Posts Tagged ‘boating’

Boating – who can afford it now?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The world’s financial turmoil is already having an effect on the boating industry.

Once yachting was traditionally seen as a luxury sport for the ‘silvertail’ market but lately, as people became wealthier, more could afford a yacht or motor boat. These people were not mega-rich but had enough disposable income to take up the sport. Now, with savings and superannuation under pressure, they are much more cautious.

Does this mean that J.P. Morgan’s famous aphorism “If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it” will apply again?

Make your own wind

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008


No, I don’t mean have beans for breakfast. I mean learning how to build up an apparent wind speed which is greater than the actual wind when very little is blowing.


Here is the scene. The boat is in a near calm and will have lightweight sails on and, with a good crew, lightweight sheets as well. The main should be pinned in the middle of the boat as it will have little to do until some speed is attained. You can apply the preventer to hold the boom really still. The headsail should be let out as far as it can go while still keeping some curve and shape in it. As much crew weight as possible should be on the leeward side of the boat to give some shape to the headsail.

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