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1 Week Ago 10:24 AM
smackdaddy
Re: BFS training

Quote:
Originally Posted by chall03 View Post
Last week we did something kinda dumb. Or did we?

Being the middle of winter Sydney was hit by a passing cold front. We waited for it to hit, checked on the conditions and seastate( about 30-35 knots) rugged up the kids, stocked the boat up with hot food and sailed on out into it.

In the bay it was windy and fun. Outside it was bloody hardwork and unpleasant, but after a year of mostly fair weather picnic sailing it shook the cobwebs out real quick.

While many would think us morons to sail out into such conditions with the kids onboard the reality is that if we can't sail in these conditions we are very much morons to be talking about crossing oceans as a family. We wanted to make sure that we still knew what we were doing, and it is equally important to us that the kids are comfortable and can handle heavier weather.

With so much focus now on avoiding bad weather and having the right safety gear I wonder how many people do spend time just trying to be good sailors?

*Disclaimer - My wife and I have both been sailing & racing for 15 years/We push ourselves only within limits we are comfortable with/our situation on this occasion was such that the refuge of a familiar, protected bay was waiting for us/our boat is fully CAT 1 compliant/our kids handle sailing and the sea well and if they didn't we wouldn't be dong it.
Oh hell yeah!!



As you know by now, I think you just did one of the smartest thing any sailor can do.
1 Week Ago 10:01 AM
jerryrlitton
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Totally agree. There are two basic limits; the equipment limits and your limits. You stop when you hit whatever you come to first. I say go for it.
1 Week Ago 09:02 AM
aeventyr60
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

^Good on ya. Might be part of the trouble these days, actually getting out in challenging conditions to see how the boat and crew perform.
1 Week Ago 07:43 AM
chall03
BFS training

Last week we did something kinda dumb. Or did we?

Being the middle of winter Sydney was hit by a passing cold front. We waited for it to hit, checked on the conditions and seastate( about 30-35 knots) rugged up the kids, stocked the boat up with hot food and sailed on out into it.

In the bay it was windy and fun. Outside it was bloody hardwork and unpleasant, but after a year of mostly fair weather picnic sailing it shook the cobwebs out real quick.

While many would think us morons to sail out into such conditions with the kids onboard the reality is that if we can't sail in these conditions we are very much morons to be talking about crossing oceans as a family. We wanted to make sure that we still knew what we were doing, and it is equally important to us that the kids are comfortable and can handle heavier weather.

With so much focus now on avoiding bad weather and having the right safety gear I wonder how many people do spend time just trying to be good sailors?

*Disclaimer - My wife and I have both been sailing & racing for 15 years/We push ourselves only within limits we are comfortable with/our situation on this occasion was such that the refuge of a familiar, protected bay was waiting for us/our boat is fully CAT 1 compliant/our kids handle sailing and the sea well and if they didn't we wouldn't be dong it.
3 Weeks Ago 08:54 AM
Don0190
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

I doubt that how many hours someone else has on their engine has any relationship to how many hours you will get on yours!

I bet more engines are killed by "kindness" of not running their them much and die at low hours than engines that are run a lot.
3 Weeks Ago 07:25 AM
seaner97 Pretty sure it was a typo.
3 Weeks Ago 08:38 PM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
How does one possibly put 26,000 hours on the engine of a 34' sailboat???

Even @ a conservative estimate of 4 knots, that's over 100,000 miles... Or, roughly 3 1/2 times around the world, under power...

Or, charging batteries at anchor, that's THREE YEARS of non-stop running, 24/7...

Sorry, I'm not buying it ;-) That engine must have had a 'prior life' in some sort of industrial application before it was put in that boat...

If true, the notion of racking up 26K engine hours on a 34' sailboat, simply boggles the mind...

;-)
I made mention of that Jon, but no reply from Don. I know the boat, after following the previous owner's blog - http://www.svkaleo.com/forsale/. They show 3471 hours when it went on the market. Not sure. I doubt Don put thousands of hours on that engine in a couple of years. Maybe he drinks a lot of rum? I don't think so well under it's influence either...you could ask him - http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ry-148889.html

Ralph
3 Weeks Ago 05:54 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by RTB View Post

Hey you are not alone out there, losing your engine. Quote from Don1500 at CF - "The engine seized because of complete oil depletion. Don't know at this point how or why. I knew it was depleting when I got to Thunderbolt and had a mechanic "fix" it, and tell me all was fine. Guess what.

Yes it is a costly repair. Big hit to my emergency fund. But I will know the new engine will be taken care of by me alone and I will know the maintenance is complete and up to date. (old engine time >26000 hrs) ".

Ralph
How does one possibly put 26,000 hours on the engine of a 34' sailboat???

Even @ a conservative estimate of 4 knots, that's over 100,000 miles... Or, roughly 3 1/2 times around the world, under power...

Or, charging batteries at anchor, that's THREE YEARS of non-stop running, 24/7...

Sorry, I'm not buying it ;-) That engine must have had a 'prior life' in some sort of industrial application before it was put in that boat...

If true, the notion of racking up 26K engine hours on a 34' sailboat, simply boggles the mind...

;-)
3 Weeks Ago 07:40 PM
aeventyr60
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

You'd better switch back to a CQR to be really in fashion too.
3 Weeks Ago 06:29 PM
chall03
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I'll also rent a full enclosure and really tall dingy davits to ensure his comfort.

Seriously, I'd trust Jon with my boat any day. The question is - would HE trust my boat? Heh-heh.
As long as you taught him how to hove to and had the drogue ready to deploy, he might think about risking it at least on the ICW.
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