shallow sailing in the Bahamas

these Canadians have been making excellent films about sailing for almost 20 years

now that dvds are almost dead they are giving them away. Take a look at their youtube space

Worth watching the masters in action.

they are now taking couples on guided tours of the carribean

This is about Sailing around Britain.

3 Responses to “shallow sailing in the Bahamas”

  1. 3 October, 2017 at 9:19 amTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    They produce lovely films, educational and informative.

    After several decades of ever-more-aggressive deep fin keels and spade rudders, hopefully more serious cruisers will rediscover the flexibility of swing-keels and centerboard sailing. There’s more to life than just a the limitations of a 6-ft draft and upwind performance.

    Similar to your Thames barges and their flat-bottomed brethren, thousands of American centerboard schooners and sloop-cats worked the coastal waters and shallow rivers from the Chesapeake to New England. Beaching themselves on handy sand-spits and in the shallow creeks to load and unload directly from the farmers’ carts and quarryman’s skiff at low-tide.

  2. 3 October, 2017 at 7:23 pmRob Heath says:

    The Southerly range really doesn’t compromise much at all, just gives the best of both worlds. Our S110 draws 7’2″ with the keel down but only 2’9″ with it pulled all the way up. It points up to the mid to low 30degrees, but will dry out flat on a beach. Just don’t expect it to turn with the keel all the way up!! BTW the Shards new boat is nearly 50′ with a draft range of 3’3″ to 10’3″ the keel and ground plate mass nearly as much as our entire boat ( 6000Kg ). Search for Distant Shores on YouTube, one of the recent videos shows the keel assembly before fitting.

  3. 4 October, 2017 at 8:43 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Recently I discovered the Sirius Deck-Salon series, and been quite taken with them; available with fin-keel, optional twin keels or a retracting centerboard for a 1-meter draft. Their larger 35-ft and 40-ft yachts have a unique guest cabin option that’s under the Salon seating, in addition to the bow and stern. And can be conned from inside at the nav-station without the look of a trawler-pilothouse like the Fisher. …Frightfully expensive though.

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