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Jangada Steering System
Tue May 11 12:01:00 EDT 2010, Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

The Jangada is steered with the oar in a kind-of-slot seen on the back of the boat. There is one of these slots on each side at the back of the boat, so tacking the boat involves moving the steering oar from one side to the other. The steering oar can be used standing up on the deck, or sitting on the blue steering seat.

The almost vertical blue poles are not part of the steering system (more on them later).

Ahead of the owner can be seen the blue fishing seat, with anchor ropes coiled on it. The fish box is below the fishing seat, the bait box (not shown) is ahead of the fishing seat.

Thu May 20 21:31:51 EDT 2010 | will vandorp
i hear you've arrived in NYC!!!! with all these fotos of brazil, i'd assumed you'd decided to stay there. if you really are here . . . welcome back!!
Fri May 21 11:50:11 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Will. Brazil is a really interesting place, but they do kick you out after six months, and it is a nice time of year now to go north.
Jangada Mast Details
Mon May 10 12:01:00 EDT 2010, Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

The mast is the unpainted vertical pole. The owner is holding the boom. The bottom of the mast is put into one of several holes (being pointed to) depending on wind strength and which side of the boat the wind is coming over. Since the sail can't really be reefed (made smaller), changing the mast rake (angle) is done to compensate somewhat for stronger winds.

The tack (lower front corner) of the sail is tied to one of the vertical blue poles that are part of the mast step.

Just behind the mast is the daggerboard trunk (the slot in the white wood).

Sun May 9 14:02:00 EDT 2010, Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

Jangada used for fishing, see below.

Sun May 9 21:37:30 EDT 2010 | george Ray
There is a documentary "The Last Sailors" narrated by Orson Wells that has a fairly lengthy part on the Jangada in the original log form sailing off the beach in NE Brazil.
Jangada Details
Sun May 9 10:01:00 EDT 2010, Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

This jangada is made of plywood (I understand they were originally made as log rafts), and is used for fishing. Hopefully the labels on the picture are readable. The blue chair aft of the Bait Box is where you sit when fishing. Under the blue fishing chair is a box where fish are stored. The blue bench at the stern (back) of the boat is where the jangada is steered from.

Jangada Sailing
Sat May 8 13:01:00 EDT 2010, Cabedelo, Paraiba, Brazil

Jangadas are traditional wooden sailboats still in use today, along the Northeast (and possibly Northwest--I didn't go there to see) coast of Brazil. This one is in the harbor of Cabedelo. Many jangadas are used to go fishing at sea.

Sails (and most parts of the boats) are generally made from whatever is available.

Freighter Passing
Fri May 7 13:01:00 EDT 2010

Freighter Norasia Alya passing one mile astern.

Calm Seas
Thu May 6 13:01:00 EDT 2010

I've been near and in High pressure areas for the last several days, with their light winds and calm seas. It is beautiful here, surrounded only by gentle swell, clear skies and occasional puffy clouds.

Re: Current Position of Gulf Stream Question
Wed May 5 16:01:00 EDT 2010

George and Hank, many thanks for the information on the Gulf Stream position.

For anyone else who is interested, here is the info:

(1) [email protected] Frank Bohlen is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut. For the past forty years he has been studying ocean and nearshore currents and transport. He won the Mixter Trophy as navigator of the winning yacht in the 1986 Newport Bermuda Race.

(2) [email protected] Professional Satellite Oceanographer Jenifer Clark and professional Meteorologist Dane Clark, both with over 30 years supporting the marine community, invite mariners to take advantage of their real-time ocean charts and weather forecasts for sailboat racing, boat deliveries, ocean cruising, and offshore fishing. Using infrared imagery, satellite altimetry data, and surface isotherm data, oceanographic analyses are produced and available for the Gulf Stream area and all the major currents of the world. Waypoints are also provided for taking advantage of favorable currents and for avoiding unfavorable ones.

(3) David Burch and Luis Solterto and Lee Chesneau would be people to ask and they are all associated with Starpath. There are also several other's that are part of Marine Wx education at StarPath [email protected]

(4) Herb Hilgenberg [email protected] Would be worth listening to see if he might be talking to vessels transiting a similar route to yours.

South Bound II, Herb, provides a daily ship-routing/weather forecasting service, as a hobby, on marine HF/SSB frequency 12359.0, starting at 2000 UTC until 2200 UTC or until completion of traffic. 8294.0 and 16531.0 are used as alternate frequencies as announced from time to time, subject to propagation Vessels are welcome to check in between 1940 and 2000 UTC, and should then stand by, until contacted again once their area gets covered. New check-ins should provide a short description of their location on checking in for the first time. At 2000 UTC, Herb will acknowledge all readable check-ins. Once on the South Bound II log, stations are encouraged to check in and stay in contact daily, until completion of passage. As part of the service each vessel is requested to provide current latitude and longitude to the nearest minute, when called back; also to provide true wind speed and wind direction, the barometric pressure, sea state and other pertinent data, such as sky conditions/squalls. Each vessel will receive daily, an extended four to five day route forecast, including way points, if necessary, to assist in avoiding potentially unfavorable conditions. Individual vessel forecasts are prepared in advance of air time, utilizing and editing numerical forecast models and other available data and products. Forecasts are provided as value added information, not as a copy or duplication of otherwise available or published offshore/high seas forecasts.

Fair winds, George Ray

Navy stuff is not as available as once was BUT the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center does provide a USN GS graphic at:

The graphic includes north and south wall locations as well as warm/cold eddy locations and sst.

In general,in my opinion the best ocean info on weather, currents, SSTs, high seas, etc are on the OPC site: see:

Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Hank

Current Position of Gulf Stream Question
Wed May 5 13:01:00 EDT 2010

If anyone knows a source of information about where the Gulf Stream is now (the center and width vary), or where it is forecast to be, please post a comment (blog comments are forwarded to me at sea now) or email me via the blog (my normal email address does not get to me at sea).

I thought this information was part of the (USA) National Weather Service High Seas Forecast, but I don't see it there now. Possibly Herb Hilgenberg mentions it on his broadcasts (12353kHz at 2000 UTC, I think), but I haven't been able to pick those up yet.

I am looking for something that preferably describes in words (ie, lat/lon) the current position of the Gulf Stream, or, if nothing else, a small (50kB or less) picture showing it.

Wed May 5 15:55:17 EDT 2010 | dave gerard
hope this helps:
MaceiĆ³ Ferryboatman
Wed May 5 12:01:00 EDT 2010, Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

Aboard a MaceiĆ³ ferryboat, Issuma is in the background. Only one oar is used to propel the boat. The motion of the oar takes a while to learn (I spent about twenty minutes learning, at the end of which was just able to move the boat along slowly), and is hard to describe in words. Rowing is always done standing up, to be able to put more force into it. Note the cigarette in his left hand--he has been doing this for years, so he is able to smoke and row at the same time :).

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