Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, and Nonfiction Storytelling

Moving from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Pete via the Inland Waterway.

Posted by on Nov 30, 2009 in Yacht Club | 0 comments

ORTONA LOCK FLORIDA ORTONA LOCK FLORIDA The captain’s pay would be twice as much as I was currently making as a rigger and would include health insurance. Having worked as a private yacht captain before, I knew well the physical demands on my body would be far less. I was currently employed as a sailboat rigger and a rigger’s job is hard work. One day you’re in the shop manhandling cable, running a swaging machine the next day you’re swinging at the top of a 100 foot mast changing a light bulb. Hey, don’t think there isn’t any pendulum effect dockside. Captain’s work, when you’re the only crew, encompasses all aspects of maintaining the vessel; those duties never seemed as hard as a rigger’s.

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Lyndale Island, Yacht Club | Comments Off on MARINE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Navigators currently have a host of dependable instruments to assist them in finding their way on rivers, lakes and around the globe. Technological advances in electroics and other areas have made these devices available and relatively inexpensive. There are user friendly GPS, Radar, Plotters, Depth Sounders, Knot meters and Logs, Wind speed and direction, VHF radios, SSB & Ham Radios, Weather Fax, Satellite Telephones, LSAT, Fluxgate compasses, Auto Pilots, EPRIB, forward scanning sonar devices and much more. Before we review the functions and uses of the following devices a word of caution... Manmade device may fail at any given time. Most long distance marine navigators have years of experience and a cultivated "sea sense" that comes with time on the water in many different situations. As dependable and well made as most electronic devices are they may cease to function, so many of these individuals have "get home gear," a duplicate set of crucial instruments that will work in an emergency.

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2009 in Yacht Club | 0 comments

The art of living aboard a boat is one that has been perfected by many enthusiasts. We'll take a look at everything that has to do with living aboard a sail or motor boat. Sleeping, cooking and taking a shower are among the myriad of topics. Interviews with the rich and famous as well as the folks on the house boat. “I believe, “I could do this forever,” came out of my mouth the morning after the night before, of my first successful overnight cruise, aboard my first ocean going boat. That’s when it all started. A perfect anchorage, great tasting food - even though it came out of our little galley, sunset, some wine and of course a million stars in the sky that night. Sunrise was even better accompanied by the smell of fresh coffee drifting through the morning mist.

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How To Modify Stock Bimini for Custom Installation

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Lyndale Island, Yacht Club | 0 comments

Captain Tom Martin modifies a standard size Bimini to fit his sailboat. This could save you money over buying a custom made version.

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HMS Bounty Sailing Ship

Posted by on Nov 6, 2009 in Documentary, Lyndale Island, Yacht Club | 0 comments

Interview and a look at older sailing ships and the history of recreational boating. Short documentary videos and articles look at the rich and interesting world of our long relationship with the water.

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