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Wayne Stinnett

Is an American novelist and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, Diver Master, taxi driver, construction manager, and truck driver, among many other things. He lives on one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina Lowcountry, near Parris Island, with his wife and their youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grandchildren, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. He grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico.

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16 hours ago

Wayne Stinnett

Tara Cremin, with Kobo Writing Life, does a very informative interview with Carlyn Robertson, Product Marketing Manager of BookBub. ...

2 days ago

Wayne Stinnett

My page just went over 3,000 likes!
Thanks, everyone!
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You're gonna need a bigger boat, Wayne.😁

I like that... 😁

Oohrah!

Congrats Wayne. Growing a page isn't easy.

You’re welcome

I love your books so much. They make me want to move to Florida. I'm so surprised you don't have 10 thousand likes!!

Loved them since book1! I'm in Cudjoe Key 5 months now, and it's cool reading when talk of the Keys come up.

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3 days ago

Wayne Stinnett

You've heard Jesse discuss "hull speed" in my books, and here's a perfect example. Displacement hull boats, that is, boats that don't climb up on top of the water and plane, are limited in speed and the bigger the boat, the faster it can go.

Hull speed is calculated as 1.34 times the square root of the boat's waterline length. Ugh, math. Well this example makes it easier. These are the J-class racing yachts, Velsheda and Svea in a head to head competition. Pause the video at 15 seconds and look at the bow wave.

See how the water rolls downward and back up from the bow to the stern? Velsheda is at top speed. If she were to go any faster, she'd have to climb up on top of her bow wave and start planing. This takes a huge amount of power, which can't be accomplished without big engines.

Velsheda is a 130' sloop, with a waterline length, the stripe along her side, of what I'd estimate to be 100'. The square root of 100 is 10 and 10X1.34=13.4 knots, her maximum hull speed. No, she's not about to turn over. That's nearly impossible. Her keel is probably 15' below the surface and comprises at least a third of the boat's total weight. It's these two forces, the wind in the sails and the weight of the keel that make a sailboat go forward. Kinda like squeezing a watermelon seed. Your thumb is the keel and your finger is the sail. When you apply equal force to both sides, the seed (boat) shoots out.

My boat has a waterline length of 40'. The square of 40 is 6.3 and 6.3X1.34=8.4 knots, her maximum hull speed. Through design, some boats can surpass that by a small margin and surfing down a big wave will add speed. I've had Write of Passage to 9 knots on a flat sea. But the calculation is a good rule of thumb.
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very cool...your wide range of knowledge adds so much to your books as well

What a beauty!

Not to mention most of the crew is clinging to the port gunwale, adding weight to the windward side. Sailboat racing is intense.

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5 days ago

Wayne Stinnett

Jesse often speaks of the sounds a person can hear when underwater, both natural and man made. Here's a great short video that explains how important sound is underwater. And the videography is nothing short of stunning. Give it a listen. ...

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Very cool. As a diver I’m familiar with some of them. It’s always amazing what you can hear especially at night

Beautiful to watch and very interesting to listen to. Thanks for the share!

Wow, fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

That was simply amazing!

very cool....ps...i miss jesse

Great stuff, but I’m surprised the divers weren’t using rebreathers to eliminate the sound of their bubbles. Bubbles are always a distraction in my underwater movies.

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1 week ago

Wayne Stinnett

The End...again.
My rewrite is complete, adding another 4,000 words to the manuscript, bringing it to 77,631 words, slightly longer than the average of the previous 17 novels. My goal is always 70,000 words.

My beta team of experts will have more than two weeks with it, before it goes to editing.
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Can’t wait!

Anxiously waiting.

Thank goodness!😅

I'd be happy to beta test it for you...

Woohoo! Congrats!!!

Can’t wait!

I just finished up Beta reading for another author.... it is a real privilege to be part of the project to the final release. this was my 2nd Beta for him.... great guy, wonderful writer.

Woo hooo....

Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Congrats!

Can’t wait for the release!

I can't wait!

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Cruise the British Virgin Islands with Author, Wayne Stinnett

Events

Does the idea of a cruise aboard a tall ship sound like a fun adventure to you? What if it’s a tall ship with all the modern amenities of a …

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Take a Cruise on a Tall Ship

About The Author Author Tips

Does seven nights aboard a five-masted schooner sound like a fun adventure to you? What if it has all the same luxurious accommodations and amenities as any other modern cruise …

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What is SEO? And why does an Author need to know about it?

Author Tips

Y’all know that when it comes to tech stuff, I’m not the sharpest hook in the tackle box. Just figuring out the Facebook was a challenge. My dad always said, …

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The Importance of A Writing Schedule

Author Tips

I’m a scheduler. I schedule everything. It’s been such an ingrained part of my daily life for so long, it’s hard not to. I know that might seem strange to …

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Finding Time To Write

Author Tips

Between careers, kids, spouses, and other responsibilities, many writers find it difficult to carve out time to write. Then there are interruptions. Just when you’re getting into your groove, little …

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Wayne Stinnett Interviews Jesse McDermitt

Character Interview

Hey Jesse, how are ya? Doing well, I guess. You’re the writer, though. So you probably know better than I do. I guess the first question is the same as …

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