy during the holidays? A book about sailing, of course. I gobbled this one up in no time and can recommend it highly to sailors and non-sailors ...
A TRIO OF WINCHES
One of the things I did before sailing Lunacy down to the W'Indies for the winter was service all the winches onboard. I had been putting this off for years, but when the primaries ...
GOLDEN HIND 31
Though not well known here in the U.S., the Golden Hind 31 is an iconic boat in Great Britain. I bought one in Maine over 10 years ago, cruised it ...
FWI WITH AN ALL-GIRL CREW
I am pleased to report that this year's post X-mas cruise in the French West Indies with wife Clare and daughters Lucy and Una was much more successful than last year's. Indeed, last year ...
SOME CATCHING UP TO DO
Happy New Year, sports fans. I'm just back from a post-Xmas family cruise on Lunacy down in the W'Indies, of which more later, but today I wanted to give you some quick updates on ...
THE LEGEND OF PLUMBELLY
  This, my friends, is a small boat with a very large reputation. The reason I'm blogging about her right now is that she happens to be for sale. Unfortunately, I'm getting a ...
BUTTERFLY BOAT
Gather round boys and girls and have a gander at what Santa did not bring me for Christmas this year. One big reason for this is that this boat does not yet exist. Indeed, it may ...

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A TRIO OF WINCHES - January 12th 2010