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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: Learning to Sail 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By nolatom
Re: Guy new to sailing! Advice please :)

Based on your other experience, it would seem neither of you would scare worth a damn ;-) I would think a small sailboat on that fairly large lake would be the most practical start, and would teach...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By nolatom
Re: Anchor light for steaming: legal?

I have McGyvered a steaming light on the small sailing skiffs with small outboards I occasionally get caught out after dark on. Usually a dive flashlight with a "dome" of wax paper or similar taped...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By nolatom
Re: Interlake or Flying Scot

Not so fast.

What's wrong with the Interlake? Who cares how old the design is, they sail nicely, better upwind than Scots.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By nolatom
Oil slick!!! Uh, no, wait......

..it's jellyfish pretending to be an oil slick:

Coast Guard determines reported pollution to be jelly fish in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts (http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2242262/)


I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 662
Posted By nolatom
Re: Birth place of the U.S. Navy

Yeah, baby, definitely Marblehead, and certainly not Beverly, they're just wrong..

All 'Headahs know that!


Tom (MHS '67-- and John Glover Elementary, he da first Secretary of the rowboats,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 452
Posted By nolatom
Re: Beach sailing craft options?

I don't know about the dolly issues but you can't go wrong with a Laser. Easy to buy and sell. Fun to sail, and will teach you to be better. And you can race them, even more fun. Perfect for the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By nolatom
Re: Because it's funny after the fact

Sweatteth notteth.

Far more experienced sailors have done the same, or worse.
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By nolatom
Re: Chart and Compass Reading

"Everything I needed to know, I learned in US Power Squadron when I was fourteen".

I'm 65 now. Good stuff ;-)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 3,409
Posted By nolatom
Re: “What’s The WORST Storm You’ve Seen?”

Katrina. I didn't go sailing, buy my house sorta did.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 3,932
Posted By nolatom
Re: Important boat stuff you forget

Yarn for telltales.
Spare shackles.
bailing scoop.

Admit it, the rest of you, you're all *cruisers* ;-) I'm a "three-hour tour"* guy with sailing students, so my missed items are not as...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,337
Posted By nolatom
Re: Off on a delivery

Um, yeah. This is "that time of year" in the Gulf, and for you in the Caribbean.

May this work out one way or the other, and give you the weather window you need.

Best wishes, be safe.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 156
Views: 6,688
Posted By nolatom
Re: Give AIS a rest

And dredges--tight fit ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 855
Posted By nolatom
Re: Pictures os sharks! It's Shark Week!

Do the sharks view Shark Week the way we view the supermarket tabloids? Weird and sketchy, but sneak a peek anyway while hustling the children past them? ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-16-2014
Replies: 156
Views: 6,688
Posted By nolatom
Re: Give AIS a rest

Actually just about all captains and most all mates on watch on large international ships (especially tankers) do speak english, and pretty well too, especially "navigation english", but it may be in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-16-2014
Replies: 156
Views: 6,688
Posted By nolatom
Re: Give AIS a rest

I think the theme here is, "use VHF and AIS as a courtesy and not as an irritant". If I'm on a beat in a sound I will let a barge tow (or any large nonmaneuverable vessel) know what I'm doing so my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 2,324
Posted By nolatom
Re: I Equate it to Driving in a Bad Snow Storm!

Usually I will ease the traveler out, and then out some more, before reefing. It allows you to pull the main down to flatten it for going upwind in the heavier air, without pulling it quite so far...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-08-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,004
Posted By nolatom
Re: Our new place

We're all coming over... ;-)
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,223
Posted By nolatom
Re: knockdown vs. capsize vs. broach

Agree with above.

Capsize means the hull has lost stability and ain't coming back up.

Broach to me means you got sideways to forces of wind, or sea, or both that you shouldn't have, and are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By nolatom
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

buy two pieces of non-stretch braided line, each about 1.5 to 2 times the length of your boat (or one piece of line and cut it, ha ha).

a sheet and a guy are typically indistinguishable but for...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 08-06-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,218
Posted By nolatom
Re: Bad compass?

Well, if at arm's length with you naked and no electric wires or iron ore deposits nearby, and it still "does it"?

I would guess a loose or broken magnet in the compass?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By nolatom
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

Good onya for learning how to "fly the kite".

I'm a fan of using spinnakers for cruising. During those midsummer highs with light wind, the spinny can make a hot and not-worth-it downwind day...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,772
Posted By nolatom
Re: single-hand: best time raise/lower jib?

I think in general, we raise the main first, then jib. And lower the jib first, then main.

Why? Basically a safety thing. the main with no jib, will tend to head you up into the wind, which is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By nolatom
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

you need two pieces of line, one from each clew, led aft.

If you want to gild the lily, you can use two each, with one being slack while you insert it into the pole end, then tighten up on it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 72
Views: 4,237
Posted By nolatom
Re: Concussions

Brian, best wishes, and it does get better, though it takes time.

Nine years ago, I stood in the wrong spot, head temporarily turned the wrong way, on a 37-footer reefed so the clew was about a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-05-2014
Replies: 92
Views: 6,445
Posted By nolatom
Re: VSC saved me from CG boarding

Donna, while I, a retired Coast Guard reservist, may appear to be on the minority side here in taking a gentler view of their boarding and law enforcement activities regarding recreational vessels...
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