Photos of the Day

April 3 - Today's Photos of The Day come from Mike Miller of the Ventura-based Vanguard 33 Uhuru, who has spent most of the last two years in Mexico. "Sorry I missed all of you at the Banderas Regatta," writes Mike, "but surfing down south was too much fun to leave. I am presently getting ready to pick up the hook from Tenacatita Bay to head further north. Here are a couple of pictures from the recent Semana Santa catamaran 'round-up' we had in Tenacatita. Everybody did little tours of each of their cats, and we all had a great time. I felt honored to be the only monohull owner at the raft up. As a monohull sailor heading north to Ventura and continuing my search for my next boat - I really liked the Catana 42 - it was quite a boatshow."

Mike identified the boats, but frankly we're not sure he got them right. Unless we're mistaken, they are, bow to, from left to right, Chuck and Ellie's Catana 42 Cat Ballou, the Catana 43 Bright Wing, Guy and Deborah Bunting's Morelli & Melvin 46 Elan, and the Corsair 36 Crazy Kid. Mike mentioned something about Maluhia, but we think that's a F/P 43. Could somebody correct us in the likely event that we are wrong?

Photos Mike Miller

Orange Finds the Pacific to Their Liking

April 3 - Pacific Ocean

Bruno Peyron and the crew of the maxi cat Orange have finally left the deep Indian Ocean, which was nothing but trouble and misery, and are finding great weather in the deep Pacific. With the wind at 30 knots, they are averaging about 22 knots under reefed main and gennaker, not straining the boat at all. And they are loving it. They are already more than 2,000 miles ahead of the record pace, and looking to expand on it in the next week or so.

The Un-French, Un-charter Cat

April 3 - The World of Cats

Lots of potential cat buyers bemoan the fact that virtually all production catamarans are built for the charter market - which means they tend to have wider hulls and more weight than is good for optimum performance. But now there is the Morrelli & Melvin 62, which was recently launched in South Africa, and sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. There are many interesting things about this cat, not the least of which is that the limited partnership that has already sold three of them is the doing of Peter Johnstone, son of one of the co-founders of J/Boats, the monohull monolith. In fact, Johnstone is the owner of hull number #1 Tribe.

As far as we're concerned, this is the best-looking M&M cruising cat to date - and in several important ways resembles Profligate. We like the uniform height of the hulls, the large saloon with big windows, the broad decks for easy walking forward, the self-tacking jib, and the overall simplicity. We're envious of the lightweight carbon rig, carbon forward beam, carbon compression post, and Aramid rigging. We also like the underwater shape of the bows. One thing we don't envy is the forward steering station, a concept pioneered by Chris White. With all due respect to everyone from Chris White on down, we think the concept is bizarre, as it reduces visibility of the most important areas, and often leaves the helmsman out in the worst weather, and stations him where the weather is the roughest. Of course, where Catana and Lagoon place the helms on their larger cats - dual helms way aft and in the open - seems almost as silly. We have two wheels on Profligate, one on each side behind the saloon bulkhead. After five years, we think this is the only way to go, as it offers great protection from the weather, and excellent visibility all around. But to each their own.

The M&M 62 is built by Jaz Marine in South Africa, and Pete Melvin compares the quality of their work to the best custom yards in New England. Big and high tech cats don't come cheap, even in South Africa, where labor rates are low. Melvin reports that fully outfitted 62s are selling for about $1.2 million U.S. But we like the looks of this boat, and suspect that this high tech, lightweight speedster, will leave all other similar cruising cats - including Profligate - in her wake. Actually, we like the general looks and concept so much, we hope Morrelli & Melvin will design a similar 55-ft version. For details and more photos of this cat, visit

All the accompanying photos were taken by Clint Clemens, owner of hull #2.


April 3 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace

Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at

Weather Updates

April 3 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay has moved to

California Coast Weather

Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather buoys and stations all over the U.S.:

Pacific Winds and Pressure

The University of Hawaii Dept. of Meteorology page posts a daily map of the NE Pacific Ocean barometric pressure and winds.

Pacific Sea State

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