Saturday, February 4, 2023

a non-diy dinghy option...

I just saw that WEST marine is clearing out their Sportyaks and I expect that at $349.88 it's just about the cheapest dinghy you're going to find. Granted, a Bolger Tortoise would be both cheaper and better to build but if you're averse to cobbling your own dinghy together the Sportyak is not a bad choice

Friday, February 3, 2023

another design in the same vein...

Yann Quenet's Skrowl 900 is something of a TARDIS when it comes to the most livability and comfort in a minimal envelope (just under 30-feet) shoal draft world cruiser.

Pretty much everything I want in my next boat.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

an interesting boat...

Certainly not the same old same.

There's more info on the boat on the Oddity blog and Yachting Monthly that's worth checking out.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Well worth reading...

The new Latitude 38 is out and it's a pretty good issue.

There's great article on anchoring physics that just may have changed how I anchor in the future and it even explained the origin of the word "nylon".  Seriously, it doesn't get better than that and Cruising World really could take a lesson.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

a time installment plan...

The whole idea of doing the VolksCruiser thing has everything To do with affordability and sustainable living. Apparently, not everyone seems to understand that.

It's long been my opinion that the best place to find a good deal on a boat is being on the water and seeing a boat for sale that looks interesting. The problem, it would seem is that you need to have a boat.

Back when I built the first Loose Moose the plan was to use it to explore France and UK anchorages to come come across that mythical "perfect" boat waiting for us to come across its faded For Sale sign. As it happens, we found that that the plan got short circuited when we discovered that Loose Moose was just about the perfect boat but a kiss too small for the long run.

Still, moving on to Loose Moose forced us to do a big need/want process and downsize in a big way. So if we had found that perfect boat we'd already be up to speed on what we needed.

So, maybe instead of looking for that perfect boat today you'd be better off looking for a smaller, less expensive, and turnkey interim boat.

I've long had a SHTF hurricane plan where during "H" season I keep an eye out for likely small boats in the 25 to 30-foot that are a direct flight away from the Caribbean that we could go to in the event of losing "So It Goes" during a storm. Sadly, living in the Caribbean, we have far too much experience with storms, boats being lost, and the aftermath of disasters to want to hang around after a total loss scenario.

The idea of buying a turnkey CAL 25 or reasonable facsimile, then using it as a temporary abode while looking for a more long term situation. Having a small boat would also make doing any work on a new bigger boat easier as trying to live on boat you're working on can be problematic.

Something to think about...

Sunday, January 29, 2023


Pricing on boats is just nuts these days and fining what's a good price or reasonable price can be all kinds of problematic.

You can buy a used Optimist dinghy for $200 or $3500 and I'm sure there's a difference between the two but that kind of differential is just nuts. Especially when there's a really choice well equipped CAL 25 selling for $2K.

The other day there was a a ten-foot Trinka selling for $400 which I briefly considered and the next day I saw another for $2K without oars or mast.

Two Catalina 30s for sale in the same marina were selling for $1900 and $30K and from their looks they seemed to be in moderate condition.

The best thing I can say about the overall state of the boat market is that it is simply insane.

That said, an insane market in boats can be advantageous for some but more about that soon.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Red Dot on the Ocean...

Matt Rutherford circumnavigated around the Americas in a 27-foot Albin Vega which would be an accomplishment in itself. Considering he did the 27,000 mile voyage nonstop as well is that big step further if you know what I mean.

I'm mentioning the feat because I noticed that the documentary "Red Dot on the Ocean" is currently running on Freevee for free albeit with commercials. Still it's a great film for anyone who wants to see that you don't need a big expensive boat to go cruising.

It's what I'll be watching tonight.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A couple of odd ducks...

Here's an interesting design I've long admired...

The Clipper Marine 32 is a Bill Crealock design that I've always liked in spite of the fact that I most detest center cockpit designs. The shoal draft version only draws 3 foot six inches and it has an transom hung rudder that could easily be adapted to trim tab self-steering.

The good news is that as it's a bit of an odd duck if you come across a Clipper 32 chances are the price will reflect that. The last one I saw for sale was going for $4K in good shape.

Another similar design is the O'Day 32 which is quite a nice boat though, in my personal opinion, a bit more cluttered design but still worth taking a look at if you see one for sale in your neck of the woods.

The real big difference between the two is that the Clipper 32 only has a beam of eight-feet while the O'Day is 10.5-feet and has over twice the displacement as the Clipper..

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

speaking of tools...

One of my goals this week is to get out all my tools, organize them, and sort out a better stowage plan. Which doesn't sound like much but it really is a Herculean task.

That said, I do have a cunning plan of sorts.

More about that later.