Sailing

I've sailed boats ranging from my Klepper foldable kayak and my Hobie Adventure Island to 40-foot and 50-foot cruising sailboats. If it has to do with sailing, you'll find it here.

Kids Sailing Camp

Future Sailors Gather for Instruction (click to enlarge) Teaching Kids To Sail — A Learning Experience I volunteered to help out at the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center July 2010 Kids Summer Sailing Camp. I am not an experienced Sunfish … [Read more...]

The Com-Pac Sun Cat: A Review

The Sun Cat is a delight to launch and rig — plus easy to sail, and comfortable, too! The cockpit in the Sun Cat is surprisingly roomy for a small sailboat. The hinged mast makes it easy and fast to rig — The Sun Cat's main boom, gaff … [Read more...]

Hunter 376 Sailboat Delivery

The delivery sail crew Brief cruise from Charlotte Harbor through the Florida Keys and up to Miami Working at a SW Florida yacht brokerage, the opportunity occasionally arises to deliver a recently purchased boat to a new location, and in … [Read more...]

Adventure Island Mast Furler Drum Epoxy Repair

Click any picture to enlarge Repairing Hobie Adventure Island Mast Furler Drum In the course of routine maintenance, I noticed that the furling drum on my Hobie Adventure Island had slipped a short distance up the carbon fiber mast, exposing the … [Read more...]

Hibiscus Cup Small Boat Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfish, Precision 15, and Flying Scot class races Hibiscus Cup Small Sailboat Regatta Fleet There is nothing like the feeling of a small sailboat. Whether you're nursing a little speed out in light air or hanging on for dear life in … [Read more...]

Multi 23 Sport Racing Trimaran Review

The Multi 23 trimaran reaching under mainsail and "screacher" in light winds. A sailboat for families with a serious need for speed In 2009, my friend Don bought his new Multi 23 trimaran. I had heard of the French-designed and Chinese-built … [Read more...]

Adding A Jib to the Hobie Adventure Island Kayak

My old storm sail from a previous sailboat was the right size to use as a jib for my Adventure Island. There's a reason I save everything.Sailors throughout history have always wanted to find ways to fly more sails and make our boats go faster, and I … [Read more...]

An Adventure Island Kayak Sail in Shell Creek During the Fringes of Ike

We decided to take our Hobie Adventure Islands out while Hurricane Ike was thrashing Cuba. As Hurricane Ike made its way along Cuba, we got some strong east winds in this part of Florida. All the rain was quite a ways south of us, so we were … [Read more...]

Sailing the Sun Cat with Puppies 2010

Com-Pac Sun Cat sailing with Tom & Sonja bringing along Libby the Junkyard Dog and Luke the Cowdog Motoring the Suncat under the bridge with puppies on guard duty. After a cold winter during which we had few opportunities to sail our Com-Pac … [Read more...]

The Perfect Solo Mast-Raising System for Small Sailboats

A side view of the sailboat with the mast raising system ready for use. I have seen lots of different techniques and contraptions used to raise and lower the masts on small sailboats. All suffer from the same problems for solo sailors, and I … [Read more...]