Videos of Slider
This is not strictly a Slider video– it’s of her little sister Slipper, when we were out testing Slipper’s new center-deck centerboard. Not terribly exciting, except to me, after a year of struggling to get the little boat to sail well.
We took Slider out fishing in the Gulf the other day. We caught some mackerel and bonito, and got our hair blown off on the way home. Here’s the video.
Here’ a brief video showing two of Slider’s more endearing traits: her quick reliable tacking and her ability to heave to.
I took this during a weekend sail down to Navarre Beach. Winds were very light during the whole trip, so I thought I’d put up a video of Slider ghosting along in the near-calm.
Here’s a little video shot during the 2010 Florida 120, a raid type cruising event for small boats along the NW Florida coast.
Easter my wife Nancy and I went for an afternoon sail, hoping to snag a couple of early Spanish mackerel. The fish were too smart for us, as they often are, but I did take some video.
Easter sail Part 1
Easter sail Part 2
Earlier in the spring, my son James and I went for a short sail on the Gulf. As we were going out, we had to punch through breakers in the pass, but I didn’t get any video of that. I did shoot a little once we were out.
A week ago Sunday, Nancy and I took Slider out into the Gulf for a little late-season fishing. We only caught a few fish, but it was a beautiful day and evening, with mostly light winds and a glorious sunset. I shot a little video.
In September I took a few days and sailed Slider down to the ruins of old Fort McRee– just across Pensacola Pass from Fort Pickens, which has been preserved. The only way to get to Fort McRee is by boat or beach buggy.
During the second segment of Slider’s cruise in late September, I saw some more porpoises and sailed downwind in fairly heavy air.
In the last segment of Slider’s September cruise, we spent the night in a rolly windswept anchorage behind the causeway at Navarre Beach, and ghosted away in the morning in light air.
My two sons and I sailed Slider down the Sound to a deserted island, where we set up camp and spent the night.
We went west down Santa Rosa Sound to a series of little spoil islands between the barrier island and the mainland, to find protected water where we could try to get some footage of Slider sailing.
My daughter and I took Slider down to Navarre Beach for an overnight visit.
My son took this video in very light air, standing waist deep in the water, as Slider sailed past.
This was the first video I made, during a trip across the bay to Destin, hard on the wind. My wife Nancy is steering.
Here are a few of the ideas I incorporated into the little beach-cruising cat I designed and built. Video #1 and video #2.