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PB 64 Swim Step Extension Details

Within the next few days FPB 64 #3 will be ready to start sea trials. As she is being fitted with a swim step extension we are all awaiting the real world results from this small, but potentially potent addition.

The initial design has been done so the same approach can be used with the other […]

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Lightning vs FPBs

Steve, Linda — Happy 2011 !!
There was a readers´ letter on this month’s Yachting World (btw, the same that brings your article – congrats!) mentioning that lightning strikes often seriously damage electric/electronic equipment on yachts … given that on the FPBs some basic functions are supported by electric/electronic stuff (fuel pumps, autopilot, etc), I was […]

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Bosque del Apache Slide Show

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Bosque del Apache – A Special Experience

Since wings are a current topic in the marine world we thought this was a good segue to talk about Bosque del Apache.

Although we are swamped – still playing catch up with things related to the land – a combination of benign winter weather and the need to get out of the office gave us […]

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An Interesting Motorsailor

If you are going to cruise in cold climates a large pilot house is worth consideration

There are tradeoffs. Aesthetics, windage, weight, and deck configuration are all difficult to handle design wise, and put a definite crimp in the cruising lifestyle if you are doing a tradewind circumnavigation.

Of course you are not going to be very […]

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America’s Cup Trainer – This Is Going To Be Great!

There has been a ton of controversy about the format of the next America’s Cup, to take place in 72 foot wing-masted cats. Part of the package is a 45 foot “trainer” to get the crews up to speed on sailing with a wing.

The first of the trainers has been launched in New Zealand.

On the […]

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Wave Piercing Power Cat

When we first started to think about doing an unsailboat for long distance cruising we briefly considered a power catamaran.

We did not take this path for a number of reasons:

Motion with waves from the bow/stern quarter to abeam would be violent and uncomfortable on at sea.
If capsized the cat would remain inverted.
Cats are significantly more […]

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Enhancing Visibility At Sea

Sobering fact: you are going to be almost invisible to ships in any sort of breeze. A yacht is just too small to stand out in the waves and their white caps. Radar return, even with a radar reflector, is also hard to pick out of sea clutter. The one thing you can do is […]

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Hard Dinks – The Choice of Experienced Small Boat Cruisers

Most of the long term small boat cruisers we know prefer hard dinks to inflatables.

 

They are more durable and a less inviting theft target. They are also much easier to row than an inflatable. Of course you need a place to store them, and this is typically going to be over a hatch where the […]

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Yachting World Magazine Interview

While we were in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands waiting for the ARC to start Wind Horse was the object of scrutiny by quite a few members of the European press. We had numerous journalists and photographers aboard, one of whom was

Elaine Bunting, the cruising editor at Yachting World, someone we have worked with […]