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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 896
Posted By paul323
Re: Harken MK I furler. Should I use it? Too old? Furlers vs hank on ? Your thoughts?

Sailrite has a video on converting a hank-on sail to a furling sail.

If you have a good sewing machine, it looks fairly straightforward. If you have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-10-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 733
Posted By paul323
Re: sail repair

Warning: I have not done this repair myself - but I have made a sail, recut another, and maintained some just above a total noob.

I think we have too many questions going on in the email...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,533
Posted By paul323
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1 WANTED

Before you jump into a clone/alternative, have a close look at the stitching. Lighter weight machines (without a walking foot) can often penetrate the dacron/sunbrella, but they don't pull the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-01-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By paul323
Re: Sailing to London

Fun journey - thanks for posting.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By paul323
Re: San Fran to Marina del Rey delivery

Monterey is not bad to enter - it is normally sheltered from most weather, as it is tucked "around the corner" from Point Pinos. Santa Cruz (opposite) is generally okay, but needs good timing when...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-27-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,455
Posted By paul323
Re: Are NADA Values accurate ?

Short answer - no.

Values will vary depending on local supply and demand, boat condition, and many other variables.

I would suggest you look around at other ads, especially online (places like...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-27-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By paul323
Re: San Fran to Marina del Rey delivery

I have not done that trip myself, but want to and have been talking to folks here for a while. From what I understand, this time of year is very good for the trip. In summer the winds can get light...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-31-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By paul323
Re: Repairing the luff on our jib

Good comments already; a few other hints:

Even a Sailrite machine can't always handle the layups in the corners without skipping the odd stitch, or breaking the needle. I ended up using a hammer...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-10-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,769
Posted By paul323
Re: synthetic rigging

FWIW, I am also very excited about using synthetic for rigging. It is easy to splice, to maintain, and cheaper. There is an outfit in SoCal that specialises in the fittings (Colligo Marine -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-19-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,997
Posted By paul323
Re: Diving from Sailboat

hellosailor beat me to it - and others have said this, but it is worth reinforcing: GET CERTIFIED. Apart from the biggie discussed - embolism (burst lung), where the danger is greatest in the top...
Forum: Tartan   12-16-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 6,006
Posted By paul323
Re: Tartan 3700 issues, PLEASE!

Serenity may not be for sale, bu there would be no harm in dropping a note onto the boat telling the owner how you admire her, are looking for a boat, and could you perhaps ask for a look around?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,631
Posted By paul323
Re: Using sails of another boat?

You have already received good advice here. One thing that has not been mentioned is that boats often have a number of sails for different wind conditions. My boat currently has 3 foresails -...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-14-2014
Replies: 129
Views: 14,186
Posted By paul323
Re: 2014 Catalina 445 vs 1998 Oyster 45

Pretty well all that is worth saying has been said. I suggest you are realistic about how you intend to use the boat. If it is for local coastal cruising, the Catalina is an excellent boat - as you...
Forum: Learning to Sail   11-11-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 15,791
Posted By paul323
re: Jib vs Genoa vs Spinnaker

Roughly speaking, if the jib comes back to the mast (but not past it), it is a 100% jib - it covers 100% of the space between the mast and the front of the boat (forestay). In heavier winds, you use...
Forum: Engines   11-03-2013
Replies: 99
Views: 5,541
Posted By paul323
Re: Ethanol in gasoline questions

Ethanol is one of my (relatively few) hotbuttons. I'm not an expert in this area, but it seems to me...

Pro: Less polluting; enriched a number of politicos with an inside track; less damaging than...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-21-2013
Replies: 98
Views: 26,987
Posted By paul323
Re: Best used cheap blue water boats 30-45ft

bfloyd, there are lots of folk here who have already given you good advice. However, given your last statement, I want to revise my last suggestion. For now, drop the idea of a bluewater boat - they...
Forum: Chartering   10-15-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By paul323
Re: San Francisco in January?

GeorgeB nailed it - but it all depends on what you are looking for. If the sun is shining , even if there is no wind, there are worse places to motor out, drift around for a couple of hours having a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-09-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,337
Posted By paul323
Re: Diesel Starting

For the sake of completeness - the preheat in my Westerbeke (and others I assume :-)) also pressurizes the fuel system. No need to bleed - you can hear the 'leccy fuel pump clicking for the first few...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   08-30-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,028
Posted By paul323
Re: 33ft pearson, 1974 soft spot at mast base

I don't think Pearson's have compression posts - I think the masts were generally keel stepped?

Anyway, much depends on where you are, and how much you want to do yourself. I would call a couple...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-02-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,506
Posted By paul323
Re: Sail Trim: Minimizing rolling in sloppy seas

If your boat is a cutter, try stays'l and main, furling the fores'l.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-01-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,071
Posted By paul323
Re: plastic porthole windows

Another vote for Beckson (What port do I need? by Beckson ( Worked well for me. (usual disclaimers - happy customer only).

Another alternative is to go with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-06-2013
Replies: 58
Views: 4,430
Posted By paul323
Re: Interior Lighting Upgrades

FWIW, I have had a good experience with MarineBeam, so they should be a good choice for vendor in your case. Good prices, friendly advice. There are cheaper LEDs out there - I tried and returned a...
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