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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-10-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By yossarian
Re: Winter in the water

Huh. I'll call my insurer tomorrow. The marina folks suggest that in-water storage is better for the boat - more consistent temperature, less condensation, and no pressure points on the hull where it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-09-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By yossarian
Winter in the water

I've always spent winters on the hard, but the local boatyard has started offering winters in the water. This is in lake champlain, at the canadian border, so it gets cold. They aerate the water...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-29-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,689
Posted By yossarian
Re: From Dinghy Sailor to Cruising

I did the same transition 4 years ago - I had sailed a 14' dinghy for a couple years and I bought a 27' Oday. The big boat is a LOT easier to sail. It's harder to maintain, but sailing is 100%...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-28-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,126
Posted By yossarian
Re: ICW Question

I did that run in a "new to me" boat. I skipped Barnegat - I went Cape May to Abescon to Manesquan to NYC. If you want to anchor, both Cape May and Mansequan have very well protected anchorages - in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-07-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 5,524
Posted By yossarian
Re: The most secluded remote boating spots in the U.S.

You said boating, not sailing. I think there are river trips in Northern Maine, Alaska, perhaps in the Southwest, and so on that would qualify as remote. If you were limiting it to sailing, I think...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-04-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,331
Posted By yossarian
Re: Mast Climbing Article

I don't use any kind of backup, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so if it was warranted. The line used for halyards on my boat is similar to and in many ways better than the static line used in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,331
Posted By yossarian
Re: Mast Climbing Article

I may not have been clear enough, but what I described is not the same as what he detailed in his article. He includes an unnecessary (imho) mechanical advantage system that makes re-rigging...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,331
Posted By yossarian
Re: Mast Climbing Article

Hmmm. I'm sure it's possible. I already described one simple, safe system earlier in the thread, and there are a number of other systems that would also be simpler and safer than those described in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,331
Posted By yossarian
Re: Mast Climbing Article

The L-36 article was interesting, but uninformed. The solutions using rock-climbing gear were overly complex to a degree that seems dangerous.

The best (and safest) solution is usually the most...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-03-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 4,331
Posted By yossarian
Re: Mast Climbing Article

I was a rock climber and high angle rescue long before I was a sailor, and all the stuff that sailors do going up and down the mast scares me. There are much safer and more effective ways to do all...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-12-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 4,568
Posted By yossarian
Re: When is your season over for the winter

I'm in St. Albans bay. Always intend to winter at Ladds Landing, but last time I checked, they required a cradle (which I don't have). So I made the run to Plattsburgh today and will go back tomorrow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-10-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 4,568
Posted By yossarian
Re: When is your season over for the winter

I haul this Sunday. I'm on lake champlain and have sailed into late November, but when I wait that long there's only one marina that will still haul and it's at the far northern edge of the lake....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-01-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,901
Posted By yossarian
Re: Atomic 4

I've had both and they're both fine as long as they're in good shape.

Short answer is that there's no reason to rule out an A4. You should make the decision based on the quality of the boat and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-14-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 3,910
Posted By yossarian
Re: I had a bad day, I need a hug or will kill someone

Pshhh... No matter what the court tells you, every case has a depo or two that doesn't go off on time. Send a letter and go sail. They'll make it up...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 2,330
Posted By yossarian
Re: Boston Bomber in a Boat

Firearms on a boat?!?!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 3,085
Posted By yossarian
Re: Eye splice in double braid

Just go for it. An eye splice is completely different from an end-to-end constant diameter splice. The end-to-end is legitimately difficult and puzzling, the eye splice is easier than it looks. Once...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,210
Posted By yossarian
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

As a former NYC bike messenger, I have some experience with theft-proof locking devices. If you want bolt-cutter-proof chain, you need hardened steel hex chain - something like this:
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-25-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,287
Posted By yossarian
Re: Show us your home port!

The wild shores of Lake Champlain.http://i.imgur.com/Xopsjdx.jpg
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2013
Replies: 51
Views: 5,304
Posted By yossarian
Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

I don't know about making it with a 7' draft, but when I stopped in Manasquan I anchored in a neat little spot out of the inlet and hence safe from the nasty current. Not far into the inlet was a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-07-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2,236
Posted By yossarian
Re: Wasp, Dirt Dobbers?

Dirt dobbers, or mud wasps as we call them, love your boat because it has spiders. They kill spiders and pack the dead spiders into the mud huts with their eggs/larvae. The eggs hatch, the larvae eat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-23-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,808
Posted By yossarian
Re: Sailing Lake Champlain

Not due to traffic... I sail the north end of the lake, mostly - out of St. Albans Bay - but I've been all over and never seen so much traffic that a dinghy sailor would be threatened.

I used to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-10-2012
Replies: 102
Views: 7,949
Posted By yossarian
Re: How did you get the money for your first sailboat?

I got my first big (not dinghy) boat after I graduated from law school. Everyone in my law school class was dropping 3k+ on Bar study courses. I decided self study and take the $$$ I had saved for...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-08-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 2,134
Posted By yossarian
Re: Is 2 years and 1' worth ~$8,000?

Look south. Boats on the lake cost a lot more. I went through this three years ago and ended up buying in NJ and sailing it up to the lake. I'm sure I spent 1/3 what I would have for a comparable...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-26-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By yossarian
Re: Choosing climbing line

Hmmm. I'm gonna say this is all pretty wicked overkill. I was an arborist in a past life and am still a regular rock and ice climber. I have a lot of experience with ropework and you're already...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-19-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,413
Posted By yossarian
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

For the record - none of this is accurate.

1) There is an "automobile exception" to the fourth amendment's warrant requirement, but it is not an exception from the probable cause requirement. So...
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