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Search: Posts Made By: mr_f
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,054
Posted By mr_f
Re: Something to Watch for New Battery Technology

Here is another new take on battery tech:

Sand-based lithium ion batteries that outperform standard by three times...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By mr_f
Re: Lee shore: a cautionary tale for day sailors

I think the only possible explanation is that you have 5-7.5 feet of marine growth on the bottom of your keel. You should hire a diver more often.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,137
Posted By mr_f
Re: Case Study in Surviving a Cat 1 Tropical Cyclone

The definition of a "Tropical Storm" is actually much more specific than that.

This is from Dr. Masters of Weather Underground:

Definition of Tropical, Subtropical, and Extratropical...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5,152
Views: 320,672
Posted By mr_f
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I don't know how to interpret this. Do you mean this as a compliment or an insult?

On the one hand, I have known a number of 10 year old tree fort designers that do excellent work. They keep...
Forum: Learning to Sail 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,613
Posted By mr_f
Re: high wind gybing technique??

Perhaps you should look up the definition of chicken gybe.
Forum: Learning to Sail 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,613
Posted By mr_f
Re: high wind gybing technique??

Are you still serious about this. You still claim racing sails would be "shredded in seconds" if the boat tacked? Clearly you have never been on a racing boat. They tack quite frequently.

Forum: Learning to Sail 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,613
Posted By mr_f
Re: high wind gybing technique??

So you and Classic30 are suggesting you can only tack an expensive laminate a couple of times before your sail is worn out, and you wouldn't want to waste that tack when you could jibe. You do see...
Forum: Learning to Sail 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,613
Posted By mr_f
Re: high wind gybing technique??

I don't have a "go-fast racing boat with expensive laminate sails", but I am frankly surprised to learn that you can't tack them without destroying your sails. If that were true, how would they go...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,334
Posted By mr_f
Re: First Accident What Did I Do Wrong?

On a boat the size of a Newport 23, I would assume you can reach the mainsheet while you are holding the tiller. Ease out the sail. You will immediately reduce heel and you can make a better plan to...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By mr_f
Re: so I finally bought a boat.. after all these years

Interesting boat. Where do you attach the sails?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By mr_f
Re: Mantus anchor raffle

Bacon Sails has pretty good prices on mantus anchors. The 25# is $197.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By mr_f
Re: Washington DC visit budget

You can anchor right off gangplank. I believe their are fees for the various dinghy docks, but certainly less than transient slip fees.

As for the entrance to gangplank, what bridge? I don't see...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,381
Posted By mr_f
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Apparently this really isn't true.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-07-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,834
Posted By mr_f
Re: 1981 - Catalina 30' or Sabre 30'?

Sabre's website disagrees with you.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-06-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,834
Posted By mr_f
Re: 1981 - Catalina 30' or Sabre 30'?

Random thoughts. Take them for what they are worth.

I may have misunderstood you, but Sabre is still in business and their customer support is excellent (although they are currently not producing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,640
Posted By mr_f
Re: Stand-on? Give way?

I wish there were more education/enforcement of this. I had multiple run-ins this weekend with "two dopes and a six pack" who clearly did not understand the rules. In general, I try to give people...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-19-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 741
Posted By mr_f
Re: Jib will not unroll completely

Be very careful with halyard wraps when furling/unfurling. Bad things can happen.

This may be of use to you:...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 283
Posted By mr_f
Re: Formula for calculating stowage based on displacement?

I do not recommend putting 1000 lbs of feathers on your boat. They are not very practical and will take up a lot of space.

1000 lbs of cheese, on the other hand, is reasonable as long as it is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-15-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,718
Posted By mr_f
Re: What are the pros/cons of the Max Prop

We had a 2-bladed folding on the last boat, and a 3-blade max-prop on the current, both courtesy of the previous owners. The most noticeable difference for me was the performance in reverse. Really...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-10-2014
Replies: 72
Views: 4,147
Posted By mr_f
Re: The run aground poll

I am not aground at this moment.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,619
Posted By mr_f
Re: Wave powered propeller

Not only that, he apparently would like us to give up using municipal sewage treatment and return to the glory days of dumping our chamber pots out the window into the street. I personally am more in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-25-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,436
Posted By mr_f
Re: Singlehanding Pedestal Steering

I will second Alex's take. On our Pearson 33-2 (the slightly bigger sister of his 28-2), I also sat beside the wheel. Not only does that provide access to the jib sheet, I thought it provided a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-06-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By mr_f
Re: Anyone Interested??

I love that it lists as a selling point "New aluminum 12 gallon fuel tank." That will come in handy if you decide you want an engine.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-04-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 656
Posted By mr_f
Re: Waste Bladder fills up with saltwater as soon as I pump out.

I think besides stating loudly that as configured, any fitting failure will currently lead to your sinking, I think it is worth noting: if water is getting into your system, sewage is getting out. I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-04-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 935
Posted By mr_f
Re: Just sayin, cuz its general discussion

I bought my latest in the warm season of 2013 too. Among the notes of the very conscientious previous owner was one that said the coolant was checked recently. I chose to trust it and have worried a...
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