Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Med-bound cruisers stopping in Gibraltar’s harbor will soon have a new (and large) neighbor—the 142-meter megayacht hotel Sunborn Gibraltar.
The Curve of Time
Recently, for a couple of reasons, M. Wylie Blanchet’s The Curve of Time has taken top spot on my nautical bookshelf. I identified with the widow Blanchet’s descriptions of the joys and vicissitudes of packing up five children and cruising a 25-foot, single-engine powerboat through remote coastal territory during the early 20th Century.
Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 26, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Bimini was a 1952 Harkers Island 43, repowered with a single 3208 CAT, natural of course. She would do about 12 knots at full throttle, a typical Gulf Coast charter boat in 1978, open deckhouse (no a/c), head, and a couple bunks forward, four mounted fishing chairs in the cockpit, and a flybridge. Engine access was center of the deckhouse, with bench seating port and starboard. Bimini and I would become intimate, even unknowingly going through a name change.
Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 24, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I don’t know how much anyone still studies classical mythology, but some of those timeless tales have stuck with me. As I’ve grown older, and I’d like to think wiser, the meanings of the stories I remember have changed and evolved. One in particular is the story of the birth of the Roman goddess Minerva—known to the Greeks as Athena—who sprang from the head of her father, Jupiter (Zeus), fully formed as an adult. Now if that’s not a metaphor for an idea, if a clunky one, then I’ll eat my hat.
Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 20, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub