COPPER BOTTOM PAINT: Banned in Washington State

Applying bottom paint

I hate to say I told you so… but I did. In the next few years many people with boats in the state of Washington are going to have to get as interested in copper-free bottom paint as I am. I've been trying out copper-free paint on my boat Lunacy because she has an aluminum hull, and when I blogged about it I predicted copper paint would be regulated in the future.

Well, the future is now. Last week Washington's Gov. Chris Gregoire put her Hancock on legislation prohibiting the sale of new boats treated with copper-based bottom paint as of January 2018. No paints containing more than 0.5 percent copper can be used on old or new boats starting in 2020. The law, which imposes fines of up to $10,000 for violations, applies only to recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length.


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LE PAPILLON: Extracted from the Beach

Schooner Papillon removed from beach

The Tom Colvin schooner on which I blogged earlier, which purportedly was wrecked by its owner's son after he borrowed it without permission, was removed from the beach at Fire Island last week. The skinny at Saltaire38 has it that the owner gave the guys who took it out some cash plus the boat for their trouble. They hoped to sell it, but damaged the hull with their bulldozer. Locals now are guessing it will be cut up and removed from the island in pieces.


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CITRIC MADNESS: International Scurvy Awareness Day

Pink sings We've Got Scurvy

Avast, maties. The rumors you've heard are true. Osama bin Laden is dead, and today IS International Scurvy Awareness Day! At first I thought this must be some kind of joke, but apparently it's not.

You can check out for details on how to celebrate. You'll find a collection of official ISAD videos, including a musical tribute by Pink.


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MOLLY MALONE: Dead Chick Sells Live Seafood

Molly Malone statue in Dublin

I've been in Ireland with the family this week visiting my wife's family in County Kerry. We took a few days for a jaunt over to Dublin, where we encountered this famous statue of the legendary Molly Malone on Grafton Street. No doubt you are familiar with the song. Personally, I've always been struck by its remarkable irony, which I am certain must have been intentional. My wife, however, thinks I'm crazy.


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TACKING UPWIND: How An Albatross Flies To Windward

The late-breaking news from the world of oceanography is that Phil Richardson, scientist emeritus at the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute, has discovered how it is albatrosses manage to glide upwind. Apparently, this question has baffled scientists for some time. The answer, it turns out, as divined by Richardson, who learned to sail as a boy during summers spent in Maine, is pretty simple: just like sailors, the birds glide at an angle to the wind and tack back and forth as needed to fly directly to windward.


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CATALINA 355: Little Sister to 445

Catalina 355 under sail

This is another of the boats I sailed after the Annapolis show that I've been meaning to hold forth on here. You'll recall about a year ago I mentioned its predecessor, the award-winning Catalina 445, and raved about that boat's very versatile aft cabin. This new 355, intended to be a scaled down version of its bigger sister, obviously doesn't have the space for the same sort of accommodations, but it does share many other attributes.


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LE PAPILLON: Teenager Crashes Dad's Pinky Schooner?

Papillon Aground

All kinds of rumors have been swirling about regarding the mortal remains of this 48-foot Thomas Colvin pinky schooner, Le Papillon, that went aground on Fire Island back on March 31. The photo you see here, from Will Van Dorp's Tugster blog, was taken just a few days ago and shows how the boat is being consumed by beach sand.

The gist of the rumors is as follows: Bertil Haney, 19, of Harrington, Maine, with two others as crew--Daniel Bolander and Victoria Parsons, both 20--borrowed Le Papillon, which purportedly belongs to Haney's father, from a marina in Baltimore and took off for Maine sometime last month. Reportedly, they ran aground soon after leaving the marina, again on the New Jersey shore, and finally much more permanently on Fire Island. Reportedly, too, Haney did not have permission to take the boat. The boat's documentation, it should be noted, lists one Bertil James Haney as the owner, and cites Bertil James Haney and Thomas Francis Lemm as previous owners.


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SPRING PROJECTS: Masthead Halyard Leads

Lunacy's masthead

I went to visit Lunacy yesterday, ostensibly to witness the unveiling of the completed aluminum prod that hopefully will be welded on to her bow later this week. The welder who created the prod was unfortunately running late, and pressing magazine and tax deadlines prevented me from waiting too long for him to appear, so in the end I did not get to meet the new appendage. Still, I did enjoy mucking about on the boat, pondering the advent of spring.

Another thing I pondered are the halyards running off the top of Lunacy's mast, a subject I've been fretting about for some time. Having gone to the trouble to create an Almighty Sprit strong enough to support the tack of a powerful Code-0 sail, I also need a masthead halyard up to the job of holding the sail aloft. Lunacy's existing masthead arrangement, as you can see up top, is fairly conventional: two headsail halyards with exits on centerline below the tang that supports the headstay, and two spinnaker halyards running through blocks hanging from offset cranes.


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