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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-30-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,372
Posted By bamabratsche
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

I think the major takeaway from all this boils down to one essential lesson everyone should incorporate into their "what-if" planning: if you are caught in a sudden severe thunderstorm, do not upload...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   09-12-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 5,324
Posted By bamabratsche
Re: Coastal sailing without depth finder?

I think if you are cautious and responsible enough to ask the question in the first place, you probably don't need one. I have been all over the middle Chesapeake in a 19-foot boat with a 2.5-foot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-16-2013
Replies: 153
Views: 10,516
Posted By bamabratsche
Re: Where are the younger people?

I think there are a lot of younger people doing things besides playing video games these days, but those things may not be sailing. Case in point, I spent nearly 2 years in my 20s backpacking around...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-18-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 4,690
Posted By bamabratsche
Re: Cape Dory 30 - How slow is "slow?"

Another argument in favor of the CD30 is the large and supportive community over at the Cape Dory board, where I have yet to see a thread degenerate into all this name-calling.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-17-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 4,690
Posted By bamabratsche
Re: Cape Dory 30 - How slow is "slow?"

I've had a CD Typhoon (so pretty much the same design, just 19' instead of 30') for about a year and sail out of the Rhode River, and it is a great boat for the bay. She is definitely slower than...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-21-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 14,893
Posted By bamabratsche
Small world! Definitely the most creative name...

Small world! Definitely the most creative name on the river. I've been curious about Blue Water--seems like a pretty low-key operation. I'm at Holiday Hill just up the creek.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-20-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 14,893
Posted By bamabratsche
At a marina on the Rhode River off the...

At a marina on the Rhode River off the Chesapeake: "Rhode Keel". Nuff said.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,546
Posted By bamabratsche
The top layer of blue paint is quite brittle and...

The top layer of blue paint is quite brittle and comes off very easily, but you're correct, the lighter blue layer (whatever it is) seems very sound. My thought was to put on a barrier coat just for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,546
Posted By bamabratsche
Is this paint or gelcoat?

So, this is my first boat, and today I began the process of trying to get the hull stripped down to the gelcoat in preparation for barrier coating and antifouling paint. Starting with the rudder, I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 653
Posted By bamabratsche
Modified External Tank for Nissan 3.5

I have a 2-stroke Nissan 3.5hp on my Cape Dory Typhoon which will run maybe half an hour on a full internal tank of gas. Unless the wind is just right, this is generally not enough to get me out of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-03-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,476
Posted By bamabratsche
The owner said he hasn't sailed it as much as he...

The owner said he hasn't sailed it as much as he would have liked recently, but I got the impression that he does take it out occasionally.

Is replacing a bulkhead something that can be done...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-03-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,476
Posted By bamabratsche
Sailing with rotten bulkhead?

Greetings Sailnet-ers,

I just looked at a Kenner Kittiwake 24 that's for sale in my area, and have a couple of questions. This would be my first boat larger than a Sunfish, although I've been...
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