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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-24-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By c25novi
Re: Ship's radio license.

RYA site has lots of good info and links.

Licensing Onboard Electronics | Regulations | Information & Advice | RYA (
Forum: Introduce Yourself   01-28-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By c25novi
Re: Downeaster currently in Japan

Hey John, welcome - you’ll find lots of inspiration here!

I used to race dinghies at Enoshima near Kamakura. Very friendly bunch. There are a few keel boats there and you might find someone there...
Forum: Learning to Sail   01-19-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By c25novi
Re: discovery sailing, NS?

I took the CYA bare boat skipper course a few years ago from Dave. It was a 5 day live aboard program and was a very good experience. Dave is very knowledgable and Id describe his style as low key...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-28-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,026
Posted By c25novi
Re: Percentage self-taught sailors?

Not me: CYA levels I to VI as a teen and after many years racing dinghies and crewing keel boats gave myself CYA Bare Boat Skipper for my 40th.

Have met all of my best friends sailing :)
Forum: Introduce Yourself   08-12-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By c25novi
Re: New here and need amy boat identified,

Taking a stab in the dark - 1970’s vintage 505 ??
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By c25novi
Re: Keel

I owned an 81 C25 swing keel for 4 years and did a lot of work on the keel - replacing the cable is no biggie - and yes it is made of cast iron.

+1 to SNHOOL - the C25 class assoc forum is very...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-25-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,265
Posted By c25novi
Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

How far east?

Sandy McMillan @ North Sails has locations in Lunenburg and Halifax NS - excellent work and reasonable prices.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-03-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,806
Posted By c25novi
Re: Storm Sail with roller furling?

I had luff tape added to my hank on 75% storm jib so it will raise on my furler. The reason I chose this route was because my forward chainplate area is very tight with anchor roller in the way there...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By c25novi
Re: Damned weatherman...

Weatherman - I always get a good laugh at the 5 day forecast, around here there's less than a 50/50 chance they can predict today's weather right!

Paint tape - I've had problems with leaving the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-06-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 7,673
Posted By c25novi
Re: Help what sail to raise 1st?

Keel Down, Main Up, Leave mooring, Jib up.

Reverse steps for coming home.

Always in that order.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-06-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 3,948
Posted By c25novi
Re: Hurricane Hole - How to Choose

What separates a good spot from bad depends on the nature of the storms and geography of your area as well as the needs of your boat.

Here (Nova Scotia) - hurricanes and tropical storms pack their...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,475
Posted By c25novi
Re: What rudder will fit a Catalina 22?

If you don't find a rudder to salvage you can order a new one from Catalina Direct (, I've ordered from them and was...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-15-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,394
Posted By c25novi
My Catalina 25 is set up with a pivot mast step....

My Catalina 25 is set up with a pivot mast step. It's very easy to use with an A-frame set up. This video shows the process:
Stepping Mast on a Catalina 25...
Forum: Atomic 4   01-11-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,253
Posted By c25novi
I like the low boots, I find high boots bother my...

I like the low boots, I find high boots bother my calves and are uncomfortable. If the water gets deeper than that - it's time for swimming trunks!
Forum: Introduce Yourself   01-07-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,190
Posted By c25novi
I sail a C25 with a swing keel (1981) and I'm...

I sail a C25 with a swing keel (1981) and I'm very happy with it. Deciding on the right boat for you depends on the kind of sailing you do. Just like picking a car - do you need a Porsche, Dodge Ram,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-07-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 5,219
Posted By c25novi
On my boat, the tiller ends up slightly windward/...

On my boat, the tiller ends up slightly windward/ rudder slightly lee. It takes a minute or two to balance but with the sail centered my boat wants to round up. Once things have settled down I lash...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-05-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 5,219
Posted By c25novi
I sail a C25 and heaving to works best for me...

I sail a C25 and heaving to works best for me with the genny completely furled, the main in tight, boom centered. I like this method better because it saves wear and tear on the head sail and the...
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