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Creating paradise: A poet's palm forest
A glimpse of  blue sky through the dense palm forest created by poet W.S. Merwin. W.S. Merwin 's trees are an expression of hope and an attempt to heal the divide he sees between man and nature. Merwin won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1971 and in 2009 a...

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Feeling the love on Maui
A big part of Maui's beauty is found underwater, like this green seaturtle or honu'. Part of what inspired us to go cruising was our first trip to Maui. The island and surrounding sea were even more beautiful than we imagined and the weather was perfect. I ...

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Maybe on the 50th birthday of Oceanus we could switch out her diesel for an electric motor. Sweet!

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Bill Trip: Columbia 43 designer
Dancer is a Tripp-designed, 55-foot flush deck aluminum cutter built in 1965 by Abeking & Rasmussen. Copyright by Brandon Ford, 2016. In the last two decades of the Cruising Club of America (CCA) rating rule, William H. Tripp Jr. became known for winning an...

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Just a shout out to all my Columbia 43 friends. What great boats!

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Differences between Columbia 43 Marks
Columbia produced three versions of the Columbia 43: the original Mark I, a keel-centerboard version called Mark II and, after 1973, a Mark III. There's a lot of myth and misconceptions about the differences, especially between the Mk I and Mk III. I hope t...

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Sailing the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii
The sunset from beautiful Kealakekua Bay. We could have stayed forever in Honomalino Bay, but there was no place to get water, so we headed to the next anchorage, Hookena. As we entered the bay, a long rock wall with white letters spelling “Aloha” greeted u...

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Cruising isn't all sunshine and pretty fishes
Virginia takes advantage of windy Nishamura Bay on the Island of Hawaii to dry a batch of laundry. We often have people tell us, “you are living my dream!” Sometimes it feels like we are living a nightmare. Blogs abound about the glorious sunsets, islands a...

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Riding out DARBY in Honomalino Bay
Oceanus anchored in beautiful Honomalino Bay. The bay could easily accommodate six cruising yachts, but thankfully we didn't have to share. If Honomalino Bay were anywhere else in the United States it would be continually overrun with cruising boats. It has...

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Rounding scarey South Point
Leaving Hilo. You can just make out the observatories on Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on earth. While we weren't exactly dreading rounding South Point , we were both looking forward to it with trepidation. This passage is infamous for its difficulty becau...
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