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Sea Sickness

The only “sure cure” for sea sickness is to sit peacefully under a tree until the feeling passes.


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Dylan Winter Scores Again

It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything by the video blogger Dylan Winter. I enjoy his short films about sailing around Britain in a 19′ boat and his shots of classic and working watercraft on his voyage. Also a passion of mine. In this contribution of Dylan’s he gets to ride in a West Mersea Winkle Brig (isn’t that a wonderful name for a class of boat?). This boat is a plasticized version of the old working boats. One of the things I especially like about this is the balanced lug , an old rig I find both beautiful and have done a lot of reading on. My next sailboat will be fitted with one.

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New Dylan Winter Web Site

As readers of this blog know, I have featured quite a few of Dylan Winter’s videos of his trip around England in his 19 foot boat. I have also been fortunate to have been in sporadic email correspondence with Mr. Winter who has not only done his bit on the water, but once bought a couple of horses and trekked across much of the western part of the United States with them.

Recently he sent me an email telling me he had a new web site: and asked me for my opinion on how it worked. Well, as with everything I’ve seen from this gentleman, it’s superb, and well worth the time for any of my readers to spend their time on clicking and viewing his work.

I especially like the videos that feature the different boats found over there. So many of them reflect the long nautical tradition of England and are either restored working craft of boats patterned after long-established designs.

This is a great place to spend a cold wintry afternoon or an evening when those three hundred channels on the telly have absolutely nothing worth watching. Dylan Winter’s videos certainly are worth the time.

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Another Dylan Winter Video

It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything nautical here. I get caught up so easily in the music I love. It’s appropriate that I go back to Dylan Winter and his trip around England in a 19′ sailboat.  Here he is taking off for another leg of his trip early on what looks to be a chilly morning. Getting underway is always one of the delightful parts of boating. Cutting loose from the land. Getting the boat back into its natural element and original purpose. The anticipation of the adventures to come, and those adventures don’t have to be high winds and heavy seas.  Adventure can come simply and quietly exploring quiet secluded gunkholes and those moments are often the most memorable.

You might notice that as he’s departing the port he’s leaving the red markers to starboard. The Brits don’t use the “red right returning” rule of the U.S. but then again those buggers drive on the wrong side of the road, too.

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Small Boat Blog

Interested in small boat sailing as I am? Here’s a good site I stumbled upon today:

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Does This Have A Future?

For years there has been a lot of talk about supplementing ship propulsion systems with wind power. A lot of  different solutions have been proposed, primarily along lines of adding masts and sails and some ships have actually been fitted out for experimental purposes. While undoubtedly a good idea in theory, these schemes make a splash in the press and then disappear.

Browsing around the  web this morning I ran across this interesting concept. While it’s doubtful that it would be of any use to Panamax (the largest size capable of transiting the Panama Canal locks) and Post Panamax ships (ships too large for the Canal at present) it might be useful on smaller commercial craft and larger fishing trawlers.

This is probably the last you’ll ever see of this idea.


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