Sailing Adventures

Crossing the Bar

Introduction If you are planning to transit the U.S. Pacific Coast, the following information about crossing river bars may be of interest to you. Because the Columbia River bar is the most challenging of all the West Coast bars, I will give it extra attention. Why cross the Columbia bar at all? Astoria is a wonderful historic harbor town with a great marina, excellent chandlery, and lots of good restaurants and places to see. Portland, Oregon is just a day sail up the river. The Columbia Gorge ...
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Physics of Docking 102D - Preparation for Docking

  •  8/12/2018
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Many of the problems that occur during docking are the result of a lack of planning or poor communication. In Episode 4 of our ongoing series titled ‘The Physics of Docking’, we discuss how to develop checklists, prepare the crew for their duties, and make sure everyone knows the plan in advance. Click https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAlF7EEkp8 for details....
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Physics of Docking 102C - Pivoting the Boat

  •  7/5/2018
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In this video, we expand on the use of Prop Effects, discussed in 102B, to learn to pivot the boat in its own length. We will use Prop Walk and Prop Wash to spin the boat without moving forward or backward more than a few feet. This is a useful skill as it makes it possible to maneuver in tight quarters, such as in a narrow fairway in a marina. See it here: ?Pivoting the Boat???...
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Physics of Docking 102-A "Center of Balance"

How Does the Center of Balance Affect Docking? Welcome to The Physics of Docking 102A. This is the first in a series of short videos that demonstrate many aspects of safe docking. We used cameras at the helm and in the air to show how various actions affect the movements of a boat during docking. We also suggest a number of exercises that you can practice on your own boat to improve your boat handling skills. This video addresses Center of Balance. All boats have a center point that they pivot...
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When the Dream Ends

  •  11/24/2016
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Dear Dreamers, Cruising the world on a Nordhavn motor yacht is the dream of a lifetime. With a well found boat, properly equipped and supplied, the world is literally your oyster. You have more freedom and independence than most of humanity, constrained only by your courage and  the seasons. But what happens when the dream ends? Why will the dream end? HEALTH As we age, the chance of a serious health crisis increases. No one wants to be stranded ill in a third world country with no medical fa...
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