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Search: Posts Made By: Alex W
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,445
Posted By Alex W
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

When I sit to the side of my wheel I push up to turn downwind and down to turn upwind. I find it to be very natural. This also lets me sit higher up on the combing, sort of like having a tiller...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,445
Posted By Alex W
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

If everything else about the boat is right for you then don't worry about the steering mechanism. I like (probably prefer) tillers but my Pearson came with a wheel and I've grown comfortable with it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 6 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By Alex W
Re: drip drip

Sabre and C&C owners are lucky that the original hull to deck joint was sealed with butyl at the factory. Most boats used some other sealant that breaks down over 30ish years and you need to do a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,240
Posted By Alex W
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

I have cockpit mounted speakers, but don't use them in the marina.

Here in the PNW I rarely hear music being played inside marinas. I've spent the last week in the San Juan Islands staying in...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2,467
Posted By Alex W
Re: Suggestions for 28-32 cruiser?

I've owned a Catalina and now own a Pearson, both were mid-80s boats (1984 Catalina 25, 1986 Pearson 28-2). If anything the Pearson is easier to get parts for. The windows were all made by Beckson,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 1,961
Posted By Alex W
Re: smoke filling up the cabin

That is just a water strainer that keeps seaweed or other debris from getting sucked into the heat exchanger.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2,467
Posted By Alex W
Re: Suggestions for 28-32 cruiser?

You asked about the "mk 1" vs "mk 2" differences. This can vary a lot depending on the exact boat in question. It requires a lot of research to see if it is a minor change in rig (common on C&C...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,397
Posted By Alex W
Re: Solo Climbing the Mast- Block and Tackle

This is a good article:
Mast Climbing (http://l-36.com/mast_climbing.php)

Note that he reviews the ATN Topclimber, not the newer (different climbing hardware, same chair) Mastclimber.

I have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,433
Posted By Alex W
Re: Describe your tyical daysail if you would.

A daysail for me is more about the sailing and less about a party. I'll typically bring along some basic snacks (chips and guac, carrots and hummus, that sort of hand food) and maybe a 6 pack if it...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,119
Posted By Alex W
Re: Anchoring under sail

There was just a very good thread on this subject on Sailing Anarchy, so I'll just link to it:
anchoring under sail - Cruising Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,134
Posted By Alex W
Re: Walk-through transom for under $45K?

This is also called a sugar scoop transom. They started to become a common feature in the late 80s and early 90s, and have stuck around since then. Almost any boat that you find on Yachtworld or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,228
Posted By Alex W
Re: How many people do I need to fly my a-sail

The first time that I flew an asymmetrical spinnaker we had 2 people and a sock.

The first time that I flew a symmetrical spinnaker without a sock we had 3 people.

Both were on light wind...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By Alex W
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

The outhaul is a very important sail control. Luff tension moves the draft forward, but does not flatten the sail.

A couple of inches of room between a flat foot and the end of the boom is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By Alex W
Re: Sail doesn't fit boom

If the boom is a few inches longer then the foot of the main sail you should be able to come up with a workable outhaul that doesn't require sail modifications. If it is shorter then you do need a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

I'm not trying to optimize the jybe, i'm trying to optimize the set/douse. The topping lift and downhaul aren't really touched on the jybe since my downhaul goes to the base of the mast and doesn't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

Thanks. I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of a double ended setup, but that makes sense. I have used a double ended downhaul (routed to both sides of the cabin) on a J/29.

Now I need to think of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

RichH -- What system of cleats do you use that allow you to cleat your reefing lines from the mast or cockpit? Can you cleat at the mast and release from the cockpit or visa-versa?

I've been...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,241
Posted By Alex W
Re: Downsizing & looking for some ideas

South Coast 21

http://photos.mostsailboats.org/1972-Southcoast-sc21_2136_8.jpg
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

It is one less clutch space than real two line reefing where I have a dedicated tack reef line. However it lets me get the reef in from the cockpit without having to go forward. Once the boat is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

On my boat you can get the best (or worst?) of both worlds by using single line reefing and moving the cunningham hook to the reef tack cringle.

This lets me reef from the cockpit with a single...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,083
Posted By Alex W
Re: Single line reefing question

http://alexandchristine.smugmug.com/Sailing/Elena-Details/i-D97tdMP/0/L/WP_20130813_001-L.jpg

That is an Antal ring dogboned to another stainless ring using a soft shackle (a too long for the job...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,243
Posted By Alex W
Re: Building a Quality Boat from a Bare Hull - What's Involved and $$

Far more than a used Dana 24, and probably more than a new one. It's the same work as building a new Dana 24, and without the yard having the advantages of molds and fixtures and knowing exactly how...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By Alex W
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Good advice.

I also find a sock on the spinnaker to be very useful for cruising. I can easily single hand jybe a spinnaker on a pole with a sock by dousing it with the sock, jybing over the main,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By Alex W
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Asymmetric spinnakers work best on boats that are rigged to fly them with a bowsprit. Look at any modern J/boat (like a J/70) for an example of how that works.

Asymmetric spinnakers that are made...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By Alex W
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

It depends on how the individual boat is rigged. Most small cruisers didn't come rigged for a spinnaker from the factory, but the hardware might be added afterwords.

There are two basic types of...
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