Container Ship Kayaks
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Posted: June 26, 2008




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Whats With Flashlight Batteries?
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Tom’s Tips On Dealing with Those Hostile to Your Boating
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Posted: June 26, 2008
1. Most of the unreasonable unproductive environmental regulations and laws which adversely affect boaters start with people who are well intentioned but also misinformed.
2. In fact, usually boaters care more about the result sought than the people making the proposals. The issues arise with how we obtain the desired results.
3. Attempts at achieving desired results which are based on flawed understanding of the facts are seldom truly successful and often create more problems.
4. Whenever we see one or more groups trying to curtail our boating, usually the best thing to do is to try to get...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Small Batteries
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Posted: June 26, 2008
1. Manufacturers say to store batteries at room temperature, whatever that is. The bottom line is that it shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. So, for example, if you keep your boat where winter comes, take them to your house during winter storage. If you take your boat to the tropics, store them in a relatively cool (but dry and salt-free) place.
2. DO check the batteries in your equipment regularly. This can be a real pain in the neck if you have a lot of flashlights (like me) but it’s far more inconvenient than having a favorite light or VHF destroyed by leaking batteries.
3. Lo...... Read More

The Land of Men
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Posted: June 15, 2008
Kaoha from Fenua Enata. Hello from The Land of Men. That’s what the Marquesans call this group of spectacularly picturesque islands popping out of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from the Americas and, for many, including the crew of Shangri La, the first sight of land after a very long passage.




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Good-bye Turkey, Hello Greece
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Posted: June 15, 2008
By Liz Tosoni
Fethiye Bay, Southwest Turkey
36 49' N, 25 51' E
While Feel Free was tucked in at Marmaris Yacht Marina, Tom and I became friends with Umit and Iclal, a Turkish couple who live and work in Istanbul and have a boat, Altera, which they’ve owned for only a few short months. Being new to boating they were eager to gain experience and absorb every ounce of knowledge available as they have a dream to retire in a couple of years or so and sail away. So eager are they, in fact, that they regularly take the 12-hour overnight bus to Marmaris from Istanbul to spend the weekend on th...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Checking
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Posted: June 12, 2008
1. Depending on the type and condition of your boat, establish a pattern that you repeat regularly shortly after you get under way. This helps you to not forget items.
2. Even if you’re sailing you should also check anything that could give trouble. Remember that there are often immense stresses on rigging when your sails fill.
3. Continue making periodic checks throughout the trip. When running under power look into the engine compartment regularly. Sniff and listen.
4. Check also before you leave dock or anchor. Again, what you do depends on the type of boat you have, but if you e...... Read More

Coincident Conspiracy
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Posted: June 12, 2008





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Sweet Days in Hiva Oa
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Posted: June 01, 2008
There are tons of roosters on Hiva Oa. As ever, I wake with the sun. Here, in Tahauku Bay, it rises over the mountains behind us, coloring the rosy tradewind clouds that gather at the jaggedy summits, while the roosters crow. They echo from the hills, across the bay, and up from the valley at its head. It’s a virtual crowing cacophony.




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More Winter Cruising in Turkey
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Posted: June 01, 2008
By Tom Morkin
Fethiye Bay, Southwest Turkey
36 38.6N, 29 05.8E
Cleopatra’s Baths, the ancient semi-submerged bath-house spa used for centuries by the Greeks who once ruled this part of Turkey and then, no doubt, by the Romans who subsequently replaced them, was the site of our morning exploration. The structure is located literally on the water; in fact, 30 percent of it is underwater.




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