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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-31-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By MarkSailor
Air Draft Question

I have a planning/seamanship question. How much room do I need to leave between the top of my mast and an overhead power line to avoid the possibility of an arc between the power line and the mast?...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-10-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,281
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: vibration from prop shaft

Bratzcpa - if you're not already a member you should join the Catalina 320 Owners Association. It has a prop puller and cutless bearing puller that members can borrow for the cost of shipping. There...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-20-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 3,847
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Rebel Heart Lawsuit Dismissed

Actually, litigation about where to litigate is not that uncommon. It is not always clear whether the particular language of the "forum selection clause" applies to all types of claim. It would...
Forum: Racing   10-28-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,239
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Anyone wear a PLB?

I have an ACR ResQLink PLB that I keep on the PFD/Harness when I am sailing solo. Not much point in AIS if no one else is aboard.

I have also thought about a handheld VHF but there's only so much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,127
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Rigging question….

I am able to use another method on my Catalina 320 that avoids the need for a cleat on the mast.

My halyards are led to the cockpit through a block at the base of the mast, then through a deck...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-22-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 943
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Catalina stuff (looking for)

I have had good luck finding things at I haven't looked for a Catalina 22, but I noticed that they had a stern pulpit for a Catalina 320 (even though I didn't need one). And I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-12-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,198
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Story of man lost on Lake ontario.

Am I the only one who is troubled by the account of the race that is at the link posted by Ninefingers?

I'm not sure I could abandon a search for a sailor overboard, who had been close enough for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-21-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,486
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Going up the mast

When you go up the mast, make sure that the on deck crew are not directly below you. If the halyard winch is on the mast, rig a block to lead the halyard back to another winch. Rig the second...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-07-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,096
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: 12 volt AGM batts. worth it ?

AGM's won't run your alternator to death unless you deep cycle them. That's something that doesn't happen if you use them in your car, or just for daysailing on the lake or bay (unless you run a lot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-01-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Broker nightmare?

You probably should talk to a lawyer - not because you did anything wrong but to make sure you don't make any mistakes in the future that will further complicate your situation. That lawyer...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-21-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 2,355
Posted By MarkSailor
Hoisting an inflatable dinghy

I bought an inflatable dinghy and am trying to figure out the best way to lift it with the davits on the back of my Catalina 320. (The davits were installed by the prior owner, and I have never...
Forum: Learning to Sail   07-17-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,816
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et

I agree with all those who have told you not to feel too bad about your experience. Singlehanding is a continuous learning experience. If the boat ends the trip still on top of the water, it could...
Forum: herSailNet   06-24-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 3,547
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Sandal-type Boat Shoes

I bought a pair of TEVA sandals at Academy Sports in April that looked like Keens, but were about half the cost. So far I love them. They have held up fine, and are very comfortable, even when...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   06-20-2013
Replies: 71
Views: 5,809
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Initial Offer Question

I agree with the posters who say there is no single answer. The best negotiation advice I could give you is to figure out what is important to you and also to the seller. Sometimes what they need...
Forum: Gulf of Mexico   06-18-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 5,112
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Mississippi Barrier Islands

Please post an update after your visit. I too am hoping to get out of Lake Pontchartrain to the Mississippi Barrier Islands this summer, but based on earlier posts to this thread I wondered where I'd...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-05-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,567
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Docking with a spring line questions

If you want to use a spring line to dock, consider buying some genoa track cleats. They slide forward and back, and might help you to find the elusive "sweet spot" for a single spring docking. With...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-03-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 4,748
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Blown outboard prop shaft seal?

I had the prop shaft fail on my mercury 6hp last year. They tend to fail from non-use. The seal is rubber, so the heat can also definitely contribute to failure. I don't remember what the labor to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   05-03-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,619
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Truck delivery

I bought a boat in Seabrook, TX 2 years ago and had to get it back to New Orleans. I got quotes for a delivery captain recommended by the broker I was working with in Texas, and for trucking via the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-01-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,058
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Winged keel

Like everything about a boat, a wing keel is a trade-off. You draw less water, but the conventional wisdom is that you don't point as high, and may heel a bit more in the same wind. I have a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-18-2013
Replies: 308
Views: 37,941
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Smackdaddy needs your thoughts/prayers

I have often been a beneficiary of Steve's/Smackdaddy's posts, whether for the sailing insights or the sheer entertainment value. I don't know what loss he is facing, but I don't need to, and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   01-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 3,075
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Looking for a Catalina 320, 34 mark ii or 309

I have had my C320 for about 2 years, and have been happy with it. I like that the cockpit has room for several guests, and also like the walk-through to the swim platform. I haven't felt cramped...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-02-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 3,373
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: How do you use your boat

My boat is a Catalina 320 - the epitome of a production boat. I wish I could say I used her more, but the truth is that I probably sail about 20 - 25 day sails a year. I wouldn't even sail that...
Forum: Diesel   10-27-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,019
Posted By MarkSailor
How Hard To Push My Perkins

This may be a dumb question, but that has never stopped me before.

I have a 1994 vintage Perkins "Perama" 29 HP inboard diesel, with about 1300 hours on it, in a Catalina 320. I think the engine...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-02-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,284
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Collision: Bad News and Good News

Congratulations to you on having a very good perspective on the incident. You are right that we tend to take much of our good fortune for granted. I have a sister who does grant administration for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-27-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 2,886
Posted By MarkSailor
Re: Progressive Insurance

I had Progressive for my Catalina 320 last year, but changed to Boat US this year because the quote was several hundred less than Progressive. Also, check your storm coverage - I was told by a...
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