Saturday, March 27, 2010

Boating Suite • Log Book & Expense Log for iPhone,

Attention boat/geeks: "Boating Suite is a professional, full-featured app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is designed to help you manage all aspects of your boating life. But it’s not just a boating app. It’s the first and only app designed by boating enthusiasts, for boating enthusiasts."

Friday, March 26, 2010

10 Best Places to Live And Boat

Washington - my home port!: "Somewhere the grass is always greener and the water always bluer. The question: Don't such thoughts have more to do with fantasy than reality? Maybe not. We investigated boating communities throughout the country, looking for the variety of boating opportunities, boat-friendly regulations, water access, availability of waterfront homes, health of the local economy and overall lifestyle for boaters. The following 10 locations are where boaters might find that imagination meets reality."

Santa Monica sushi restaurant to close after serving whale meat

Whale -- it shouldn't be for dinner: "While the restaurant immediately took responsibility once it was charged, the charges came only after an undercover sting operation that was orchestrated by animal activists and the associate producer of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”

The activists used a tiny video camera to record their payment of $600 for the omakase, or chef's choice, which included eight pieces of whale. The activists bagged samples of the meat and sent them to the Marine Mammal Institute, where they were determined to be Sei whale, an endangered species."

Linda McMahon's yacht is named what?!

News from southeastern Connecticut: "If SB does McMahon any damage, it wouldn't be the first time a boat with an inappropriate name helped sink a candidate for national office. Remember how Monkey Business quickly dashed Gary Hart's presidential hopes?"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sailing Around the World for Records and Recreation |

Circumnavigation is a dream for many sailors, but the dream itself can be very different. Most imagine taking their time, setting off on their self-contained mobile islands, and discovering the world one slow mile after another. For them, going around fast is counter productive - something like rushing through a holiday vacation so you can get back and look at the photos of all the fun you didn't have. For others, though, the accomplishment is the thing. They want to tick 'sailed around the world' off of their lists, so that they may move on to the next big project. Then there are the sailors for whom this is a job - those who strive for a record. They don't just want to girdle the globe, they want to do it younger, faster, or with more difficulty than anyone has ever done before."

Epoch Times - Oil Slick Traced to 60-Year-Old Shipwreck

Epoch Times - Oil Slick Traced to 60-Year-Old Shipwreck: "A sunken Canadian steamship that played an important role during the second world war and then provided luxury cruises between Vancouver and Alaska has begun leaking oil into the waters off Juneau.

The historic Princess Kathleen, a Canadian Pacific passenger liner that went off course and sank off southeast Alaska almost 60 years ago, has been identified by the U.S. Coast Guard as the source of oil in the waters north of Juneau."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

The Battle over Maine's Sea Worm Trade

This becomes an interesting American dilemma: "When it comes to the biggest fisheries products in New England, most people might think of lobsters or clams, not worms. But sea worms -– big slimy ones -– are the fourth most-valuable creature fished off Maine's coastline."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The couch boat

Arrgh the rugged life of a sailor: "The curiously named 'sofa boat' was a star attraction at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show last week, ferrying visitors and VIPS alike around the superyachts, marinas, and pontoons, all under the power of an electric engine.

The electric boat, who was enjoying its maiden voyage at ADYS, is a 3.5m 'floating fun platform' - designed, developed and built in the UAE with a folding sun canopy covering the seating area, joystick steering, and a soft-foam bumper to allow easy manouvrability among other craft in crowded marinas."

America's Cup trophy to visit Anacortes

A well kept secret last year in my home port. I wonder how much of the 138 million dollar project was spent locally? "The America's Cup trophy, shown here during a reception in San Diego earlier this week, will be brought to Anacortes for a visit, probably in early April, according to Mayor Dean Maxwell. The winning boat, build here by BMW Oracle Racing, won the cup in races off Valencia, Spain earlier this month.

Maxwell says he's working with Cord Builders, the Chamber of Commerce and EDASC, The Economic Development Agency of Skagit Council, for some kind of public event, probably on April 10. But, he stressed the date could change as plans aren't locked up yet."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Medwyn Williams will attempt to sail in a pumpkin to the Isle of Man |

I'm not really sure what to think about this one: "The gardening buff is growing a 725kg (1,600lb) gourd to be his craft in a stunt to raise money for the Help for Heroes campaign.

The walls of his pumpkin vessel with be 15cm (6in) thick and it will be fitted with a seat and outboard motor.

‘I am totally confident this can be done – we shall call her HMV Cinderella... Her Majesty’s Vegetable,’ said the 67-year-old from Llanfairpwll, Anglesey."