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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-21-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,477
Posted By manatee
Re: Make Cushions Without Sewing

Found these threads by googling
{like this:
site: "cushions tape"
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-17-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,744
Posted By manatee
Re: need a good opinion

I read the OP as "...6 feet shorter..."
If 6 inches, shorter sail could be the ticket.
If 6 feet,.......hmmmm.....convert mast-head rig to fractional? :)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-07-2015
Replies: 80
Views: 5,163
Posted By manatee
Re: Money idea for someone with a boat?

"Figures lie and liars figure." The 'more trees now' hype is just more liars figuring.

It's not just the number of trees that counts, it's the total leaf surface area, plus the entire sylvan...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-05-2015
Replies: 80
Views: 5,163
Posted By manatee
Re: Money idea for someone with a boat?

Commercial cargo sail *can* work.

I read about Brad Ives using sail to deliver tropical boatbuilding woods to Gannon & Benjamin in Ruhlman's "Wooden Boats".

News Clipping...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-03-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 830
Posted By manatee
Re: Boat buying book

These should get you started. Good Luck! Happy Hunting!


Interesting series of articles:
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-28-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 7,525
Posted By manatee
Re: Building or buying a 30ft cruiser

SailNet Offshore-Cruising-Boat thread ( ** Be Aware: highly-opinionated,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-24-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 3,642
Posted By manatee
Re: Quick meals or snacks?


I *could* have said
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-21-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By manatee
Re: Stinky Foul Weather Gear

White vinegar is good for removing odors -- we saved my friends' freezer with it, after a power failure while they were away.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-25-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By manatee
Re: Sailing Audiobooks

If you have a device with text-to-speech capability, you can download free text files at Project Gutenberg ( They also have some audiobooks, of -----variable-----...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   08-29-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By manatee
Re: To the Contributing Posters on this Forum.

Very peaceful, I should think. :)

I remember reading an Arthur C. Clarke story years ago about a race of solar-sail-powered yachts -- "Sunjammer" is the title. Always thought that would be a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-13-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,351
Posted By manatee
Wreck of Columbus's Ship Found Off Haitian Coast

Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship the Santa Maria...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,191
Posted By manatee
Re: Fukushima



I think about about us arguing endlessly about things like global warming and politics for years, and then about the time we decide what's what about it all, an...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-02-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,650
Posted By manatee
Re: Advice needed please

Welcome to the dream! You may find this an interesting site to browse -- Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : (

Once you find a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-25-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,127
Posted By manatee
Re: Joshua Slocum

" But at last the time arrived to weigh anchor and get to sea in earnest. I had resolved on a voyage around the world, and as the wind on the morning of April 24,1895, was fair, at noon I weighed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By manatee
Re: Need a knot for...

There's considerable confusion over naming versions of this hitch; using Ashley reference numbers help clear the fog.

----- Grog, at Rolling Hitch | How to tie the Rolling Hitch and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-21-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By manatee
Re: Need a knot for...

Taut-line hitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (

-- lets you adjust tension; if using synthetic line, add an extra turn or 2 to compensate for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By manatee
Re: Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

Isn't it interesting how many zany ideas in science fiction have become facts of life?

Submarines -- Jules Verne
Travel to the Moon -- Lucian of Samosata, Cyrano de Bergerac, H.G. Wells, Jules...
Forum: Apps & Authors   04-11-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 1,455
Posted By manatee
Exclamation NASA Software Catalog Released

Our tax dollars at work,- over 1,000 software tools becoming available. The Computational Fluid Dynamics sounds like something designers can have fun with -- who couldn't use their own personal...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-31-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 5,158
Posted By manatee
Re: Any options for recovering lifelines?

Make a list. Maybe we can make a little something for the cruising kitty on the side. :)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 5,290
Posted By manatee
Re: Don't try this at home .. ancient means of navigation

Not known to be navigation-oriented, but one of my favorite bits of antiquity is the Antikythera Mechanism, the oldest known analog astronomical computer in the world, dating back to the 2nd century...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,162
Posted By manatee
Re: Rope handle on tiller

Wrapping a tiller (

Coxcombing (

Catamaran Tiller Wrap...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-21-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,532
Posted By manatee
Re: crazy boom question

Thought you might get some use from this thread:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-19-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,091
Posted By manatee
Re: Senior moments .. what's yours?

Never say, "Oooops!" --- say, "Ahhh, excellent!"; it keeps 'em wondering what you're up to, and is good camouflage for [ senior | blonde | doofus ] moments. :)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-16-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 4,413
Posted By manatee
Re: Active Captain question

Isn't there a logical contradiction here? If, as he says, "Forums like SailNet just don't matter in the real world.", why does he read it, and why is he so incensed, and compelled to respond to a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-14-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,694
Posted By manatee
Re: Mount Gay Rum - Future Uncertain

... though it *is* called rum "enjoyment", not "discussion" -- don't think I'd enjoy using rum as disinfectant, for a couple...
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