Archives for May 2007

Kayaking into a Dolphin Feeding Frenzy

The area in Charlotte Harbor where I paddled into a dolphin feeding frenzy. This pic was taken while I was out in my blue racing kayak. I didn't dare get out my camera while I was in the midst of the dolphins that day. A mother dolphin and her baby. … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 4

By Joshua Slocum Squally weather in the Azores — High living — Delirious from cheese and plums — The pilot of the Pinta — At Gibraltar — Compliments exchanged with the British navy — A picnic on the Morocco shore. I set sail from Horta … [Read more...]

Never Let Go – The First Rule of Boating Safety

Never Let Go of the Boat Not Even for a Split Second A group of us had gone out spearfishing off the Berry Islands in my friend's inflatable dinghy. I had left my swim fins in our boat. No problem, I would stay in the boat and pick up fish … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 3

By Joshua Slocum Buy The Book! Good-by to the American coast — Off Sable Island in a fog — In the open sea — The man in the moon takes an interest in the voyage — The first fit of loneliness — The Spray encounters La Vaguisa — A bottle of … [Read more...]

Securing Your Boat Safely For a Hurricane

This picture shows why you remove all canvas from the boat before the hurricane. The canvas on this boat's t-top was heavy-weight and well-stitched; the canvas suffered no damage. The T-top frame, however, is another story; because the canvas didn't … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 2

By Joshua Slocum Failure as a fisherman — A voyage around the world projected — From Boston to Gloucester — Fitting out for the ocean voyage — Half of a dory for a ship's boat — The run from Gloucester to Nova Scotia — A shaking up in home … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 1

By Joshua Slocum Buy The Book! A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities — Youthful fondness for the sea — Master of the ship Northern Light — Loss of the Aquidneck — Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade — The gift of a "ship" — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World

By Joshua Slocum Table of Contents CHAPTER I A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities — Youthful fondness for the sea — Master of the ship Northern Light — Loss of the i — Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade — The gift of a … [Read more...]

Wakejumping at Stiltsville

Wakejumping and Boat Insurance Agents When I was a teenager, we were sometimes invited to parties at Stiltsville houses. Stiltsville is a group of houses built on stilts out in Biscayne Bay south of Key Biscayne. The houses sit in shallow … [Read more...]

Small Boat Cruising Without A Plan

A Boating Misadventure in the Florida Keys Most people do not undertake to go cruising in small open boats, but teenagers will do anything. One summer, my brother John and I decided on a whim that, since we had the time and we had a boat, we … [Read more...]