Category Archives: Sailing

Sloops

Is there an optimal design for sail boats? The answer is the same for airplanes or cars: no. But, by large, the design principles have been worked out after many thousands of times of experiments. For speed, do Catamaran, otherwise, … Continue reading

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Chasing the Wind

October 13th, 2012 Visualization did not work! My “thought rehearsals” omitted the repeated mutiny attempts by the wind and the boat. At the end, I prevailed. Same boat, the Mercury, and I showed off my perfectly done bowline knot. Just … Continue reading

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Maiden Voyage

October 6th, 2012 “You looked at the lake like a puppy at the park,” Wife commented. It was gorgeous day: bright, blue sky, 71°F. The flag on top of the courthouse building was flying, indicating good wind. I packed a … Continue reading

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Certified to Sail

September 21, 2012 Liking needing a driver’s license to rent a car, I need to qualify for renting a sail boat. This means taking lessons until I can handle a boat reasonably. For Center for Wooden Boats, where I have … Continue reading

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Why Sail Boat Moves?

Many civilizations have independently discovered ways to optimize for the wind power. They all learned to sail in all directions, regardless of which way the wind is blowing. There are really only two tricks: the shape of the sail and … Continue reading

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Sailing @ SLU

South Lake Union. A sailboat is a machine. This machine was invented thousands of years ago, and was reinvented thousands of times over. Human beings are still tweaking this machine to make it more comfortable, faster, easier to maneuver, and … Continue reading

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