Catamaran Buying Secrets from Sailing Yacht Broker Gary Fretz

We break out the secrets to getting the best sailing catamaran for a great price and maximizing your resale value. Many top vloggers such as Sailing La Vagabonde and Sailing Zatara are selling their monohulls to buy a catamaran. Gary Fretz has been a yacht broker for 30 years. He helped Jessica and Ryan Adventures buy their sailing catamaran and he can help you too. Once you live aboard space becomes so important and cats have more space! Seasonal and Regional Factors are crucial in price you pay for a cat.

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Polish Sailor Rescued after 7 Months at Sea Off Reunion Island Goes on a Rant about Polish and US Governments

If you were hoping for some insights into why Zbigniew Reket a Polish man went to sea with a modified cruise ship lifeboat with a mast and sails with his cat for company, you won’t find any insights in this interview. He goes on a rant about the Polish government and calls the USA (his home for 10 years) a “police state”, but has little to say about the strange trip that led him to be rescued off Reunion Island in the west Indian Ocean. I guess he has a lot to say after 7 months of talking to his cat, and sailing is not his favorite topic.

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SV Delos and La Vaga aim for 80 degrees north in 2018

The top two sailing vloggers by subscribers and total views Sailing La Vagabonde and Sailing SV Delos aim to film one of the northernmost islands in the world Spitsbergen. Slow Boat Sailing Podcast episode 10 and 33 guests Brian, Brady, and Karin from SV Delos and number one vloggers with 71 million views on their channel Sailing SV Delos just announce on X-mas day 2017 that they will be traveling to the remote island on the sailing yacht Isbjorn. Spitzbergen is warmed by the Gulf Stream just enough to not be iced over all year round. All signs are that the Delos crew are going to head into the Caribbean in their ketch in 2018. They are in striking distance of closing the circle on their circumnavigation in Mexico with no more oceans to cross, but one Panama Canal to transit. SV Delos is currently in Brazil, but their videos are still covering their south Atlantic crossing.

The number one vlogger in terms of subscribers is Sailing La Vagabonde and they announced they would be headed north in their sailing catamaran to the remote arctic island a few months back. There is no word if their will be a meet-up of the Delos and LaVaga crews in the frozen north.

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Ep. 43: Cruising the Society Islands with Author Nadine Slavinski Interviewed by Linus Wilson on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

We talk to Pacific Crossing Notes author about cruising the Society Islands of French Polynesia. We talk about the paradise islands of Maupiti, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea, and Huahine. The Slow Boat crew plans to cruise these Islands in May 2018.

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“Exclusive: The Last Voyage of the SV Sea Nymph as Reported to the USCG”

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Kiribati Tourism Confirms the Sea Nymph Hailed Christmas Island

Slow Boat Sailing has been able to confirm with Kiribati officials that the Sea Nymph did hail the Christmas Island Marine Guard in the third week of May 2017. Based on position reports that Ms. Appel supplied to the U.S. Coast Guard her boat traveled about 4 knots (nautical miles per hour) in the two weeks it took to reach Christmas Island, Kiribati. In position reports that cannot be verified, by Slow Boat Sailing, Ms. Appel said her boat traveled at about 2 knots for the rest of the month of May until June 26, 2017. From June 26 to October 1, 2017, the Sea Nymph averaged less than 1 knot, according to Ms. Appel. That latter period, averaging one knot, was one where her boat was moving downwind in the northeast trades to Wake Island. Her boat has a hull speed of 7.5 knots.

 

Photos: Christmas Island, Kiribati, Marine Guard logs of the VHF calls to the SV Sea Nymph, from May 18-19, 2017, which were obtained by Slow Boat Sailing.

Jennifer Appel says she spoke to the “calling station” on May 17, 2017. The Christmas Island Marine Guard said they spoke on May 18, 2017, and continued to hail the Sea Nymph with no response on May 19, 2017, because she gave them incomplete information on the May 18, 2017 conversation. The officials in Kiribati told Slow Boat Sailing that they even had records of the Sea Nymph’s call sign.

Ms. Appel’s said on the bonus episode to episode 42:

“We were at Christmas Island on the 16th, and we circled it on the 17th. That was when we were told that we were too, our draft was too deep to enter the lagoon. There was no protected anchorage available for rigging repairs. We cruised out of there on the morning of the 18th.”

“Who did you hail then?” I asked in that interview.

“Channel 16. They call it the ‘calling station.'” Ms. Appel said.

Later in the interview Ms. Appel said, “When the ‘calling station’ on channel one six says you may not enter.”

“‘You may not enter.’ So, you thought it was someone official telling you that you couldn’t enter?” I said.

“Yeah, he laughed at me when I told him that I needed 10 feet in order to safely navigate. He started laughing and said ‘We don’t have that. We don’t have that,'” she said.

“See I don’t see that on the charts though I see that if you drew 15-feet you could anchor there,” I said.

Ms. Appel has said her Morgan 45 designed Starratt and Jenks sailboat had a 8.5-foot draft when http://www.sailboatdata.com says that boat should have a 6.5-foot draft. Ms. Appel said she lacked an “island” chart for Christmas Island. See the video below:

Kiribati records counter Ms. Appel’s assertion of a chilly reception by a dismissive official on the VHF. Instead, Kiribati Marine Guard callers repeatedly tried to get more information about the vessel sailing near their safe harbor.

This is the third, and final, VHF conversation on her trip that Ms. Appel has said she made that Slow Boat Sailing has confirmed with third parties. On May 5, she spoke to a USCG plane after a Mayday call near the Hawaiian islands. She told the plane that she was OK. That call was confirmed in the October 27, 2017, survivor debrief that Slow Boat Sailing obtained with a Freedom of information act request. On October 1, 2017, (Honolulu time) or October 2, 2017, local Wake Island time, the US Air Force confirmed to Slow Boat Sailing that the Sea Nymph by VHF requested a tow at Wake Island (point 19), but the Sea Nymph could not be located. It is not clear why the Sea Nymph deviated from its course 750 miles south of Honolulu for Wake Island over 2,000 nautical miles to the west northwest.

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Figure: (c) Linus Wilson, 2017, Slow Boat Sailing, reported positions by Ms. Appel to the US Coast Guard obtained through a FOIA request.

Ms. Appel has made several statements that have proved untrue. Ms. Appel has said in the past that she faced a force 11 storm leaving Honolulu, but weather data found no such winds or storm activity in that area. She said that she saw sharks bigger than were ever recorded in an area she called the “Devils Triangle”, which is a geographic region that does not exist. She claimed her boat was 50-feet long to journalists, but has since conceded on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast episode 42 that it was a 45-foot long boat.  Some parts of the journey are in dispute. The USCG told the Associated Press that it hailed the Sea Nymph on June 15, 2017, which responded that it would be arriving in Tahiti the next day. In contrast, Ms. Appel told the USCG that point 14 on the figure (6S and 157W) was the closest her boat got to its planned destination of Tahiti. The USCG Honolulu has told Slow Boat Sailing that it has no plans to investigate the circumstances of the SV Sea Nymph rescue.

Do not copy or reproduce the figure without obtaining the express, written consent of Linus Wilson. To contact the author send an e-mail to linuswilson [at] yahoo <dot> com . Dr. Linus Wilson holds a six-pack captain’s license. He has sailed 10,000 nautical miles in his Island Packet 31 sailboat. In it he has visited the Bahamas and Cuba, transited the Panama Canal and crossed the Pacific to Tahiti. He has written three books including How to Sail Around the World Part-Time.

Crowhurst Movie Secrets Revealed

Two movies about the doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst are coming out in early 2018. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star in The Mercy debuting in February 2018 and directed by James Marsh. Another film distributed by Studio Canal UK is Crowhurst. We talk to the director Simon Crumley of the psycho-horror, drama Crowhurst movie starring Justin Salinger. We unlock the secrets of this tragedy at sea from the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The 50th anniversary solo-nonstop Golden Globe race is scheduled for 2018 to leave from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, the same town which is the start and finish of the solo, nonstop, unassisted sailing race the Vendee Globe. Linus Wilson host of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast talks to Simon Rumley about the reasons Donald Crowhurst cheated in the race and descended into madness. They talk about Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Bernard Moitessier, Nigel Tetly, and other participants in the Golden Globe Race. Crowhurst circled the south Atlantic waiting for the other participants to round the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn after sailing the stormy southern Ocean. Crowhurst made a disqualifying stop in Argentina’s Rio Salado. His deception was only discovered when his boat was found adrift. Slow Boat Sailing Podcast 40 and 42 guest Jennifer Appel loves the story of this race as recounted in the Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols. She was rescued thousands of miles off course under mysterious circumstances after she said she spent over 5 months at sea after a three-week trip from Hawaii to Tahiti went awry. The Crowhurst story still captures the imagination after many portrayals such as in the documentary Deep Water.

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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crowhurst-review-1042551

On May 23, 2017, Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiva and the dogs Valentine and Zues departed Oahu, Hawaii in the sailing vessel Sea Nymph bound for Tahiti. On October 25, 2017, they were rescued by the US Navy and Marines of the USS Ashland 900 miles from Japan. Listen to their harrowing story of survival at Sea. Captain Linus Wilson, OUPV-Inland the creator of the Slow Boat Sailing brings up unanswered questions in this deep dive into the disaster with extensive interviews with the survivors.

 

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10.27.2017

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Exclusive: The Last Voyage of the SV Sea Nymph as Reported to the USCG

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Position reports tell the story that the doomed SV Sea Nymph made good less than one nautical mile per hour for a period of 97 days downwind between June 26, 2017, and October 1, 2017. This contradicts the assertion by Jennifer Appel to reporters that her boat could sail four-to-five miles per hour. Ms. Appel submitted these position reports to the US Coast Guard (USCG) on October 27, 2017, in a satellite phone call obtained by Slow Boat Sailing through a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). There are approximately 2,200 nautical miles between position 18 and 19 on the figure above. According to Ms. Appel, it took her 45-foot sailboat with an upright mast and working rudder 97 days to go that distance. The 31-foot Slow Boat for example covered 3,500 nautical miles in just 27 days. You can see that trip here.

Slow Boat Sailing has exclusively obtained the strange track of the SV Sea Nymph before its crew of two women and two dogs were rescued 900 miles southeast of Japan by the US Navy on October 25, 2017. These are positions which were reported to the US Coast Guard by the owner of the SV Sea Nymph, a 45-foot Starrett and Jenks sailboat. The audio of the survivor debrief of Jennifer Appel with the US Coast Guard was obtained by the author through a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). Ms. Appel spoke to interviewers from the USCG’s 14th district in Honolulu on board the USS Ashland, a US Navy ship on October 27, 2017.

Ms. Appel said that she hoped to have a 3-week passage to Tahiti from her home port of Honolulu, with her crew member Tasha Fuiava, who had never sailed before. Then, she said that SV Sea Nymph moved generally due south between 155 and 157 west longitude from May 5, 2017, to May 26, 2017. The only major deviation from this course as reported by Ms. Appel was the circling of Christmas Island, Kiribati. Ms. Appel told Slow Boat Sailing that she lacked charts for Christmas Island, Kiribati, the Northern Cooks, and Wake Island that would have let her see the depths in those anchorages. Thus, her only source of harbor information was unreliable VHF calls. Christmas Island and Penrhyn (in the northern Cooks) both had sufficient channel and anchorage depths for the SV Sea Nymph, according to charts, which were examined by Slow Boat Sailing.

On May 26, 2017, Ms. Appel decided it would be too hard to enter any of the atolls in the northern Cook Islands. She said that she lacked charts for those islands, and, by that time, the boat’s motor would no longer start. The Sea Nymph turned around a little over 100 miles north of the port of entry Penrhyn atoll in the Cook Islands. She said after that the sailboat was then bound for Honolulu. Until June 26, 2017, her boat headed due north between 156 and 159 west longitude until they were withing 750 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii.  For reasons that are not clear, Ms. Appel steered the boat west until it passed by Wake Island on October 2, 2017, local time. Ms. Appel has said little about their path over those 97 days. During that period, she told USCG officers that she set off flares and made VHF distress calls, but did not activate her EPIRB.

The accuracy of this map depends on the veracity of Ms. Appel’s position reports to the USCG. Slow Boat Sailing has only been able to verify points 2, 14, 19, and 20 with independent sources besides Ms. Appel. At point 2, the USCG said it responded to her Mayday call with an aircraft, but it left the scene when she said her vessel was OK.

There is a one-day discrepancy between when the Marine Guard station on Christmas Island, Kiribati, position 14, said they spoke to the Sea Nymph and when Jennifer Appel says they spoke. Jennifer Appel says she spoke to the “calling station” on May 17, 2017. The Christmas Island Marine Guard said they spoke on May 18, 2017, and continued to hail the Sea Nymph with no response on May 19, 2017, because she gave them incomplete information on the May 18, 2017, conversation. The officials in Kiribati told Slow Boat Sailing that they even had records of the Sea Nymph’s call sign.

On October 1, 2017, (Honolulu time) or October 2, 2017, local Wake Island time, the US Air Force confirmed to Slow Boat Sailing that the Sea Nymph by VHF requested a tow at Wake Island (point 19), but could not be located. At point 20, the USS Ashland rescued the Sea Nymph crew 900 miles southeast of Japan.

Ms. Appel has made several statements that have proved untrue. Ms. Appel has said in the past that she faced a force 11 storm leaving Honolulu, but weather data found no such winds or storm activity in that area. She said that she saw sharks bigger than were ever recorded in an area she called the “Devils Triangle”, which is a geographic region that does not exist. She claimed her boat was 50-feet long to journalists, but has since conceded on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast episode 42 that it was a 45-foot long boat.  Some parts of the journey are in dispute. The USCG told the Associated Press that it hailed the Sea Nymph on June 15, 2017, which responded that it would be arriving in Tahiti the next day. In contrast, Ms. Appel told the USCG that point 14 on the figure (6S and 157W) was the closest her boat got to its planned destination of Tahiti. The USCG Honolulu has told Slow Boat Sailing that it has no plans to investigate the circumstances of the SV Sea Nymph rescue.

The closest path between the 20 numbered points in the figure is about 6,000 nautical miles. The speed of the the Sea Nymph on the first two days was over 5 nautical miles per hour, and the trip to Christmas Island, Kiribati averaged just over 4 nautical miles per hour. From May 17, 2017, to June 10, 2017, the boat’s reported speed fell to about 2 nautical miles per hour. Between June 10, 2017, and the VHF radio contact with Wake Island on October 1, 2017, (Honolulu time), points 17, 18, and 19, the Sea Nymph averaged less than one nautical mile per hour as reported by Ms. Appel to the USCG. Since the longest leg of this trip, 2,200 nautical miles, from points 18 to 19 was downwind, the author finds that boat speed very slow and only consistent with a craft completely adrift. Nevertheless, Ms. Appel disputed that her boat was not adrift in her GoFundMe appeal from November 25, 2017, “We were not ‘adrift’. ‘Adrift’ denotes that we had no ability to steer, which fails to account for our ability to circle Christmas Island, leave the Dragon’s Triangle, almost return to Hawaii or navigate over 2000 miles from our failed attempt to return to Hawaii to reach 7.4km Wake Island.”

To the author, these slow reported speeds of less than one knot raise the possibility that the Sea Nymph stopped somewhere between May 18, 2017, and October 1, 2017, (Honolulu time). Those were two points that Slow Boat Sailing has confirmed where the Sea Nymph hailed Christmas Island and USAF respectively. The maximum hull speed of the Sea Nymph based on the 32.5-foot waterline length reported in sailboatdata.com for the Starrett and Jenks 45 is 7.6 knots. That indicates that the Sea Nymph could reach Wake Island from Tahiti, about 2,400 nautical miles, in less than two weeks. Thus, if the reports of the USCG hailing the Sea Nymph near Tahiti on June 15, 2017, are true, then the crew would have had plenty of time to anchor and go ashore several different ports prior to reaching Wake Island on October 2, 2017, local time.

The Sea Nymph‘s reported speed picked up to 1.2 knots between the confirmed locations of Wake Island and the crew’s eventual rescue 900 mile southeast of Japan.

In the survivor debrief, the USCG expressed surprise and dismay that Ms. Appel did not pull her EPIRB when she started setting off flares and hailing passing ships for a tow, beginning on June 26, 2017. Ms. Appel told the USCG that she was not truly in danger until after they obtained the tow from the Taiwanese fishing vessel on October 24, 2017. On that date, Ms. Appel swam out to the fishing vessel and called for a rescue by way of the fishing vessel’s satellite phone.  The Taiwanese government has disputed Ms. Appel’s allegations that the fishing vessel posed a danger to the women.

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LAND HO! After 27 Days at SEA, Exploring Hiva Oa, Marquesas, S2E5

After 27 days at crossing 3,500 nautical miles of the South Pacific Ben, Sahia, and Linus sight land of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. The propeller shaft falls off as they enter port. Something was lost in the translation with the boat yard and the boat is anchored in a questionable location in Tahuaka Bay until the next year. Ben and Sahia say goodbye… at least for a few days. The crew tours Atuona. Linus tries to solve the mystery of the missing fresh water. Ben and Linus get lost attempting to climb Mont Temetiu on Hiva Oa. They turn around on the ridge 800 meters up on the path to Hanemenu Bay. Linus leaves the boat at Marquesas Maintenance Services and gets a ride to the airport for his flight to Tahiti.

The Slow Boat has just over a month to sail the 3,500 nautical miles to Hiva Oa from La Libertad, Ecuador. There would be no time for the extra 700 nm to Tahiti or a month’s quarantine.

Sahia, Ben, and Linus depart the yacht club and sail west overnight. The crew gets seasick and headwinds make them turn north of the rhumb line or the great circle route to the Marquesas.
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No charts, dinghy, & autopilot before sailing offshore? SV Sea Nymph & Jennifer Appel

The Hawaii sailors say they had trouble making port because they lacked large-scale charts. The skipper, Jennifer Appel, failed to buy them before she left Honolulu on May 3. Without “island” or large-scale charts, of the Christmas Island, Kiribati, the northern Cooks, or Wake Island, Appel said she had to make VHF calls to see if the anchorages were safe. A responsible skipper would have bought charts (paper or electronic) for the islands on the way.

Nothing about the mysterious case of the SV Sea Nymph is clear cut, because the skipper Jennifer Appel has been caught in so many lies about sharks sizes, a force 11 storm , and even the size of her boat (50-feet versus 45-feet long)!

The dinghy pictured in thumbnail a 2017 picture by Michael Krijnen was no where to be found when Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were rescued by a Taiwanese fishing vessel and the US Navy’ ship the USS Ashland LSD48.

Mariners Rescued by USS Ashland (LSD 48)
AT SEA
10.27.2017
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Interviews with mariners Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, and Cmdr. Steve Wasson, USS Ashland commanding officer.

USS Ashland Rescue
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10.30.2017
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Ms. Appel told Sailing Anarchy that she had to hand steer and lost sleep because rookie sailor Tasha never got the hang of steering weeks into the voyage. There is little evidence that the boat had an autopilot or windvane. Very few sailboats leave for a three-week offshore passage for Tahiti without a self-steering device.

The SV Sea Nymph owned by Jennifer Appel had underwent a major refit before leaving Honolulu. Did the rigging problems occur on the voyage, in Honolulu, or were their rigging problems at all?

All this adds up to a skipper who had not prepared her boat for a major offshore passage. Appel says they were at sea for over 5-months before being rescued by the US Navy on October 25, 2017, over a thousand miles off course. Appel and Fuiava said they departed Honolulu bound for Tahiti.

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The SailTimer Wind Instrument™ is a wireless, solar-powered masthead anemometer. There are no wires to install down the mast. It is the first anemometer designed for sailboats, with wind cup blades that maintain equal accuracy when sailing along heeled over. It is submersible, so even works great on sailing dinghies, since it does not require a 12-volt battery. But on boats large and small, it works with a range of apps, and continues to gain new features as more apps support it and add new functions. This means that it is not a one-time purchase; you can wake up tomorrow, and it can do things that it did not do today. There is also an accessory that can receive the wireless transmissions and wire in to your NMEA network, for displaying the wind speed and direction on wired marine electronics. This also happens to be the only masthead anemometer that you can raise even if your boat is already in the water, without needing to lower or climb the mast. It is also the first masthead anemometer that has a digital compass built right in to the wind directoin arrow. No calibration required; it knows which way it is pointing. This is also a connected device, allowing you to share wind conditions and location online. That is a handy safety feature like a float plan, but can also let you be at home and check live wind conditions on your boat.

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