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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-21-2002
Replies: 5
Views: 2,366
Posted By dimwit
Beginners with Fuel Storage

I have a 70''s Catalina with the fueltank shelf under the port lazarrete as well. My primary tank goes there. I store a spare, plastic gas tank in the cockpit, lashed up against the transom. It''s...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-21-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 936
Posted By dimwit
Graduating from Day Sailing to Cruising

DotCalm,

As one goldfish said to the other: "Think outside the bowl!"

My experience was like yours. 22'' boat, and after a season of daysailing, I knew I wanted to try to GO somewhere. I just...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-21-2002
Replies: 10
Views: 2,779
Posted By dimwit
Centerboard Position

The higher you point into the wind, the more leeway you will experience, and more centerboard is needed to keep you tracking straight. The converse is also true: the farther your point is off the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-04-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 2,850
Posted By dimwit
Killer Tiller

Making the tiller fast and steering w/ the outboard is the best way. In my small (22'') boat, I just straddle the tiller to keep it relatively straight (though with a bigger boat you can lash it: it...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children   04-04-2002
Replies: 13
Views: 14,493
Posted By dimwit
Sailing With Infants?

Gotta throw my two cents in here. . .
I''d hate the thought of whatever carseat I stuffed the kid into tumbling over when the boat heeled over hard, sending Junior and carseat rolling around on the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-16-2002
Replies: 33
Views: 8,967
Posted By dimwit
Welcome to Learning to Sail

Lawless,
Those four-stroke Hondas weigh a ton. Rigging a winch might sound like the solution, but I''d consider shopping for a bracket that has a stronger spring inside to counteract the added...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-16-2002
Replies: 33
Views: 8,967
Posted By dimwit
Welcome to Learning to Sail

Pelican,
Don''t toss that centerboard!
It''s very probable that you have a "stub" keel" (it''s a full keel, but very shallow). When sailing to windward, unless you have the centerboard slipped in,...
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-02-2002
Replies: 24
Views: 31,722
Posted By dimwit
What''''s the best book on sailing for beginners

My vote is for Bob Bond: it''s fascinating reading all by itself, and the applicibility never stops. I read and re-read this book over 10 times my first two seasons, and absorbed the practical...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-13-2002
Replies: 4
Views: 6,341
Posted By dimwit
best "performance" cruiser ~100K

W,
I''d love to know what you think of the C30. I''ll be in the market in about a year, and it''s homework time. Comments from experience are better than any brocure. I''m looking to coastal-cruise,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-13-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 1,173
Posted By dimwit
Current/former Catalina 30 owners. . .

Thanks, Mitch: this site is a treasure-trove of useful information. I especially liked the comments from a surveyor of the model in general. The perfect boat only sails the ocean of our imagination;...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-12-2002
Replies: 2
Views: 1,173
Posted By dimwit
Current/former Catalina 30 owners. . .

I''m moving up from a swing-keel C22, and have my sights set on a C30. I''ll be using the boat for weekending and coastal cruising from Baja to the Bay Area. I often sail short- and single-handed....
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-26-2001
Replies: 11
Views: 5,232
Posted By dimwit
Bungee Cord

Gentlemen,
Congratulations for settling your difference of opinion in a graceful and respectful way. As I was following the thread, I dreaded seeing it turn into a two-way tirade (and losing the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-26-2001
Replies: 22
Views: 4,680
Posted By dimwit
How big is too big to start out?

Jeff,
I''ve followed this thread with interest, and since your situation is somewhat like mine, here are my two cents:

1) Think like a hermit crab: you will own a succession of boats, and will...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-16-2001
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By dimwit
How about 30 footers?

I agree with Jeff: 30 ft. would be an outside maximum. Smaller boats will let you develop your skills faster and better. Even a 27'' sloop will make you a better sailor after one summer than a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-28-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 2,461
Posted By dimwit
little critters

Yes, and we want to be friendly when killing pests, not don''t we? lol
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-28-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 1,947
Posted By dimwit
UNUSUAL EVENTS

Is there an echo in here?
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   10-28-2001
Replies: 17
Views: 7,033
Posted By dimwit
dousing a hanked jib

Headman has the most seaman-like advice, and if I were rigged for cruising or had an obstructed foredeck, that''s what I''d do. But we daysailors can get by with something a bit less. . .
I''ve had...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-28-2001
Replies: 63
Views: 13,910
Posted By dimwit
Heeling Paranoia

hopkins,
trailorsailor is a good site w/ much useful info.
Sounds as if you''ve got it all down. I think you answered your own question. If you''d taken in a reef earlier, it would have been much...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 63
Views: 13,910
Posted By dimwit
Heeling Paranoia

se,
After all this has been said, and you have more hours at the tiller, it looks as if your confidence has risen. Just two short thoughts that may be helpful:
Your initial concern was as much...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 9
Views: 8,383
Posted By dimwit
catalina 22

M,
I have a ''74 as well.
Yes, counter-clockwise to lower the keel. When you release the catch, keep you hand on the handle (if it gets away from you, you won''t damage the keel, but you could...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 6
  reefing
Views: 2,865
Posted By dimwit
reefing

tsv,
If it''s possible to roller-reef your boom, you will notice that the boom has a couple of specific features:
1) it''s round
2) it spins freely at the gooseneck (probably)
3) the mainsheet...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 4
Views: 1,591
Posted By dimwit
should i take more lessons

sbs,
Since these guys all started talking about their adventures and the dangers of starting off in surf, I''ll stick to your question:
The basic class was plenty for you to go out and practice the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 11
Views: 2,312
Posted By dimwit
Is sailing for me?

Most college sailing boats are built for a two-man crew, with boats typically in the 14-19ft. range. I would certainly go out and try it, but the ability to move quickly (agility) is going to be more...
Forum: Learning to Sail   10-21-2001
Replies: 16
  Tacking
Views: 3,675
Posted By dimwit
Tacking

I agree, Deb. It has to be one of two things:
1) the jib is allowed to back-fill too long (as soon as it helps push the bows across the wind, slack that sheet), or, more likely,
2) you''re assuming...
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