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Doug Logan
Welcome to BoatSense. I hope you'll find the book useful. And fun to read. See you on the water —
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I have to say, I'm pretty stoked about BoatSense being listed by The Book Authority among The 15 Best Boating Books of All Time and The 60 Best Sailing Books of All Time. The Book Authority uses "a proprietary technology to identify and rate the best nonfiction books, using dozens... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at BoatSense
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Any few hours spent at the Mystic Seaport will yield a surprise or two, even if you've been there dozens of times. I've loved the place since I was a kid and the Charles W. Morgan was hard-docked in sand. We went this Black Friday after Thanksgiving, figuring correctly that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at BoatSense
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A cumulonimbus chaos agent near St. Thomas. Doug Logan photo. We had a discussion about BoatSense (both the book and the idea) recently at the Jamestown Philomenian Library in Rhode Island, with a couple dozen old and new friends, among them shipmates from over the years and former colleagues from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at BoatSense
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There's a welcome review of BoatSense by Carol Cronin on her blog, where she collects her thoughts on a variety of topics, mostly marine-oriented. Carol is an Olympic sailor (Athens, 2004), a meticulous editor, and novelist. She's also an old (not to say aged) friend ⁠— the kind who would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at BoatSense
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A few posts down in this feed there's one called Give Me Pressure. It had to do testing for a leak between the raw-water side and the coolant side of a heat exchanger. The leak itself was one of those creeping, intermittent, insidious little sneaks that puts white steam and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at BoatSense
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The original Mayflower brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620. Her replica, Mayflower II, was launched in England in 1956 and voyaged across the Atlantic under command of the great sailorman Alan Villiers, himself a human bridge between the days of square-rigged sailing ships and the modern day. Above,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at BoatSense
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This summer the world of sailing journalism lost one of its best, Jeremy McGeary, an Englishman who came to the U.S. many years ago, already steeped in so much nautical know-how that he could have rested on his laurels and just let the rest of us know what was what.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at BoatSense
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From this year's Vineyard Race, a photo of a couple of shipmates grinding in another inch or so of halyard tension on a big genoa that's full and pulling — not an easy task without a boat-slowing luff from the helmsman. But they got it done. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at BoatSense
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\ \Charles Doane, a colleague at Sailing World and Cruising World long ago and one of the wittiest scribes in the biz, gave BoatSense a fun review in his Wave Train blog, which is also syndicated at SAILFeed. Charlie is now the Cruising editor at SAIL, where he gets to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at BoatSense
Here's a clip of a friend's Young Brothers 38 descending the ways a few springs ago. Blocks and wedged removed, crowbars to get the wheels moving, and a quick run to catch the boat at the other end. It's an exciting launching method. You have to keep your fingers out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at BoatSense
There's not much marlinspike-speak in BoatSense, so this post can serve as a quick reference for some of the knot-tying skills that really add to the satisfaction of sailing and boating. These videos were made a few years ago with the excellent marine videographer, Paul Cronin. The knots and hitches... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at BoatSense
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I went downriver to the outer harbor the other day to cool my head off and scrub the waterline, and came upon the Howlett-designed 12-Meter Lionheart, the 1980 British challenger for the America's Cup. I think she was on her way back to New York from the 2019 12-Meter Worlds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at BoatSense
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This is an attempt to test a leak inside a heat exchanger, between the raw-water (seawater) side and the freshwater (coolant) side. I was hoping to confirm that there was a hole somewhere in the freshwater tubes, but I couldn't find a leak by huffing and puffing, or by loading... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at BoatSense
Editorial Reviews As a dinghy racer who came to sailing bigger boats relatively late in life, I only wish Doug Logan's wonderfully engaging and instructive treatise had been around 20 years ago when I chartered my first keelboat. Warm, accessible, and wickedly smart, BoatSense is an instant classic. — Nathaniel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at BoatSense
From Seapoint Books: In BoatSense, veteran sailor and writer Doug Logan sets down a rare commonsense approach to boating and boat ownership, with observations and advice from a lifetime around a wide variety of boats. Many readers of sailing magazines and major boating websites will be familiar with his warm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at BoatSense
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Copies of BoatSense should ship out to Amazon and bookstores around the first of August. The book will be in good company at Seapoint Books of Brooklin, Maine. Looking forward to being part of their list. In the meantime here are a couple of photos from our recent small-boat cruise.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at BoatSense