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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-03-2009
Replies: 68
Views: 6,013
Posted By craigjohnston
Think of the drogue as an ACTIVE helper- keeps...

Think of the drogue as an ACTIVE helper- keeps you slower and under better control while running off, but requires full time steering. The parachute is for when you desparately need a rest and are...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-13-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 9,740
Posted By craigjohnston
I think you will be happier fitting out in the...

I think you will be happier fitting out in the U.S. before taking off --ready suppliers, good transportation and reliable communications, and especially lower hardware prices will all be to your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-06-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 3,096
Posted By craigjohnston
My wife and I sail our Outbound 44 offshore...

My wife and I sail our Outbound 44 offshore extensively (over 18,000 nm so far) and our rule is to always harness up when alone on deck or leaving the cockpit. When your mate is off-watch and sound...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-08-2008
Replies: 34
Views: 5,186
Posted By craigjohnston
Dutchman may not be enough

Here's our accidental gybe story (the most recent one, that is): The first year we got our new 44' blue water boat we sailed around Vancouver Island. Rounding the Brooks Penninsula we were flying...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 12,935
Posted By craigjohnston
We normally sail with an LED tricolor (to save...

We normally sail with an LED tricolor (to save A-Hrs). On a 3400 nm passage to the Marquesas we saw only one freighter, first by her lights then on radar. Hailing them on VHF, they couldn't see our...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-10-2008
Replies: 107
Views: 12,512
Posted By craigjohnston
I wish it were that easy...

With respect to Genieskip: it sounds like you have made a clever invention for deploying your lifesling quickly. But it really doesn't address the problems I was citing. At 7.5 kn, our boat is...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-09-2008
Replies: 107
Views: 12,512
Posted By craigjohnston
Downwind reality bites

When we crossed the South Pacific, 90% of our sailing was with the wind abaft 135 degrees, the monitor steering, main rigged with a preventer. Sometimes the genny was poled out (three lines on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-14-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 17,354
Posted By craigjohnston
We have both Zodiac with high pressure floor...

We have both Zodiac with high pressure floor (Cadet Fastroller 340, ~11' long) and an 8' plastic Ranger sailing dinghy. Took both around Vancouver Island in 2001, but for our trip across the South...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-05-2007
Replies: 572
Views: 151,309
Posted By craigjohnston
Of the many Bone-headed maneuvers I can recall,...

Of the many Bone-headed maneuvers I can recall, this may be the most instructive: after commissioning our new 44' cruising boat, we embarked on a 3-month cruise around Vancouver Island. After two...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-25-2007
Replies: 31
Views: 3,270
Posted By craigjohnston
You have been given great advice, which I...

You have been given great advice, which I thoroughly endorse. A subtext of this discussion may be that for many boats (and relatively inexperienced skippers), it is much easier to crank on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-22-2007
Replies: 33
Views: 5,640
Posted By craigjohnston
Spade works well on our Outbound 44

We now have 15,000nm under the keel of our 44' Outbound, including a trip around Vancouver Island and two seasons cruising from the West Coast to Australia. We use a Spade S140 (~66 lbs.). ...
Forum: Good Old Boat   05-09-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 33,161
Posted By craigjohnston
Ne legs needed for filler.

On one of our previous boats, we had a similar problem with a small v-verth which we solved by making a main cabin berth, filling in between the two fore-and-aft settees. For that installation, I...
Forum: Gear and Maintenance Articles   04-26-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 12,547
Posted By craigjohnston
After two seasons in the South Pacific and over...

After two seasons in the South Pacific and over 15,000nm, the vinyl-coated lifeline wires on our Outbound 44 will probably need replacing before our next long trip. I am leery about using line, such...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-28-2007
Replies: 1,294
Views: 139,775
Posted By craigjohnston
Solar & wind gen help but don't do it all

We have 4 - 55W panels, 2 on each rail on tilting racks, and a KISS wind generator. After 13,000 nm crossing the Southn Pacific, here is our experience: Our boat, with a 12V glacier Bay...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-07-2002
Replies: 8
Views: 2,229
Posted By craigjohnston
Deltas are great!

FWIW: We have a new Outbound 44 which we cruised for three months last summer around Vancouver Is., BC. We have a Spade 140 (66lb), Bulwagga 45 and a Fortress FX-85. We used the Bulwagga several...
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