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July 04, 2006

One by the sea

Rowboat_for_one Making a raft out of empty Gatorade bottles and duct tape and rowing it across the Charles River. (From Cellar image of the day)

Monsters of the Sea, great ocean liners

François Zanella home built a 33 meter model boat, 1/8 in scale to the original “Majesty of the seas”

World’s 100 Largest Yachts

Cabana Islander float, only $229.99 at Costco

The 101 Best Sea Books

Very Dirty river

Lulworth, the largest guff cutter afloat

The Sinking of the Oriskany. The Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was sunk 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., on May 17 to form an artificial reef. A flickr set with comments

After four months at sea, ghost ship with 11 petrified corpses washes up in Barbados

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May 05, 2006

In search of the perfect dinghy

Tanker_fire Aircraft carrier made of Lego. Made by Malle Hawking. It is about 5m long, 1,40m wide and the height is about 1,20m. It contains over 200,000 Bricks and weighs over 160 Kilos and a five digit amount of costs. Building time was over one year and it will finish end of March 06. It has electrical lights on deck, hangar and aircrafts. Moveable Elevators and radar dishes and finally a motorized catapult. (From Dunechaser)

The original list of dead bodies recovered from the Titanic sinking

Evolution of a Giant. From International Super Tankers site

What is this rusty nautical item? I was in Galway with my girlfriend this weekend, and down at the waterfront we saw this thing

Exposition d'images amphibies, by Emmanuel Donfut. (From Deon Hicks)

When 100 feet of yacht isn't enough, sometimes they get stretched

Life aboard. Follow our family as we live aboard our sailboat (an Alberg 30', built in 1969) in the great, but not so white north Canada. Husband and wife versions

I am away for a few days. This post had been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. Many More Unusual Boats & Yachts Here

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April 03, 2006

Water Walking

Walking_on_water Water Mat - Walk. Jump. Dance. Slide. Relax. All on the surface of the water. (Watch the video)

More than 100 patents have been granted for water-walking inventions in the last 150 years - and none of them worked

Animated Knots by Grog: Boating, climbing, fishing & scouting

Grounded ashore. The APL Panama became grounded Dec. 25, 2005 as it prepared to enter the port of Ensenada

The new Poseidon - The trailer

The Ships List will help you find your ancestors on ships' passenger lists. We also have immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa

"Sea Breeze", Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, 1899-1972

96 French sea songs

All about the US Navy Ships

End of the line: With one of the world's longest beaches, Chittagong is Bangladesh's biggest port. Half of the world's supertankers are disassembled here

AquaSub – A One-Man Sports Submarine You Build From Plans

By the way, on this coming Wednesday, at two Minutes and three Seconds after 1:00a.m. (0100 military time) in the morning, the time and date will be:
01:02:03 04/05/06
That won't ever happen again for another thousand hundred years
. (Thank you, Wayne)

I am away at the moment hosting my sisters around. This post had been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. Many More Unusual Boats & Yachts Here

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November 13, 2005

Car vs Boat

Tree_boat Trilobis 65 Floating Home is a semi-submerged
dwelling environment. Reaching 20 meters in length it is designed for habitation by six people at sea. It is ideal for living in bays, atolls and maritime parks

Comments about Le Grand Bleu, apparently the world's fifth-largest private yacht

Dom Mee’s Kite Quest, an attempt to cross the Atlantic solo and unsupported in a 14-foot boat pulled by a kite. More about kite sailing

Car vs Boat vs Bike

Razzle Dazzle Camouflage

The Newcastle Tall Ships Race 2005

Staten Island Boat Graveyard. Off the shore of Staten Island New York rests a veritable graveyard of decommissioned, scrapped, and abandoned ships of various sizes, ages, and states of decay

The infamous ‘Low Tolerance’ ad from Pleasure Boat Captains for Truth

Illustration above by David Suff. Many More Unusual Boats & Yachts Here

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August 07, 2005

Sailing: "The art of getting wet, and slowly getting nowhere, at a great expense"

Boat Picking the right boat name. Any sailor knows the importance of good boat names. Be it popular boat names, funny boat names, or just a really cool boat name for your watercraft

The term "Human Powered Boat" (HPB) can refer to rowboats, paddleboats, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks or even rowing shells. The term or "WaterCycle", however, almost exclusively refers to a pedal powered boat

The Kalakala, the "World's first Streamline Art Deco Ferry"

Bill & Nancy are Living on a converted barge in Roanne, France

Test Your Nautical Flag Knowledge

Repost: The shipbreaking beaches of Chittagong, Bangladesh, by Edward Burtynsky

The Hamilton Waterjet. (From ”Restarea 300”)

News from The US Coast Guard

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May 31, 2005

The mystery of Donald Crowhurst

Footsteps_1 At 100,000 horsepower, the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke is the Most Powerful Diesel Engine in the World

Bumfuzzle is the story of Pat and Ali Schulte, who grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota and were married in 1997. In March of 2000 they moved to Chicago. While in Chicago they came up with this crazy idea to sail around the world, despite the fact that neither of them had ever been on a sailboat before

The mystery of The Teignmouth Electron: On 1 July 1969, after sailing 16,591 miles in 213 days, Donald Crowhurst scribbled his last deranged entry in the log of Teignmouth Electron, made his way to the stern and stepped into the sea

A list of all passangers aboard The Titanic. (From ”Bifurcated Rivets”)

The 118 Wallypower

A selection of cruise ship posters from 1900 to present

Webcams of the Meyer Werft German shipyard

At 416 feet, Paul Allen’s “Octopus” is the world’s largest yacht. This is a Powerpoint Presentation from ”Yacht crew”

Make your own kayak for less than $100

Everything you ever wanted to know about Barnacles

Bill Reid explains the crowded Spirit of the Haida Gwaii which now graces the $20 Canadian Banknote

How was a trireme built?

Chumbe Island Coral Park, one of the most spectacular corral islands in the world

Unrelated: In the mid-1800s, John Banvard painted a three-mile long canvas of the Mississippi, made a million dollars exhibiting it, built a replica of Windsor Castle on Long Island, and died broke. Other panoramas there.

This is the third post composed together with another blogger, this time with Charlie ‘Vruba’ Loyd, who provided many of today’s links. (First post here, second post here.) Thank you, Charlie! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

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March 26, 2005

Flipping over

Kayak I didn't mean to but...I bought a big, old boat. This is the ongoing saga of Lady Jane, a steel hulled fishing trawler, built in 1963, which I bought in July 2004

Marine art by James Flora

C to C roll. How to flip over with your kayak

Tim Anderson's learning the hard way: To Cuba (almost) by Outrigger Sailing Canoe

Kite power: Sky Sails will harness high-altitude winds for cargo ships which should reduce fuel consumption as well as pollution

Ellen MacArthur’s new record: Sailing alone around the world in 71 days 14hrs 18mins 33secs

Quick Sailing, a giant directory of sailing links

Beaufort Wind Scale

Many More Unusual Yachting Links Here

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January 21, 2005

Will you sail with this man into the horizon?

Skipper_sam_3My cousin, Sammy, is looking for an eligible woman to join him on his trip around the world. Sammy left his job as a software engineer in New York City, bought himself a beautiful boat, and decided to sail away from it all. After 12 months of adventures in the Caribbean, he is now on his way to Panama and the Pacific Ocean. His original plan was to sail for a couple of years, but now it seems that his trip may last much longer.

Sammy has it all together. He is really a good guy, and I feel that he had built for himself the kind of reality that most people only dream about. He now wants to find a female company that will join him on his trip.

If you have any interest in talking to him about it, please contact me at realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, and I will forward him your email address, for a follow-up.

(Please be aware that I will take no responsibility of anything that may transpire between Sammy and whoever may or may not join him, and for any or all future doings between the parties). Good luck to you.

New seafaring links:

Onassis' yacht 'Christina’

Original fiberglass boat designs from the 50's & 60's. (Found on “Eye of the Goof”)

Cutaway & Technical Illustrations of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship by Kevin Hulsey

Naval Art, by Michael Donegan

SS United States. The fastest ocean liner ever built, and the largest passenger liner to be built in the USA

Everybody can whore themselves for a fee: Left Wing cruises, Salon Magazine cruises or Right Wing Cruises. (From “Nuggets”)

You can simply enjoy the teaching and fellowship of Dr. Jerry Falwell, Chancellor of Liberty University and Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, on this adventure of a lifetime

Alang, Gujarat is where ships from across the world are sent to be wrecked. A shipbreaking industry has emerged as a consequence, which is spelling doom for the ecology of the region. (From “At The Heart Of It”)

Ocean liner history and cruise ship news

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December 26, 2004

A few random observations from my trip to Trinidad & Venezuela:

Middle_of_ocean_4 1. Night stars on the ocean are very beautiful.

2. Like many other social cliques, there are special bonds and relationships between yachtsmen & sailors as they move from port to port.

3. It takes real heroism to quit “normal” life, and go on a trip around the world, on a one-man vessel , like my cousin Sammy did. How did the ancient Phoenicians seamen do it, or even Columbus?

4. You have to master many disciplines and learn many practical new subjects in order to be able to sail alone around the world.

5. You either have the constitution for sailing a small vessel , or you don’t.

6. There are no American food franchises in Venezuela.

7. Instead of buying these commercial versions, marinate sliced pineapple in any good vodka for 2 weeks, stain & re-bottle. Drink carefully.

Isla_coche_3 8. If you are born on a small island like San pedro de Coche, your chances of achieving great things in life are very small. Chances that you own more than a few plastic chairs and a bed are also minimal.

9. Many sailboats carry a bicycle.

10. Simple local food most anywhere is usually the best you can have there.

11. Most people are sadly out of shape.

12. Efficiency is a modern invention that hasn’t reached many parts of the Caribbean.

13. Most of the list of “Best 500 movies” is accepted knowledge. “Chinatown” probably stays at the top 20 of most lists.

Local_food_1 14. Bring some kind of sunscreen with you if you want to avoid becoming Santa-red, after spending 10 days or more on deck with only shorts on.

15. Beat-up, early seventies Chevy Malibu’s end up as Taxis on the small islands. Who actually ships them there?

16. The more “primitive” the society, the less people know about or care about the effects of second-hand smoking.

17. When landing in Porlamar, Margarita Island’s biggest town, use Juan Baro of “Marina Juan” to help you with all your boating needs.

18. Not shaving, taking showers for a week is not the end of the world.

I’d like to start a new collection of eclectic links about Boating & Sailing. Please email me at realhanan (at) yahoo dot com any of your odd bookmarks about the subject. Indicate if you’d like me to credit you with a link-back. Here are the first few items:

Sailing_out_1 Mirabella V, the largest single masted yacht in the world. 246ft-long, £30m yacht, which houses a sauna, gym, jacuzzi, plunge pool, dining area and a 600-bottle wine cellar

Worth Magazine’s Designer Yachts with Perfect Pedigree

Strange, unusual and odd-looking boats on the canals of England

The Mother Of All Maritime Links

YachtWorld.com Boating Yellow Pages

cargoshipphotos.com, the ultimate photo site for all cargo ships

Doyle's Guides for Caribbean yachting

Maakies’ Ship Of Jokes. (From “Screenhead”)

Trinidad_1 Previously posted:

Ultimate vacation on The World , expensive & luxurious condos at sea

A new meaning to the idea of a boathouse

The Rigging Of A Ship: 256 fast nautical terms

North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA)

Introducing the world's first luxury Amphibious Motor Coach / Yacht

Update, December 31, 2004 - I finally figured out how to create a photo album of the trip. Here you go.

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