Silver Linings
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Posted: November 29, 2007





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Tom’s Tips About Cap Seals
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Posted: November 29, 2007
1. Whenever I buy a quart or gallon of oil or container of additive, I check to see if it is sealed before I leave the store. I’ve heard of instances when high dollar oils have been substituted with cheaper stuff that can harm engines or void warranties. That seems like a lot of work for very small gain for a thief, but there’s no need for you and I to take the chance. Just check for an intact seal.
2. Before you start the job of pouring in the oil or additive, have ready a knife or a straight edge screwdriver. With a knife you can usually slip the blade under the seal at its edge...... Read More

My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 8
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Posted: November 19, 2007
11/19/06 Barbados
We disembarked around 9am and took the shuttle from the ship over to the airport.
The plan was for Beth and I to check our bags at the airport, then John & Krissy would pick us up and we would head out for a day of exploring.
Unfortunately, we got to the airport by 9:30 or so and found out that the check in counters were closed until 1pm. Frank’s wife, Mary Ellen still wasn’t feeling great, so she offered to stay at the airport and watch our bags while Beth, Frank, and I went out.
We first stopped at Crane Beach and Frank decided to get out there, gr...... Read More

Wind Tide
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Posted: November 15, 2007





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Tom’s Tips About Wind Tides
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 770 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 15, 2007
1. Wind tides are likely to occur in large, relatively shallow and wide bodies of water with limited access to the sea. Surrounding flat land which allows the wind to readily push the waters may contribute. However the phenomenon can occur, to one degree or another, in many other areas.
2. Even deep bays with high hills or cliffs can develop wind tides, particularly if they are long and the wind blows up or down them, or if they open to an area, such as a coastal convex curve, which is subject to wind tides.
3. Preparing for wind tides can be as simple as keeping track of the weather—no...... Read More

Welcome Aboard Shangri-La
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Posted: November 15, 2007
It feels surreal to have a boat again, a boat that will be sailed across thousands of miles of ocean, with me as captain, and my boys as crew.




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Tom’s Tips About Choosing a Dealer
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Posted: November 01, 2007
1. Ask the dealer tough serious questions about any boat you’re considering. Do your homework before you do any serious shopping.
2. If a dealer can’t answer your reasonable questions, go somewhere else.
3. A popular and useful tool is found on the BoatUS website. Click on “Boat Buying Services” in the menu on the top of the home page. You’ll find many sources of information. The Consumer Protection Database on the left hand menu of the “Boat Buyer Services (or at http://my.boatus.com/consumer/database.aspx ) opens the door to much information.
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Step Right Up and Drive Away
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Posted: November 01, 2007




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More Bad Dreams Than Good
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Posted: November 01, 2007
This past April, I sailed my new boat across the Caribbean from St. Maarten to Curacao. It was my first sail with her, and my first long-distance passage in 13 years. For the delivery I brought one of my boys, the neighbor’s son, and an acquaintance for crew. Obviously, we survived to tell the tale, and so did Shangri-La. And, right now, she’s safe and sound on the hard in a Curacao yard and I’m back at home preparing to leave for The Trip, 11 months after taking the first steps toward making it happen. In that time, I’ve bumped up against an erstwhile nemesis so often t...... Read More

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