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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-21-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 2,078
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: First sail report!

I agree with both sentiments. People who don't know what they are doing are a danger to those around them and you shouldn't be stopped by the naysayers.

However you will learn a stupendous amount...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-09-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,740
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Retractable tether for sailing knives and multitools?

A spike comes in useful all the time, and while I've never needed a knife for emergency purposes I've been near someone who did but didn't have one and paid the price. Its not something I expect to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-13-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 887
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Sail Track Lubricant

I use McLube because I have it onboard but the best performance came after my sail guy put on Superlube. That lasted much longer than the mclube too.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-19-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By theonecalledtom
The tailer needs to pull slightly upwards too. ...

The tailer needs to pull slightly upwards too.

Another trick is for the grinder to spin the drum while the tailer is still in action.

We routinely load three wraps on our winches, two in 12...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-11-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Main halyard clutch, line slippage

How did the teeth look? You could be nearing a clutch rebuild. These are straightforward but potentially expensive and depending on your clutch setup you may need to invest some time dismantling...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-09-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,903
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Mainsail twist & traveller position

Uh oh you just brought the headsail into it..
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-09-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 4,494
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Downeaster 38 , Fast Passage 39 , Valiant 40

I enjoyed sailing my DE38 Cutter but upwind in low wind conditions was a slog. She would reverse in some level of control from about 2knots and up but I have to admit that switching to a fin keel ...
Forum: Learning to Sail   03-09-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,903
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Mainsail twist & traveller position

If you don't have leech telltales buy a set, they're cheap and make a big difference.

Basic starting point I use with new main trimmers is boom on the centerline and the tail end of the top batten...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-09-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,776
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Where do the costs of a bigger boat come from?

Every single line, shackle and block on the boat gets more expensive. I guess the price goes up with the volume of material used and that's cubed not linear, or squared in the case of paints,...
Forum: Racing   02-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By theonecalledtom
To clarify - and I think my understanding of the...

To clarify - and I think my understanding of the rule is pretty solid now.

This is at a windward mark to be left to port with the next mark a leeward mark.

Port tack boat tacks at the mark to...
Forum: Racing   02-24-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By theonecalledtom
My reading is that that backs up my response...

My reading is that that backs up my response above. I'm just trying to verify that I'm not boxed into a mental corner here thinking that gaining a late overlap on a tacker inside the zone is fine and...
Forum: Racing   02-23-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Rule 18.3

That is a good blog - I've been there before.

My interpretation of 18.3, apprently not shared by all hence the question here, is:

Is the starboard tacker entitled to room despite being clearly...
Forum: Racing   02-23-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By theonecalledtom
Rule 18.3

Question for you rules people!

Port tack boat inside the zone crosses clean in front of a starboard tack boat right on the edge of the zone (possibly outside). She then bears down to the mark...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,746
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: What Would You Do?

So - you've probably got a lot more experience than me, but what I have got leads me to not put a boat in my backyard with a plan for it to stay for a few years. Right now I have a 9' RIB in my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-12-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 3,797
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Jib sheet knot catching on stays...

Or a pair of soft shackles. Though if you're not looking to change sails on the fly the larks head should work fine, but I haven't tried MultiHullGirl's suggestion and it looks pretty neat...
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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-29-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By theonecalledtom
One product I've found is Orange Off. Ordered but...

One product I've found is Orange Off. Ordered but not yet tried. Have used acetone in a few spots so far but really trying to minimize its use and make sure it gets washed off pretty quickly.

Lol...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-23-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By theonecalledtom
Hylalon without Toluene (California)

Hi All,

I recently bought a 10 year old 9' Caribe. It's seen a lot of use but has been reasonably kept and seems fundamentally sound, I'm putting in a little elbow grease to try and restore it to...
Forum: Electrical Systems   01-03-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By theonecalledtom
I was happy with the Victron I installed in my...

I was happy with the Victron I installed in my last boat and also the linklite I installed in my current boat.

From a very lightweight user point of view (use voltage and amps but never thought to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-31-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,692
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Marina unplugged my dock cord and damaged my boat

No to ice storms and the ocean water is over 60 right now, haven't lost power for more than 24 hours in eight years of ownership here that I know of. When the boat is out of town I leave it prepared...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-30-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,692
Posted By theonecalledtom
From what you write my gut says find another...

From what you write my gut says find another place the time at this place is passed.

As for compensation I'm unsure where you stand legally but it would be worth having a frank conversation about...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-30-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,248
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

You'll be happy with a sailboat on a lake and 16' is big enough for camping trips, lazy picnics and trailering to other lakes. If you can find a friend who knows how to sail for some on the water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-28-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,026
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Percentage self-taught sailors?

Not I....

Sure it can be done but you can spend a lot of time not knowing you're doing something wrong without some helping hand.

Basics I learnt from my Grandpa, then yearly holidays as a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-27-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,319
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Radar on 18-20 ft sailboat

If you do mount radar make sure the screen is easily viewable from the cockpit, it wasn't on my last boat and anytime it got foggy I found I didn't want to spend the time going to check it (and each...
Forum: Learning to Sail   12-27-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,816
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: How do you start from nothing?

You don't need to join a club to crew on a boat sailing out of it. Once on a boat learnt to do one thing well and keep your eyes peeled on everything around you. Even if racing isn't for you this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-23-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 15,426
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

FoolishMuse's book has a good section on sleep citing a variety of long distance sailors personal experiences and also clinical studies. Hallucinations are part and parcel of it.
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