Nathan's Sailing Blog/Notes


Sailing and related topics, SF Bay and beyond.



Nathan Bossett is a San Francisco area racer and now cruiser on a variety of boats.

This blog will evolve in form over time. It's intended to preserve a blog format while keeping subjects/tags intact for sort/search. For now, the minimalist cms bloxsom is an excellent fit.

  • CSS instead of tables
  • links by month
  • cleaner spacing on pics/text

Mon, 26 Aug 2013
Echappee's View of the Express 27 Nationals, Aug 23-25 2013
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Echappee played the part of tender to Elise this past weekend in her first overnight trip. Elise the Express 27 (ref Nat's Elise blog) was racing out of RYC for the extended weekend. I brought Echappee over to RYC early Saturday morning so she could provide snacks and lodging for Elise's crew during the weekend.

The view on the trip over was great with layers of fog, visibility, and clouds. Nat and Serge brought over some food for the day and Nat gifted Echappee a latte machine because civilized racers should be able to make fluffy milk in the morning before a race.

She was well up to the task of entertaining a tired E27 crew after the races Saturday and Sunday. She has good ventilation, light, and room to spread out.

Elise's View of the Express 27 Nationals, Aug 23-25 2013

Elise had a full crew for the 2013 Nationals, borderline more than full in fact. We had to manage weight carefully. With one of the larger (but still fit) crew out for work reasons on Friday and some help from Scott we managed to work it out.

Reference the Elise Blog around Aug 26 for some great pictures and the full story. We had some good tactical choices on the distance race and fantastic sail trim. There were a few times when we had trouble getting up to speed and point on the line but also some really great beats crossing back and forth with some of the boats to beat.

Thu, 01 Aug 2013
S/V Echappee
Echappee is a 1979 Amel Maramu, a French-built medium/heavy displacement cruising ketch. She is hull #29 of a 275 hull production run. I signed the papers at the very end of July 2013. Particulars:
  • LOA: est 45' or 46' (varied within the series)
  • LWL: 36.75'
  • Beam: 13'2"
  • Displacement: 23,000 lbs empty

She was designed to be a go-anywhere bluewater cruiser requiring minimal crewing and strength to operate. Her lines are classic, with significant overhang at both ends. She has two staterooms, two heads, and a very nice living area with a nav station which is generous by modern standards and a galley which is modest by those standards. The helm station is well protected under a hard dodger and sail trim is accomplished from the center cockpit with only the mainmast halyards terminating forward.

She has adequate tankage, storage, ground tackle, and other equipment for long term cruising. Her hull is solid fiberglass with two watertight bulkheads forward (anchor locker and the main transverse bulkhead at the main mast).

While not optimized for speed by any means, she is capable of respectable passagemaking in exceptional comfort. After decades of racing sloops, cruising a ketch is a new direction for me.

Her name has a variety of meanings, including a physical or spiritual withdrawal. It's also the term for a bicycle racer breaking out of the pack and seeing if he can keep the lead.

The name was the result of a number of factors: There are too many Exit Strategy's around, including on the bay. It's phonetically very similar to the old name. Plus, a French couple with an SF Bay Maramu named First Love observed to me that the French give their boats English names and the Americans French names and it seemed apropriate to oblige them.


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