here is a blog post with a good summary of the knots you’ll need to know for your Sunfish sailing.

for a good primer on other nautical knots, visit the site Animated Knots by Grog.

sailfish restoration

I stumbled on some great pictures of the before and after restoration of a Sailfish sailboat.

a “before” photo:

sailfish before

the Sailfish was the precursor to the Sunfish style of sailboat that I sail today.  it was a similar “board” boat, this one without any type of cockpit or hull.  just some wooden rails along the edges – and you’d sit right up on top of the deck.

an “after” photo:

sailfish after

the Irish Boat Shop certainly did a fine job – she’s a great looking boat now, and I’m sure will last several more years for its owner.

sailfish rail

gift idea: small ships boat model

if you are looking for a gift idea for the nautical person in your life, here is one cute idea: small model boats that you can build from a kit.


there are 3 models to choose from: a tugboat, a schooner, and a sloop.


what about the Great Lakes, Joe?

does it always have to be salt water? The Great Lakes would offer some pretty spectacular sailing, Joe. the America’s Cup racing could have been hosted by Chicago, for sure!









today’s tunes: loose lips sink ships


I love this song.

big boat sailing: Altair [video]

some of these big boats are so beautiful and graceful as they glide across the water.

let this load up in HD and enjoy it full screen.

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