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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-31-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 1,222
Posted By EscapeArtist
I''''ll miss the articles

The original articles posted on this site by authors such as Beth Leonard, Sue and Larry, and my favorite, John Kretchmer, constitute the finest collection of non-fiction sailing writing I have ever...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-17-2002
Replies: 19
Views: 8,575
Posted By EscapeArtist
Prop walk with a Max Prop

I love prop walk. It lets me manuever the boat in ways that I could never duplicate if it were significantly reduced.

For example, most single-screw boats will turn left inside their own length,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-29-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 2,418
Posted By EscapeArtist
DR Paperwork -- where?

After doing some additional research, I found a way to print my own dr plotting sheets that are actually NOS color charts.

Nautical charts are in the public domain, we pay for them with our taxes....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-26-2002
Replies: 7
Views: 2,418
Posted By EscapeArtist
DR Paperwork -- where?

OK, this is a newby sailor question if ever there was one... I should probably put it on the "learn to sail" board.

While I am an unapologetic GPS navigator, with three units on board of which the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-29-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 2,576
Posted By EscapeArtist
Headsail furling: Best practise

You should unfurl the headsail after you''ve raised the main and are sailing.

Put the sheet on a winch and start pulling out the sail. Once you get it out a bit, the wind will do the rest.

The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-24-2002
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By EscapeArtist
Calling all Sailboats - Sept 14 in NY Harbour

Is there a website with additional information about this event? We sail out of Westbrook, CT and have been considering participating.

After many trips driving into NYC to see a show or an opera,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-06-2002
Replies: 329
Views: 43,816
Posted By EscapeArtist
Celestial Navigation? Forget it!

Today, Sailnet posted an article by Liza Copeland about the hazards of cruising.

The first third of the article was about navigation, wherein she declared that it was dangerous to "rely solely on...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-30-2002
Replies: 26
Views: 15,582
Posted By EscapeArtist
Heavy weather sailing

I may be bad advice, but it''s in all the sailing books: Chapman, Sailing Handbook, etc. Twist the sails to spill air off the leech and reduce heel.

It seems to me that this bit of wisdom is...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-30-2002
Replies: 9
Views: 3,681
Posted By EscapeArtist
Ayrodynamics of Sailing

It''s a snap.

1. Point the boat where you want to go.

2. Let out the sail(s) until they flap a little.

3. Pull in until they just stop flapping. Don''t pull in any more.

4. When you...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-18-2002
Replies: 3
Views: 2,718
Posted By EscapeArtist
Emergency Anchor Setup

This is the exactly the setup that the sea anchor manufacturer describes. I suppose if you need to lie to a sea anchor, you sure don''t need to be going forward.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-18-2002
Replies: 4
Views: 1,896
Posted By EscapeArtist
Harness Combos & Price

My harness is inflatable as well. It''s practically the same size as a plain web harness. The only disadvantage is the cost, and this is not an area where I want to be cheap.

It cost just under...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-18-2002
Replies: 57
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Views: 10,163
Posted By EscapeArtist
anchors

Here in Long Island Sound, nearly every boat has some kind of plow-type anchor hanging on the bow. That''s because even the sand bottoms are very hard here, so a heavy anchor with a penetrating point...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-02-2001
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By EscapeArtist
storage, mast up

A notable side-effect of having your mast unstepped every year is the necessary inspection and adjustment of the standing rigging, which generally happens when the mast is stepped the following...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-02-2001
Replies: 11
Views: 1,622
Posted By EscapeArtist
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Um, I took the old name off my boat with a little acetone and a couple of paper towels. I might have had a piece of steel wool, but I think that I mostly used the paper towel.

Count me in with the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-26-2001
Replies: 7
Views: 6,516
Posted By EscapeArtist
GPS Anchor Alarms

I agree that the GPS display resolution has nothing to do with the accuracy of an anchor drag alarm.

I thought we had digressed to discussing the value of WAAS accuracy for everyday navigation...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-25-2001
Replies: 7
Views: 6,516
Posted By EscapeArtist
GPS Anchor Alarms

The accuracy figures that most people use (including Garmin) are:

1. GPS with SA: 100 meters
2. GPS w/o SA: 15 meters
3. Differential GPS: 3-5 meters
4. WAAS: 2-3 meters

While 12 a meter...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-25-2001
Replies: 0
Views: 1,971
Posted By EscapeArtist
Thimble Islands Navigation

I have read several articles recently extolling the Thimble Islands as a great cruising stop in Long Island Sound. The most recent mention was in this month''s "Sail" Magazine.

Whenever I''ve...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-25-2001
Replies: 7
Views: 6,516
Posted By EscapeArtist
GPS Anchor Alarms

I think that the extra accuracy claimed by the newer units is not that significant to boaters. If selective availability (induced position inaccuracy) was still in effect, a WAAS or differential GPS...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-17-2001
Replies: 7
Views: 6,516
Posted By EscapeArtist
GPS Anchor Alarms

When I bought my sailboat a few years ago, the previous owner left the old Garmin 75 GPS for me. I''ve used it ever since, reluctant to upgrade because of all the waypoints and routes that I''ve...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-17-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 2,229
Posted By EscapeArtist
Deltas are great!

I''ve read long threads in the past about everyone''s favorite or most hated anchor. Sorry for boring everyone with mine.

We just spent the weekend at anchor in Eastern Long Island, trying to get...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-17-2001
Replies: 12
Views: 3,410
Posted By EscapeArtist
heavy weather????

What constitutes a "small craft" is deliberately ambiguous.

In the sea states associated with an ocean gale, a 25-foot sailboat is definitely a "small craft." In Long Island Sound, where 3-4 foot...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-05-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 4,746
Posted By EscapeArtist
Creating a deviation table from a GPS.

Coming home last weekend I had to steer 280 degrees magnetic to maintain a "GPS heading" of 275. Should I look at that and conclude that my compass has a 5 degree error?

GPSs don''t know much...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-04-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 4,746
Posted By EscapeArtist
Creating a deviation table from a GPS.

How would you compensate for deviation caused by tidal current?
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-04-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 6,424
Posted By EscapeArtist
Leaving your boat at anchor

As a relatively inexperienced sailor, I used to think that it was irresponsible to leave your boat unattended at anchor. However, I see people doing it all the time here on LI Sound.

So now I''ve...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-23-2001
Replies: 8
Views: 1,039
Posted By EscapeArtist
Mid size Hunter

The arch solves two problems, though it has been criticized as an affectation.

Any mainsheet works better led to the end of the boom just because the moment arm is longer. But when you do that,...
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