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Forum: Learning to Sail   07-30-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 941
Posted By MysticSkipper
Here is something from a local (NC) high school...

Here is something from a local (NC) high school program:

Racing is done in 420's, a 14-foot, double handed boat which is the boat of choice for high school and collegiate sailing in the U.S.

As...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-30-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By MysticSkipper
I have not been using SeaClear with a GPS, but I...

I have not been using SeaClear with a GPS, but I have downloaded all of my nearby caost from NOAA and been looking at routes and maps quite a bit. That you may have seen; it appears to be as good as...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-28-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 10,208
Posted By MysticSkipper
I have not done it, but I have a brother who has....

I have not done it, but I have a brother who has. The biggest dangers are the abandoned oil platforms, some of which are unlit. A lot of people stay within sight of shore even if they are going non...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-26-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By MysticSkipper
Thanks a thousand times over! Here is a URL...

Thanks a thousand times over!

Here is a URL to go with that to get the free raster charts:

http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/

I just got detailed charts of my local stomping grounds. Amazing!...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-26-2007
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By MysticSkipper
I have used the spray carb cleaner to clean tanks...

I have used the spray carb cleaner to clean tanks before with some success. You have to use lint free rags to get the liquid and gunk out and then you have to dispose of those carefully - lay them...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-26-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 5,903
Posted By MysticSkipper
Most of the things I read say to estimate trailer...

Most of the things I read say to estimate trailer weight at 500 - 700 lbs. My little 4x8 utility trailer weighs about 300.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-25-2007
Replies: 44
Views: 4,238
Posted By MysticSkipper
I keep seeing "children's strength" posted so I...

I keep seeing "children's strength" posted so I am doing this as something of a public service announcement that most of you probably already know. Because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome, it is...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-23-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 6,132
Posted By MysticSkipper
Coming from a whitewater background, I have to...

Coming from a whitewater background, I have to admit the small boat idea is somewhat appealing and not without its merits. Many of the small boats have positive flotation, meaning that as long as it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,772
Posted By MysticSkipper
All lines leading to the cockpit helps.

All lines leading to the cockpit helps.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-20-2007
Replies: 28
Views: 2,411
Posted By MysticSkipper
I look at my local Craigslist often. I did a...

I look at my local Craigslist often. I did a search for "sailboat" in for sale/wanted off the main page (not just under boats) and saved the results page as a favorite (it resubmits the search every...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 2,868
Posted By MysticSkipper
You need to listen to both your heart and your...

You need to listen to both your heart and your head, but do it now because as you grow older your GI tract will start drowning them both out... :D :( :D
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,873
Posted By MysticSkipper
That explains why I couldn't find it - I Googled...

That explains why I couldn't find it - I Googled "yacht racing shower tearing dollar bills" so "ocean", "pound" and "notes" threw it off...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-20-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 19,229
Posted By MysticSkipper
Your dinghy could be inflatable, nested or...

Your dinghy could be inflatable, nested or folding. If not, it is going to depend on the specific layout of the boat in question.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,873
Posted By MysticSkipper
I got curious and searched for who said it. I...

I got curious and searched for who said it. I didn't find it, but I found it all over the net and adjusted for inflation to usually say hundred dollar bills and sometimes saying thousand dollar...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-20-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 1,873
Posted By MysticSkipper
One of my favorite quotes (can't remember the...

One of my favorite quotes (can't remember the source - maybe Dennis Connor?) is "If you want to know what yacht racing is like just stand in a cold shower tearing up twenty dollar bills."
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-20-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 19,229
Posted By MysticSkipper
Because it will give me a tropical boating...

Because it will give me a tropical boating vacation to help keep me patient about getting there under my own sail. Thre are blue water courses 3 hours' drive from me, but that is still far enough...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-19-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 13,810
Posted By MysticSkipper
I want to sail into the sunset and hopefully I...

I want to sail into the sunset and hopefully I will, but I have seen some pretty compelling arguments made for motors and motor sailers. Older trawlers can be had for far less $$ than sailboats. That...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-19-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 19,229
Posted By MysticSkipper
Be careful about assuming that a shorter strip of...

Be careful about assuming that a shorter strip of blue water is safer. Get trained and experienced before you get out there and then cross with others if you can. I haven't done it yet; I hope I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-19-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 3,801
Posted By MysticSkipper
Besides the keel and ballast, my understanding is...

Besides the keel and ballast, my understanding is that the large convex foredecks common on crusiers also have a lot to do with self righting. If they had flat decks, they would be much more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-19-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Posted By MysticSkipper
With a post count of 1 (when the OP posted) and...

With a post count of 1 (when the OP posted) and the name "dinghyfan" and the statement that he hasn't sailed in 10 years and is thinking of getting a dinghy, I would say he (she?) means a sailing...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-19-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 19,229
Posted By MysticSkipper
So true. So often you find the "perfect boat" in...

So true. So often you find the "perfect boat" in a book, post or article and then come up dry searching locally or you only find ones trashed or overpriced. If you are on a shoe string, the early...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-19-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By MysticSkipper
As you say, you really can't race well head to...

As you say, you really can't race well head to head on boats that small due to weight difference. I might think along the lines of a mismatched pair; maybe get him a laser and yourself an old Hobie...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-18-2007
Replies: 78
Views: 19,229
Posted By MysticSkipper
Flicka #1 (a piece of history) was, the last I...

Flicka #1 (a piece of history) was, the last I heard, in VA for sale for only $7K in sailable condition (but needing work before taken on a serious cruise).
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-18-2007
Replies: 30
Views: 4,289
Posted By MysticSkipper
I didn't mean to imply that they could always...

I didn't mean to imply that they could always outrun weather. But specifically thinking of tropical storm systems, it seems that it is really common for their centers to move at 10-15 MPH, which is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-18-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 2,227
Posted By MysticSkipper
I am afraid I don't see any reason for the...

I am afraid I don't see any reason for the manufacturers to be against these developments. My guess is that land based owners who will pony up to lease slips at these places are the bulk of the large...
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