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Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-27-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 12,764
Posted By billyruffn
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

The official report on this incident has been published and is available at

If you don't have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,127
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Mooring Line

I've used a Yale pendant for years. It's a very good product and stands up to a lot of wear.
Mooring Pendant 5/8""-12' Maximoor II Polyester Stainless Steel...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-06-2014
Replies: 247
Views: 17,595
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

On the more technical side of the subject of this thread, John over at Attainable Cruising Adventures has a post on Myths of Offshore Sailing that is worth a look.

20 Myths About Offshore Sailing...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-11-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 975
Posted By billyruffn
Re: hurricane storage in tropics

Which yard are you using? Some are better than others. Power Boats and Peakes are probably the best known. If you're in one of these yards, seek the advice of the staff. They know what works. You...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Track Sharing

I haven't "been there or done that", but the last time I encountered an experienced So. Pacific sailor he insisted that I accept a thumb drive full of tracks into and out of Pacific atolls and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-06-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,229
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Stupid questions about launch day

This is what is known as gross negligence. A professional launch crew would never put a boat in the water without access to the boat's interior. If you have damage due to water in the boat it...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-28-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,250
Posted By billyruffn
A generous offer, aka "freebie"

Steve Dashew at is offering free download do two of his books: one on weather forecasting, the other on heavy weather tactics. For those who might not know of Steve, he's a long time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-14-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By billyruffn
The way it was

A new friend and soon to be crew member on Billy Ruff'n sent me this today. It's everything you ever wanted to know about "the way it was" in the good ol' days of wooden ships and iron men.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2014
Replies: 270
Views: 17,357
Posted By billyruffn
Re: What stops Americans cruising the world?

My personal experience is so far limited to the UK and Ireland but is consistent with what I've heard from others who have cruised more widely in Europe....the answers are: high fuel costs, variable...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 784
Posted By billyruffn
Global Winds Model

I ran across this site today while looking at a touring bicycle site. I don't do bikes, but a prospective crew member does and in reading his blog I came across this:

earth wind map...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-20-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,884
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

I've made all the parts of this trip. Some of them 20 times or more. Here's my suggestion for routing. How many stops you make will depend on wind, weather, tide and time, and number of crew.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-19-2014
Replies: 113
Views: 8,525
Posted By billyruffn
Exclamation Re: need help and advice -mid cruise keel crack

As a general rule I try to be respectful when I disagree with someone, but IMHO this is very bad, no that's too is extraordinarily bad advice. Haul the boat, do a proper technical...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-04-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By billyruffn
Re: Nervous about Trip - Virgin

Calling ahead on the VHF or cell phone is always a good idea. Ask the marina for specific instructions on how to get to the assigned slip. Don't forget to ask which side the lines and fenders should...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-29-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 5,358
Posted By billyruffn
Physics of Sailing

Found this on a surfing expedition today. Thought it might be of interest to some in present company.

The Physics of Sailing - KQED QUEST - YouTube

Happy New Year
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-27-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 11,943
Posted By billyruffn
Tips on Watch Standing

I'm taking BR across the Atlantic in June and I've been reviewing my Ops Manual, SOPs, etc in preparation for the trip. Today, I wrote up "Tips on Watch Standing" based on somethings I found a while...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-15-2010
Replies: 641
Views: 137,602
Posted By billyruffn
Sinking of Rule 62

I received this morning via email the sad news of the sinking of the sailboat Rule 62 on a reef in the northern Bahamas. As you will read below, three of the four crew members have been rescued, a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-29-2008
Replies: 502
Views: 92,851
Posted By billyruffn
Sab 30, You've asked three questions. I'll...

Sab 30,

You've asked three questions. I'll take them in reverse order.

Re "book learing" -- I read for 15 years or more before I bought Billy Ruff'n. You can learn a lot from "standing on the...
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