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Forum: Racing   04-07-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,578
Posted By paulk
Re: VOR "Chinese gybe"

Plus they have water ballast : two 800 liter tanks aft (P&S as far outboard as they can make them)and another 1100 liter tank forward on the centerline. Each liter weighs a kilo, and you can bet...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-18-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,333
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing clubs in CT / Long Island Sound

Yacht clubs are often eagerly recruiting new members. Many have club-owned one-design fleets that are specifically set up to offer lessons or seminar sessions in order to attract people who want to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-14-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,879
Posted By paulk
Re: increasing and consolidating standing rigging size

In addition to what Jeff has said, I checked "yacht rigging safety factors" recently and learned that masts are generally designed with a safety factor of 5. To me, that means that they are designed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-14-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
Posted By paulk
Re: Deck Hatches-- Lewmar vs. Vetus

Why?

We have an original Lewmar forward hatch on our 1981 boat. When our equally original Bomar cabintop hatch cracked after getting stepped on a few too many times, we replaced it with...
Forum: Racing   11-13-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,755
Posted By paulk
Re: Help needed to develop fun sailing events for a small club

We have an annual race - The Rat Race - in the fall. It starts in a pursuit format (based on PHRF handicaps) that ends at a port about 16 miles away. Boats used to have to start from anchor, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By paulk
Re: deck paint peeling

We find Brightside does not last well and needs repeated re-coating to continue looking respectable. 2-part polyurethanes last a LOT longer (ten years in our case) and since prep for either kind of...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box   06-28-2014
Replies: 228
Views: 27,803
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailnet Suggestion Box

It's starting again. Too many subfora, subgroups, sub-discussions. Billyruffian just had an interesting post about a close quarters encounter with a ferry. Many people can identify with that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,937
Posted By paulk
Re: Mooring Line

The heaviest line that will fit on your mooring cleat is what I'd use. Tensile strength? You can get 1/8" line that will lift six tons and which would break the links in your chain if you were able...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-22-2014
Replies: 3
  Gasket?
Views: 357
Posted By paulk
Re: Gasket?

I would check with the manufacturer to see who they used for it. If they're no longer around, head to a glazier outfit or car windshield place to see what they can tell you. They may be able to...
Forum: Racing   05-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,048
Posted By paulk
Re: Poll re New safety rules and reducing race enteries woldwide races.

Many major races around here use the IRC, in which I see no point. It is expensive, difficult to administer, unresponsive to owners and no more accurate than PHRF, despite doling out ratings to the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-23-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,513
Posted By paulk
Re: Advice on redesigning cabin layout

First thing to do is to get up to Brooklyn and get a book or two on joinery and boat interiors at the Woodenboat store. If you have a chance, get down to Tennant's Harbor & check out the boat they've...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,541
Posted By paulk
Re: Alternative to Solar

What if it was possible to move the box? You could hoist it up the mast when at anchor, so that even in a quiet harbor it got the most movement. Under way it could go on a bunk up forward, or in the...
Forum: Racing   02-27-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By paulk
Re: Starting a Sailing team: Comments, tips, advice, appreciated.

In the vein of cooperating with W&M, you could point to the USCG Academy in New London. I believe Connecticut College uses their facilities, and the Academy also hosts High School regattas. ...
Forum: Racing   02-26-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By paulk
Re: Starting a Sailing team: Comments, tips, advice, appreciated.

Our daughter helped start a sailing team at her High School. The ISSA site is very helpful. We also found that local Yacht Clubs were looking to build community support (as well as to develop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,746
Posted By paulk
Re: Adding a auxiliary outboard.

Losing power may be the No 1 cause of rescue for the RNLI because they rescue a lot of powerboats. Is there a separate count of how many sailboats they rescue because they lose power? Fouling the...
Forum: Learning to Sail   01-12-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,566
Posted By paulk
Re: learning about waves...

Anything more than 30' high would probably be more than you'd want to handle. The tops of such waves would be well above your spreaders with you straight up & down in the trough. Four to six foot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,738
Posted By paulk
Re: Considerations in Choosing a Marina

Besides location, a lot depends upon what YOU are looking for. You probably don't need a laundry or showers, since you can do that at home. Are you planning to spend time on the boat in the slip, or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-15-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By paulk
Re: Flush Mount Ventilators

I'd start by going with the solar fan. They work, even when there's no breeze, so that going below can be tolerable on even the hottest days. We've had ours for 12 years, and have had to replace the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-02-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,909
Posted By paulk
Re: Removing Mast on Rhodes 19 keel boat

Caleb has the right idea. Lowering the mast needs to be done with the boat well stabilized in a cradle, trailer, or on poppets, so it doesn't move under you. Putting a sacrificial board down on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-06-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,338
Posted By paulk
Re: Honda EU1000i Generator Being Discontinued (?)

Does this mean quieter anchorages are in our future? Yes?? Great!!
Forum: Racing   10-24-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,045
Posted By paulk
Re: 34 th AMERICAS CUP RACES PERFORMANCE DATA and STATS

We watched the races on TV at our club, but had added expert commentary from Dave Dellenbaugh and Dave Perry. What an event!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-26-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3,045
Posted By paulk
Re: Lightnings vs Scots vs Snark vs Sunfish

Putting up a Lightning mast singlehanded can be done, but you'll want to try it with some helpers around the first few times. Missing the partners with the butt of the mast could be an expensive...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-13-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 8,432
Posted By paulk
Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!

Skippers like the one you describe above are invaluable to the sailing community. They get tired of the repair bills and sell their scratched-up boats at a huge discount shortly after they run...
Forum: Racing   05-31-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 881
Posted By paulk
Re: which side of the course to take

Didn't Stuart Walker write a book about that? I must have it around here somewhere...
Forum: Learning to Sail   05-28-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,398
Posted By paulk
Re: stays and shrouds too loose?

The general idea is that you don't want your mast moving around a lot when you tack, and you want the mast to be evenly centered on the boat: straight up, as far as port/starboard goes. If the...
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