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Search: Posts Made By: jameswilson29
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 4 Days Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 2,139
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

Many of the posters in this thread and the previous thread seem to be missing half the issue:

A depth sounder is both a tool (1) to assist you in avoiding running aground and (2) a NAVIGATIONAL...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 5 Days Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 2,139
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

I am a minimalist and I, too, stick to the basics.

A depth sounder is a basic, minimal piece of equipment, like a compass and a paper chart.

The fact that it has now become debatable shows how...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 2,897
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Sailing Schools - certificated coures or 'a la carte'???

Can anyone name a single accomplished sailor - that is, a famous racing skipper/tactician or well-known, published cruising expert (not one of the self-proclaimed, certified experts advertising their...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-22-2014
Replies: 160
Views: 7,151
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

I carry a spare mainsail (2 mainsails, 3 jibs, 3 spinnakers). It surprises me how many sailors have multiple jibs, but only one main. I would also bring some sail tape for repairs underway.

Ask...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-20-2014
Replies: 160
Views: 7,151
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

Here are two book recommendations for you, that have helped me with my preparations:

"The Coast of Summer" by Anthony Bailey; and,

"A Visual Cruising Guide to the Southern New England Coast" by...
Forum: Diesel 05-23-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Westerbeke 30 won't start after sitting

My best guesses:

Have you checked your oil? Is there a smell of diesel fuel in the oil? (Could be the cause of the dripping oil - it has been thinned by fuel). Might be a leaking diaphragm in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,539
Posted By jameswilson29
Securing extra fuel and water tanks for coastal cruising

I have 3 portable plastic 5 gallon diesel fuel tanks and 2 portable 5 gallon water tanks, to supplement the permanent 16 gallon diesel fuel and 26 gallon water tanks on my boat for my occasional...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-07-2014
Replies: 226
Views: 12,786
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?

Actually, if you read the threads, they are not portrayed as "dreams", they are present intentions or plans, to be commenced in the near future, without any knowledge, experience or resources. ...
Forum: Racing 05-05-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,168
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Can my boat handle racing?

Yes, it can handle racing. Yes, it puts a little more stress on the boat, but not anything the boat can't handle.

Ideas: Try crewing on someone else's boat first before you spend money. Get a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-03-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,197
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: training for solo non-stop circumnav

Agree with Jon - if you have to come here to ask, you probably shouldn't do it.

Many worthwhile things require extraordinary drive and determination. You do not get that from a listserv. In...
Forum: Racing 04-14-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,428
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend

Your first racing experience sounds like a Three Stooges episode. The boat sounds unprepared and incompetent to the point of presenting a high level of risk to the crew. You might want to shop...
Forum: Racing 04-12-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 2,428
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend

Good luck!

Your approach shows you are an intelligent, conscientious person. If you were an irresponsible idiot, I wouldn't have advised you to do anything other than show up on time with a six...
Forum: Diesel 04-06-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,166
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: About to buy, nagging engine issue - seeking advice

One could buy a brand new Beta 30 marine diesel for $12K (plus installation)far better than a $12K rebuild..IMHO.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 3,055
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Don't try this at home .. ancient means of navigation

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!:laugher:laugher:laugher
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,142
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Pearson 30 Bilge Pump Recommendations?

Actually this would be a 6th hole - there are already 3 bilge pump exhausts, an engine exhaust and a fuel tank vent, plus the backstay chainplate and 2 ladder stanchion plates.

The Pearson transom...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-25-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 2,599
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Singlehanding Pedestal Steering

It is no problem. I sail solo almost all the time and fly a symmetrical spinnaker solo. You do not need to lead lines aft. You should have an autopilot and/or wheel brake.

Stand behind the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,142
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Pearson 30 Bilge Pump Recommendations?

I now believe the ultimate set up is 4 bilge pumps, each with a separate hose to the transom: 2 automatics, a manual operated from the cockpit and a manual operated from in the cabin. I still need...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,142
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Pearson 30 Bilge Pump Recommendations?

I have two Rulemate 750s with automatic switches in the bilge.

I tried to clean out the bilge with a garden hose with just a single 750 in the bilge. It emptied the water faster than I could fill...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-07-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Crew- the good the bad and the ugly

Modify your boat for sailing solo and avoid the problem altogether.

Many of the problems on this listserv appear to originate with the crew, paid or otherwise...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-01-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,742
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Looking at Sailboats

Start by reading Don Casey's "Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual", then buy a small weekender/keelboat with a tiller, like a Catalina 22 or J/24. After a few years of study, work and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-04-2013
Replies: 166
Views: 8,490
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Nothing has changed in 50 years...many sailors still can't navigate...

Not in the U.S. I just bought the 2014 Nautical Almanac Commercial Edition published by Paradise Cay Publications for about $20.

My Davis Mark III sextant (the "lifeboat sextant") was less than...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 08-23-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 1,018
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: 2 last minute questions

1. Put your kids to work. Enlist them in sailing the boat. Let them do as much as possible, even if they can't do it well. My Dad sometimes made fun of my steering, but he let me steer the boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-22-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 1,400
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Mobile and Looking for a Great Sailing Community

I lived in Mount Pleasant, on the other side of the Wando River from Charleston, for 4 years, from 2001 to 2005. It is a beautiful community, great natural harbor, consistent breezes year round,...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-20-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,169
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: How much should I offer for this boat

Here is a cross section diagram of the keel sump from Dan Pfeiffer's Pearson 26 website: http://dan.pfeiffer.net/p26/keelxsec.gif

Here is an explanation of potential keel problems: Tom Aston's...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 08-16-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Author in research mode needs help

You are definitely a fiction writer...:)
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