Failed lower Boom Vang Mount and mounting bolts
Last fall we were sailing along nicely on a medium wind day when we heard a loud bang, the bang got our attention but looking around we were not able to see anything wrong, shrouds and stays were fine and the rest of the rig also looked OK.
A few minutes later as we were still trying to figure out the first bang a second loud bang happened and the boom jumped up and we could see the Boom Vang hanging loose, mystery solved!
With no Boom Vang the trip back home was cautious, I probably could have rigged a temporary lower mount but the wind was not too bad and we were not far from home so we did not rig a temporary mount.
US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation
There seems to be a bit of a scam going around with several companies offering to “help” you renew your USCG Vessel Documentation, the catch? The help will cost you several times the normal cost $ 26.00 the US Coast Guard charges. Some people in a sailing group I belong to have fallen for this scam.
The Vessel Documentation scam works in at least two ways,
1) You go to the internet and search for something like “USCG Vessel Documentation” and click on one of the links that looks like a Vessel Documentation link, the bogus links look real official as do the web pages. From there you are prompted to click on some links and enter your vessel information and pay some money. The catch? One of the sites I looked at wanted $ 76.00 for a single year, a nice $ 50.00 service fee. The Coast Guard site is so so for search engines so the official US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation site was down toward the bottom of the first page for me, so you need to look and be careful or use the link posted below.
A History of Sailing in 100 Objects
Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing equipment that we use every time we go sailing?
Well fear not, “A History of Sailing in 100 Objects” by Barry Pickthall will fill in some of the gaps, starting with the earliest known picture of a sail from about 3,500 BC on the Naqada II Pot to the GoPro camera in 2006.
Yes a bit eclectic in many ways but a nice read. The book has the object explained with text on the left side and a picture of the object on the right side. This bite size method makes the book easy to read and digest in short bits.
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HADS Home page showing over 16,000 NOAA weather sites
Most sailors in the Seattle area are familiar with the West Point and Seattle NOAA weather sites on the internet. But did you know that those sites are only the tip of the iceberg so to speak of the over 16,000 NOAA weather observation sites. There is one at the Alki Lighthouse in West Seattle for example.
Finding the station closest to your location from the over 16,000 weather observation stations in the United States and Canada can be a bit of a challenge even if you have the secret handshake on where to start. But lets give it a whirl.