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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-24-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 2,652
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
The heave-to under bare poles approach

Motorsailing 800 NM back from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego (the infamous Cabo Bash) in 1993 meant refueling in Turtle Bay. The fuel was pumped/siphoned down via a long hose directly from barrels on a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-26-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3,317
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
OK, Mitch, with the corpse still warm I won't...

OK, Mitch, with the corpse still warm I won't deny that being snowed in did help provide the opportunity. However, wanting to clear the decks before closing the book on our nautical adventures...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-25-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3,317
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
elastic-anchor-rode / kinetic-rope paradox

(I started this particular discussion under an ongoing "snubber" thread, However, its potential implications are much wider and would seem to deserve a separate thread)

Why should sailors trust...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 10,535
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
SD, Go take your 9/16" dia 45' long nylon...

SD,

Go take your 9/16" dia 45' long nylon line and snatch a couple of 1 ton vehicles out of the mud.

After that, please explain to yourself why your anchor is supposed to stay put once your...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-17-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 10,535
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
That Passagemaker article provides useful data on...

That Passagemaker article provides useful data on static rope characteristics and on ways to attach a snubber but is alas quite naive in two dynamic aspects, namely:

(1) the author's assumption...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-16-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 10,535
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
We religiously use snubber lines while anchoring...

We religiously use snubber lines while anchoring on chain rodes. However, my primary purpose is to reduce the amount of wear and tear on deck hardware, as well as to dampen chain noise belowdecks,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-09-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 4,802
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Just for the record: the title of this thread...

Just for the record: the title of this thread ("Trojan vs AGM") is confusing as Trojan has been making AGMs themselves for several years now.

In fact, we have had 5 Trojan 27G AGMs onboard...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-29-2007
Replies: 87
Views: 16,907
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
For those who have tried it all and found other...

For those who have tried it all and found other remedies wanting: you may want to inform yourself about the so-called "Paihia bombs", sold by the Paihia Pharmacy, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. (Just...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-27-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,829
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Well, insurance issues are always tough nuts to...

Well, insurance issues are always tough nuts to crack and things have not been getting any easier over the past couple of years. Our own Lloyds agent dumped us shortly after 9-11, even though we had...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-26-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,829
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Chris, Don't know if you're still watching...

Chris,

Don't know if you're still watching this board. If not, I hope you're watching the FNMOC site forecasts (using the link in my previous post).

There are currently some unseasonally...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-25-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,829
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Sorry, but when I replied earlier in this thread...

Sorry, but when I replied earlier in this thread it did not occur to me that Alameda is actually in San Francisco Bay (rather than somewhere in the greater LA area)....... I sailed the Channel...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-24-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,829
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
For an overview of "typical" conditions along the...

For an overview of "typical" conditions along the CA coast, get a copy of one of Brian Fagan's cruising guides.

For a 5-day weather forecast got to the Navy's FNMOC (https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/)...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-02-2007
Replies: 50
Views: 6,613
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
This thread has taken some weird twists and...

This thread has taken some weird twists and turns. In fact, I keep pinching myself just to make sure I am not dreaming when reading some of the posts.

I fully agree with the advice not to get...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-31-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 6,613
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
If you are looking for efficiency and speed,...

If you are looking for efficiency and speed, Rich, the arguments I used in favor of redundant forestays (including a forestay plus large inner stay) could very well not be relevant.

On the other...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-30-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 6,613
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Gentlemen; the math is pretty simple: ...

Gentlemen; the math is pretty simple:

Whether standardized or not, certified or not, regularly inspected and maintained or not, the fact remains that as long as it is a low-probability failure...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   12-30-2006
Replies: 50
Views: 6,613
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Wind Magic, by all means DO go with your own...

Wind Magic, by all means DO go with your own intuition (viz. to use redundant back-up stays or shrouds) rather than to just make everything stronger, as advised by some posters! The relevant failure...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-29-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 4,362
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Inertial momentum reigns

Congratulations on your narrow escape! Hitting a heavy floating object at night is every seafarer's horror scenario.

Meanwhile, it is sobering to consider that all of the impact force in a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-28-2006
Replies: 15
Views: 4,362
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Statistical Risks of Offshore Cruising

Many offshore sailors would probably be interested in having answers to the questions you are asking even though not everyone may be willing to admit so. Nonetheless, most of us understand at an...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-28-2006
Replies: 42
Views: 8,527
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Physico-chemical info

Throughout this interesting thread conflicting statements have been made with regard to the behavior of gases and vapors. Unfortunately, none of the posts seems to provide a fairly comprehensive...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-07-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 2,637
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
In 1995 at Guadeloupe island, about 100 NM off...

In 1995 at Guadeloupe island, about 100 NM off the Mexican Pacific coast, we tried to use "local knowledge" from one of the islanders who rowed out to tell us where to drop anchor in a small patch of...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   03-06-2006
Replies: 3,445
Views: 952,354
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
The Vanuatu archipelago has been Rivendel II's...

The Vanuatu archipelago has been Rivendel II's cruising grounds in the South Pacific since July 2000.

During the "dry season" (May thru Ocotober), when we run Project MARC ...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-03-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 2,101
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Learning to Cruise in MD

As the saying goes:

"Old salts dream of voyages;

newbies fret over equipment; and

wannabees talk about other sailors"


Have fun!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-13-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 3,658
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
how to tell if sails are blown out?

I am sure there are any number of aerodynamic experts that could give you a much more technical answer. However, here are my 2 cents worth of accumulated wisdom:

Just flatten the heck out of your...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-22-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,165
Posted By HenkMeuzelaar
Factors influencing boat balance

The original poster''s question (asked in May 2003!) was whether the movement of moving the COE well to leeward off the CLR during strong heeling produces a prominent weather helm effect.

Since...
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