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Search: Posts Made By: macswift
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-05-2014
Replies: 908
Views: 65,324
Posted By macswift
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

Whoa Paulo,
I was referring to the pirate flag - I have no general view on art teachers!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-05-2014
Replies: 908
Views: 65,324
Posted By macswift
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

Easy question. Yes, it's lame - supremely lame...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-26-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 3,174
Posted By macswift
Re: Fishing

Hi Mark
The words 'ultra-light' and 'sailboat-fishing' should never be used in the same sentence!
But you don't need expensive, complicated gear - and you can see exactly how to go about it at...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 09-13-2013
Replies: 572
Views: 146,130
Posted By macswift
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

I can't believe that anyone has done anything more stupid than this:~
The Skipper of the Sailboat 'Alacazam' Does Something Really Stupid (
Forum: Living Aboard 02-12-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 3,501
Posted By macswift
Re: Looking for blog posts by/about new liveaboards, or those about to move aboard

Not a blog, but a website article about living on a sailboat ( You might find some useful stuff there...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-22-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 3,393
Posted By macswift
Re: Lash Me To The Mast Before I Buy A Boat!

Of course you'll have to buy it, just so you can suffer like the rest of us...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-20-2012
Replies: 91
Views: 6,856
Posted By macswift
Re: Battery Sizing - am I crazy?

My suggestion is to go back to first principles and calculate your daily 12v requirements, take account of your onboard charging facilities (engine alternator, and maybe solar panels and wind...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-18-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 5,058
Posted By macswift
Re: VHF Radio in the cockpit

Point taken, but in that situation the radio would have to wait if I was on my tod. But my days of single-handed sailing are behind me, so my crew would deal with the radio. It would probably be one...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2012
Replies: 62
Views: 5,058
Posted By macswift
Re: VHF Radio in the cockpit

VHF extension speakers in the cockpit are worth having. As long as you can hear you're being called it's no big deal to go below to answer it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 2,060
Posted By macswift
Re: Question for those who sail cutters

I don't see the point of flying a staysail with a genoa as all the staysail does is steal wind from the genoa. On Alacazam we use a yankee/staysail combination which works just fine, and the high-cut...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-13-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 2,301
Posted By macswift
Re: Jib furler is hard to furl since putting up new sail...ideas?

My guess is that it's something to do with the new furling line...

Could it be binding on the drum?
Do you need to change the alignment of it as it enters the drum?
Have you missed out one of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-12-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 4,775
Posted By macswift
Re: Mooring vs slip?

My preference would be the mooring providing it's a swinging mooring, and not a trot mooring where you have to pick up both a bow line and a stern line. They can be a real pain to pick up in strong...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-11-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 5,982
Posted By macswift
Re: Staysail: Purpose and trimming

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the C&C is a cutter per se? If that's the case, then what you have is a temporary inner forestay that can be used for a storm jib and maybe a staysail to be...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-06-2012
Replies: 120
Views: 11,352
Posted By macswift
Re: Couples living aboard how goes the relationship

I've recently written a page on my website on the risks and rewards of living aboard which includes the issue regarding personal relationships. At the risk of breaking the forum rules here's a link...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-04-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 2,325
Posted By macswift
Re: rope & wire halyards vs all rope halyards

Just one more thing to think about...
Are the sheaves of large enough diameter for the hi-tec line?
This stuff doesn't like to be bent through a tight radius.
Might be worth having a word with...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-01-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 1,306
Posted By macswift
Re: Can anybody tell if if this interior layout has a name?

I don't see much wrong with it as an in-harbour berth, but it would be useless on passage. Head down on one tack and head up one the other, neither of which make for a decent kip. For an illustrated...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-31-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 8,961
Posted By macswift
Re: Anchor chain size & length

I would say that 40 feet of 5/16 chain and 150 feet of warp is fine for your Contessa, providing you don't anchor in more than 30ft of water. It's generally accepted that a scope:depth ratio of 6:1...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 07-30-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By macswift
stepping aboard...

Just taking a break from grafting away at my (non-commercial) website The Sailboat Fanatics' Favourite Information Resource ( to sign up to Sailnet. My wood-epoxy...
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