Blast From The Past

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I’ve been going through some old footage lately looking for a few things. I ran across this old video from 2009 that we had never fully published. It’s low-fidelity, silly, slightly embarrassing, but also kinda cool to look back at ourselves 11 year ago. It was a different time on YouTube then. A simpler time. A better time? You can’t …

Getting Fixed on Celestial Navigation

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This past weekend 59 North hosted a celestial navigation workshop at the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis. I grabbed Haven and his stroller at some calculated times to coincide with bottles and naps… the rhythms to which my life beats these days. Over the course of two days, I was able to absorb a few hours worth of celestial review …

Simplifying Rocinante, Part 2

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In 2014 we bought Rocinante, our Norseman 447 in Panama. The previous owners had sailed her on a 14 year voyage around the world. That is a lot of time to install and “upgrade” umpteensystems, gadgets, and so-called conveniences. Within a few days of taking ownership, we made Rocinante a bit simpler and lighter by removing the Stereo, DVD player …

Simplifying Rocinante, Part 1

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Simplicity is king on our boat. It guides our decisions.  When something breaks or needs an upgrade, the expedition is delayed or cancelled. We work to make our vessel unstoppable, especially now that we run a sail-training business.  Downtime is lost sea days, and potentially lost revenue. Let’s assess two facts: (1) a simple boat takes less time to maintain …

Morse Alpha Expedition Videos 1

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We are finally coming up for air. It’s been a busy few months indeed with young Havenator hanging around the house looking for food and a place to sleep. He’s particularly fond of pooping his pants and as far as pitching in and helping with chores around the house — less than helpful. But now that we’re getting good at …

Anchor Communication

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Too much yelling while anchoring? Try this tried and true method for ghosting in silently, and getting underway without waking your neighbors. Search for anchoring information and you’ll likely find article after article discussing the virtues of an anchor, windlass, or other gadget. Get a few sailors together and inevitably someone asks, “What anchor do you have,” launching a long …

Studying for an Upgrade

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I’m busy studying for a 500 ton mate’s license as well as a 200 ton master upgrade. I’m knee deep in the cargo handling section right now. There’s alot of information too absorb, most of it about subjects I have no first hand experience with… like the use of the psychrometric chart to avoid damage to cargo. But it’s interesting, …