Sailbot 2017 – First floating!

Sailbot 2017 – First floating!

While Enemy Glory isn’t in the water yet, we had a beautiful day in Rhode Island!  We took the opportunity to do out first test launch of a robotic sailboat that we’ll be entering into the 2017 International Robotic Sailing Regatta (see http://sailbot.org/). This year we’ve been building a 2 meter-class boat and today we tested the hull to make sure that it was sitting more-or-less as expected.  There’s a lot more to do,...

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27 Days until Spring 2017!!!

Soon Enemy Glory will be back in the water!  Gone will be the days of periodically heading out and checking the charge on the batteries.  I’ve been a bit lazy about posting, however over the next several weeks I hope to dig out some of the pictures from last season and will get them posted.  We had some great adventures exploring some new areas in Long Island Sound and Buzzards bay.  We also took a nice week-plus excursion to get a feel...

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Welcome to the 2016 Boating Season!

Well, the boat hit the water on April 1st!  We sent the first weekend aboard recommissioning and cleaning.  The second weekend, the first mate got a good dose of docking practice while there still aren’t very many boats in the water.  It was a good confidence builder.  Last weekend was a bit more of the same.  On Saturday we ventured out to Potter’s Cove, battling the wind and 2-4 foot waves the first mate manned the helm most of...

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Early Season Boating in New England

Early Season Boating in New England

Enemy Glory went into the water right on schedule Friday afternoon on April 1st.  We moved aboard Saturday morning and recommissioned the water system, generator, HVAC, and engine. Everything survived the winter in fine shape and we made a nice dinner in the galley, watched a movie and settled in for the night. Next morning I woke up to see the hull covered in about an inch of snow. With no snow shovel aboard, we decided to wait a couple of...

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Back to our home port!

July 17-18 we attended our first Nordic Tug rendezvous at the Essex Island Marina, in Essex, CT.  Enemy Glory was still there, at the Wilde Yachts dock, so we kept our normal routine and headed down by car, and joined the group.  This rendezvous was a great place to meet the folks from the Northeast Nordic Tug Owner’s Association (NENTOA) as well as a few folks up from Florida and other places outside New England.  It was great meeting...

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Who Said All Trawlers Are Slow?

Who Said All Trawlers Are Slow?

Many trawlers have a reputation for being limited to their displacement speed of around 6-8 knots.  It’s not uncommon to see some trawler owners comment that they had difficulty in strong current, or even that they are frustrated when they get passed by a sailboat.  Not true with Enemy glory. While I very much enjoy a slow 6-8 knot cruise, I’ve found that strong wind and strong current are not a problem in the slightest — the...

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