Sailing Life

“This sailing life shapes the way I see things in our world. The longer I sail, the more I believe it is a most enriching life. Trips are planned, but when things really go wrong, you have an adventure–you can’t plan an adventure. Things seldom go according to...

Full Moon Sail

Friends went on an evening trip to see the full moon, and took me along. Here’s a quick VR movie from the sail… FullMoonSailVR (Quicktime required. Click and drag to pan; shift or control to zoom.) … and a simple, flat panoramic photo of the same...

Building Boats… in 2 Hours or Less

This is something of a ‘blast from the past’. A few years ago I competed in the (then) annual Sea Capers Build-a-Boat Challenge. The rules were slightly different every year, but the gist of it was to design and build a boat for less than $100 (Canadian,...

Big on Small

I’m a big guy who likes small things. “Big” is not just a vague, subjective call. I’m 5cm short of 2 meters tall, and 100 kilo’s. Anthropometric studies peg my size at the 95th percentile for North America. (This is especially convenient...

Design of the Day: Alpha Z

Besides the fact that this project continues to rack up design awards of all kinds, besides the fact that it is one of the most stunning boats on the water, this effort speaks volumes to me about project scope.

Design of the Day: Ilan Voyager

Here’s some really innovative thinking that has resulted in a number of record voyages: Nigel Irens’ Ilan trimaran concept. With roots in sailing trimarans, these power tri’s are ultra-efficient record setters. The smaller iLan Voyager set a...

New Bow Light

Not a lot of tripping or other progress to report lately… lots of work calls, it’s gray here, and one of the dogs hasn’t been feeling well. But I did find time to replace the original bow light, which had succumbed to corrosion in such a way that the...