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Forum: Chartering   09-01-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 4,814
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Starting from Scratch, want to bareboat in BVI in the spring...need advice

I have heard of a few good schools in Galveston, but will have to look for the name.

If you can find a few like minded friends or family you could accomplish both at one time. There are schools in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-31-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,194
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Reducing bird mess

Bird stuff is a pain. Different birds, different remedies. It seems that seagulls )sater rats!) get used to almost anything.

The pinwheels would probably keep most birds off the lifelines, in fact...
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Looking to sail on Lake St. Clair, MI

Matt, can't help you in your area. If you do not get much response here, try some of the yacht clubs in the area. Bayview comes to mind. They may have some help.
If you have done both in your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-11-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 9,524
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Jeanneau, the worst bost for the money?

So, bottom line, this thread was your way of saying that your Tayana brand is so much better? Tayana is a great boat as designed, and if kept to standards, it continues to be a great boat.There are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-11-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 9,524
Posted By tomandchris
re: Jeanneau, the worst boat for the money?

Saw the two at $150K+, but not the one at $100K. What exactly is your question? Tayana's and Jeanneau are much different makers, especially 20+ years ago.

Many of the French boats of that era, and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-02-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 975
Posted By tomandchris
Re: What comes first?

The process is as described above, with some exceptions. It really depends on where you live and want the boat. In some areas slips are plentiful. They may be reasonable or expensive but still...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-07-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 4,885
Posted By tomandchris
Re: 1981 - Catalina 30' or Sabre 30'?

\I am a believer that prop walk is your friend. However, if you find it isn't, for a couple thousand you buy a folding/feathering prop and it goes away.
Forum: Learning to Sail   02-25-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 868
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Anyone completed ASA 114? Or 214?

I would agree with the above. Other than the differences in how to react to wind gusts, it was more about how to handle the boat for docking and anchoring.
Forum: Learning to Sail   11-10-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Is the halyard the only support for the boom

On a small boat the halyard.mainsail sometimes is the only thing holding up the boom. In most cases the boat has a topping lift of some sort at a minimum. On a cruising boat they will have a topping...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-09-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,151
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Stepping mast in Chicago

I would also read Freedoms blog as I remember it had a lot of detail and value in it. I assume it is all still there if you look.\
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-04-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,151
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Stepping mast in Chicago

I am sure you will get advise from others that have done the trip, but xort, who sometimes frequents here and did the trip last year in their Endeavor 42. They should have lots...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-07-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 3,237
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Docking help

Stay around a marina for a day and watch people dock similar boats. When you see someone that does it well and makes it look easy...introduce yourself. Tell them you watched them dock, loved how easy...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-29-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomandchris
Re: Reefing Lines in Boom

If for some reason he pulls them again, leaving a messenger line is a lot easier.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 2,265
Posted By tomandchris
Re: What is the proper VHF protocol for a dire medical emergency?

Rigga, no holier than thou attitudes please. Your second sentence was helpful, your first paints you as something less than you want to be...hopefully!
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   07-06-2013
Replies: 195
Views: 21,150
Posted By tomandchris
Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Obviously, unless somebody survived and is found, we will never know. So, what in the hell is all the guesswork acheiving? Wood failing, containers, whales, Japanese Tsumani, whatever. People and a...
Forum: Lake Huron   06-03-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,453
Posted By tomandchris
Have a great summer. Sounds like quite an...

Have a great summer. Sounds like quite an adventure. The early heat has brought out some black flies so bring the repellant.

Have a great time.
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