25. Dinghy Rip Off
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Posted: March 24, 2008
We had owned the brand new 12 foot inflatable and 15 hp outboard for about a week. We anchored next to a bridge, which had a bridge keeper on duty all night long. Other boats were anchored around us. We tied the dinghy bow and stern, alongside and just aft of midships, and went to bed. I sleep very lightly but never heard a thing. The next morning the dinghy and outboard were gone. We were in a new town with no “Car.” We had to pay for a marina for several days to talk to the police, file insurance claims, and get another tender. Dinghy theft is epidemic in some areas, occasional in...... Read More

Raging Ripples
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Posted: March 20, 2008




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Tom’s Tips About Wakes
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Posted: March 20, 2008
1. Take very seriously this thing about being responsible for our wakes. It’s very true.
2. There are areas where enforcement is severe. We’ve even seen bridges refuse to open because “aggrieved” parties on shore called and asked them to hold the boat which had inflicted damage until the law arrived.
3. Remember that a speed which results in almost no wake in some areas may result in significant wakes in other areas, such as those with narrow channels, steep channel banks, or shallow channels.
4. A wake thrown at another boat from a close pass can be much more damag...... Read More

The Boys And The Hunt
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Posted: March 15, 2008
The sun is just beginning to rise over the calm anchorage. We had an early-morning squall that woke me, but the boys are still asleep. This was the first night in three that Sam didn’t rouse me with all his tossing and turning. He’s been really good-natured, helpful, and upbeat about everything lately, but I think some negative juju is messing with him at night. I’ve been trying to stay up later playing Boggle, but by 8:30, the eyelids get pretty heavy. Nicholas, always the relaxed and laid back one, sleeps the nights through and says there’s something wrong with me and ...... Read More

Passing Time And Dodging The Meltemi
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Posted: March 15, 2008
By Tom Morkin
Keci Bucu, Turkey, and Simi Island, Greece
36 36.9N, 27 51.7E
Sailing in Turkey in late October has a couple of advantages over the summer prime time. Not only are there fewer boats, the persistently strong northwest winds that plague Greece and Turkey are finished. This Meltemi and much of the strong northwesterlies experienced in the eastern Med in the summer, result from the usually large Azores high in the eastern North Atlantic, and the predominantly lower-pressure system that takes up residence in the regions of Pakistan and India. The clockwise flow from the high produce...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About High Places
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Posted: March 06, 2008
1. Remember that the effect of wakes and rolling will be much greater the higher up you go.
2. If you have to go up a mast try to do so in a land locked marina.
3. Try to limit your excursions to locations where there is easily accessible good medical help should it be needed.
4. Try to limit your excursions to locations where there is good mechanical help if needed. Winches and pulleys, for example, can jam.
5. Never go up a mast by yourself. Always have at least one physically able helper on deck who also has an understanding of the issues.
6. If a winch is used (and it probably wil...... Read More

Starting at the Top
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Posted: March 06, 2008





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Home Sweet Home
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Posted: March 01, 2008
By Tom Morkin
Keci Burcu, Southwest Turkey
Home sweet home. That's exactly how Liz and I felt after three months of motorcycle camping in central and eastern Canada and the Atlantic northeastern U.S., to finally be back aboard Feel Free, still safely moored at Yacht Marina in Marmaris Turkey. Over the years, we've left our boat, home, and by far our most valued asset, in foreign countries for periods of at least three months, no fewer than seven times. This however, was the first time the boat was actually left in the water.




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Sweet Landfall In Panama
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Posted: March 01, 2008
The boys are doing vocabulary, English, and math lessons, taking turns between humming or muttering inanities until the other – or I! -- cuffs him. Grandpa is taking another nap up in the forepeak, sulking because I asked for the third time that nobody comes below dripping wet, and that all hair brushing happens on deck. He muttered something about soon not even being able to move around me anymore. A long-haired and almost 70-year-old staunch individualist doesn’t take well to being told, or asked, what to do, if it isn’t the way he’s always done it.
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