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Puzzling things out

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER Puzzling things out

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Peter and the market

WINDPILOT – INTRIGUE AND COPYCATS Intrigue and copycats

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Hydrovane – Windpilot

WINDPILOT – PROPERLY EFFECTIVE WINDVANE STEERING SYSTEMS Hydrovane – Windpilot

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – emergency rudder

IN EXTREMIS – LOSING THE RUDDER SOS – Rudderless

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Achilles heels – Saildrives

THE HOW AND THE WHY From the harbour tug operator to the car driver with an empty tank, anyone with first-hand experience knows the best way to set a large load moving in the right direction is to push it … Continue reading

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Influencers

INFLUENCERS AND INFLUENZA – THE SILENT POWER Influencers and influenza: both have the capacity to render one powerless, but while influenza’s challenge to the immune system is impossible to overlook, the influence on our thought processes of sources we trust … Continue reading

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Cardinal sins – the rudder

RUDDER, TILLER, WHEEL STEERING, EMERGENCY TILLER Is overconfidence the order of the day? Have we lost our respect for the forces of nature? Naively succumbed to the marketers’ forked tongue? Is the new really always better than the old? Are … Continue reading

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – La Longue Route 2018

PLANNING A LONG VOYAGE Six months is really quite a long time, at least when it comes to travel planning. GGR – LLR – #2

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The importance of a strong rudder

APPEARANCE AND REALITY A tour of European trade fairs and marinas reveals which marketing campaigns and promotions have gained the most traction and highlights the latest trends and developments to have been packaged up, badged (invariably) as important improvements and … Continue reading

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Longue Route 2018

GENESIS OF THE LONGUE ROUTE 2018 To plagiarize shamelessly Jack London – or his wife Charmian, both wrote exactly the same sentence without specifying the author – “it’s all the fault of Captain Joshua Slocum and his ship the Spray!” … Continue reading

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – Longue Route 2018

THE EARLY BIRD AND THE WORM The time is racing away. Watch out or you might find yourself left behind, washed up – a social outcast even. You have to keep up, everyone says so. Perhaps there’s comfort to be … Continue reading

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Peter – 70 years

PETER FOERTHMANN – 70 Years – UNPLUGGED With 70 years on the clock, my life’s drone has soared to a height at which one could be forgiven for expecting a measure of wisdom, a modicum of life experience. Peter – … Continue reading

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From Aries to Windpilot

THE CHANGE FROM ARIES TO WINDPILOT MADE SIMPLE As the years have passed, innumerable UK-based boats that once had an Aries in pride of place have switched to the Windpilot Pacific. The differences are striking – time marches on (at … Continue reading

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Self steering on catamarans

Relief from manual steering for catamaran crews Catamaran sailors too have the right to close their eyes once in a while. Ocean-going catamarans at sea are almost without exception steered by electric autopilots, with permanently installed inboard autopilot systems generally … Continue reading

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Transom ornaments part #2

BIMINI – PERSONEL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT The bluewater dream is a dream of sun and warmth – and the less sun and warmth you have in your daily life, the more you dream of basking in them on your travels. That … Continue reading

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Transom ornaments part #1

INSTALLATION, OBSERVATIONS, ( OVER ) ANALYSIS Everybody knows that appearance-wise, one sailor’s dream yacht is another’s blot on the seascape and that we all have our own personal priorities. My professional interest centres on the after end (where else can … Continue reading

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Peter´s biography 1984 – 1989

THE FIVE PILLARS Two and a half years have whizzed by and it is high time I parked myself in front of the keyboard again to squeeze out another chapter of my life story. This has to be psychoanalysis at … Continue reading

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Boats by nations – France Part 1

LIBERTÉ, EGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ – or none of the above? Freedom, equality and fraternity: values that inspired the rebirth of a nation but whose lustre seems to have faded under the onslaught of individualism, values that may or may not, depending … Continue reading

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Signs of Life

Rolling out of bed at 5 a.m. this morning, my first port of call was the sofa and a quick glance at the night’s incoming e-mail. One particular message caught my eye: Good evening Peter, Are you no longer among us? … Continue reading

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Windpilot USA

IN THE LAND OF SHARP ELBOWS Time passes in the New World just as it does in the old and people are people wherever they are. That, however, has never stopped some from playing up the differences and making believe … Continue reading

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