Product Review: Certec inflatable fenders
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by Lars Reisberg
12h ago
You may have read my articles on the interesting procedure of handing over a brand new 60-footer to the owners (parts 1 and 2 here, if not read yet) or my first 500 nautical miles in this yacht transversing the Biscay down south to Porto. Some of your, dearest readers, have asked me about a small detail visible in the pictures: The fenders. No, these are not the standard rubber-bladders we are all familiar with, these are lightweight, in-/deflatable fenders by a French company called Certec. Since there was some interest, I thought it justifies a standalone article, so here we are. Integral pa ..read more
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Biblical: Peter Norlin´s laminating manual
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by Lars Reisberg
12h ago
A few days ago I visited the shipyard in Waren at Lake Mueritz again to check building progress on my Omega 42. For the past few months nothing spectacular has happened – I´ve mentioned it before – due to external circumstances. A huge storm had devastated the southern Baltic Sea harbors with hundreds of boats damaged, the new season started with its usual turmoil of de-winterizing hundreds of boats and as such, the guys in the shipyard had been very stressed busily working the more urgent jobs. Launch of ALPHA therefore is postponed to next season, 2025. Nevertheless, some small steps had bee ..read more
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Gas stove alternative: Alcohol spirits burner
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by Lars Reisberg
4d ago
Yesterday the friendly delivery guy from DHL rang my door bell and put a nice new package in front of my flat´s door. The new stove for my Omega 42 had arrived. As the guys in the shipyard are starting to work on the boat´s galley, I am the one to deliver the essential parts, of which the stove is, I´d say, the most essential one. Before ordering this part, I had a pretty intense decision-making process to go through and wanted to share these thoughts with you, dearest readers. Ring, ring: A new delivery arrived Cooking on board may or may not be an important part of boating and boat life for ..read more
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Harbor Review: Marina Real A Coruna
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by Lars Reisberg
4d ago
At last I´ve made it to A Coruna sailing! Often I´ve read about this Galician coastal town but somehow never managed to berth here. A Coruna is the biggest City in North-Western Galicia, which is the upper “corner” of the Iberian Peninsula. When transiting the Bay of Biscay, A Coruna may be one stopover for your, no matter if you go North or down South. Especially when the infamous cape effect around the Cape of Finisterre is “on” and a strong (very strong!) wind will blow in your face (either Northerly or Southerly), it may be wise to wait for a advantageous weather window before crossing the ..read more
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Biscay to Porto: Oceanis Yacht 60
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by Lars Reisberg
1w ago
It´s a pitch black night. As the sky is completely overcast, there´s no moonlight. The Bay of Biscay is dark. Only a pale red light from the dimmed chart plotters and the – a bit enervating – non-dimmable compass light makes for a visual focal point for our eyes. It´s the first ever night watch for Finn, my watch mate, as we are sailing through the Bay of Biscay. He does not seem to be scared, but this occasion is certainly not the most comfortable situation for the young sailor. SOSIMA has left Les Sables d´Olonne a few hours ago after three intense days of handover (you may read parts 1 and ..read more
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Big boat handover: Training days
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by Lars Reisberg
2w ago
I´m back in Les Sables d´Olonne again for a very special occasion. Handing over our flagship, the wonderful Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 60 isn´t something you do every month, really. For me, no matter which size the boat our clients decided to go for, the handover day is a very, very special occasion. Having waited for months now, having spent a significant amount of money and not least, having saved this budget for even longer times, a lot (!) of emotions are cumulating on that day. So, naturally, I am keen on making the day of the handover something special, something unforgettable for our client ..read more
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Ingenious Lazy Bag Reefing System
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by Lars Reisberg
3w ago
You may have read my last article on the sea trial aboard an Excess 14 sailing catamaran which was special in many ways. This time, at last, I´d had the pleasure of experiencing the cat in really nice sailing conditions after the first time there was no wind. During sailing I noticed something “off” on the catamaran. Can you spot it on the picture below? Do you spot the difference? It´s on the mast. Mainsail. Check out the boom. Do you see it? No? Yes? Of course: There is no lazy bag! I was puzzled and a bit baffled to see that apparently something has happened. Where is the lazy bag? Where ar ..read more
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This time with wind: EXCESS 14!
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by Lars Reisberg
3w ago
As you may have noticed I just arrived back from a sea trial with potential buyers on the Excess 14 sailing catamaran. It took place in Les Sables d´Olonne, which is always a pleasure to return to as this is one of the big hearts of French sailing culture – there´s always something to see here. Anyways, we´ve had our Excess 11 and one Excess 14 at the pontoon for sea trials and so I was happy to welcome our guests. We did not chat for all too long, but rather cast off the lines and took the boat out where she belongs. Instant smile: The Excess effect It was a glorious afternoon, perfect for a ..read more
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How it´s made: Deck Hatches & Portholes
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by Lars Reisberg
1M ago
Returning from my last trip to Beneteau at the French Atlantic coast of the Vendeé, I took a slight detour: Usually, I drive directly via Paris back to Germany. This time however, my routing was taking me up North a bit. Not through Belgium but through our Northern neighbor: The Netherlands. As the interior building process of my Omega 42 sailboat is commencing, I start to buy the items for the next big thing on the bucket list – the deck. Fresh hatches for my boat The essential deck gear, predominantly the winches are already bought and delivered to my shipyard – of course, it´s the high qual ..read more
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Imoca GROUPE DUBREUIL Walkthrough. Almost.
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by Lars Reisberg
1M ago
It have been two weeks since I´ve published the last article: Sorry for letting you guys wait such a long time! Unfortunately I wasn´t out sailing, this year – like last year I fear – is quite busy with many deliveries and handovers to new owners. Last week I actually attended the annual dealer´s meeting for Beneteau, which is a must attend occasion for me of course, and so it´s amazing to see 14 days zipping by before your eyes, no spare time (which is writing this magazine for me) at all. Anyway, here I am back in Germany with a lot of nice stories – let´s start with this one … It´s about Ve ..read more
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