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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-05-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Port tack is faster than starboard tack? Why?

Update:

Yesterday I was faster on the starboard tack, and I think it was due to currents.

I was beating north in Puget Sound trying to get around West Point from Elliot Bay to Shilshole Bay....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,589
Posted By matthewwhill
The only thing that rivals the condescension of...

The only thing that rivals the condescension of this comment is its utter uselessness. Just forget I asked the question so you won't waste any more of your time or mine. Polypropylene line floats and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,589
Posted By matthewwhill
How far back do you tow dinghy?

When towing a dinghy what distance should you have between the stern and the dinghy? Does it depend on LWL and wake etc?

When I got some towing line at west marine I can't remember what they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Port tack is faster than starboard tack? Why?

Sorry that was a typo that I corrected. I was near West Point in Seattle, not Point Wilson. It was after low low tide, and software indicated that there was supposed to be a small current.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Port tack is faster than starboard tack? Why?

I was bearing about 10-20 degrees from the West Point Lighthouse (I was NNE of it so my bearing to the the lighthouse was 190-200 degrees) . I was about 0.7 nautical miles distant from it. So pretty...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Port tack is faster than starboard tack? Why?

That is reassuring. But alas, I lack that capability. If I did have a difference in speed thru the water, could you think of anything that would explain it?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,319
Posted By matthewwhill
Port tack is faster than starboard tack? Why?

So I went out sailing today in Puget Sound. Wind at West Point lighthouse in Seattle was 18-20 knots. I had my unreefed main and 100% headsail up which was a bit too much. Nevertheless, I was able to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-13-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,272
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed sailing in BVI

Do any charter companies down there allow you to go out single handed? I've also wondered if any of them charter smaller boats (20-26 ft) for microcruising for us minimalists and cheapskates.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-12-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Is that preferable or necessary if I'm using a washer and nut?

I found that screwing a threaded screw thru a small hole in the fiber glass was very difficult..... I imagine it might make a better...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

One more question:

When using a threaded machine screw (as opposed to a thru bolt in which the section near the head has no threads).... am I supposed to drill the pilot hole small enough so that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Well I did it. I did put a little sealant under the heads of the screws since I didn't have a chance to read the last post and it was recommended in the Beckson instructions and various other...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Do you also put sealant under the head of the screws?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-29-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

Yes. I have the removable plate and the permanent mounting ring.

Next... how to drill holes and put the screws/bolts in there. I have some of that 5200 stuff and some quick setting epoxy.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By matthewwhill
Enlarging hole for screw-out deck plate? File? Dremel?

My boat has a circular hole in the cockpit at the stern between the tiller and the motor well for my outboard (which sits in the cockpit). I think it exists so you can get in there and access the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

No. When there is wind I sail. The rowing would be for when there is no wind or the rig fails. Or when I am trying to go through the Ballard locks - not allowed to sail in and out of the locks.
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

That's really good sailing and seamanship you describe.

But I started this thread to learn more about swing keel sailboats that can be rowed and beached, and that have some sort of cabin. I'm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

Didn't notice any humor in your reply. Just thought you were being really condescending.

I can sail on and off the dock just fine if the wind is blowing. More difficult when there's no wind....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

Denise-

Learn how to read. Read my post again. Then learn how to type. Then offer a useful suggestion if you feel so inclined.

I didn't have three fails, I think I used the word "possibility". ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By matthewwhill
Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

I really like sailing my simple 24 ft keelboat with 4 ft draft. I don't want anything bigger or more complex since I usually single hand and I am a minimalist.

The things that I don't like are:...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-02-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Can/does anyone sail from Kona to Hilo?

Could one take a long port tack past South Point out to sea away from the coastal wind and current, then come about and head up on a starboard close reach to Hilo?

People sail from the leeward...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-02-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By matthewwhill
Can/does anyone sail from Kona to Hilo?

I am curious...perhaps some of our Hawaiian brothers and sisters can answer this question.

I have read plenty accounts of sailing from Hilo to the leeward side of the Big Island. But how often...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-13-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,152
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

I see your point.... I have a 16.5 lb Bruce with 15 feet of 3/8 chain with 185 ft of rode. I am fortunate that I can handle the weight and pull it up quickly. My method may be unsuitable for your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-13-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,152
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring question

Great question! Again, this is why I do everything from cockpit. First i cleat the proximal rode at stern and release rode from bow cleat. Boat swings stern to wind and rode tensions again. Start...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-10-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,152
Posted By matthewwhill
Re: Single handed anchoring questions

Well here's an update. I sail single handed all the time. And I have been practicing anchoring. My awesome method:
1. Store anchor, chain and rode in cockpit locker
2. Approach anchorage slowly by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-07-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By matthewwhill
Recommendations for insurance

Hopefully will be moving to a new marina which requires insurance and has lots and lots of really expensive boats.

My boat is a 40 year old craigslist special so I am mostly concerned about...
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