Archive | December, 2010

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American Dream movie trailers, and an invitation to discuss

Back in November I shared information and a link to the movie that our family has a bit part in: American Dream. The story of our family’s journey to find a different path for our lives is woven with that of others: all questioning the “American dream” and finding their own way to redefine it. […]

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Ho-ho-holidays on Totem

Christmas feels very different here. First, the obvious. Even though we’ve had a couple of years to get used to “tropical” climate Christmas, it still feels strange. Our higher-latitude, northern hemisphere rooted brains just think that cold weather (and maybe even a little snow) are part of the essential holiday package. Here, though, Santa gets […]

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Follow up to FAQ: using strops

We had a question from Okeebc on the first passage safety post last week, wanting to see a strop rigged as we use them on Totem. Here’s one example- our boom with two strops (yellow) at the outboard end. The squall in the background of course is nice dramatic effect! The forward strop is to […]

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Passage Safety III: all the other stuff

Here’s the balance of the safety gear ruminations that didn’t make it into the last two posts. Bottom line, gear breaks and safety can quickly become an issue; so minimize the likelihood and have resource available to deal with it as best you can. The same goes for the boat. The best passage preparation is knowing your […]

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Passage Safety II: Fatigue

Fatigue is perhaps not something you prep for, except to think through how you will manage it and get rested before a passage… but we think it’s really important for safety. 1. GET SLEEP. Being overly tired results in making bad choices. Under normal passage conditions getting enough sleep can be difficult. During rough weather or […]

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Passage Safety I: Boat Handling & Communications

Thanks to our friend Laura on Just A Minute for putting the question out there in response to our FAQ- looking for elaboration on safety precautions and procedures for long offshore passages. Jamie’s email back to her got really long, so I’m breaking it into some more digestible chunks for the blog. As always… fellow […]

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Comments on the FAQ

Our friend Brian on the M/V Furthur, a Selene ocean trawler, reposted our FAQ on his blog and made some great additions from his perspective. We first met Brian in Mexico and expect to see him soon here in Sydney- he’s traveled many of the same miles along the way. I hope other cruisers can […]

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