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03-06-2013 06:15 AM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

Originally Posted by Turandot View Post
You should look at "Sailing to Nowhere" on meet up.
I'm sorry, "Sailing to Nowhere" and "meet up" mean nothing to me. Are those web sites? sub-forums somewhere here on SailNet? I have no idea what you're talking about.

- Jasen.
03-05-2013 09:10 PM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

You should look at "Sailing to Nowhere" on meet up. We take our boats out weekly year round all we need is an excuse I sailed the first of January just like I do every year, most of us have smaller cruisers and a bit less speed but we don't care, we just enjoy the sport.
03-04-2013 02:54 PM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

I think you meant to create a new thread, not reply to my introduction. Maybe the forum database has a problem?

- Jasen.
03-04-2013 01:50 PM
Rigging question

I am replacing 27 years ol original standing rigging on my Bayfield 36' cutter.
Even though the old rigging appears to be in excellent condition, I want to replace it in preparation for offshore trips. Replacing stays, lower and upper shrouds presented no problems at all, but 4 intermediate shrouds which are supporting mast near inner (2 on each side) stay have obsolete T terminals which are no longer made. I wonder how much, considering their good appearance, I will compromise the integrity of the mast if I don't replace old intermediate shrouds.
Any comments, advises will be greatly appreciated.
02-11-2013 01:18 PM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

I'm not familiar with the Com-Pac rigging systems. I've seen a lot of home-made rigging systems for the Catalinas, both the 22's and 25's. They are pretty slick. But I still don't think I've heard about anyone actually rigging their boat in under about 45 minutes. In that regard, it is not like a powerboat (unfortunately). The Com-Pac system may be better; like I said, I'm not familiar with it. You might want to wander over to the Com-Pac owners section and ask folks how long it takes them to rig/derig (or is it unrig?) their boat, this way your expectations are set at an appropriate level, and this way you're getting first-hand information (rather than my bad information).

When I was toying with trailering, most of the guys told me that unless they were weekending, the idea of rigging and breaking down everything really put a cramp in their desire to go out. Now, that meant that most of the time, they were taking weekends away, and they and their significant others were OK with that concept. If that's your plan, then it may not be so bad.

Believe it or not, despite how my comments may be perceived, I'm not against the idea. I just want to make sure you understand what you're getting into. I'd hate to see you buy a 20-25' boat with a trailer for $XXX thinking you'll be venturing around the bay, and then hate it because of the time it takes to set up, especially when $XX could have gotten you a more comfortable boat, and the extra $X could have paid for a slip for a year or two. There are a lot of trailer sailors out there, and if you're OK with the advantages and disadvantages that go along with it, then that's great.
02-11-2013 12:21 PM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

Yep. Totally agree on the balancing act between convenience of having a boat in a slip vs the time to rig and de-rig a trailered boat. That's something I'll have to consider heavily.

I'm in the Newport News area - extreme southern Chesapeake. An appeal of a boat on a trailer would be launching on either side of the peninsula. When I had a power boat, it was very nice to be able to launch into the York River and cruise around that area, or launch into the James and cruise up toward the ghost fleet. There's lots of ramps around here. My current opinion is that a boat in a slip would limit our cruising area excessively.

But if rigging the boat takes an hour on each end and is enough of a pain to keep me from going out, it doesn't matter how many places I "could" launch. That's why ease of rigging is high on my list of features. Com-Pac seems to have a nice system; I haven't seen anyone else market their rigging system like they do.

- Jasen.
02-11-2013 09:42 AM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

I agree with BLJones. When we first got our C25, we were planning to be trailer sailors of sorts. But, from what I had read online at the Catalina owners site (Catalina - Capri - 25s International Association), the "pros" could rig their boats in about 45 minutes, and taking everything down took about as long. I have two kids; for me, it was a question of how we would keep our kids occupied during that time. Even if we were able to find a marina that let us keep her fully rigged on the trailer, it still would have been tough. It's much nicer to just be able to hop aboard and go (or as close as you get to that on a sailboat). Do you REALLY want to be hauling your boat out while the nasty surprise thunderstorm is closing in on you (or already there)? Those were the kinds of considerations that went through my mind. The cost difference between a wet slip and a "dry slip" (i.e., rigged on a trailer) wasn't that great when I factored all of those things in, and it's not like I was planning to travel a lot with the boat in tow. As they say, YMMV, just providing feedback from someone who has been there (at least somewhat).

There are a boatload (pun intended) of marinas near Deltaville, and the rates seem very reasonable at some of the nice marinas I visited (at least compared to the Northern Chesapeake and Barnegat Bay). I bet you could find a "budget" marina down that way and pay some very good rates. I'm not sure where you're located, but if I lived closer (like back when I lived near DC), I'd consider keeping my boat in that area, or near Solomons.

Most of the boats in my thread really don't need a whole lot of work up front; that's what I had been looking for. I wanted something that might need TLC, but given the impending season, I wanted something that I could drop in the water and get sailing, not something that needed thousands of dollars invested up front. Mind you, I'm not trying to talk you into THOSE specific boats, just letting you know that they are out there.
02-11-2013 07:23 AM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

Welcome aboard.

The upside to wet-storage in a slip is that you will sail more often. When you've got to allow for rig set-up time, take down time, ramp launching, trailer parking, etc., the idea of catching a quick sail after work often just doesn't work.
02-11-2013 06:46 AM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

Welcome. Once you have your boat share some pics....Good Luck !
02-08-2013 09:12 PM
Re: Newbie from Southern Chesapeake Bay

Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Welcome! Depending on where you are (southern Chesapeake Bay could encompass a big area), I've seen a few boats that are within a day's sail (max) of you. They're all fixed keel, but shallow draft. They aren't really trailer sailers either, but they would be great "first" boats, especially in your area. Check out this thread:
Thanks. I saw that thread. I'd really prefer not to jump into a monthly slip fee. A few thousand dollars for a boat, plus a few hundred (thousand?) for repairs, upgrades, and other personalization. Starts to turn into real money for me.

I owned a power boat before, and there's ALWAYS something you can drop another $100 on to make it better. I'd rather pour that money into the boat itself rather than into storing the boat.

- Jasen.

P.S. Sheesh. Can't even post links in quotes yet.
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