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Search: Posts Made By: dixiedawg
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Will do, George, thank you!
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Hey Sandy - In one of the tracks shown, I was flying a class jib, in the other a 150. No, I've never been sure if I had the cars set right. I gather you move them forward for light air, aft for...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

GeorgeB, I can't thank you enough. With every post, you are teaching me something. Like you, I just want to sail well.

With regard to the forestay: I have always had a deuce of a time getting the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Thanks guys, I'm getting some great info here. I'll definitely use the compass and a little math to get my "real" tacking angles next time, both port and starboard.

Now speaking of tension, may I...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Yes, I don't think there is any current to speak of in either of the lakes pictured. And leeway is something I understand, of course, but I have no way of knowing how much progress it is costing me....
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 769
Posted By dixiedawg
tacking angles

I always thought that, since I can sail approximately 45 degrees off the wind, that I should be able to tack 90 degrees. But in practice, I'm not getting anywhere near that. My angles look closer to...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-12-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,324
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Three Years From Cruising

Man. That's what I've been saying a lot lately. Better late than never, but if I'd been a young(er) guy, this would have been my LIFE.
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-27-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By dixiedawg
measuring a headsail

I have a jib which came with my boat that "should" fit, but doesn't. It's too long in the luff. I think I must be measuring things wrong.

Is a headsail's luff measured from head grommet to tack...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-24-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,126
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Wind and Sails

I think what the book might be is referring to is "sailing by the lee", which can cause an accidental gybe.

It's when, on a run, the wind is on the same side of the boat as the boom/mainsail. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-24-2014
Replies: 1,049
Views: 233,350
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Lets get some good sunrise/sunset pictures....

Sunset at Dog Island, FL:

http://i61.tinypic.com/5aqaub.jpg
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-06-2014
Replies: 565
Views: 31,441
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The reportage here sounds just like when it's a firearm story: minimum BS content of 75%. Clueless reporters spewing sensational, headline-grabbing soundbites for the clueless audience to be thrilled...
Forum: Learning to Sail 03-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By dixiedawg
"Class jib", "working jib"

Which one refers to a "100%" jib? Or are these terms synonymous?

And while I'm at it, I often see the term "125 jib" thrown around. Isn't this a misnomer? Shouldn't that be "125 Genoa"?

Thanks...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,232
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Bingo. This is a big attraction for me as well, jumping out at the boat ramp or wherever, onto sharp or slippery things.

For those of you who have them (glad to hear some of you do!) do you know...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,232
Posted By dixiedawg
Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Anyone use these for sailing??

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/watersport_mens.htm
Forum: News Feeds 03-07-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Sailboat off Marco Island tries to ride out Thursday's storm - Wink News

I don't get it. Sea Tow came and got them "after the boat ran out of gas" ... while they were at anchor?

I'm very new to sailing. People use an engine while at anchor??
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-13-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,235
Posted By dixiedawg
stopping on a dime

In our sailing class last year, the instructor briefly touched on the subject of bringing the boat to a stop in the shortest possible time. But neither my wife nor I can remember what he said the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-10-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,860
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Ana Capri or Anacapri?

Looks absolutely gorgeous, too! I want one!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By dixiedawg
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-31-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,060
Posted By dixiedawg
Solar battery charger showing 19 volts?

I know nothing about this charger, it came with my boat. It's old and small and raggedy looking and falling apart at the seams (literally). I didn't expect it to work, and hesitated to hook it up to...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-25-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: new to sailing in florida

Hi Kristian! Greetings from the big city of Orange Lake!

Whereabouts in FL are you?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tool of choice for hunting soft spots/rot

http://i42.tinypic.com/14l6b7s.jpg
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tool of choice for hunting soft spots/rot

FWIW, this is the cockpit floor (sole?) of my brand-new-to-me Catalina 22. Port stern corner. It's been cracked since owner-before-last, probably three years at the very least, PO thought it was no...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-15-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By dixiedawg
tool of choice for hunting soft spots/rot

Odd, I've just spent an hour googling this simple question and I still don't have a definitive answer. A hammer of some kind, I assume, but WHAT kind?

I know I have an upcoming repair to do, and I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-18-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 2,301
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: SILICONE to mount in-hull transducer?

Brian, I was intrigued by the West System method in the link you posted, is that the way you get the unit perfectly level, without the use of an angled base of some kind?
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-15-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 2,301
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: SILICONE to mount in-hull transducer?

Ah, yes, of course. Too many years in Florida makes you forget such things. :o
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