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Enjoy these sailing and science adventures on your ebook reader (available in mobi and epub formats)

Error of Expectations ebook

Error of Expectations €5

Interval of Surprise ebook

Interval of Surprise €5

Megabeast Perception ebook

Megabeast Perception €5

The Complete Series of all three ebooks.

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Hand Painted silk scarves

Hand Painted silk scarves from this Magic Sea

The Ultimate Yacht Awning and Rain Catcher

yacht rain catcher

On the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia we have a special section on staying healthy while cruising in the tropics. One of the important things you need while cruising anywhere is a reliable source of fresh water. Of course the best answer to fresh water is a good water maker and you can read about the best cruising desalinator, the Echo Tech watermaker here.

yacht screen for companionwayBut for many years before we had a desalinator we relied on our super water-catching awning. These days we use the awning mostly for keeping cool during the hot summer days in New Caledonia but it still does a super job of catching rain. Two gutters run along the entire bottom edge of the awning and drain with nylon through hull fittings - normally into a 25-mm hose leading to the water deck filling fittings (the blue circle on deck in the photo).

 

The gutters have a line along the free edge connecting to separate tie-eyes fore and aft to hold the gutters open. You can see the separate tie-eyes in the photos above (aft view) and below (front view)

 

The awning is cut so the rain runs down into the gutters and then forward to the drains. We use the main halyard and the topping lift to hold the center of the awning straight and off the boom. There are ties forward to the shrouds and one tie aft to the backstay. A PVC pipe is used to spread the back of the awning with tie-downs on either end of the pole.

awning yacht

One of the more interesting things about this rain catcher is that we had it made in Sydney in 2000 - 17 years ago - and it is still in perfect condition. There are two reasons for it's longevity. First, it is made of a special plastic fabric used for making those huge banners that are stretched across streets to advertise upcoming events. It is called "Banner" made by Bainbridge. It has a black layer laminated between two white layers. The white layers reflect light but the black layer absolutely blocks all light, including UV, from penetrating.  The idea, of course, is to be able to have writing on both sides of the banner. The awning maker in Sydney used it for commercial shop and open area awnings.

On roasting hot tropical summer days there is no UV and very little heat in the shade of the awning. The black layer also greatly increases the longevity of the plastic in the tropical sun.

Banner is designed to stay up in very strong winds - it's tough stuff. The stainless eyes pressed onto the edges for the ties show no signs of wear and tear and we leave the awning up in winds up to 40 knots.

The material is also designed to be "welded". The first thing to fail on most awnings is the stitching. So we had this awning entirely made by welding the seams. After 17 years of use the welds are as good as the day they were done.

 


The full cover

We also have a small cover that floats over the main cabin hatch. It has a zippered insert that enables us to have a nice breeze through the main cabin even when it is pouring rain.

rain cover for the main hatch

This little cover is also very welcome because it shades the main hatch on sunny days keeping the dinette (where I normally work on the computer) cool and shady.

 


Staying Healthy While Cruising

The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia has a special section on how to stay healthy while cruising the the tropics. This could literally save your life and if you download the cruising guide and read the section on staying healthy while cruising you will most assuridly make your cruising safer and happier. This one feature of the Cruising Guide will earn back what you spent for it if you can avoid a visit to a hospital or a doctor.

IF YOU ARE IN NOUMEA

Call Richard 87 95 63 to purchase the guide directly from the author or purchase the guide from Chloe at Yacht Agent Noumea Ocean Services- her phone number, email and location are on the Noumea Ocean website.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia DVD

Order the 2017 Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on DVD

Includes the companion Activity and Travel Guide.
Works on Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (OSX 10.7 or later).

This is an excellent gift for someone who plans on cruising, chartering, surfing, kayaking or diving in New Caledonia.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

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Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €125.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €145.00.

DVD nautical guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Special 4 Guide set:

Cruising and Travel Guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia

If you are also planning to cruise Vanuatu, we have a special offer for all 4 guides that includes the New Caledonia cruising and tourism guides plus the latest Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and it's companion Travel Guide to Vanuatu.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €210.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €220.00.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDES

If you have a good fast Internet connection you can download your guides now.

After payment you will be transferred to a page with installation instructions and download links..

At the same time you will also be sent a receipt for your purchase and a separate email with the links plus detailed installation and activation instructions. You need that email to get the download and activation instructions and access to the online activation center so if you don't see it in your inbox check your spam box.

The links are only valid 48 hours so be ready to do the big downloads within 48 hours before making payment. You HAVE to use a download manager because these are big files.
We recommend Freedownloadmanager.org

The downloader assures the download will be uncorrupted. Many people who do not use a download manager have problems and waste their time and mine with download issues. In the end they use a download manager program and have no problem. So do it right the first time, please, the download manager program does not cost anything and will greatly speed up the download for you.

Windows Download New Caledonia

Requires XP or later

Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.

Mac Download New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation file for the guide is 403MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 561MB - Euro €125.00.

Windows Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Windows XP or later

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00

Mac Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 225MB, 494MB , 403MB, 561MB - Euro 210.00