Charles Doane

WOUNDED BOATS (AND FOLK) IN BERMUDA
  As I mentioned in the last edition of the Lunacy Report, sailing to Bermuda from New England in the fall is always the hardest part of getting south for the winter season in the ...
OFF THE BOAT, BOY
In yesterday's post on the boats abandoned in this year's ARC I mentioned how improved comms technology has made it easy for modern ocean sailors to bail out when the going gets tough.  In ...
ARC BOATS ABANDONED
  Organizers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the Big Daddy of all cruising rallies, with 223 boats currently en route from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia, announced Tuesday that a participating ...
SOUTHBOUND WX AND MARINA THOUGHTS
  I'm just back from sailing Lunacy down to her winter berth in St. Martin.  For this year's passage I had a professional weather-router, Rick Shema of WeatherGuy.com, give me advice on how to ...
RUDDER-SKEG LEAK & CORROSION
While Lunacy was hauled out last June to have her new engine installed, I became aware of some other problems.  The most perturbing ones concerned her rudder skeg, which is a rather high-aspect aluminum structure that ...
A NEW WESTERBEKE
  This story begins in a dead flat calm somewhere between Bermuda and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, late last spring.  Said dead calm is pictured here in all its glory.  In all my years of wandering ...
LASH IT UP
  In its own way this may have been the most important in-the-water exhibit at this year's Annapolis show.  No salesmen, ho hype---just a team of riggers changing out the standing rig on a 30-year-old ...
SAILING THE NEW J/97
    There are worse fates to be endured in this workaday life than getting to sail a new J/Boat with Al Johnstone on a gorgeous fall day on Narragansett Bay.  Conditions were just ...
STORED POWER, YOU SAY?
Having already altered the America's Cup racing rules to permit the use of "stored-power" on competing vessels, Ernesto "the Alinghi" Bertarelli is now hard at work trying to figure out ...
REMEMBERING BILL CREALOCK
Most would agree that British-born W.I.B. "Gentleman Bill" Crealock was one of the most influential cruising sailboat designers of the 20th century.  Some might even say he was the most influential. ...

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RUDDER-SKEG LEAK & CORROSION
RUDDER-SKEG LEAK & CORROSION - October 29th 2009