The Shows are Over

The scene around Annapolis is crazy when it is boat show season. Every serious boater comes to town for one of the shows and we celebrate boating on a scale that is almost overwhelming. Friends, old and new, share stories, food, and wine. This is what cruising is all about.

It is my favorite time of year, and I wish I could share it with everyone I know.

So What is a Trawler, Anyway?

What exactly is a trawler? We begin a new series to help people select the right boat for their cruising agenda. Times have changes since the trawler-style boat could be readily identified by a hull shape and gleaming teak brightwork. Today it is a metaphor for the lifestyle. 

Monday Minute - Safety on the Water using IoT

Weems & Plath introduced a new safety device at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. I think it is pretty creative as it uses Bluetooth connectivity to link a smartphone to a wearable transponder. If the signal is lost, or the unit is immersed in water, the smartphone sounds the alarm with sound, strobe, and vibration.

It is a new application of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.

What's Life Without A Little Adventure

Scott and Mary Flanders begin a new journey, a new path, with a new design concept for a cruising ocean motorboat. This begins a series of posts that will follow the philosophy behind the design spiral, the construction, and all that will follow....

Please subscribe to FollowingSeas.Media to come along...the adventure has begun!!!

Monday Minute - An Admiral's Secret to Running A Ship

The Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta took place this weekend in Annapolis. It takes disabled military out for a day of sailboat racing with midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, put on by the USNA, National Sailing Hall of Fame, and Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB).

I got a chance to spend time with Admiral Phil Cullom, who shared his approach to commanding a Navy destroyer.

The Value of Rituals - Part 1

As the season moves into cooler weather, it is a great time to spend quality time checking and tightening everything on your boat, especially if you plan to head south for the winter.

Part I takes a first look at some things to inspect and tighten on systems.

When Is Disruptive Innovation Coming to Cruising?

Every so often something upsets the apple cart and created a new market for a product or service. It is called Disruptive Innovation. The cruising community is ripe for something new and different, something that challenges the status quo of big, expensive cruising boats that don't fit a more enlightened approach to sustainable cruising.

Monday Minute - Time to Repaint!

When elbow-tiring, hand-rubbed compounding and waxing no longer does the job, it may be time to paint your boat. Gelcoat is not intended as a forever finish, and 11 years was perhaps waiting too long. No worries, striking beauty is only a paint job and $$$$ away. And it is the start of the effort to take this great Hunt design and make it into the great boat it should be.