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Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Hours Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 4,229
Posted By fallard
Re: Damned I hate winter!

We're up to +4°from -6° early this morning. The floating dock was free yesterday, but is now iced in, with ice extending at least 400' and beyond, just south of Mystic Seaport. There are a few open...
Forum: Diesel   11 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By fallard
Re: Cold starter....

My 3GM30F starts readily in warm weather, but when the temp gets down to 40 degrees it takes more fuel and more turns to fire up. I've had this boat for 20 years and it has always been this way...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   1 Day Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By fallard
Re: RAM Microphone mounted at helm

My installation also keeps the helm "clean" and it works well if you keep the mike wire out of the way when you work you way around the wheel. I also keep a handheld VHF as backup, but I don't like...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   3 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,494
Posted By fallard
Unhappy Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

I'm not sure "biggest dangerous assumption" isn't an overstatement, but my use of "worst case" certainly was an overstatement of the situation I meant to imply. In the real worst case, you needn't...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   4 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,494
Posted By fallard
Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

So, whose statement is more emotional than rational?

I've lost 2 sets of electronics in lightning strikes--the upside being my electronics have been regularly updated! I, too, know how fast you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 5,061
Views: 458,902
Posted By fallard
Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Is that one of Taylor Swift's houses in the background?
Forum: Racing   1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By fallard
Re: BVI - Around Tortola Race

Heading east on either side of Tortola is going to be a slog to windward. You are also sailing against a consistent east-to-west current.

If you are intending to race a charter boat, better check...
Forum: US Northeast   1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Agree that sailing east of Fishers Island toward Block Island, Cuttyhunk, Martha's Vineyard will feel like ocean sailing without the blue water, although you are never more than 20nm from safe...
Forum: US Northeast   1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

You might check the reviews on Active Captain for Crockers. Only a couple for Gwenmor. There aren't enough reviews for a substantive evaluation, but the Crocker reviews might give you pause.
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Forum: US Northeast   1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Crockers is certainly much better protected from wind, wave, and wakes than the open marinas to the south, but, to Rob's insinuation, you are in a gritty neighborhood. Certainly not snooty!
Forum: US Northeast   1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

There is a Navy marina at the the War College in Newport, with the O club right there. Land transportation is another matter, though.
Forum: US Northeast   1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Mystic is definitely a better (less exposed, no ferry wakes) location than New London harbor. New London is a major stop on Amtrak,however, making more stops there than the Mystic train station. ...
Forum: US Northeast   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Surely, you aren't suggesting the OP anchor his boat for a couple of weeks unattended. Other than the risk, there are likely to be rules regarding unattended anchored boats.

In the transient...
Forum: US Northeast   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Not a mind reader: one could infer you weren't bringing a dinghy. In any case, why not store the dink on land? It should be as safe there as at a mooring if you lock dinghy and motor to a dinghy...
Forum: US Northeast   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,670
Posted By fallard
Re: Where to leave the boat in NE

Recommend the OP have a dinghy for cruising in New England. There are a lot of great places where a dinghy is a must if you are planning to anchor out at times. Should the OP arrange for a mooring...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,410
Posted By fallard
Re: Need new quality Cruising Sails

My experience with a North 3DL laminate headsail was such that I will never buy another laminate sail that I intended to keep for 10 years. I bought it for performance and had North measure my boat,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 3,451
Posted By fallard
Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

The Town mooring in the photo is at the NW corner of the mooring field. The boat was from Newport and looked like a bareboat charter. The skipper apparently was trying to circle around and pick up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 3,451
Posted By fallard
Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Yes, but you are on the left coast. On the right coast, it helps to have less draft for some of our crowded anchorages. This poor fellow needed to draw less than 4' at the edge of the Cuttyhunk...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 900
Posted By fallard
Re: Any ideas for inside hatch trim?

An alternative would be to simply seal the exposed area with epoxy (e.g., West System), followed by 2-part epoxy fairing to smooth things out.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 3,451
Posted By fallard
Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

I like my own keel (don't most of us?) that allows sailing close to the wind when it's all the way down, but then can be tucked completely away when necessary to float in less than 2' of water. I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,794
Posted By fallard
Re: how to convert the naive and the unwilling?

Lee side of Tortola? In at least 6 charters in the BVI, the only lee side of Tortola I found was Soper's Hole/West End. You will find it very uncomfortable heading in an easterly direction under...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,794
Posted By fallard
Re: how to convert the naive and the unwilling?

One more thing about The Baths: You can pick up a day mooring for the mother ship and dinghy into the dinghy tie line, but you'll have to swim ashore from there. (Strictly speaking, you are not...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,794
Posted By fallard
Re: how to convert the naive and the unwilling?

Suggested BVI stops for northern squirrel:

Day one: afternoon departure from charter base (Road Town?). Sail 5nm to Cooper Island and pick up mooring (inner is better if available). Make a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 925
Posted By fallard
Re: Refridgeration

You also might consider that the added air exchange of a front loader vs top loader will require defrosting more frequently.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 5,255
Posted By fallard
Re: Epoxy Barrier coat

According to the manufacturer, Interlux 2000 is specifically formulated to minimize water infiltration, whereas "regular" epoxy, like Interlux 1000 is suitable as a sealing layer for the bare...
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