Newsletter - Monday 6/11/2012
Cleveland's Ullman Sails blends new, old to harness the wind
Dan Elliott is a sail maker, putting him in touch with a power source centuries older than wind turbines.
That ancient application of wind is what propels the brig Niagara,
the Pennsylvania-based replica of a fighting vessel from the War of
1812. Two centuries after the original's star turn at the Battle of Lake
Erie, Elliott was called on to keep the modern-day version racing
before the wind.
Sail making "was mostly considered an art form," Elliott said. "Back
in the days of the original Niagara [Oliver Hazard Perry's flag ship in
1813], it was almost black magic." more...
Announcing Our New Postcast Series: Kayak Mainline
My good friend Kelly Blades and I were talking a while back about how outside of Simon Willis’s amazing work there really isn’t anybody covering sea kayaking in podcast form.
After talking about it for what seems like a year we decided it’s
time to step up and do it; so without further adieu, we are proud to
announce the first episode of our brand new series, Kayak Mainline.
The plan for Kayak Mainline is to talk about what’s happening out
there in paddle land. We cover weird outdoor news, local gossip as well
as interviews with the movers and shakers of the sea kayaking industry. more...
BoatUS Goes to the Dogs
|The nation’s largest recreational boat owners
group, BoatUS, has gone to the dogs. The association has recently
launched several programs for dog and pet owners, including new pet
insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program.
Effective June 1, the program automatically includes $1,000 of coverage
for injuries as the result of an on-the-water accident, as well as a
death benefit, for no additional cost. more...|
Rethink, respect water and there will be plenty, author says
Author Charles Fishman remembers when bottled water was sold only for use in steam irons.
“When I was young, they sold a gallon of water in the laundry aisle …
that’s it,” said Fishman, who is 51 years old. “And it was covered in
dust and no one ever bought it.”
Things have changed. Bottled water has lined store shelves and checkout counters for decades now. more...
Tech Talk: Boating Tech
|Hundreds of years ago, sailors used compasses and stars for navigation.
Now, modern day boaters have devices like GPS to help them navigate the
"Now they`ve graduated into GPS, especially on the river system with the
changing sandbars and everything like that. They want something that
will keep them in a safe track down the river," said Vallely Sport and
Marine Parts and Accessories Manager Ken Bleth.
Modern trolling motors can be programmed to navigate on their own.
"The current technology is where the whole autopilot system is operated
off of satellite too. So you can store trails and tracks and all kinds
of stuff in them," Bleth said. more...
Flag raised on mercury impacts
ALBANY — New York is responsible for less toxic mercury pollution
from electrical power plants than any other state around the Great
Lakes, according to a report Wednesday by an environmental group.
Issued as Congress debates blocking proposed federal rules to limit power plant mercury emissions nationwide, the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council
found New York plants emitted 10 times less mercury than the worst
state, Ohio, which unlike New York has no state rules to limit power
plant mercury. more...
Detroit boaters left high, dry as Erma Henderson Marina remains closed for foreseeable future
Nautical season is at full mast, but boating enthusiasts in Detroit say the city is leaving them high and dry.
Dave Bing's latest attempt to outsource management of the Erma
Henderson Marina fell short on Tuesday, when the Detroit City Council
unanimously rejected a contract for Detroit Boat Works owner Stephen
Hume, who had offered to pay the city $32,000 a year. more...
Lake Ontario water level plan praised, protested
|A plan to bring more natural water level fluctuations to Lake Ontario
has drawn protests from some lakeshore residents who say it would speed
shoreline erosion and increase the risk of flooding, while scientists
say it will rebuild beaches, dunes, and critical wetlands.
The International Joint Commission, a
U.S.-Canadian organization established under the 1909 Boundary Waters
Treaty, is taking comments through June 15 on a proposed new approach to
regulating water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway,
which are controlled by releases from the Moses-Saunders Dam in
Cornwall, Ontario. more...
One Design Racing: For Fun and Competion
If you’re thinking about getting into sailboat racing – or returning
after a hiatus—you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options based on your
experience, available time, and budget. By planning ahead for the time and
expense, it is pretty feasible to sail four to six regattas a year. The first
decision to make is whether to go handicap or one design. This article looks at
one design, a racing option that continues to grow in popularity due to the
availability of boats, affordability, access to local fleets, and competition
balanced with fun.
When looking at one design, the first step is to pick the class and then
a boat. One design classes vary a great deal, and rather than focus on a
particular boat, it’s a good idea to study the different classes and the people
involved to see if it’s a good fit. more...
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