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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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This is a composite vignette from three recent distance races, the 2017 Marblehead-to-Halifax Race, the 2018 Newport-to-Bermuda Race, and the 2019 Stamford-Vineyard Race, in which old shipmates — old in acquaintance and old in years — sailed together. It’s fifteen minutes before the change of the middle watch. Frank unclips... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
Tom Cunliffe has published a video of a daysail aboard Jolie Brise, that most famous and dashing of Bristol Channel cutters. She's owned by Dauntsey's School in England, and has been skippered for the last 26 years by Toby Marris. In the 1980s, though, Cunliffe ran her, and he has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
It was a quarter-century ago that Sailing World published "Fluid Dynamics: How Modern Science and Sailing Discovered Each Other." (You can read it here in PDF form.) The main players covered in it, Arvel Gentry and John Letcher, have gone to Fiddler's Green, Gentry in 2015 and Letcher in 2018.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
This is a slightly altered version of an article written for the May 1989 issue of Sailing World after Thursday's Child, skippered by Warren Luhrs, bettered the record of the clipper ship Flying Cloud on the New York to San Francisco run via Cape Horn. Flying Cloud's record had stood... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
Hobbes would have described the weather event as nasty, brutish, and short. It hammered Connecticut on August 27th from the northwest through Bethany, North Haven, Hamden, and then, big-time, Branford. The town had 99 percent of its power knocked out, with lines down everywhere and hundreds of trees sheared off,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
Back in the 1980s there appeared a few articles in Yacht Racing & Cruising (and later Sailing World) under the name Ebon Bilgewater, a determined and sometimes hapless young sailorman. This is a lightly revised version of the original from Sailing World, September 1986. Reprinted by permission. The engine was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
Back in the 1980s there appeared a few articles in Yacht Racing & Cruising (and later Sailing World) under the name Ebon Bilgewater, a determined and sometimes hapless young sailorman. This is a slightly updated version of one originally called “Beating the Bushing.” Reprinted by permission. Anyone who has spent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
BoatSense is currently listed by The Book Authority as #1 among the 15 Best Boating Books of All Time . The Book Authority uses "a proprietary technology to identify and rate the best nonfiction books, using dozens of different signals, including public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity and sales history."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
\ \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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>
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 <h1>BoatSense<h1>