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DIY: A classic boat gets a new tiller pilot

I have hovered over the acquisition of a tiller pilot for several years, once having even manufactured a mounting point for one.  I didn’t install it.  Misgivings about its non-traditional complexion and fear of the siren-call of creeping complexity stayed my hand. Last summer convinced me that cruising alone without one is inconvenient, and possibly […]

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November 10, 2014 – San Diego Part 1

We left Oceanside on November 7th at about 6:30am and headed south on extremely smooth seas.   In 4 short hours we were at Mission Bay where we pulled in to refuel.  We are set now getting to Cabo and beyond (we won’t be visiting a fuel dock again likely until spring).  In Mission Bay […]

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Columbia magic

It was a doggone lazy day on the river. There was barely a tickle of wind, but given a sunny, 60 degree day in early November, Don thought it would be fun to launch his sailboat, Over Exposed, anyway. So … Continue reading →

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Centerboardless sailing

A Taste of Heaven Recently, many questions have been coming in from various quarters about the status of Solitude‘s centerboard.  So, after a lengthy period of silence about the issue, it is time for an update.  In short, the status can be summed up in two words: still stuck. It it not totally for a […]

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Labor Day Cruise to San Juans, Gulfs, and Victoria BC-Part 2

Note:  This blog is written by Nancy, with help from Jessica’s timeline.  Pictures are by Tom, Jessica, David, Susan, Peter, and Nancy.  Commentary in italics is by Peter.  Day 3 (Monday, Aug 25th): Mid-morning After paddling over the the Adventuress, Jessica and I returned to the Gyrfalcon.  Jessica demonstrated the most elegant kayak exit yet–she […]

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