You're the captain of a sailing ship (details inside) that will carry 121 passengers (117 of them in steerage) from Liverpool to New York. What size crew will you hire? [more inside]
I've joined a club and am learning to sail in a hands on environment. I like to read more about sailing and am looking for good books that have narrative AND instruction.
So I am spending next week on a friend's sailboat, mostly in the Canadian San Juan islands. I was menu planning and it occurred to me: The ocean is FULL OF FISH. Couldn't I just drop a line overboard as we cruise and pull it up later with a tasty fish dinner attached? Or when we are anchored off shore overnight? And if so what simple gear would do the trick? I own basic freshwater spinning gear.
I want to introduce some adolescents to the joy and graciousness of sailing, and well-built beautiful wood boats. They have never been on a boat. No ocean sailing for their 1st time? Not too long, kids get bored? The choices range from marine education to singing Pete Seeger songs to hipster evening wine cruises. Anyone have experience or ideas?
And yachts, dinghys, paddleboats, battleships, canoes, schooners, tugboats, and catamarans. I love reading about boats and life aboard them. Fiction or non-fiction, freshwater or salt, genre and era unimportant. Please recommend books about boats! [more inside]
I am looking for a waterproof backpack for my dad who is really getting into sailing. He's taking all the exams necessary to sail on international waters, and practices like crazy! What kind should I buy? [more inside]
Years ago, someone from Portugal mentioned a concept and position on large European seafaring boats, who was on the boat to ward off disaster, or to take the helm if one occurred. They said there was a word in Portuguese for this concept - someone who is prized for being able to rescue catastrophic situations. Does anyone know this word or concept? [more inside]
Hi, for a project I need a list of average travel times for sailing voyages during the 16th-early 18th centuries. Unfortunately, the web is unusually unhelpful- I can find travel times from Europe to America, but information for my other destinations is scanty. [more inside]
How useful is it to practice sailing on a lake, if what one wants to learn is sailing on the ocean? [more inside]
Looking for the ideal locale to live cheaply and practice sailing just as cheaply. [more inside]
I'm in a mood to read non-fiction history books dealing with sailing ships. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm joining friends on their 28' sailboat for a week this summer. I haven't really ever sailed, and I'd like to read or watch some materials to get me up to speed on the basics and concepts beforehand, so I'm not this guy. What would you recommend?
Ahoy! I've taken (and enjoyed) Manhattan Sailing Club's basic intro to sailing course and been on the water several times in other places. I'm now looking for a way to continue to sail and learn in New York on the weekends. Is there anywhere you can take a non-beginner class with an instructor without emptying your bank account? [more inside]
I will be working as a deckhand on a tall ship this summer, sailing up and down the East Coast of the U.S. I need to buy foul weather gear in the next few days. I know I need a jacket, pants, boots, and a rigging knife. What should I look for when I purchase these items? Is there anything else essential that I need, gear-wise? [more inside]
I would like to travel by sea as a passenger from Adelaide to Hobart in November, and then return to Adelaide in the same manner after a week. Is this doable? What are my options? [more inside]
How long did it take to sail from the Americas to England in 1609? And vice versa? [more inside]
I'm thinking of planning a vacation to the Florida Keys. Where are the places to go? Snowflake detail: I'll be traveling by sailboat. [more inside]
I'm writing a story about the Newport Bermuda Race, and having trouble with one detail in particular: I know that there's a total elapsed time for the race, and then a corrected time which determines the actual winner in each class/division, but I don't know when a crew would be informed of their corrected time or of where they placed in their division. [more inside]
My extended family will be getting together next week near Bar Harbor, Maine. Several of the youngsters have expressed an interest in learning how, or at least being introduced, to sailing. None of us is familiar with the area. Any recommendations for sailing lessons in the area?
I recently started sailing lessons (on the windy, wavy waters of the San Francisco Bay) and am at the point where I need my own foul weather gear (and some other stuff…) [more inside]
I am trying to learn to sail, but have never been able to visualize angles or shapes in space, which seems to be a required sailing skill. Are there other ways to think about sailing that would help me? [more inside]
I have started to go sailing with a friend. A small 16 foot hobie cat. I would love to like it, but I'm not really sure I get it. My friend wants to eventually sail around the world (on a different boat!). I'm not so sure and struggling to get past the learning stage. So why do you sail? Any tips for getting the most of it? I particularly enjoyed Pirsig's essay Cruising Blues and Their Cure which covers some of my ambivalence.
Husband is a devoted new father... almost TOO devoted. For Father's Day I want to give him a chance to get out the house for a while and maybe rekindle his interest in an old hobby. In college he was a member of the yachting club and he talks a lot about wanting to get back into sailing but not having the time. Without knowing anyone with a boat, is it possible to give him a sailing experience for a day? [more inside]
Looking for a wetsuit that I could use for late fall/winter swimming + Spring/Fall/Winter Sailing. Can I get all that in one suit? [more inside]
A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable. [more inside]
My parents are taking off in a couple of months to go sailing for a year. I'd love to get or make or do something for a farewell present, but I have no idea what. Help! [more inside]
Looking for suggestions regarding old books (Napoleonic era) on the subject of navigation and/or trigonometry [more inside]
You just retired from being a high school English teacher and are now about to embark on a long mutiple country voyage on a boat with your husband. What would be an awesome gift for you from a former student, assuming space on the boat is limited? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are moving to London in the next few months. Are we crazy to consider sailing his 10m yacht there and living on it in a marina, especially going into the winter? [more inside]
Do you know of any good places within a 2-hour commute of DC where it's possible to rent a sailboat and stay somewhere cheap for a weekend? [more inside]
Where in the US (ideally east coast) can I go sailing on a full-rigged ship? [more inside]
Help me find an article I only vaguely recall. It involves sailing and unrealistic expectations of travel. [more inside]
What is the easiest and cheapest way to go sailing in Chicago without buying a boat? [more inside]
I'm looking for a gift for someone who just bought an ancient 35-foot yacht that she intends to spend the next couple of years renovating, and then live in. I want it to be kind of a house-warming gift, but, y'know, for a boat. [more inside]
What are some examples of computer/board games with interesting tall-ship sailing systems? [more inside]
Sailing and seasickness: I'm taking an introduction to sailing class, but sometimes get seasick. What is the best way to make this fun and not just two hours of nausea. [more inside]
Blue-water sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and seafaring MeFites: what are good indicators that a sailboat owner/skipper is legit? [more inside]
What should I wear sailing in San Francisco this weekend? Bonus complication: I'm attending in a corporate wife capacity. [more inside]
I'd like to circumnavigate Australia in a sail boat one day. What's the best way to learn about sailing to prepare me for the trip? what do I need to know to survive? and more... [more inside]
SchoonerFilter: For a bit of fiction in the works.... Could four men sail an 1807 version of a schooner like this. Plus another schuestion. [more inside]
How is diagnosed but treated Bipolar I viewed by the US Coast Guard and Dept of Homeland Security when seeking MMC and TWIC? How about maritime employers? [more inside]
Looking for places in the US where you can race a car, sail a boat or do some other adrenaline-filled activity for a weekend. This is for a birthday gift in April. [more inside]
Looking to put together a list of songs about sailing and/or boats...but that aren't really about sailing and/or boats. [more inside]
I was a guest at a sailing club and the Commodore said I could get a flying scot or comparable boat for around $1000. Sailing was fun, fun, fun. What's the best used boat that could hold 6 people in the price range of $1-2k [The lake is White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX -- pretty small lake]
What are your favorite coastal towns and local treasures along the northeastern US seaboard? [more inside]
I'm currently learning how to sail. In my first class, the instructor taught us "tiller toward trouble" (i.e. if about to crash, push the tiller toward it, which will turn the boat away), and I loved how easy it was to remember. What are other similar sayings or memory tricks regarding sailing that I should know? [more inside]
Going on a two week sailing trip: What do I need for my comfort and entertainment? [more inside]
"It's a myth that Noah's flood ever ended- two thirds of the world is still covered by it." Almost certainly a paraphrase on my part, but I can't find the original quote or its source. It probably came from a book about sailing- Meville? Slocum? Bueller?
This might be a bit of a long shot, but I have a question about a particular passage in Herman Melville's Billy Budd. [more inside]
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