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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,084
Posted By vega1860
Re: How does spending an extra 50,000 on a boat cost

The more you spend on the boat, the less you will have for your cruising budget and emergency fund and the more severe your loss of you lose the boat. With a less inexpensive boat and reserves...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-05-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By vega1860
Re: Two weeks all alone what to expect?

Fifteen years ago while looking at a property which we later purchased, standing in the middle of the forty acre parcel my wife, disappointed, remarked "You can hear the freeway." I said "I don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By vega1860
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By vega1860
Re: Two weeks all alone what to expect?

We were once socked in by fog in mid-Pacific with 100 ft or less visibility for a week. After a few days we started to imagine we were in a Stephen King novel.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 5,738
Posted By vega1860
Re: My boat was boarded (and messed with) at anchor!

We spent three and a half years in the PNW. I took Williwa down the inside passage (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYi0ZDWfmQxHFUVo16vwHLd-uSiQposEP) last summer and cruised the Gulf...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-24-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By vega1860
Re: Deck/Lifeline storage?

Works fine as long as you never encounter bad weather.

Yes, I know, a lot of people do it. We have all seen cruisers setting off on a voyage with a dozen jerry cans and a couple of kayaks lashed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By vega1860
Re: Island Music on the air NOW

Here is the archive link to DOWNLOAD (http://kfsk-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/streetbeat-wed2.mp3) the program. I should be doing this time slot on Wednesdays for a while.

We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-20-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By vega1860
Island Music on the air

My Island Music program is on the air now. Live stream at KFSK Petersburg (www.kfsk.org) until 2:30 AKDT, 3:30 Pacific, 6:30 ET
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-19-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 792
Posted By vega1860
Re: 218 yr old USS Constitution is getting a refit

Last time I was in Boston, sometime in the nineties I think, she was stripped down for a major overhaul. Some of the original solid timbers were being replaced with laminated beams. Seems they...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-06-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3,346
Posted By vega1860
Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

We have now spent our third winter in Petersburg. We love the town and have made many friends there. We also checked out Wrangell, also a good place to winter but Petersburg has a better harbor and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-16-2015
Replies: 24
  Poll: Cruising Gear
Views: 1,558
Posted By vega1860
Re: Cruising Gear

You are correct, of course. In fact, too little wind is far more common than too much wind at sea and if the wind pipes up and you have sea room you can always just take everything down and wait. A...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-15-2015
Replies: 24
  Poll: Cruising Gear
Views: 1,558
Posted By vega1860
Re: Cruising Gear

Apparently, some people think refrigeration is more important than storm sails.

Amusing. :cool:

Of course, there is nothing more useless than storm sails on a marina queen or day sailer and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-06-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 3,465
Posted By vega1860
Re: What to take, toss, sell or store

Based on our experience, the best course is to start by having on the boat only the things that are required to operate the boat plus safety gear and spare parts like belts, filters, fuses,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,180
Posted By vega1860
Re: Mainsheet and jib lines needed

A Few Lines on Rope (http://cruisinglealea.com/afewlinesonrope.html)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-28-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By vega1860
Re: Best book to have for coastal sailing.

US Coast Pilot is the one reference that contains all of the essential information you need, in addition to charts, of course. I think you will need volumes 4 and 5 to cover that area.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-21-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,455
Posted By vega1860
Re: noob question

Excellent plan. Much like our own progress but improved upon with the addition of actual training at the start. :cool:

PS: The most important skill for long term success as a cruiser with a small...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-21-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By vega1860
"Williwa Down the Inside Passage"

I don't usually pimp my own videos here but this series might be of interest to

a. Old Geezers :cool:
b. Old boat enthusiasts :)
c. Albin Vega afficionados ;)
d. Pacific Northwest boaters...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-20-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,455
Posted By vega1860
Re: noob question

The other questions have been addressed quite thoroughly so I won't bother adding anything.

I will say that, as a military retiree, you should have more than enough money to sustain the cruising...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By vega1860
Re: Noobie--Just purchased my first boat: Holder 14

Congratulations! That looks like the perfect boat for learning to sail.

Test your limits, but watch the weather.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-18-2015
Replies: 123
Views: 7,060
Posted By vega1860
Re: Can anyone give me a valid reason to carry a firearm?

We have been cruising in SE Alaska for the past three years.

Early in the thread I posted a clip from a video we shot while sitting in the cockpit of our boat at Port Armstrong on the East side...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-17-2015
Replies: 85
Views: 5,797
Posted By vega1860
Re: High anxiety-passage v. Coastal

:cool: Can't think of anything to add. As much as we have enjoyed harbor hopping from one spectacular, indescribably beautiful, anchorage to the next, we find ourselves wanting to head out to sea...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-16-2015
Replies: 123
Views: 7,060
Posted By vega1860
Re: Can anyone give me a valid reason to carry a firearm?

Bears.

https://youtu.be/mpLVnyu_msQ?t=7m
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-12-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 4,978
Posted By vega1860
re: Boom Vang and Preventers (renamed)

Same situation on a Vega with roller reefing main. You need to run a vang/preventer from the end of the boom sailing off the wind. It can be a little awkward, but you do need it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-10-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By vega1860
Re: Island Music

I didn't want to post again until I was sure. The program broadcast yesterday, Monday, 3/9/2015 will be available for podcast/download until next Monday when the new show replaces it. LINKY...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-07-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 3,866
Posted By vega1860
Re: My 128th good film - and the future of sailing journalism

Great thread! Thanks to Dylan for starting this.

Thanks also to mbianka for this link (http://kk.org/thetechnium/2008/03/1000-true-fans/). Excellent article.

Let me add my props to Drake's...
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