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Search: Posts Made By: drsutton
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,491
Posted By drsutton
Re: Whisker Pole Questions

Attach the whisper pole to the jib sheet or the clue? Use a topping lift or not? Opinions vary are all over the map each with their own rationale. Some make sense while others are stretch. How...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 9,128
Posted By drsutton
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

Your comment begs for a conjunction to replace the pocessive. Grammer 101.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 9,719
Posted By drsutton
Re: Where should we retire with our boat?

There are those who consider lake sailing beneith their station in life, but there is much to be said for year 'round sailing on Lake Norman, NC.
Bill Sutton
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-22-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 1,809
Posted By drsutton
Re: Do you think there's a philosophical aspect to sailing

I believe the experience is more spiritual than philosophical.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 01-12-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,915
Posted By drsutton
Re: Just Do It--You're Not Getting Any Younger

The title of this thread reveals a long-standing myth that age alone should be the determining factor and whether to sail or not. A more accurate title might have been "Are you healthy enough to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-10-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,256
Posted By drsutton
Re: When is too old & health dependent to learn to sail

At 78 (79 in 19 days) I moved up to a Helms 27 and spent the first 4 months leaning to feel comfortable solo sailing it. Time well worth investing. Learned my strengths and limitations and now...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-15-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 879
Posted By drsutton
Re: Dual Backstays

I have the same split back stay on my Helms 27.. My problem is I keep banging in my head into the stay while sitting behind the wheel. Is there a way of adjusting the back stay at the "Y" that allows...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,086
Posted By drsutton
Re: Me, My Boat, and Eleven - What’s Going On?

On the contrary, there are many examples in history where erroneous beliefs bring enormous heartache, injury and death to others. Re: my religion is better than yours and by virtue of my birth, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,086
Posted By drsutton
Re: Me, My Boat, and Eleven - What’s Going On?

I never fail to be amazed and amused how people's beliefs trump science. Or, give someone enough correlations and an apparent cause will emerge.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,086
Posted By drsutton
Re: Me, My Boat, and Eleven - What’s Going On?

Ihere's nothing to understand about numerology. It'ssimply straightforward superstition.
Bill
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-10-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 2,144
Posted By drsutton
Re: Do you clear the snow from your boat?

What is snow?
Bill in NC.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-08-2013
Replies: 74
Views: 6,113
Posted By drsutton
Re: How much wind is too much for you?

When fun turns to hard work I draw the line. How experienced is my crew? What is the visibility? Is it raining? Is it snowing? How managabe are the sails? I guess the short answer is it all depends.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-07-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 2,677
Posted By drsutton
Re: Heaving-To

Heaving to with one sail - main or head - works well, depending on your boat. I routinely heave to with just my head sail on my Helms 27.
Bill
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-05-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 6,317
Posted By drsutton
Re: Making Companionway Doors

My thoughts about companionway doors made from drop boards is very straightforward. Glue up the boards, seperate by cutting down the center, attach hinges and mound. Since the drop boards already fit...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-04-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 6,317
Posted By drsutton
Re: Making Companionway Doors

I'm considering converting my companionway boards to doors. Has anyone done this?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-04-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 6,317
Posted By drsutton
Re: Making Companionway Doors

has anyone tried fabricating companionway doors with louvered shutters?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-02-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 2,060
Posted By drsutton
Re: Booze, PFDs and Sailing with non-sailor friends

one more thing. If I'm the only sailor on board, I instruct someone what to do if I happen to fall in the water. Although unlikely, someone needs to know how to head into the wind, drop the sails,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-02-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 2,060
Posted By drsutton
Re: Booze, PFDs and Sailing with non-sailor friends

land lubbers on sailboats is always problematic. I usually give simple, firm and sensitively phrased instructions prior to leaving a slip. There's always a fine line between getting the best...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-24-2013
Replies: 596
Views: 35,367
Posted By drsutton
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

It is interesting to me that most of the responses are legalistic and do not address whether flying such a flag is in good taste.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-23-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 2,814
Posted By drsutton
Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

it all depends on the winds. My boat is docked in North Carolina.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-23-2013
Replies: 596
Views: 35,367
Posted By drsutton
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

some people will do anything contract attention. Even negative attention.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By drsutton
Re: Continous line roller furler

I have such a line on my own helms 27 and can be reefed easily.
Bill
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-18-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 10,343
Posted By drsutton
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

The easiest and simplest solution is a spring line attach to the stern. Hauling in line causes the bow to rotate in the opposite direction.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-17-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 3,737
Posted By drsutton
Re: P.O.'s are Idiots!

My PO raced the boat and had every possible line and deck hardware anyone would need. He left 6 or eight extra blocks, lots of lines in great shape, 3 winch handles and list goes on and on. Every...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-17-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 1,832
Posted By drsutton
Re: Best Advice

Against all odds, I bought my new boat the day before I sold my old one to the second looker. To top that, I came away with a new inboard, two more feet and a net profit.
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