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07-11-2012 08:56 AM
rhr1956
Re: Too hot to sail...

Cold front (if you can call it that) moved through North Texas yesterday and now the humidity is finally dropping a bit. That 70-80% stuff is a killer. I think we are in good shape for the beercan tonight.
07-10-2012 09:47 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Too hot to sail...

The handiest tool I had in the tropics was a one gallon bucket , on a rope. Doused myself with sea water several times a day, and took several swims a day, in port. Amazing how uncomfortable some people will get, without an occasional jump overboard, in port.
07-10-2012 04:31 PM
travlineasy
Re: Too hot to sail...

I'll take a photo and post it of the way the silver tarp works over the Bimini. Don't think the sail would be what I would want.

Cheers,

Gary
07-10-2012 11:46 AM
SVCarolena
Re: Too hot to sail...

Gary - I think this is what Brian is talking about:
Amazon.com: Coolaroo Party Sail 9 Feet 10 Inch Triangle - Blue: Patio, Lawn & Garden Amazon.com: Coolaroo Party Sail 9 Feet 10 Inch Triangle - Blue: Patio, Lawn & Garden



We tested a cheap tarp made of similar material from Harbor Freight last year and were very happy with it. So, this season we bought a 10 foot triangle for the foredeck and a 10 foot sqare to cover from the mast to the bimini (30 foot boat). We went with blue to match the colors on our boat. They work great. I intstalled a few extra gromets for tying them down. The only downside is that at least on our boat we can't use them when the sails are up. The primary advantage over a regular tarp is that these allow for air to circulate.
07-10-2012 12:25 AM
Capt Len
Re: Too hot to sail...

Guys, I feel your pain. Sunday in the Juan de Fuca, it was 20 Celsius with 12 knts of west wind. We are still offering fleecys and head bands to guests and everybody sits on the sunny side. I haven't used the wood stove for several weeks so it must be summer..
07-09-2012 11:19 PM
travlineasy
Re: Too hot to sail...

If you see an old codger singing Margarettaville in a Marathon Tiki Bar and playing a Yamaha arranger keyboard, that'll be me!

Gary
07-09-2012 07:59 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Too hot to sail...

Quote:
Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
You really know how to hurt an old man, Brian! I hope to head south on October 1st, if the weather cooperates and all my body parts hold together. Hope to arrive in Marathon Key sometime around the end of the month, but could possibly get there a few days earlier. Tune up that guitar - I'll have the music gear with me.

Sailed today, temperature was 86, the wind dropped dead about noon and the humidity was about 80 percent. The silver tarp on the Bimini kept things fairly comfortable as long as there was some cold liquid in the cockpit. Ended up motoring about the last 6 miles back to the marina and 20 minutes after the boat was tied up the wind picked up to about 10. Go figure.

Cheers,

Gary
In all seriousness, I have a great fix for the heat for you. THey make these awning shades and sell them at home depot. THey are like a plastic mesh. THey stop the sun, are fairly uv resistant, and let the heat OUT. I was hesitant about them at first, not anymore. I have people on the docks stopping by to ask me about them. Seriously. Best of all, they are cheap and fold up small. I got a triangle for the foredeck and two 10ish X 30ish squares for roughly $100. I will try and post a pic, but it will be several weeks until I can as I am traveling again tomorrow.

Hope to see you in Marathon. Just look for the "best looking and smartest sailor". THat's me. I remind myself everyday in the mirror.

Brian
07-09-2012 07:46 PM
travlineasy
Re: Too hot to sail...

You really know how to hurt an old man, Brian! I hope to head south on October 1st, if the weather cooperates and all my body parts hold together. Hope to arrive in Marathon Key sometime around the end of the month, but could possibly get there a few days earlier. Tune up that guitar - I'll have the music gear with me.

Sailed today, temperature was 86, the wind dropped dead about noon and the humidity was about 80 percent. The silver tarp on the Bimini kept things fairly comfortable as long as there was some cold liquid in the cockpit. Ended up motoring about the last 6 miles back to the marina and 20 minutes after the boat was tied up the wind picked up to about 10. Go figure.

Cheers,

Gary
07-09-2012 06:28 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Too hot to sail...

Dear Friend Gary,

We just sailed down and back up to Ft Myers BEach via Char Harbor. I feel your pain. Let me explain:

I cranked on the diesel generator and the first 16000 btu a/c. WHen I went below, I could only get it to about 65. It was really hot. I almost had to take off my sweat pants. THen, I punched in the auxillary 12000 btu reserve. Finally the penguins were circling the boat.

I was really having a hard time of it until then. Almost thought my Taylor guitar would see a 66 degree temp down below. But alas, we opened the freezer to warm things up.

HEHE! WHen you heading south!???

Brian
07-09-2012 06:02 PM
SVCarolena
Re: Too hot to sail...

I took the 4th through the weekend off, and the tail end of my break was spent at home, in the AC, watching movies. Arrived at the boat Tuesday night, leaving friends at our home since they were still waiting for power to be restored after the storms of last weekend. Tues night wasn't too bad, although we did run the AC on the boat to drop the humidity in the cabin. Spent the 4th out with friends on their powerboat - there was a little breeze and humidity didn't seem too bad, but we also did a lot of swiming. Thursday, we had great wind - 10 kts steady with gusts around 20 - but man was it HOT. It reminded me of when I lived in Texas and would look forward to getting off the highway on my motorcycle becuase 100 degrees at 70 mph feels like holding a hairdryer to your face on high. We headded to our favorite swimming hole and cooled off until the sun began to set. Returned to the marina around 8:30 PM and decided to go home. We have AC on the boat, but when it is too hot to sit outside after dark, it is time to leave. Friday and Saturday, never left the house. Sunday, we decided to take a ride down to check on the boat with the unspoken hope that we would go out for a bit - it was already crazy hot at 10 AM, so again went home. Weather has broken today and now we are hoping for some decent weather next weekend. Like others, I'm going to rethink taking time off this time of year.
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