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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-05-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 2,571
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: is it ok to look as long as you dont touch

As your Priest would say in confession, why don't you find some other, healthy, outlet for your urges. You could take an online yacht designing course (if such a thing exists) or you could write a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-03-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Sailing single handed best size, not brand

In my singlehanded book I talk a lot about sail handling. I even mention that the book is written for boats in the 20' - 40' range, because over that range the forces, and handling skills involved...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-30-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 6,489
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: How to run aground properly

A few years ago I wrote to a magazine about the wondrous invention of the centerboard sonar and how it saved me from sailing down a set of rapids. Every boat should be equipped with this technical...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: International Marine publishing is going away

But if you could write articles about sitting in a chair with a video game, you'd be in high demand. A statement on the new age.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: International Marine publishing is going away

I didn't know there was an Authors & Apps forum. I've just visited there. (I'm discouraged from promoting it here).

TomMaine, Please say Hi! to Molly for me. I worked very closely with her for...
Forum: Apps & Authors   12-17-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By FoolishMuse
Singlehanded tips book now published on real paper

My book Singlehanded Sailing - Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics has now been published by International Marine. You can find it on Amazon, Chapters, and other quality book sellers.

The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-17-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 13,527
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

When I was doing my research one of the things I found is that people rarely fall overboard during bad weather. The reason is that you are simply, and naturally, being much more careful. Who wouldn't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By FoolishMuse
International Marine publishing is going away

I got an email yesterday that McGraw Hill is closing its International Marine division. This is very sad for sailors. I've got a dozen IM books on my shelf (including my own). They must have been...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-15-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 13,527
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Thanks for the comments about my book guys. It's going very well.

I won't get into the debate about going to the mast. I do it because doing things like reefing is much, much faster at the mast...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 972
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Lead keel repair advice needed

Marine Surfacing Putty works well. I have used it for just this purpose several times. It hardens so quickly that I just do it while hanging on the club hoist.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-13-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,874
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Collision course procedure?

At night, I keep a big flashlight in the cockpit with me. If I'm getting near larger boats, I just shine the flashlight up on my sail. It lights me up like a beacon. I have found this useful with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-07-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tall ship sailing on The Simpsons

I was thrilled that the writers were smart enough to call it a halyard cleat. Compare that to the stupidity of the movie "all is lost". Were there any sailing errors in the Simpsons at all?
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 879
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Heaving to while reefed?

It's a common situation that I've learned to live with. It stops perfectly with the #1 but not with the #3. In my experience this is not the fault of the reefed main. It is the fault of the smaller...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-06-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,182
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: approaching land/harbor but too tired -- heaving-to as technique

Heaving to is something I do all the time when singlehanding. Our winter races finish just at the end of the docks, and there is very little running room beyond the finish line. So I cross the line...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-06-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tall ship sailing on The Simpsons

I just watched it on my pvr. I loved the halyard cleat hitch. Over, over, over, under, under, over, over, over, over, under, under, under...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-28-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,619
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Ever had a MEDICAL EMERGENCY while at SEA?

I got Derk Wolmuth to write a detailed account of his incident for the next edition of my singlehanded tips book. Here is a little bit of what he wrote:

A real learning experience.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,943
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Want to SAIL OFF and live on a deserted island?

There was a great episode of the Andy Griffith show where Howard chucks life in stressful Mayberry to live on a South Pacific desert island. When he arrives he walks into the local general store and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-04-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Yes, you do have to keep in mind that I've flown my chute singlehanded at least a thousand times (no kidding) so perhaps I do have more experience than most.

Had a great time on Saturday. It was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-02-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Unfortunately, taking a video of myself flying a chute in those conditions is beyond my ability. As I'm sure you understand, both hands are rather busy. The entire process is described in great...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-02-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Like anything, you work your way up to it. After a few times, spinnaker is docile in 15 knots of wind. At 20 its starting to get fun. Do that a bunch of times and it becomes nothing special. Then...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-01-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Na, you can fly a chute in much more wind than that without worry. 30-35 knots in any case. But at 25 the boat really starts to pick up and move. My boat will plane at that wind speed, but not at...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-01-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Because it's fun as hell. Learn how to do it, and then try it yourself and tell me if I'm wrong.

For me, it's like asking why do I have to sail at all.


The new published version is called...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Flew my symmetrical for the first time

There is a free online book that will give you all kinds of hints about raising, gybing and dousing a chute singlehanded.
http://sfbaysss.org/resource/doc/SinglehandedTipsThirdEdition.pdf
Forget...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-31-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,603
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

I have been in this exact circumstance on two occasions while singlehanded.

You don't need to pull into your own slip in this case. Choose the most advantageous slip for the circumstances and use...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-29-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 6,197
Posted By FoolishMuse
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

I got a good laugh yesterday. A couple of hours after my posting above, I went out for a sail on a beautiful sunny afternoon with 20 knot wind. There was some bad corrosion on the negative terminal...
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