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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,493
Posted By nolatom
Re: docking with no motor and 20 knots

Hmmmmmm... How well do you know and get along with the boatowner immediately upwind from your slip, whose stern is sticking out as they all do? And how many in your crew? Any "deck apes"?

Your...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 391
Posted By nolatom
Re: new cal 20 owner looking for information

A quick google found this:

http://www.ewind.com/user/sfcal20/cal20-owners-manual.pdf

Which may answer most all of your questions? Yes I see there is a hinged mast step so you would need to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,377
Posted By nolatom
Re: The trend in new cruising boats....

Well, a really stiff boom held down by a really strong vang can accomplish what a traveler does, at least from midships to way out to leeward.

But if you can't easily pull the boom windward of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 5,008
Posted By nolatom
Re: The run aground poll

Can we just refer to it as "insufficient heeling"?

Then yes.
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,067
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

Waivers are often granted if you ask and your doc supports it so don't count yourself out too early.
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,067
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

Yeah, passing the physical exam is much more reviewed and picked over than before. You can thank the fairly recent COSCO BUSAN bridge allision in SF and the Staten Island Ferry casualties for...
Forum: herSailNet 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,192
Posted By nolatom
Re: be nice to female captains "or else"

Okay, Xena can be a bit much. Lucy is cute, and a nice person.

But if either is Captain, just be nice anyway. Life will be easier, and Denise will be proud of you. ;-)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,581
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do I need new sails

It is entirely possible that your 35 year-old sails are "too old". Or not.

But based on your description, I would not let the "two guys who overtrim" to be the judges. Nor am I familiar with...
Forum: herSailNet 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,192
Posted By nolatom
Re: be nice to female captains "or else"

"Aye aye, Captain Flower!!"
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,067
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

yeah and that's where STCW kicks in as well, at 200 tons. Why 100 tons is great for us desk-jockeys and rag sailors or occasional fill-in mate or second captains on the larger (99 gross ton)...
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,067
Posted By nolatom
Re: What license should I pursue?

I'm wondering why a "6-pack" OUPV license (for which you need only a year's time of 8-hour days) wouldn't serve your purpose while you continue to get the rest of your time for an "inspected vessel"...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,355
Posted By nolatom
Re: This is getting ridiculous

Sometimes the Coast Guard will use a "marginal" SAR call as training, or underway hours for flight crews wanting to stay current but crimped by limitations on funds for such training, which happens...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By nolatom
Re: New to Sailing

Small.

Tiller.

Yes.


You'll get better feedback from a smaller, lighter, faster, less forgiving boat. And develop a better sense of balance between boat, crew, and wind. Ditto for tiller...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By nolatom
Re: 16 ft Snipe - How many people can it hold?

I didn't say the Snipe wouldn't be fun, it would. Just not much room in that little cockpit for three.

Most of the boats for three are in the 16-19' range. (very) used Lightning? Thistle?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By nolatom
Re: 16 ft Snipe - How many people can it hold?

One adult, two kids, max. Designed for two adults, not three. High boom so you'll at least not all knock heads.

Vang will make the forward kid have to be a contortionist during tacks, and the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,355
Posted By nolatom
Re: This is getting ridiculous

So the Coast Guard had to send a Herc, then a cutter, plus diverts the OSG ship for an AMVER mission, and their (seaworthy??) boat gets a tow in? Not a comms schedule and they keep sailing best they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 620
Posted By nolatom
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

On a zero budget? Try filing the cam teeth a little sharper.
Agree you need thicker line to spread cams wider.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sailing around the world on a Wrangler

Actually, you will need the pontoons:

HD Man sailing around the world in amphibious car - YouTube
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

Agree, my "horizontal Cunningham cringle" idea is to be used only after you've used up every millimeter of "tightening" space on the end of the boom, however you do it. If you still have a baggy...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,342
Posted By nolatom
Re: Taking my ASA101 and 103 at once

Everyone above is right. Meaning it depends on your learning style. Some folks can get immersed and make the "connections" between disparate boat sizes and purposes, some can't. they all learn,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By nolatom
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

Well, could you put a "Cunningham cringle" in the foot of the sail near the gooseneck fitting, much as is done for the luffs of mainsails to fit a racing length, or just to get sufficient tension...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By nolatom
Re: Finally sailed the Detroit River off Belle Isle

Correct on VHF, your basic marine radio. Handheld one will work for you, not too expensive. Let's say it goes flat-ass calm and you want to make sure that big lake ore carrier, squinting into the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By nolatom
Re: Finally sailed the Detroit River off Belle Isle

Laser exploring? Sounds like big fun, and welcome to sailing, a lifetime pleasure (so also is the Laser, sail it well and you can sail anything well).

Waterproof portable VHF and waterproof...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 636
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Well, yes, sort of crazy, but in a good way... ;-)

I wouldn't encourage flying it without the pole, though it can be a useful skill for short period just after you've removed the pole, or just...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 636
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

I would bet that 70% of cruisers don't use spinnakers, though many of that 70 do wing out their jibs on whisker poles or on the otherwise unused spinnaker pole.

But if you live or cruise in...
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