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Julian Putley is the author of ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI’, ‘Sunfun Calypso’, and ‘Sunfun Gospel’.

Sailing With Charlie: Rail Meat

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The regatta season is here and in full swing. Shiny racing machines line the docks, the bars are full of crews, ranging from lusty deck apes, trim young men and women, hot babes and suavely attired owners. Charlie’s friend Bruce ... Read More »

If the boat is happy, the crew is happy

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Safety is always a concern for those venturing out onto the world’s oceans. On yachts there are mandatory safety requirements, which include fire extinguishers, flares, running lights, sound making devices and PFDs. The adequacy of the list is questionable; a ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Launchings

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Ship/Yacht/Boat launchings are such fun. A launching is the birthing of a yacht that months or years before was a mere concept. After much work, trial and tribulation a vessel is born; it is a time for celebration. In big ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: Wines

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Charlie loves wine. Ever since he got a touch of gout he slowed down on his beer drinking and took to wine. The French and Italians loved him more, the Germans and Brits made fun of him and the Americans ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Perfection

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It’s a funny thing about absolutes but people are always trying to quantify them. I mean if something is perfect, that should be it. But, of course, nothing in life is. The word is an enigma. ‘Almost perfect’ shouldn’t exist. ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: Paddy n’ Murphy

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Have you ever watched a TV show entitled ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’? I remember getting a few chuckles from that one a few years ago. But nowadays humor has descended into the depths of vulgarity, which sometimes makes you ... Read More »

The Legendary Tony Snell

The Legendary Tony Snell

Hero and entertainer, Anthony Noel ‘Tony’ Snell, who has died aged 91, was the owner and star performer at the Last Resort on Bellamy Cay in the BVI, a ‘must stop’ on the charter boat circuit. Coming of age in ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: The Escape Hatch on a Catamaran

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Catamarans have become the charter yacht of choice in the Caribbean. Every year more and more cats join the crewed yacht fleet while the bareboat companies vie for these multi-hulls as demand increases. Charlie is often called upon to teach ... Read More »

Sailboats Make Noise

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Sailboats, in fact boats in general, make noises when at anchor – and the more the boat rolls the more the noises increase. Some sailors are so attuned to their boat’s noises that they can instantly tell when something is ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Challenges

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Isn’t it strange how some people can be so lacking in culture that they come out with the most personal questions at the most inopportune moments – and these to someone they have only just met. Sometimes personal questions can ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Peg Legs

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Charlie’s a bit of a history buff and recently he researched the history of the Caribbean island of Dagadavita. Apparently, sometime in the mid 19th century, an enterprising shipwrecked mariner started a shoe making business to help the barefooted population ... Read More »

Disastrous Effects of Corrosion

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Every boat owner knows about the potentially disastrous effects of corrosion. After a while all metals will corrode. Stainless steel is often touted as a metal that will resist corrosion but its very name rightly denounces this claim. Stainless means ... Read More »

Cheeseburger in Paradise

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The world continues to be in dire straits economically, we are told. But this season the Virgin Islands charter boat industry has been booming. Charlie has never seen more boats in the anchorages and more and more folks are coming ... Read More »

Keep It Simple Stupid

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The hi-tech revolution continues at almost impossible speed. You can buy the latest and greatest cell phone, computer or computerized gadget only to be told a few weeks later that it’s obsolete and a new super model is out with ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: Metamorphosis

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Charlie often contemplates his first offshore passage on his own boat, a 28ft engineless cutter, restored from dereliction and sailed to Bermuda from the Virgin Islands in the mid seventies. The boat was beyond basic but Charlie had learned the ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: Belly Timber

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In the days of yore – or let’s say early 19th Century – on board ship, the rations per man, per meal, were likely to be a hunk of salt pork, sea biscuits (with weevils), a chunk of bread … ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: Sharks

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As I write this there has been another report of a fatal shark attack off the coast of California and again the victim was a surfer. The news report said it was likely to be a Great White and that ... Read More »

Sailing With Charlie: The Off Season

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By now the Off Season is behind us. It’s a funny thing but by the end of the summer season, as August winds down, everyone in the tourism industry is ready for a break; restful weekends and holidays are anticipated ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: A Clean Wake

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Charlie loves this phrase. It has two meanings: typically in cruising parlance it means to visit a destination and leave it in as good or better a state than when you arrived. This philosophy means that those coming after you ... Read More »

Sailing with Charlie: The Journey

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Charlie, in his role as a sailing instructor, was recently asked to do a power boat course on a motorized catamaran. Charlie has always treated motor boats with some disdain: Where’s the skill? Where’s the pleasure? Where’s the sense of ... Read More »