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S/V Si Bon
Whisker Pole
Steve
07/19/2010, somewhere between Catalina and Mainland

From time to time I will put into my blog some equipment/rigging items that I have been busy working on in order to improve the performance and safety of Si Bon. The latest rigging improvement to Si Bon is a Whisker pole, a whisker pole, once deployed holds the Genoa (AKA; jib, headsail) out on one side of the boat while the Main Sail is put on the other side of the boat and held in place with a preventer. this sail configuration is used when sailing with the wind (downwind). The Sailing term for this is "wing on wing", I believe that my European friends will refer to it as "goosewing".
During our sail back from Catalina we deployed Si Bon's new whisker Pole for the first time, and after much help/advice from the crew we were sailing along at 7 Knots with the auto pilot on, we were able to continue along like this for about 6-7 hours. Everyone on board agreed that is was one of the most pleasant sailing experiences ever.

Avalon
Steve
07/17/2010, Catalina

We decided that Catalina was so nice that we would delay our departure by one day. We sailed from White's Landing down to Avalon on Sunday afternoon, this put us a whooping 3.5 miles closer to home......but we got to see another side of Catalina. Avalon is a neat little seaside town full of resturants, bars and plenty of tourists. Next time I will plan on staying an other day at Avalon....maybe that's the beauty of the cruising life....no plans cast in concrete.

White's Landing
Steve/sunny and warm
07/16/2010, Catalina

White's Landing is an amazing little cove. We hiked, Kayaked, sailed and visted with friends. We even saw a Bison, it is crazy that this place is only 25 miles from the Los Angeles mad house

Radar love
Steve
07/16/2010, Catalina

Been sailing all night my hands wet on the wheel..... left Sun Harbor Marina, San Diego at midnight and were on mooring ball at White's Landing, Catalina at 1400. Watching radar and GPS all night (this is a shot of GPS coming into Catalina)...we saw plenty of dolphins, a whale pod and of course other vessels. Sailing at night is a whole different deal...... I've got a thing its called radar love.

05/11/2011 | shaybo
... and now you have Shaybo love also :)
Flying fish
Steve
07/16/2010, White's Landing

I heard some kind of noise in the middle of the night and poked my head out to investigate....thinking that maybe Marcus and rolled overboard.....when I saw everything was OK I went back to bed....I sleep VERY well on Si Bon. When we woke up in the morning it was discovered that this little fellow had the bad luck (for him) of landing on Si Bon's deck. I guess even flying fish love being on Si Bon.

EPIRB
Steve
06/28/2010

What is an EPIRB?? and why does their cost approach $1000.00? An EPIRB is a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon....anyone who has followed the rescue of Abby Sunderland should know that a pair of EPIRB's is what most likely saved her life. The way a EPIRB works is that when the shit hits the fan you either set the EPIRB off manually or simply tie it to the life raft and throw it in the water.....kick back....open up a MRE and wait for SAR (search and rescue) to get there. When you consider the benefits of having an EPIRB on board of a cruising yacht....the cost isn't as shocking.

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