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Search: Posts Made By: Alex W
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By Alex W
Re: Need a headsail..what to go with?

Catalina 22 is about the cheapest keel boat to get sails for since it is so common. Many lofts like North Sails Direct and Rolly Tasker make batches of sails for these boats and sell them at nearly...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By Alex W
Re: Topclimber bosun's chair

Did you get the Top Climber or Mast Climber? The Top Climber hasn't been made for a number of years.

I have the Mast Climber and it works really well. Just practice a bit going up and down the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By Alex W
Re: Adding a topping lift, or the heck with sheaves

On your boat there isn't space for a second sheave to run a second main halyard. Adding one is a lot more work.

You also need to splice something to the dyneema that will work in a cleat. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 2,094
Posted By Alex W
Re: Singlehanding Pedestal Steering

The C&C 30 that I was checking out before buying my Pearson had the traveler at the pedestal, so I had assumed that was the stock position. My Pearson has it just behind the companionway (not on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 2,094
Posted By Alex W
Re: Singlehanding Pedestal Steering

I have a Pearson 28-2 with wheel steering.

When I'm single handing I sit beside the wheel, not behind it. The jib sheets and main sheets are all in easy reach. I tend to sit in that same place...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 802
Posted By Alex W
Re: Materials for Soft Shackles

Greg's setup is what I do for the topping lift and downhaul on my spinnaker pole, and what I'll do next time I feel like splicing jib sheets.

This is what is going on at my sail's clew:...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 802
Posted By Alex W
Re: Materials for Soft Shackles

I was going to recommend 3/16" as a good starting point for the same reason that Greg is recommend 1/4". 3/16" is a lot easier to work with than 1/8" when you are first getting started and doesn't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By Alex W
New Soft Shackle Design

There is a fascinating and long thread on Sailing Anarchy about load testing knots, harnesses, splices, and shackle designs. Already a new loop knot that holds in dyneema (Amsteel) has been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-11-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,486
Posted By Alex W
Re: Cam or Clam Cleats, re: Jib sheets

You don't have to do a figure 8 to get it to hold. You can just wrap it around and it will hold well enough in normal conditions. It isn't strong enough for long term conditions or high loads (like...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-04-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 905
Posted By Alex W
Re: Depth Gauge vs. Fishfinder

Fish finder is useful for understanding bottom composition. You can get B&W fish finders for under $100, there is really no reason to get a depth finder unless you are trying to fill an existing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-01-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 857
Posted By Alex W
Re: Rigging knives

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3822/12868719095_01d3a681f1_c.jpg

Kyocera ceramic paring knife stays sharp even when you cut tons of dyneema with it.

The "fid" there is a piece of 2.5mm wire rod...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-28-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,353
Posted By Alex W
Re: Admiral is apprehensive about cruising

Is she nervous about the sailing or staying on the boat?

From Everett you can do an easy, comfortable, and fun overnighter to Langley, Whidbey Island. If anything goes wrong you can quickly get...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-21-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 915
Posted By Alex W
Re: Making wooden spreaders. Material?

You can get aluminum spreaders for the Yankee 30 rig from the original manufacturer. Check the Yankee 30 list, I think the mast was made be LeFiell in CA.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-16-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 506
Posted By Alex W
Re: Winch went?

Is this a 2sp winch? There isn't a neutral. Chances are that the pawls are stuck in the retracted position with thickened grease.

Rebuilding winches is part of boat ownership. Sorry that you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-14-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By Alex W
Re: Islander 28 new sails?

Darglow Featherstream
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-14-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By Alex W
Re: Cockpit Drains: Where do we get them?

My Pearson uses something like these for cockpit drains:
Perko 0285DP | Fisheries Supply (http://www.fisheriessupply.com/perko-plastic-cockpit-scupper-drain-0285dp)

and these in 1" for deck...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-11-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 2,847
Posted By Alex W
Re: Best way to get cushions

I DIY a ton. As an example I build my own bicycle frames, made all of my own fixtures for those frames. On the boat front I built my own NMEA 0183 wind instrument, made replacement sheaves for the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-07-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By Alex W
Re: Zipper along length of sail

That loose luff sail could be really useful. It would let you keep a reasonable sized jib on the furler (like a 110%) that can be used in moderate to high wind. In light air you can pull out the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-07-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Posted By Alex W
Re: Considerations for Upgrading Electrical System

You can get DC power supplies for almost every laptop on the market. These will be more efficient than using an inverter to convert DC to AC, just to have the laptop power supply convert it back to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-06-2014
Replies: 145
Views: 6,153
Posted By Alex W
Re: Low vs. high freeboard - benefits and drawbacks

I just do an image search for the boat. This is the best that I found for your Gulfstar:
http://www.dreameryachtcharters.com/images/layout_big.jpg

I use Gimp (free Photoshop-like tool) for doing...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Posted By Alex W
Re: Considerations for Upgrading Electrical System

Will you have a fridge? Without one it sounds like your current electrical system is somewhere between overkill and gross overkill.

Most electronics have a fairly small drain. So does my Webasto...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 670
Posted By Alex W
Re: Zodiac Zoom 260 Aero Anyone?

I have a 230 that I bought from Defender a couple of years ago. It does the job nicely. The PVC material won't hold up as well as hypalon in extended UV, but that isn't much of a problem around...
Forum: Electronics 01-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Alex W
Re: Configuring New System - Which Raymarine Components?

You might consider the A65 over the companionway instead of the i70. It isn't much more money and gets you a bigger display that can show more things.

I have a e7d at my helm and an older ST70...
Forum: Electronics 01-22-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Alex W
Re: Configuring New System - Which Raymarine Components?

X5 wheelpilot was replaced by the Evo wheelpilot.

I agree on skipping radar for now, try AIS for a year and see how it does for you. I live in a foggy part of the world and have only been stuck...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-20-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,519
Posted By Alex W
Re: Pearson 34 - Talk me out of it

I haven't looked too closely at a 70s Pearson. I really like my 80s Pearson 28-2, and the 33-2 looks like a nice size bump on paper.

I do like the design and build quality of my 80s Pearson...
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