Nautical Lore – Modern | Oral narratives of modern seafaring watercraft with multihull pioneer Jim Brown

This ongoing series of “capers” tells of epic voyages, castaway survivors, swashbuckling characters, family cruises, cultural setbacks, technical breakthroughs, racing triumphs, and the “seasteading” lifestyle. Revealed within these stories are many details of design, construction, operation and seamanship. Since World War Two, the emergence of truly modern, lightweight vessels – recreational and commercial, multihull and monohull, power and sail – constitutes a sea change in marine architecture that may well persist for generations to come. Because modern seafaring has advanced so fast, and yet history often neglects its oral heritage, now is the time for us to gather and share this legacy.

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Oral narratives of modern seafaring watercraft, their concepts, creators and crews. This ongoing series of “capers” tells of epic voyages, castaway survivors, swashbuckling characters, family cruises, cultural setbacks, technical breakthroughs, racing triumphs, and the “seasteading” lifestyle. Revealed within these stories are many details of design, construction, operation and seamanship. Since World War Two, the emergence of truly modern, lightweight vessels – recreational and commercial, multihull and monohull, power and sail – constitutes a sea change in marine architecture that may well persist for generations to come. Because modern seafaring has advanced so fast, and yet history often neglects its oral heritage, now is the time for us to gather and share this legacy. See more at www.outrigmedia.com
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🇬🇧 English
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2019-08-31 03:56
last episode published
2019-08-27 20:42
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
27.08.2019

85: BUY THE BOAT BACK

In this caper, Jim shares the story of his summer 2019 ride on one of his “cattlemarans” in the Caribbean. Jim sails along on a big catamaran with his entrepreneur-boatbuilder-sailor friend Doug Jane to deliver the boat to a customer. Lots of fun and c...
8.04.2019

84: THE FLEDGLING EAGLE

THE FLEDGLING EAGLE In this 34-minute podcast, the listener is plunged into a detailed description of EAGLE, a 53’ catamaran designed by Paul Beiker and just launched by Fast Forward Composites of Bristol RI. The backstory of the EAGLE’s conception is ...
12.04.2018

83: CUTTING BACK

WHAT'S HAPPENING?  TOO MUCH!   This Caper tells of many Capers -- Too many to permit our weekly schedule from continuing right now, but enough to bring you a new Caper now and then. My Podcast is not going away, and after all, there are over 80 of them...
5.04.2018

82: "REAL" BOAT, REAL SKIPPER (Part 3)

FINE PHILOSOPHICAL FILANDERING Part Three of this flirtation between monohull and multihull, this Caper continues the conversation between Havilah Hawkins, Larry Fortunoff and me aboard the classic sloop VELA.​ Revealed are the levels of commitment, pe...
29.03.2018

81: "REAL" BOAT, REAL SKIPPER (Part 2)

UNMARKED FORK IN A DESERT TRAIL Talking again with Havilah Hawkins Jr. aboard his monumental gaff sloop VELA, we approach the subject of parting with one's boat of many years. We then revert to all the things he has done with those many years of vessel...
22.03.2018

80: "REAL" BOAT, REAL SKIPPER

"REAL" BOAT, REAL SKIPPER This Caper deviates. ​ It is a conversation with a real schoonerman, largely about a very traditional, single-hulled vessel whose designer, builder and skipper tells the story of how a man and wife with a "real" boat can influ...
15.03.2018

79: ANCHORAGE CONVERSATIONS (Part 2)

ANCHORAGE CONVERSATIONS (Part 2) Here are a few more Sterncastle Stories with my buddy Larry, which makes this capercast a Part 2 of the Part 1 portion of this chat. Tied to a dock in Maine, with no anchoring worries, with a good friend on a good boat,...
8.03.2018

78: THE 100' FOUR HULLER

THE 100' FOUR HULLER In this second of two conversations with Roger Hatfield, we learn the backstory of about the most bizarre, yet commercially successful, multihulls ever. And get this: Gold Coast has already started on a second one! If that ain’t “T...
1.03.2018

77: KNOT MY PROBLEM

KNOT MY PROBLEM This Caper has all you need to know about the four-hulled “Tandem Catamaran,” at least enough to really understand it from the next Caper. Roger Hatfield, the co-designer and builder of this futuristic configuration, tells us how the co...
22.02.2018

76: REALITY EN SHTICK​

REALITY EN SHTICK​ To the tune of "Yes, we have no bananas," we have no video today. Or tomorrow, but maybe someday, even if I have to make it myself. There's a story here, and I'm just trying to get it, and tell it, straight. Nevertheless, there IS vi...
15.02.2018

75: ONE, TWO, THREE OR FOUR (yes, 4) HULLS?

ONE, TWO, THREE OR FOUR (yes, 4) HULLS? This Caper is mainly a report on the current status of the OutRig Project. It describes the cast of characters involved in determining that status, plus something of how these individuals have come to be involved...
8.02.2018

74: A BOAT FOR TWO BUBBAS

A BOAT FOR TWO BUBBAS This Caper tells of evolving a small catamaran for taking two big boys fishing, with nine chances to get out and back. Those chances are: one breeze, two batteries, four legs and two hulls.  These hulls are set just wide enough ap...
1.02.2018

73: THE ANCIENT FUTURE

THE ANCIENT FUTURE This is my first attempt at looking back on our contemporary multihull stories from the fictional vantage of about 150 years ahead in the future. It is an experiment, done mostly for the fun of it, but hoping to suggest the role that...
25.01.2018

72: THE MULTIHULL PHENOMENON

THE MULTIHULL PHENOMENON   To assure our new listeners that these capers are about people as much as they are about boats, this issue  starts with an old boat making news.   It's an example of how the postwar "Can-Do Generation"  dragged multihulls fro...
18.01.2018

71: HOW SEARUNNERS CAME TO BE

HOW SEARUNNERS CAME TO BE   This is Part Two of the audio update to Chapter 5 of Among The Multihulls, which concludes the evolution -- in the 1960s and 70s -- of the Searunner Trimaran design series. It finishes with a highly qualified appraisal of th...
11.01.2018

70: PRISON ISLAND

PRISON ISLAND This caper takes me back to Mexico to retrieve Juana from the canners at Sabo. We then stumble into a delightful cove on an island where we are not supposed to be, but there is nobody around. We play Robinson Crusoe, catch a lift home, an...
4.01.2018

69: WITH A CREW OF FOUR (ONE GESTATING)

WITH A CREW OF FOUR (ONE GESTATING) This is the audio update for Chapter 4 of my book “Among The Multihulls - Volume 1.” It tells of our coastal voyage in the 24' trimaran Juana, probably the first modern trimaran to venture offshore, 1959. It's an old...
28.12.2017

68: SETTING THE SCENE

SETTING THE SCENE In this audio version of Chapter 3 of Among the Multihulls, I attempt to go a little deeper into the "deep history" of how the modern trimaran came into being. It sets the scene for the explosive advent inf the 1960s by describing the...
21.12.2017

67: PROMISE MADE

PROMISE MADE Well yes, I made a promise to myself, that night at Old Providence Island over sixty years ago. I would fasten myself to a life with boats and sailing. And I suppose it would appear that I have kept it, but I'm not suggesting it 's for eve...
14.12.2017

66: THE LAST NEXT CHAPTER

THE LAST NEXT CHAPTER (An Audio Afterword)   Here begins a series of Capers stemming from my book AMONG THE MULTIHULLS. They also stem from a text Afterword called THE NEXT LAST CHAPTER, which is posted on www.outrigmedia.com. Now, just two years late...
7.12.2017

65: DANNY, DOUG AND DAD

DANNY, DOUG AND DAD   "Put yourself out there," is the theme of this caper, with three examples of how it's done. Danny Mydlack, our new media consultant, put himself in here by taking the initiative to contact us and make two trips down from Baltimore...
30.11.2017

64: PLAY IT WHEN I'M DEAD​

PLAY IT WHEN I'M DEAD​  Wishing that I had collected more voice recordings when my subjects were alive, this caper is offered while the subject IS alive, miraculously.  My particular friend Bruce Matlack tells of just one of many youthful exploits from...
16.11.2017

63: ANCHORAGE CONVERSATIONS (Part 1)

ANCHORAGE CONVERSATIONS - Part One   This is what happen when two or more old  boat nuts find themselves in a secure anchorage with old friends, a lobster in the pot, and "...A little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing."  (Jerom...
9.11.2017

62: A CONSUMMATE CRUISER SPEAKS

A CONSUMMATE CRUISER SPEAKS   Here's a guy who sailed in multihulls as an infant, and now owns DELPHYS, a 34' Searunner trimaran which has been called, by John Marples (one of her designers), "The most developed Searunner in the world."  And her usage?...
2.11.2017

61: BOATBUILDING -- WHICH KIND?

BOATBUILDING -- WHICH KIND? After doing several interview capers, we have here the results of some interesting comparisons, resulting from hurricane damage, between good old sheet plywood construction, and "cold molded" or Constant Camber (CC) construc...
26.10.2017

60: GONE AGAIN

GONE AGAIN While I'm away appraising the hurricane damage to Scrimshaw, I hope you will enjoy the conclusion of my telephone conversation with Lee Bullock, which exemplifies the committed lifestyle of those many individuals who invested substantial por...
19.10.2017

59: CLOSE FRIENDS, CLOSE CALLS​

CLOSE FRIENDS, CLOSE CALLS​ Jo Hudson speaks of "thrilling" incidents recalled, in 2004, from his first seafaring voyage (in the mid-1960s) in his owner-built 30' Piver Nimble trimaran, from California to Australia. These Capers are the only examples o...
12.10.2017

58: THE SECOND FIRST ENCOUNTER

THE SECOND FIRST ENCOUNTER Responding to Jo Hudson's passing, I feel obliged to share with you something of our 55-year, 9-multihull connection.  This Caper tells of how we first men (for the second time), and continues with a glimpse of the "can-do" c...
5.10.2017

57: A BLAST FROM THE PAST, AND PRESENT

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, AND PRESENT This recorded telephone conversation reveals more of the boundless enthusiast, willingness to risk, and lifestyle commitment that typified the advent of the early modern multihull. It also contains, at the end, a sad ...
28.09.2017

56: HOW TO SAVE YOUR BOAT IN A HURRICANE

IN THE CROSSHAIRS   "There's a hurricane coming! What do I do with my boat?"   There are several answers to that question, including "Maybe nothing." But that's only if you're out at sea. The more common calamity happens when your boat is in a crowded ...
22.09.2017

55: MEMORIAL AND MAINE

MEMORIAL AND MAINE Jim discusses his most recent capers in both Michigan and Maine. First, he talks about the memorial service he attended on behalf of his old friend Meade Gougeon, immediately followed by his travel to the rugged, northeast coast of N...
7.09.2017

54: THE KING OF GLUE

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT "THE KING OF GLUE" This Caper is a small collection of remarks made to me about how Meade Gougeon, and the whole WEST System phenomenon, has influenced their lives.  It reveals a lot about how "appropriate technology" can m...
31.08.2017

53: MEADE GOUGEON HAS SAILED AWAY

MEADE GOUGEON HAS SAILED AWAY This issue is a collection of my own personal recollections of a long friendship with Meade, founder of WEST System epoxy products. We are also posting a link on the show notes page for this podcast episode at OutRigMedia ...
24.08.2017

52: PEDALCAT

Pedalcat   After all the techy, deep sea stuff we've offered lately, here's something for even an old duffer (like me) or a new angler (like me), or a futuristic sailor / winger / foiler / pedaler ... to think aout.   With all the new technologies comi...
17.08.2017

51: CAPSIZE RECOVERY

CAPSIZE RECOVERY   People have been contending with multihull capsize for millennia. It now appears that modern design and materials make it possible to almost eliminate the propensity for multihulls to be "more stable when upside down than right side ...
10.08.2017

50: WINGS WITH FOILS

WINGS WITH FOILS Here's yet more about the Hybrid Wing, its history, and that of other fully-rotating but unstayed, "free standing" rigs. The problem with unstayed rigs in multihulls, and the problem with foiling, are both discussed. How to resolve the...
3.08.2017

49: WING SAILING (Part 2)

WING SAILING (PART TWO) Here is the conclusion, for now, of my infatuation with the Hybrid Wing. There is a lot more to learn about this thing, but I have now had the opportunity to actually sail in a Wing-equipped catamaran, and I hope my description ...
27.07.2017

48: WING SAILING

WING SAILING​ Now I've actually been there, folks. Under a 62' Hybrid Wing rig, on a 40' "beach cat" racing catamaran, with Randy Smyth and Tommy Gonzales with Scott Brown taking pictures. It's a transcendent experience for an old shellback to sail e...
20.07.2017

47: BIG EXPERIMENTS WITH MULTIHULLS HAPPENING

There are some BIG experiments happening with multihulls right now.  In this amazing capercast, Jim talks about the convergence of multihull developments that are coming together in a very unique way within the creation of a new type of sailing-fishing...
13.07.2017

46: FROG MAN BUMP

FROG MAN BUMP   Here's another old story, this one about a shark. And about feeding time at the "lion house." And about what to do with fish cleanings if you just might be swimming around the boat the next day. Okay?
6.07.2017

45: THE CHUCUNAQUE

THE CHUCUNAQUE I'm digging pretty deep here to bring you the kind of story that one withholds until old age. When one looks back and tries to figure "How I Got This Way."  It's those early exposures to certain feelings, special friends and meaningful ...
29.06.2017

44: GOING DOWN

GOING DOWN An old shipwreck ​story from my schooner bumming days, it is told here to reach across the years with some perspective of  classic seafaring in deep, heavy monohulls relative to the contemporary -- even futuristic -- lightweight vessels. My...
22.06.2017

43: RACE TO ALASKA START

RACE TO ALASKA START Explains some of the challenges faced by competitors in this endurance test from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska in which my son Russell is currently competing. Using his participation as a legitimate excuse, I temp...
15.06.2017

42: Legendary Sailors & Their Stories (Part 2)

More Seafaring Literature from Jim... In this episode, Jim talks about several great adventures that took place at sea.  He also explains why pitchpoling in monohulls can be different than in multihulls. Jim gives some special recognition to couples ...
8.06.2017

41: Legendary Sailors & Their Stories (Part 1)

This nautical lore podcast speaks of legendary sailors and the books (and in some cases, other media) featuring them.   Jim also talks briefly about this year’s “Race to Alaska” event, in which Jim’s son Russell Brown will compete. There are some great...
1.06.2017

40: BLIND SAILOR? (Part 2)

40: BLIND SAILOR? (Part 2) In this portion of our telephone ramble, John Patterson and I speak of the safety of small boats at sea, dragging drogues, sailor's burn out, avoiding collision, contending with disability and more.
25.05.2017

39: BLIND SAILOR?

39: BLIND SAILOR?  (Far from it) Speaking by cell phone from the Island of Culebra, John Patterson tells of his life-long quest of seafaring, but he begins by designing and building his own boats. Starting with childhood experiences on the water, John ...
18.05.2017

38: THE 300-NUT CANOE

THE 300-NUT CANOE (And Other Considerations) This Caper takes us to a salvaged 57-foot catamaran, upside down and abandoned in the Caribbean last November, but recently discovered adrift off North Carolina, still habitable and salvageable. This is then...
11.05.2017

37: Small Boat Fun in Cedar Key

Small Boat Fun in Cedar Key In this capercast Jim shares about his trip to the yearly small boat gathering in Cedar Key, Florida.  He tells a couple great stories, along with some details about interesting developments in the boating marketplace. He ...
4.05.2017

36: FAST FORWARD INTERVIEW

FAST FORWARD INTERVIEW   This is a "field" interview with the principals of Fast Forward Composites, in Bristol RI. These are the guys who are researching and building the Hybrid Wing and the latest "Italic T" hydrofoils, all coming together now in a 4...