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The Physics of Docking - Text Version

  •  11/24/2016 6:47:07 PM
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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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The Physics of Docking - YouTube Version

  •  11/24/2016 6:34:51 PM
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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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When the Dream Ends

  •  11/24/2016 5:49:47 PM
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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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Ocean Capable vs. Ocean Ready

  •  10/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
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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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Sailing in Icebergs

  •  5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Sailing in Icebergs One of the beautiful aspects of Alaska are the glaciers. Some are tidal, meaning they terminate at sea level. Others have receded away from the shore. Still others are hanging glaciers, meaning that they terminate high in the mountains. Obviously the ones that are most interesting to boaters are the tidal glaciers. You can sail right up to the face of the glaciers – or at least as close as you dare. We have some friends who sailed their big yacht within a quarter mile of an...
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Sailing in Yosemite

Many of the fjords of Alaska are glacier formed. As glaciers develop, they freeze into the landscape. As they move, they rip up some of the landscape and carry it with them. Some of the rocks end up in vast moraines as glacier retreat. Other get carried away on icebergs.  It is interesting to sail between the icebergs, some of which are the purest deep blue ice that is tens of thousands of years old. All the oxygen has been squeezed out of the ice. It is the densest, longest lasting ice – great...
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