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Search: Posts Made By: jnorten
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By jnorten
Re: A GOOD multimeter (that won't break the bank)

18 year physics teacher veteran here.

As an undergrad (in electronics lab) at at a national lab in the summers, Fluke was a staple. They are expensive.

Since then, my household "go to" has...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-14-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,281
Posted By jnorten
Re: In-mast furler advice

Like other poster said--get a feel for "normal" effort both furling and unfurling. If required effort increases, then you have a problem. Do not ignore it.

Once in a while, the whole operation...
Forum: Racing 08-31-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By jnorten
VMG--by feel or by GPS?

During a typical weekly around the buoys race, does VMG info from a GPS offer significant advantage compared to deciding the preferred tack "by feel"?

Last week, we didn't have VMG info. The...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-31-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 972
Posted By jnorten
Re: Just saw a gorgeous S2, 9.2A

Regarding the $25k asking price for the S2, 9.2:

I've been on two listed 9.2's (one aft cockpit, one center cockpit) in the last year. I've looked at many other 9.2 listings too. There is also...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-27-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,971
Posted By jnorten
Re: Describe your tyical daysail if you would.

Some people really enjoy the planning process. I crew on OPBs (other people's boats) often. This includes everything from a short daysail, weekly beer can races, to a few long distance races.

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-01-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 7,305
Posted By jnorten
Re: Max wind

For what it's worth, I crew on a late 1990's 37' Hunter. We do our best, but don't take it over seriously. The boat has all the creature comforts below, and we use furling headsail.

The headsail...
Forum: Lake Michigan 05-26-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By jnorten
Re: Michigan Summer Itinerary advise?

We spent a night in Grand Haven a few years ago. Not 20 yards in front of our transient slip (35' slip) was a frozen custard shop. The evening light & water show is NOT all it's advertised to be. ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-25-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 3,073
Posted By jnorten
Re: Mirage 29? Could this be the ticket?

This link provides a nice overview. Do note the asking price values in this link are likely Canadian Dollars. Right now Canadian dollars and US dollars are close, I think. But, something worth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 7,954
Posted By jnorten
Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

Here's what my bareboat sailing instructor taught me more than 10 years ago. It's the method I share to this very day whenever on a boat. It's received well because it works well.

Pee: Dry bowl...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-07-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By jnorten
Re: Where Do Chicago Boaters Haul?

Don't forget---

Folks also haul at Calumet Harbor near the Skyway bridge only about 10 nm south of Chicago.

My first "real voyage" as skipper was to from Monroe Harbor, Chicago (downtown...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,178
Posted By jnorten
Re: Stowing drop boards?

Two very seamanlike methods (echoed by others for excellent reasons) that I've personally seen:

1. Just inside the companionway, on any convenient surface, a slim wooden boxlike holder that the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-17-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 3,577
Posted By jnorten
Re: What liquor and wine do you stock on Board

I think all skippers should have their "signature drink". It doesn't matter if if comes in a box, out of a can, out of a bottle, etc.

But, the more unique and creative the drink, the more you can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-21-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,231
Posted By jnorten
Re: Going up the mast

I second the ideas of. . .
--an extra line to send up forgotten stuff
--rigging tape (you'll always find a little bit coming off somewhere)
--camera (for the fun photos but ALSO to document stuff...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-21-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 2,978
Posted By jnorten
Re: S2 9.2C Thoughts

I was just on BOTH a 9.2A and a 9.2C earlier this month--each was for sale.

Their hulls are exactly the same. The rigging might be a little different due to cockpit location, but nothing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-18-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By jnorten
Re: What size boat for Lake Michigan?

I race weekly on Lake Michigan, on a 37 footer. We race against boats as large as 42 feet or so. All summer long, I have seen a Catalina 22 racing with the fleet--it's been really fun seeing them...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-03-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 15,205
Posted By jnorten
Re: Foulies - anything other than Musto worthwhile?

I've found lots of good sailing equipment at my local farm supply store.

Here's an example of foulies:

Tingley Rubber Men's Icon Rain Jacket (Size: Small) at Blain's Farm & Fleet...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-30-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,365
Posted By jnorten
Re: Main and Jib Trailing Edge Flapping

I second FarCry's idea. This was the first thing that came to mind. Every sail (both main and jib) that I've ever seen on 30+ foot boats have leech lines. These are very easy to miss unless you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,670
Posted By jnorten
Re: Pearson 303

You asked about any pitfalls. Here are a few things--

Depending on the year of construction, there are a couple of differences:

One model has a slightly shorter quarter birth and a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,670
Posted By jnorten
Re: Pearson 303

I learned to sail large boats on a P303 and have bareboat chartered one multiple times. I'm VERY familiar with the P303.

I've never been on a P30, but have seen many listings and photos of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By jnorten
Re: Leaseshare in Chicago - Thoughts?

There are companies in Chicago that fit what you seek. Your idea is sound--commit to one year and see how it goes.

I always have to consciously resist the urge to buy. In my rational moments, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-07-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 2,665
Posted By jnorten
Re: marina etiquette question

You're right to tip a few bucks. At the fuel / pump-out dock, or even in non-marina settings, when someone is friendly and helpful, a tip is a thoughtful act. When our garbage man at home takes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,419
Posted By jnorten
Re: Gore-Tex "Sailing" bibs from Cabelas

I thought I heard somewhere that the mesh liner is part of the waterproofing system?? Maybe others can comment and/or cite a source of information.

If I accurately recall, the mesh keeps the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-31-2012
Replies: 173
Views: 25,023
Posted By jnorten
Re: Favorite meals while sailing...

I like the ideas that have been shared here.

Following are a few simple ideas that I've found over the years:

Have tortillas on hand (whole wheat if you prefer). Tortillas keep better than...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-26-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 6,341
Posted By jnorten
Re: wind conditions and reefing

There is good advice in many of these replies.

Reefing is not an exact science--it depends on crew/skipper experience, sea state, gusts, etc. (as mentioned by others).

I can tell you that I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2012
Replies: 173
Views: 25,023
Posted By jnorten
Re: Favorite meals while sailing...

Two great tortilla ideas:

Tortillas keep for a long time in a Zip-Loc type bag and do not need refrigeration.

1. Spread peanut butter on a tortilla. Slice a banana on top. Roll up and enjoy....
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