Yet another tidbit from Annapolis: Beneteau's new Dock & Go propulsion system made a big debut and was featured on a new Beneteau Sense 50 that put on a little show and attracted big crowds and rounds of applause every hour, on the hour, just like the fountains in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Wonder of wonders, the big 50-footer was spinning like a top within its own length and motoring sideways from dock to dock.
Boats & Gear
Yet another intriguing bit of kit I sussed out in Annapolis is this new Max-Prop Ecowind propeller from PYI. As described to me by PYI's Fred Hutchinson, the prop has a spring in the hub that automatically varies the forward pitch of the blades as the load on the blades changes. By maintaining optimal pitch at all times, whatever the conditions, the prop is supremely efficient and maximizes boatspeed and range while decreasing fuel consumption.
Here's an impressive item I saw at the Annapolis show last week that may well find it's way aboard Lunacy sometime in the very near future. I'd already started shopping around a bit for some new headsail and staysail sheets, so I was quite happy to stumble across this stuff. The Ph.D moniker (it officially stands for "Performance handling.Delivered") is a rather obvious bit of marketing for a company called Yale Cordage, but this really is some smart high-modulus rope.
What did it take to get ex-Beatle John Lennon off his butt and back into a recording studio? A little dose of the Big Blue is what. Evidently, it was only after Lennon indulged a lifelong desire to learn to sail, and after he crewed aboard a 43-foot Hinckley sloop bound for Bermuda in June 1980, that he summoned up the raw inspiration that led to the recording and release of his last album, Double Fantasy, later that year.
News & Views
I've been padding around the big sailboat show here in Annapolis the last couple of days searching for cool boats and kit. Right at the top of my wanna-see gear list was Harken's new reversible winch, which is debuting here in the U.S. ahead of Selden's new reversible winch, due to be unveiled in Amsterdam next month.
Like the Selden winch, the Harken Rewind winch has a two-way tailing arm that captures the line both leading into and off the tailing jaw. Turn a switch at the bottom of the winch base and the winch will ease line rather than reel it in without your having to touch it. Unlike the Selden winch, however, the Harken Rewind can ease line only in electric mode, not when the winch is operated manually. With the drive in forward, the winch operates as a conventional two-speed power winch; in reverse you have one speed for trimming line and one speed for easing it. When easing both the winch drum and the tailing jaw turn backwards together.
Lunacy stopped here twice this summer--once on a weekend outing with the girls, and again when just Clare and I were coming back from Rockland. It is both a nice spot to visit in its own right and a good hidey-hole for those transiting Casco Bay in either direction. It is nearly the only place east of Harpswell Neck where you can enjoy decent protection against the prevailing summer southerly breeze without either heading a long ways inland or threading a dicey little channel.
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