Apr 6, 2022

Luna RossaWhile there’s all kinds of discussion, particularly in NZ, about the plan to defend the 37th America’s Cup in Spain rather than in home waters, the Italian team, Luna Rossa, responded in a natural continental way, by introducing a new watch.

In a press release on Monday:

“In the Luna Rossa team, winner of the PRADA Cup in the last America’s Cup, Panerai found an ideal partner, an Italian counterpart exemplifying excellence in its field. While Panerai is a well-known actor in the Swiss watchmaking sector, the brand’s Italian heritage infuses its work with a standout design sensibility.”

According to the release, founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and subsequently school of watchmaking, for many decades Panerai supplied the Italian Navy and its specialist diving corps in particular with precision instruments. The tradition apparently continues!

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Brad Oakley has been around the boat business his entire life and he said to me that he has long admired durable, seaworthy welded aluminum boats. His company WMW Vacuum Pumpout Systems in Waubaushene, Ontario on Georgian Bay, builds highly regarded vacuum pump-out systems and Oakley’s equipment is in so many marinas that he knows a lot of people in the business.

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The transitions and communication from interior to exterior spaces are seamless and well-thought-out with functional ergonomics. 

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This new, more secure route revealed itself through the travel and trade of the Indigenous peoples. Surveyors learned that one of the Indigenous trade routes began at the mouth of the Cataraqui River in Kingston (Canada’s first national capital) and connected a series of lakes and rivers all the way through to where the Rideau River meets the Ottawa River in the heart of Bytown (known today as Canada’s national capital: the City of Ottawa). 

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Let’s start by clarifying what a crosscut sail is. The crosscut panel layout aligns the fill (short) edge of the sailcloth roll with the leech edge of the sail. Most of the sail load goes from clew to head up the leech. Secondary sail loads go from corner to corner along the foot and luff edge.

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Time will tell – but for the majority of us, we’ll need to weather the storm as best we can. There are a number of tips and tricks we can employ aboard to make the most of our boat’s fuel. BoatUS published an excellent article this week that I’ll break down...

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