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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-04-2015
Replies: 551
Views: 66,639
Posted By windnrock
Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

41' sailboat. Two adults. Travel up and down the east coast and into the islands each year. Reasonable insurance (international), health and vessel. All living expenses, everything, the whole...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-12-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2,926
Posted By windnrock
Re: Moisture Meter Recomendations

Will try asap Gary as soon as I get some bandwidth. This t-mobile hot spot isn't working great here.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-12-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2,926
Posted By windnrock
Re: Moisture Meter Recomendations

Infrared camera. Rent at Home Depot for $75 a day. Take pictures early night and late morning and compare. You can save pictures to your computer/tablet and have a map of not only water intrusion but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-02-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Fortunately I have rather large cleats, 10", and don't dock a lot. Even with the lines in place our 3/4 dock lines and bridle fit with ease. 3/8" Dyneema doesn't take up much space and we generally...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-02-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

What is the rating on those adjusters? I have 3' and 6' leads on my tether and try to always use the three. You might consider actually going over the side with your tether and see if you can...
Forum: Bristol   07-31-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 5,326
Posted By windnrock
Re: Bristol 34 - blue water boat?

To be sure, most people make an offer and then do a survey with a sea trial. If you feel comfortable checking out as much as possible yourself or with a competent friend, that is fine. For our boat I...
Forum: Bristol   07-31-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 5,326
Posted By windnrock
Re: Bristol 34 - blue water boat?

Ok, so maybe not that boat! As I said, I am unfamiliar with that design. I does sound like you are taking your time and doing the research, that is the right path! Everything I said about the 41.1...
Forum: Bristol   07-31-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 5,326
Posted By windnrock
Re: Bristol 34 - blue water boat?

If she is anything like mine, you won't have to replace the chain plates. I would remove, clean and inspect them as well as the knees, but they were positioned and attached on my boat with the load...
Forum: Bristol   07-31-2015
Replies: 92
Views: 5,326
Posted By windnrock
Re: Bristol 34 - blue water boat?

While I am unfamiliar with that model, I have a 41.1 with CB. We have used her in open ocean extensively. The worst weather we faced was 5-6 m seas and 50 kn winds. A far as being a "moderately good...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,391
Posted By windnrock
Re: Aluminum Anchors

Taking it one paragraph at a time. My comments are preceded and followed with ******.


***** While I dislike the "If" in you assertion, Laconic or otherwise, tests are interesting. What "if"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,391
Posted By windnrock
Re: Aluminum Anchors

Partial quote, PDQAltair - "The "local knowledge" statement is where we are left. The problem is that becomes full of myth, tradition, and stubbornness.

You idea is intriguing--that only though...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,391
Posted By windnrock
Re: Aluminum Anchors

Like any test that has difficult controls it would have to take place over time with lots and lots of sets. That is how I have come to select the anchors I have. While the tests were not formal and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-28-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,391
Posted By windnrock
Re: Aluminum Anchors

Has Fortress considered tests with "more challenging" bottoms? It would be of interest to have tests conducted with shorter scopes as well. Because of the range of bottoms I experience in our...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-28-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Look at Downwind Marine Samson MLX - Dyneema-Polypropylene / Polyester - Double Braid - Competition Grade Rope - Cordage - Downwind Marine...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-28-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Too many people afraid of things. When did this country get so scared? A big part of sailing, certainly open water is losing your fear. As with most things there is a price to pay for freedom and it...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-27-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

I suggest everyone read what is posted on the CG web site as well as Title 14 Cornell University has a good page https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/14

If you feel that this level of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-27-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Try a Double Braid Class II Stripping Cover splice, see http://www.samsonrope.com/Documents/Splice%20Instructions/DblBrd_C2_Stripping_Cover_WEB.pdf

For eye splicing 12 strand Dyneema a Brummell...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-27-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,781
Posted By windnrock
Re: Need suggestions for a wheelchair accessible catamaran

I don't know if this would be helpful. I saw this boat in Beaufort and it was pretty amazing. The owner is paralized from the waist down and had this boat designed for access. There is an elevator,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-25-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

^Be careful, Smackdaddy might want to copy that idea...who knows, an entire new product line of ISAF approved micturating devices. Does that ball glow in the dark?

They do, but that's from...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-25-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Canada is such a sensible country.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-25-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Actually I don't get your point. Miami in the 80's? Prohibition? Dutch Caribbean? These have nothing to do with citizens rights. Prohibition was a huge mistake but it's over, the war on drugs...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-25-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

Inspections, like safety inspections should take place at a given point and time. To say that citizens should leave their rights behind because some people are smuggling in boats is not what the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-25-2015
Replies: 207
Views: 13,641
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rights during USCG Inspection.

The Coast Guard is doing what it is told to do. Most of the time they do it as nicely as possible. Congress is the place to take complaints about Title 14 section 89 of the United States Code. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-25-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Being able to release the tack on an asymmetric quickly is essential for safety. We use trigger release snap shackles for that purpose. Generally we will take the sail in when the wind climbs, even...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-25-2015
Replies: 142
Views: 5,758
Posted By windnrock
Re: Rethinking Jacklines

Getting back to the Jackline/Harness/tether thing. Here are a couple of links. The first is a study that was completed in 1999 by The Sailing Foundation. While dated, it contains some good...
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