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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 8,394
Posted By nolatom
Re: Flying Scot - did I buy the wrong boat?

Did we ever hear back from OP? That was back in 2013, gang, so maybe he got enough experience to quell his fear that the Scot was too "hot" and skittish for him, and he should have gone with a keel...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By nolatom
Re: Beautiful Alberg on the cover of GOB is

Funny thing, when these glass boats first came out in the late '50s but really the early '60s, they were "clorox bottles".

Now they're "plastic classic", with the mahogany trim you don't see much...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,495
Posted By nolatom
Re: backing into a slip with single screw

Thanks. I note the "calm day" suggestion.

When there's a crosswind, it will either help you (if it's blowing from starboard) or hurt you (if from port). This 'cause the prop walk will rotate you...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,263
Posted By nolatom
Re: what to check for before boat delivery?

If "the normal" means you are confident in rigging, sails, firefighting and lifesaving equipment, charts, provisions, engine, fuel, water, lights, radios, compass (accurate?), charts, ground tackle,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By nolatom
Re: Help or advice on cruise planning

Aside from Quebec, I don't know where any of these places are. So you should take my advice very seriously...

I grew up delivering smallish cruising boats around New England (Dad was a yacht...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By nolatom
Re: One Design questions

One-design racing (unlike "handicap' racing in dissimilar boats) means you know exactly what place you are in during a race. I like that. Also the ODs tend to be smaller and more nimble, so more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 3,843
Posted By nolatom
re: Boom Vang and Preventers (renamed)

The iceberg was intimidating. I'm inclined to believe whatever you say about preventers. ;-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 3,843
Posted By nolatom
re: Boom Vang and Preventers (renamed)

You can improvise with a preventer and your mainsheet at the lee end of the traveller sharing the load. Problem is, any trim or ease involves two trimming systems, a pain in the neck. And it will...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 5,168
Posted By nolatom
Re: Is Radar an absolute necessity?

Try Rule 7(b) then, it seems if you have risk of collision, and radar, you had better use it..

"Proper use shall be made of radar equipment if fitted..."
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,205
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do you have to be wealthy to own a sailing yacht?

No, not to own one, used ones are downright cheap. Yes, if you want to own one and keep it in good condition over time.

And double yes if you want to have a place to keep her, afloat. Waterfront...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-19-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 2,446
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do you make guests wear PFDs?

Optional unless nonswimmer, or 16 and under (Louisiana law).

Or unless I tell us all to put them on (weather).
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-18-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By nolatom
Re: 53 years ago today, Coast Guard rescue from the PENDLETON, "The Finest Hours"

Yeah, there is bottom paint somewhere down underwater, but you can't see it..

What I don't get is how they didn't sink in near-hurricane conditions, especially coming over the "bar" as they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-18-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By nolatom
53 years ago today, Coast Guard rescue from the PENDLETON, "The Finest Hours"

I saw in a maritime blog an article, and have read the book, so I posted the below over on SA and hope you may find it of interest here:


Since we talk frequently of rescue of us "rag" sailors by...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-16-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,632
Posted By nolatom
Re: For all you southern boys and girls . . .

"God's Country" shooah comes with a price, ayyuh it does.

But God is it beautiful in August, my wife and I (living then in Boston) took our honeymoon on a lent-as-wedding-gift 30' wooden cutter...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-11-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,883
Posted By nolatom
Re: Channel 13: Absolute Must

For the traffic nearest my office view (Mississippi River at New Orleans, looking out at the twin Crescent City Connection bridges,

it's 67 for all bridge-to-bridge navigational comms on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 964
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trouble pointing in Alerion 28

I've sailed one once or twice, but know nada about getting them to point high.

But this article I Googled, just might?

Tech Corner | San Francisco Bay Alerion Fleet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-23-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,790
Posted By nolatom
Re: New Gen water ballasted anchor

Then you can station your inflatable crew on either the guy, or the sheet.


uh, wait, that didn't come out just right....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-17-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,428
Posted By nolatom
Re: Getting a group together for discount captains license course

Back before electricity (1980) I bought a two-book prep course for 40 bucks, and read it. I had enough time for what was then called "Ocean Operator", now known as Master, Near Coastal, on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-12-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 995
Posted By nolatom
Re: Docking in a crosswind

Of course, we have option of anchoring off, heaving-to, or otherwise delaying the docking.

Them, not so much.....


Related topic, for students I compare the main and jib to airplane wings,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-08-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,636
Posted By nolatom
Re: Colregs? Who cares?

Well, yeah, they do build "New Panamax" ships ahead of time so they'll be ready for the new Panama locks, now scheduled to open in early 2016, a little over a year late, but it's definitely going to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-07-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,454
Posted By nolatom
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

I don't disagree, but just for the sake of clarity, I should have said "Congress, when they revised Title 46 of the U.S. Code, changed the law at the Coast Guard's request to (what you see in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-07-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,454
Posted By nolatom
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

Gary, this question used to come up a lot, so the Coast Guard changed the law to make clear that *voluntary* sharing of expenses of a voyage (gas, ice, food, legitimate out of pocket stuff, no...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-07-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,454
Posted By nolatom
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

It apparently does, though, make a difference in whether a licensed captain is required on a motorless sailboat, even if the passengers (must be six or fewer) are "carried for hire". Hence the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-07-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 2,226
Posted By nolatom
Re: yacht writer wanted

Aren't we all "yacht writers", in a way?

You mean sail "yachts"? You'll find "we" tend to split into sailing folks and powerboat folks, with a few motorsailers inbetween. Big, small, medium, or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-06-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,454
Posted By nolatom
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

The Professional Mariner article highlights local situations where unlicensed operators are getting ratted out by the licensed ones, and in the Chicago inner harbor, that would mean motor-propelled,...
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