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04-15-2008 02:10 PM
Originally Posted by I33 View Post
When you jam that mop handle in his butt, the resulting thrashing will very effectively sop up a lot of water. However, be sure to clip the dog's nails first or you will get scratches on the sole.
Yes, but those nails are also good for bottom cleaning -- cheaper than hiring a diver.
04-10-2008 02:37 PM
Proper "Mop Dog" technique

When you jam that mop handle in his butt, the resulting thrashing will very effectively sop up a lot of water. However, be sure to clip the dog's nails first or you will get scratches on the sole.
04-10-2008 02:20 PM
merttan Why do we have decorative dog pics on this thread? Just curious...
04-10-2008 01:00 PM

I Wen't Under A Bridge In Light Wind And Forgot To Put My Keel Down. When Coming Out The Other Side A Powerful Gust Of Wind Heeled Me About 45 Or 50 Degrees And I Turned In A Complete Circle. I Read Later That Is The Way Swing Keel Boats Do. They Are Very Hard To Knock Down. I Have A Macgregor Venture 22 And Have Heeled It Over Frighteningly Far But Never Had A Knockdown. I Have Seen Water Through The Cabin Window.
04-09-2008 09:17 PM
merttan Sailboats should right themselves if sails touch the water... Check!
Cal 20s are good boats... Check!

Darn I still cannot get used to that feeling that things are not going to work out as they described... I feel your pain...
03-29-2008 04:09 PM
Stillraining OH Rats...I missed the Mop Dog...part of this thread...I told my wife I was willing to live with this dog if she was willing to live aboard 6 months out of each year...Looks like her fate is sealed... ....mine too... But I got the best deal....

There is a mans dog in the picture however....And hes thinking "Lunch"
03-29-2008 01:23 PM
EO32 How hard does the helm pull?

When I'm in a strong wind without any reefs in, it really pulls on the wheel. That is a good indicator of the sail balance. You should have a slight weather helm, that is, the boat wants to turn up wind if you let go of the tiller.

If you really have to hold the tiller when you have a rail close to the water, then I'd add a reef point.

The other thing is as the boat heels, the sail looses area and the keel gains leverage to pull you back upright.
03-25-2008 12:42 AM
sailaway21 I think Giu meant a narrow beam. Then again, maybe he did mean a large beam, as compared to a very large beam. (g)
03-24-2008 06:12 PM
Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
Not entirely true, SOME boats, with low free boards do bury the shoulder and still sail pretty well and fast (granted not as fast as if they were perfectly staright and level, and I don't care if some disagree)..because the rails are lower....leading many to conclude that if the rail is wet, then its not sailing properly...add to that low free board, a large beam, and the rail gets wet at lower angles..doesn't mean the boat is sailing bad...I have seen a few examples of and there...if you know what I mean

some boats are designed with completely round hull sides to allow them to sail in those conditions...

So true, I have seen examples of that here and there.
03-24-2008 05:40 PM
northoceanbeach I was fine about not being knocked down, and then the tradewinds came back in force. I got a book called sailing in windy weather and it keeps talking about you boats great, real stable. Until you get some water in there and then it's bad news.

I liken it to riding a bike or motorcycle. At first you take those turns real slow. YOu just don't know and trust your bike to be able to lean into those turns and not slide out. Slowly as you find that it won't you gain more confidence and take them faster and faster.

I just have never heeled, so I don't have the experience to know that it will right itself. I'm sure the more I go, the windier it is and the more I heel at don't get knocked down, I'll gain more confidence. Thanks.
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