Category Archives: Yachts

Considerations about emergency rudders

ORCAS – THE THINKING BEGINS Considerations about Emergency rudders

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The Orcas – again

WISHFUL THINKING ABOUT GOOD BOAT BUILDING TRADITIONS? The riddle of the Orcas

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Gallant 53 – Bestevaer 53

NO SECOND SHIP – OR IS IT? Gallant53+Bestevaer53

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SV Express Crusader – Douwe Gorter NED

FAMOUS EXPRESS CRUSADER USED SAILOMAT, ARIES AND WINDPILOT Hi Peter, Hope this email finds you well! I wanted to give you a short update on the performance of the very old Windpilot that I bought and installed on Ponta Delgada, … Continue reading

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The ideal cruising yacht

CONSEQUENT RETURN The cruising boat

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The yachts by nations

BOATS BY COUNTRY – USA USA

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Rudder = Heart

THE RUDDER – HEART OF THE BOAT Rudder = Heart

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Pocket Cruisers

SMALL SIZE, LONG RANGE Pocket Cruisers

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – emergency rudder

IN EXTREMIS – LOSING THE RUDDER SOS Rudder

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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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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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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 Transom ornaments 2

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Monetizing bluewater advice

BLUEWATER ADVICE NOT FOR SELF CONFESSED IDEALISTS The 40 years I have spent in the windvane business have shaped the way I think and left me with a clear and obvious set of priorities. A self-confessed idealist, I allow myself … Continue reading

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SV Golya – a new design of Dick Koopmans

Written by Dick Koopmans: Designing Golya was a real pleasure, A lot of designs are designed around an interior, but not with this yacht. She is in the first place a sailing yacht. There still where some challenging requirements. She … Continue reading

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SV Thule, Ursula+Rainer Woehl, GER

Nach 3 jähriger Weltumsegelung ist die Familie Woehl wohlbehalten in ihrem Heimathafen Flensburg eingetroffen. Die Thule, eine im Jahre 1971 bei Abeking & Rasmussen Lemwerder in Aluminium gebaute Ketch und den heutigen Eigner verbindet eine lebenslange Geschichte. Rainer Woehl hat … Continue reading

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MV Wind Horse, Linda+Steve Dashew US

If life time is going – sometimes its worth considering New Paradigms for Cruising. The Dashew family has been developing some perfect sailing boats for bluewater cruising – and after some time and getting older – converted thinking in terms … Continue reading

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What ever happened to boat building? Part 3

Boatbuilding and the market Once more into the breach! The only way to be sure a boat is really robust and well-built enough for long-term use is to put it to long-term use – or break it trying… However the … Continue reading

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What ever happened to boat building? Part #1

Few topics are as controversial among sailors as the quality of the boats we invest in to help realise our dreams of a life afloat. Obviously, choosing a boat ranks as one of the key decisions for any sailor: a … Continue reading

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Stadtship 54, bluewateryacht with tiller steering

Stadtship 54 is an aluminium built bluewateryacht built by K & M Yachtbuilder in Makkum Netherland. The boat is fitted with tiller steering which can be easily tilted aside during harbour times. Please compare that this tiller can be offset … Continue reading

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