Sailing Adventures

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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The Physics of Docking 101 - YouTube Version

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At the Nord2AK Nordhavn rendezvous, held in Petersburg, Alaska in July, 2016, I presented a seminar titled 'The Physics of Docking'. This is a basic explanation of the forces that work for and against you as youmaneuver and dock a large, single screw vessel. I received much positive feedback so I posted a video version on YouTube. You will find it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqfM_sGKOQ Cheers! Douglas...
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The Physics of Docking 101 - Text Version

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At the Nord2AK Nordhavn rendezvous, held in Petersburg, Alaska in July, 2016, I presented a seminar titled 'The Physics of Docking'. This is a basic explanation of the forces that work for and against you as youmaneuver and dock a large, single screw vessel. I received much positive feedback so I posted a text version. Click here to view this file: Physics of Docking 9May16.pdf...
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Ocean Capable vs. Ocean Ready

  •  10/26/2016
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Many Nordhavn owners dream of sailing to far distant shores. That is why we bought Nordhavns in the first place – because they are capable of crossing any ocean. A sound Nordhavn is a great foundation for living the dream, but it is only the beginning. Just because a boat is ocean capable does not mean it's ocean ready. What makes a vessel “ocean ready”? Let us share some lessons we’ve learned about how to properly equip a boat. A BIT OF HISTORY Before we purchased M/V Orion, N57-25, we had l...
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