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Search: Posts Made By: nolatom
Forum: Chartering 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,802
Posted By nolatom

"We fly for free, which makes it easier to get places. But because of her drinking, we aren't able to utilize the opportunity"

She can't be sober enough to board a plane? Or remain sober on one...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 03-18-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 2,427
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: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
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) 12-19-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,575
Posted By nolatom
Re: The best licenses to work on a yacht and quick start your career

I have just mailed off to renew my 100-ton license for another 5 years (by which time I'll be 70! several 'outside consults" needed to fill out the Medical form).

Maybe the US is behind the times,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By nolatom
Re: 1977 Cheoy Lee Clipper 42

Pretty nice considering your camera limitations, looks like you had fair weather (at least when you filmed, ha ha)? I used to help my dad in a yacht brokerage where we sold Cheoy Lees, among others,...
Forum: Chartering 11-30-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 7,046
Posted By nolatom
Re: Can We Bareboat Charter in BVI's?

I think you could do it after a half day with a captain. Basic ASA plus 30 hours of real sailing time is more than many down there will have had. Plus your powerboat time, and your aircraft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-11-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,930
Posted By nolatom
Re: Suppose you ran around on a falling tide

Definitely not a stupid question, but the answer is "big" because lots of variables. What are you grounded on? Mud? Sand? Rock? You're an hour from low tide, I think you're asking, and attempts...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-24-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By nolatom
Re: Need help to I.D. a small sailboat.

Yeah, Cal 20 is a plastic classic, still good and still being raced and pocket-cruised as we speak.

Well-designed and indestructible it seems, kinda like *this* ;-)

200 year old Volkswagen...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 997
Posted By nolatom
Queasy crewmember? The "old standards" still work...

Well, at least they did yesterday, a charter I had in a small sport skiff with two couples.

One of whom felt a little queasy an hour in, hid it well but finally 'fessed up.

Step One: We turn...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-29-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,952
Posted By nolatom
Re: need help my brain is toast

My advice to you is to sail here in New Orleans where the variation is almost zero, with a compass having less than a degree or two of deviation on any heading, in good visibility.

Life will be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 2,903
Posted By nolatom
Re: I Equate it to Driving in a Bad Snow Storm!

Usually I will ease the traveler out, and then out some more, before reefing. It allows you to pull the main down to flatten it for going upwind in the heavier air, without pulling it quite so far...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-04-2014
Replies: 92
Views: 7,193
Posted By nolatom
Re: VSC saved me from CG boarding

No, and I don't regard what I've seen in 55 years as being oppressive, as you evidently do. And I do see a risk in the 'free-fire zone" of (some) weekend boat operators on which the existence of...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Well, yes, sort of crazy, but in a good way... ;-)

I wouldn't encourage flying it without the pole, though it can be a useful skill for short period just after you've removed the pole, or just...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

I would bet that 70% of cruisers don't use spinnakers, though many of that 70 do wing out their jibs on whisker poles or on the otherwise unused spinnaker pole.

But if you live or cruise in...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-01-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,557
Posted By nolatom
Re: high wind gybing technique??

Here's why, in the right circumstances, I'm a big fan of the chicken-jibe:

About four decades ago, when the Marblehead Town Class (the "Townies") were a very competitive fleet of about 70, I found...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-16-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By nolatom
Re: What creates the most power...

well done on the race, and kudos for "adapting to circumstance and keeping her going after something breaks", an essential skill for sailors ;-)

I echo the good advice above. Another thing to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By nolatom
Sometimes it doesn't take much.

A friend invited me out on his 30-footer for a short sail, the boat hadn't been sailed in a while, probably for want of crew.

Nice day, westerly wind 5, built almost to 10. Sails are probably...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-26-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,115
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trip S Florida to Galveston Bay

I think the Pilot charts are the best advice:

Atlas of Pilot Charts for the Major Oceans of the World (

If you can do the Canal, you'll...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-30-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 3,946
Posted By nolatom
Re: Magnetic Variance

Absolute simplest way to do it, IF your compass has almost no deviation?

Just lay your course out using the Magnetic compass rose, and steer magnetic.

Yes, you'll still have to adjust for...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 12-28-2013
Replies: 212
Views: 12,384
Posted By nolatom
Re: Wow... Bernard Stamm's Open 60 "breaks in half" in the Western Approaches...

Well, yes, it is really an argument. Your rescuers will ideally be fellow racers who nevertheless take a big risk doing it, but they are "in the game" so each racer is grateful if they can assist...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-11-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 7,853
Posted By nolatom
re: Jib vs Genoa vs Spinnaker

I echo Faster completely.

Practical difference in spinnakers he describes:

Symmetrical spinny = doesn't beam reach as well as asymmetrical because it is way more curved, but will sail a deep...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 11-08-2013
Replies: 956
Views: 64,879
Posted By nolatom
Re: Trouble on Route to the Caribbean

Here's more detail from the Coast Guard today:

Coast Guard rescues 4, assists others off Va., NC coasts (

I fully concur with "don't go to sea if...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-15-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By nolatom
Re: More beginning sailing technique questions

Re para 1, use tape on the turnbuckles for a start, then decide later what's "perfect". the little "wheel" your buddy's using is probably a roller to prevent the jib from dragging across the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 10-07-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By nolatom
Re: Moving on up! LOL!

Ah, the venerable Merc!!! Many of us in Boston grew up with them at Community Boating Inc. on the Charles River.

I'd think 3-4 hp would be more than plenty, the Mercs are kind of heavy but heck,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 09-25-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,048
Posted By nolatom
Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

If it's a nice day, go. Light air never killed anyone (I hope??). And chances are it will pick up.

Anyway, since 3 hours ago when you posted, I gather you're out there now. Good decision, have...
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