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Forum: Introduce Yourself   02-14-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 775
Posted By johnshasteen
Re: First Boat

What boat you choose should depend on where you plan to sail - we sail mostly offshore and with just a crew of two, so, our Bristol 29.9 (third boat for us) was a good choice for us.
Stay with a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-29-2015
Replies: 2,155
Views: 236,046
Posted By johnshasteen
Re: Production Boats and the Limits

Hola Smack Daddy, como esta? As I said, years ago, much of survival depends on the crew. We've been through more storms in the Gulf than most people - the last was the Force 10 storm that I posted...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   01-17-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,385
Posted By johnshasteen
Re: Just bought my first boat

glad you decided to be a sailor and that's a good first-boat. In a few years, when you decide to sail further and wider, you'll need a stronger boat, but a Hunter is a good start.
...John, Paloma...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   09-11-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 11,012
Posted By johnshasteen
Re: Bristol 26 vs Cape Dory 25

They are both great small boats, you won't go wrong with either one. Just pick the one you like best - have it surveyed, then buy it and go sailing.
John, s/v Paloma, B29.9 #141
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-29-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,121
Posted By johnshasteen
Re: What should i practice next?

Storm training! It could save your life some day.
Years ago, my friends and I thought we were good sailors, but needed storm training. So, anytime a storm was brewing in Galveston Bay, we would head...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-27-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,515
Posted By johnshasteen
We love to sail in the winter, when the weather...

We love to sail in the winter, when the weather is in the 70's and the wind pipes up - the Gulf is beautiful in the winter. In the summer it's too hot to sail, so Paloma, with 12K BTU's of AC,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-19-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By johnshasteen
I agree and would add - any sailboat is fine on a...

I agree and would add - any sailboat is fine on a nice day, but if you are way offshore and the weather pipes up, you will want a sturdy boat. Hunters, and the like, don't fill that bill. If you look...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-09-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 1,660
Posted By johnshasteen
The Texas gulf sailing season is just starting....

The Texas gulf sailing season is just starting. In the summer it's just too hot and the winds are to light to sail - the winter here is in the 60/70's and the breeze picks up considerably.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-29-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 7,005
Posted By johnshasteen
Let's see, we've sailed Paloma from Puerto...

Let's see, we've sailed Paloma from Puerto Isabella to Isla Mujeres, Galveston to Vera Cruz; sailed through, or should I say survived, two Force 10 storms at sea. Most of the water that gushed over...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   10-22-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,677
Posted By johnshasteen
I don't think there is an owner's manual. Back in...

I don't think there is an owner's manual. Back in the 80's we had a Bayfield 29 and all it came with was an engine manual for the 2QM15 Yanmar.
Forum: Bristol   10-10-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,888
Posted By johnshasteen
Jim, go to Bristol Owners' Association Home Page...

Jim, go to Bristol Owners' Association Home Page (http://www.bristolowners.org/) , there are lots of B32 owners and all are willing to talk about their boats.
...John
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-09-2011
Replies: 3,090
Views: 398,472
Posted By johnshasteen
Not sure yet, we haven't been down to the boat in...

Not sure yet, we haven't been down to the boat in about a month. We're in Bahia Marina, up the ship chanel from Port Aransas.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-09-2011
Replies: 3,090
Views: 398,472
Posted By johnshasteen
Harvest Moon Regatta

Smack, you'll have a great time. We've done the Regatta several times, first time in a friend's Pearson 365 Sloop, the other times in Paloma.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-19-2011
Replies: 80
Views: 21,015
Posted By johnshasteen
Having endured two Force 10 storms at sea, here's...

Having endured two Force 10 storms at sea, here's what I've learned: be as familiar with your boat as you can; know how to fix and have stuff to fix it with for every critical function on your boat;...
Forum: Learning to Sail   09-13-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 6,717
Posted By johnshasteen
I agree with everything and have one thing to...

I agree with everything and have one thing to add. Before you leave port, especially with an unfamilar boat (we still do this with Paloma and we've owned her for a couple of decades), is go over the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-11-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 2,537
Posted By johnshasteen
We sail mostly in the Gulf of Mexico and only in...

We sail mostly in the Gulf of Mexico and only in the winter, when it's finally cooled down into the 70's. The winds are good, so we have a 110 working jib on a roller furling that works very well...
Forum: Bristol   09-08-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,955
Posted By johnshasteen
You can take a 29.9 anywhere and in any weather...

You can take a 29.9 anywhere and in any weather you are dumb enough to sail. We've owned Paloma since she was almost new and sail offshore most of the time. We have sailed her all over the Gulf of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-04-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 5,689
Posted By johnshasteen
Your Columbia is a tough little boat, our first...

Your Columbia is a tough little boat, our first boat was an old Columbia 28. The better you get with the boat, the more wind you can handle, but try to stay in the under 30 knots if you can, until...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-28-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,036
Posted By johnshasteen
Interesting commentary. Down here on the...

Interesting commentary. Down here on the Texas/Louisana Gulf coast, hurricanes are more common, often larger (cat 3-5) and do more damage (Katrina 1833 lives lost, Rita much fewer lost, the great...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-23-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 3,050
Posted By johnshasteen
Well, it that's not enough heat for you come on...

Well, it that's not enough heat for you come on down to South Texas, where it gets HOT, and with the prevailing wind out of the south, off of the Gulf, the humidity is usually 100%. But the winters...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-11-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 2,764
Posted By johnshasteen
Down here on the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is the...

Down here on the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is the best time to go sailing out in the Gulf, the weather is in the 70's with strong winds from the S or SE. Summer is brutally hot and the winds die down.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,483
Posted By johnshasteen
A few years ago we were making a passage between...

A few years ago we were making a passage between Corpus Christi and Port Isabel and were preparing to go under the South Padre Island Bridge with wind on the beam and having to pass a three boat tow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-22-2011
Replies: 171
Views: 30,730
Posted By johnshasteen
We've sailed/bare-poled Paloma through 36 and 40...

We've sailed/bare-poled Paloma through 36 and 40 hours of two Force 10 storms and never thought about it being that dangerous - just brutally tiring and frustrating, running before the storm and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-16-2011
Replies: 162
Views: 15,989
Posted By johnshasteen
I'm a young 68 and my bride of 46 years is a...

I'm a young 68 and my bride of 46 years is a child of 65. We still sail offshore whenever possible.
Whenever I feel old, I call my old sailing friend Gene, he's going on 92. A few years ago, he...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-15-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,838
Posted By johnshasteen
Good stuff, thanks

Good stuff, thanks
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