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Forum: Learning to Sail   05-03-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 1,488
Posted By ccboston
Releasing tension on a winched line

Your concern probably shouldn''t be the one-hand grip. With three or more wraps around the winch, it takes only light pressure on the tail end of the line to hold enormous loads. Your concern should...
Forum: herSailNet   05-03-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 3,112
Posted By ccboston
looking to crew ''''n learn around boston

Speaking strictly downtown Boston:

You can do it the informal way by crewing on racing boats. Look for a club with an active racing program. Call a couple of clubs and ask about posting "Crew...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-12-2004
Replies: 8
Views: 3,217
Posted By ccboston
figuring distance from Lat/lon

some discussion here
http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/LatLong.html
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-12-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 3,392
Posted By ccboston
removing orig water tank

to RichH''s instructions I would add two notes:

1 Concentrated lye reacts quite vigorously with aluminum, dissolving the aluminum and liberating quite a bit of heat in the process. I believe...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-11-2004
Replies: 329
Views: 44,419
Posted By ccboston
Celestial Navigation? Forget it!

I agree that this is a dumb argument.

Consider the following three statements:

1) Celestial navigation is obsolete.

2) Celestial navigation has been replaced by more effective technology...
Forum: Racing   04-09-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 3,923
Posted By ccboston
jibsheets while spinnaker''''s up

It''s all about leaving yourself options.

You never know when something is going to foul up and require a last minute tack right before the set, or a quick tack right after the takedown. And you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-09-2004
Replies: 7
Views: 1,671
Posted By ccboston
Tiny rust spots from nearby grinders

It wouldn''t hurt simply to state the facts to the yard owner. Ideally in person, phone is OK, e-mail or letter is right out. Just the facts, no accusation or request for redress, no hysteria. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-09-2004
Replies: 9
Views: 5,801
Posted By ccboston
gaff rig

That was really interesting and informative: material that I haven''t seen elsewhere. Thanks for the effort it takes to write this stuff down and share it.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-08-2004
Replies: 14
Views: 8,746
Posted By ccboston
knock downs

As others have said, it''s much harder to knock down a 34 foot keel boat than a 16 foot centerboard dinghy. And, even if you do manage to get knocked down, it''ll probably pop back upright as soon...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-03-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 2,846
Posted By ccboston
Quickstop COB recovery

gstraub, I had the same concrn you describe. Being used to dinghies, it struck me as a sure formula for knockdown or uncontrolled broach, to try to bear off and gybe with the main strapped in.
...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-03-2004
Replies: 34
Views: 6,091
Posted By ccboston
The perfect sailing beverage

Indirectly related: There was an article about 2 years ago in the Wall Street Journal, describing a science project done by a high school student. Her dad traveled a lot for business and she asked...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-02-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 2,846
Posted By ccboston
Quickstop COB recovery

Thanks both of you for the comments. The "oval" comment is helpful to me, as is the idea of heaving to at the top of the circle and just drifting down onto the victim. Using Quickstop the boat...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-02-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 2,846
Posted By ccboston
Quickstop COB recovery

Having been taught to recover a crew overboard using the traditional "Figure 8" reach-to-reach, but also having read the strong endorsement of Quickstop by various sailing authorities, I recently...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-02-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 6,682
Posted By ccboston
what''''s up with sail twist?

I dunno -- I''m not much of a sailing expert -- I''ve spent more time in the library than on the racecourse... But I do know something about the development of technical ideas in science and...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-01-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 6,682
Posted By ccboston
what''''s up with sail twist?

Jeff -- I''m interested in your comment about not wanting more twist in waves, since it runs directly counter to the conventional wisdom (e.g., Dobbs Davis''s article right here on Sailnet, or...
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-01-2004
Replies: 34
Views: 6,091
Posted By ccboston
The perfect sailing beverage

I once asked a group of young Russian Navy sailors their opinion on the best vodka.

They looked at me as though I were stupid. Then they looked at each other. Then they looked at me again as...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-31-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 6,682
Posted By ccboston
what''''s up with sail twist?

There''s another aspect of twist: More twist makes the sail more forgiving of minor changes in apparent wind angle or speed (such as those caused by waves acting on the boat, or by a steerer who is...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-24-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,163
Posted By ccboston
Factors influencing boat balance

Thanks much. And without resorting to graphics, too.

I''m guessing that a boat that had a very blunt entry and pretty straight topsides, and that carried a lot of its beam pretty far aft...
Forum: herSailNet   02-24-2004
Replies: 21
Views: 6,026
Posted By ccboston
First time teen

I would throw into the mix an assessment of overall life priorities, too. I recently heard from a friend who said he had sold his boat: "The kids weren''t keen on going out; they went along...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-24-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,163
Posted By ccboston
Factors influencing boat balance

Yep, now that you mention it I have seen that. I can''t quite figure out why, though. I''m imagining the shape of the submerged portion of a heeled-over hull, and it is not intuitively obvious...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-24-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,163
Posted By ccboston
Factors influencing boat balance

Yes, you''re right, but the question I''m asking isn''t *quite* as dumb as the one you answered. (Your answer wasn''t dumb at all)

Of course you can steer a boat by shifting weight to alter the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-23-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,163
Posted By ccboston
Factors influencing boat balance

Thanks for your post. Nice clear explanation of jacking, by the way. Note again my use of the phrase "Everything else being equal." In real life, everything else *isn''t* equal: all the forces...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-22-2004
Replies: 29
Views: 5,163
Posted By ccboston
Factors influencing boat balance

Intuitively (and reasoning from intuition with only a little knowledge is always risky) the Flying Dutchman''s point makes sense.

I imagine the thrust vector as though there were no sails, but the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-19-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 7,459
Posted By ccboston
Topping lift

One thing to consider when sizing a topping lift is crew overboard recovery. In the case of smaller person trying to recover a larger person (typical husband/wife cruising pair scenario), if your...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   02-19-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1,465
Posted By ccboston
Shifting gears at the helm

This question pertains to helming "modern" broad-beamed fin-keeled spade-rudder type cruising designs of, say, 35 to 40 feet in varying sea conditions. The overall goal is to sail efficiently and...
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