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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-03-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 4,381
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Problem with Spot Satellite Personal Tracker

Funny. Even a cheapie handheld Garmin I once had years ago was able to use the decimal notation.
Anyone can easily see the notation is different. To use the HHMMSS system and inputting a decimal...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-01-2013
Replies: 166
Views: 10,783
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Nothing has changed in 50 years...many sailors still can't navigate...

Every sailor should start in a small (< 20ft) open boat and use it for at least a season.
They should learn about tides, depths, winds, etc.
Then move to bigger.
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-27-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 5,762
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: upraded my 22' for a 30' and now afraid to leave the slip

practice with the boat out in the open.
The milk jugs idea is great. Learn what the wind does to your boat when moving at slow speeds and at different angles. sometimes the wind is your friend too...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-27-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,133
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Docking Disaster

The best 'entertainment' can be seen when yachts go thru a lock.
I've witnessed many fights/arguments/beginnings of a divorce initiated while dozens of yachts try to position in a lock, getting lots...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-31-2013
Replies: 1,052
Views: 193,552
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

Wow, what a story. I don't think I would have had the patience and would not have put up with it that long. Being the owner doesn't give you the right to be so abusive to your crew, and DEFINITELY...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-18-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Dead Battery?

Check voltage while you try to start it and see how far it drops.

Also, try to find out how old the battery is. Should have some sticker on it with manufacture date.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-17-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 7,625
Posted By az_r2d1

I sure hope you used a different tone in the notes you left, otherwise you are guaranteed not to get a response.

You can look at it in several ways. I'd still put an offer out, but I'd lower it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-17-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 5,060
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

The times when men were steel and boats were wood are long gone.
Now boats are plastic and men are... not men.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-17-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 6,304
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Docking for Dummies

I second this one; Short bursts will reduce the prop walk a lot.
Also, practice ... a LOT. find a buoy, do it.
over and over.
I always back into our slip and try to keep the speed around 1.7...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-04-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 15,633
Posted By az_r2d1
Re: Tiny Dehumidifiers

We were in San Diego on a 47 footer last week. During the night the inside humidity goes up quite a bit. It doesn't bother me, but my wife has asthma and it triggered big time.
We started closing up...
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