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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,549
Posted By Alex W
Re: Whisker pole?

I run a guy. It's like using a symmetric spinnaker with separate guys and sheets.

Yup, it's a lot of lines: downhaul (rigged to the asym tack, not the normal way for a pole), topping lift (rigged...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,549
Posted By Alex W
Re: Whisker pole?

Barry: If possible get a ride on a race boat that flies a symmetrical spinnaker. On weeknight racing you can probably get a "rail meat" job on almost any lightly crewed boat just by asking.

I did...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,549
Posted By Alex W
Re: Whisker pole?

This may only be possible on smaller boats like my own, but I gybe in this configuration by pulling the chute off of the pole and flying it free, gybing the chute like any other asymmetric, then...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,549
Posted By Alex W
Re: Whisker pole?

I pole out my asym fairly often to get it deeper. My asym is set up for short handed sailing (with a sock) and it's easier for me to get it flying when I'm single or double handed.

I don't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-30-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 3,316
Posted By Alex W
Re: Campbell Sailor Prop vs. Max-Prop?

I had a Campbell Sailor 3-blade and now have a 3-blade feathering prop. I've also had a conventional (Michigan Sailor) 2-blade prop on the same boat.

The reduction in drag while sailing with the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-29-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 7,901
Posted By Alex W
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

Replacing the engine usually also involves replacing the engine controls, prop shaft, prop, stuffing box, cutlass bearing. Putting a brand new engine in an otherwise working boat normally runs about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-29-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 7,901
Posted By Alex W
Re: possible to buy a seaworthy sailboat under $20000 that requires very little fix?

You should do some more research. A new inboard engine costs well over $3k, a bare engine is around $6-$8k, and after buying all related items and parts you are typically looking at more like $15k...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-28-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,312
Posted By Alex W
Re: Which ones have ship wheel/helm and no tiller?

Inboard motor means that the motor is located inside the boat, not that the steering and engine controls are inside the boat.

If you want a boat with inside steering and engine controls you need...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-28-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,132
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

This might be targeted at me, but I'm not sure.

I think SBD is a great resource and I look at it all the time. I am also glad that there is a way for me to provide corrections now. I understand...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   09-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,073
Posted By Alex W
Re: Masts - deck or keel stepped?

I added one to my 1986 Pearson 28.

I leave it off when winds are light and put it on when the wind speed builds, especially if we are going upwind. On my version of the Pearson 28 adding backstay...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-26-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,132
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

Since the Sailboatdata forum is now up again you can post corrections here:
New Information, Corrections, Omissions etc. (http://sailboatdata.com/bbs/index.php?board=14.0)

I posted corrections...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-26-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,132
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

The "contact us" webpage makes it clear that you prefer not to use email:
Contact Us - SAILBOATDATA.COM - Sailboat Database (http://sailboatdata.com/contact.htm)

I (and a friend) both sent email...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-26-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,132
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

The 12.x number on the Pearson 28-2 that appears at the top is the one that I mentioned as being incorrect. It isn't from any of the boat's documentation and also isn't from the computed numbers.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-26-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 733
Posted By Alex W
Re: Section of gelcoat worn through on cabintop

Can you post a photo of the damaged area that you are trying to repair?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-25-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,667
Posted By Alex W
Re: Ablative anti-fouling paint, One coat or ten?

I think this depends on the mechanism that the paint uses to ablate and so the specific paint being used. Is this mystery paint, or can you check with the manufacturer?

One downside of going too...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-25-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 18,675
Posted By Alex W
Re: Chucking my propane stove, what to replace it with

Are you covering the burners with the rubber gaskets when you leave the boat for a while? That is essential to keeping the alcohol from evaporating. You can buy or make replacement gaskets if yours...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-24-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,480
Posted By Alex W
Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

The small %LP headsails that come with self-tacking rigs are also easy to tack in conventional ways.

If you are on a regular sloop and know you'll be short tacking up a narrow channel it can be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-24-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,480
Posted By Alex W
Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

I love short tacking out of a long narrows. It's active, takes strategy to do well, and is fun. The wind shifts from land shapes often keep you on your toes. At least half of my favorite days of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

With the right bridal length the boom isn't pulled down so hard to center. On the 505s the legs of the bridal are often dyneema that is spliced in a whoopie-sling way so that the leg length can be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

Yes, it is tightly fastened. Some dinghies would allow it to move along the bridle, but then you can't bring the boom to the centerline. That would also not allow the leeward leg to go slack.

I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

Look at the race boats at your marina, it won't take long to find one that has a permanent bend in the boom at the vang. There are at least 3 or 4 examples on my dock. The permanent bend usually...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-23-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

A basic vang should be 4:1. You can add a single block to cascade this to 8:1, which should be plenty of purchase on a boat your size. My 4:1 vang leads back to a cabintop clutch and winch, so I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By Alex W
Re: Traveler Alternatives

Dinghies use a simple bridal arrangement that allows you to centerline the boom without a traveler. It won't allow you to bring the boom beyond center, but allows you to get to the centerline unlike...
Forum: Apps & Authors   09-22-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 4,132
Posted By Alex W
Re: New Site - Sailcraftdata

You just scraped sailboatdata, and did a poor job in doing so because you only kept some of the data and didn't do any fact checking to see if it is correct.

As a result you have the Pearson 28-2...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-22-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,393
Posted By Alex W
Re: boat upgrade list

I used to keep an upgrade list, but I've done most of it so far. It is very different than your upgrade list -- my upgrades tend to be on running rigging to make the boat perform better.

Upgrades...
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