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Search: Posts Made By: dixiedawg
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By dixiedawg
Dual-input charge controller?

I'd like to be able to hook my little 5w solar panel AND my 60w outboard motor up to a single charge controller. Does such an animal exist?

Doesn't have to be anything fancy, it's just one little...
Forum: Extreme Sailing Videos 09-12-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,281
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Hydroptere - World Record 51 kts

On YouTube it says 28 knots.
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-26-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: 25lb anchor on 22' boat?

Guys, I can't thank you all enough for the replies!! Everything I'm hearing is pretty much what I expected, which is encouraging. I want to keep this anchor if at all possible, especially since the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By dixiedawg
25lb anchor on 22' boat?

How many of you folks would say a 25lb Mantus anchor would be overkill on a Catalina 22, used for "adventurous" coastal cruising, in and around Florida?

I already bought the anchor, based on...
Forum: Florida - Keys 08-12-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 715
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Key Lime Sailing Club

Tagging along. I've eyed this place also. Catalina 22 and a cottage, $140/day for both I think? Not bad!
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls 08-07-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,744
Posted By dixiedawg
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-07-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Daysailer vs cat 22

Yes, we generally do it on the trailer. I tie a line to the end of the forestay, which my wife takes the other end of and walks to the front of the truck. I stand in the cockpit and lift the mast...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-07-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Daysailer vs cat 22

My wife and I have been trailer-sailing a C22 for a year now, and we couldn't be happier. We were avid tent-campers to start with, and we bought the C22 with the intention of using it as a small...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,469
Posted By dixiedawg
knockdown vs. capsize vs. broach

Can someone help me understand the differences between these three terms? Even the mighty Wikipedia has left me scratching my head a little. Thank you!!
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Will do, George, thank you!
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Hey Sandy - In one of the tracks shown, I was flying a class jib, in the other a 150. No, I've never been sure if I had the cars set right. I gather you move them forward for light air, aft for...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

GeorgeB, I can't thank you enough. With every post, you are teaching me something. Like you, I just want to sail well.

With regard to the forestay: I have always had a deuce of a time getting the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Thanks guys, I'm getting some great info here. I'll definitely use the compass and a little math to get my "real" tacking angles next time, both port and starboard.

Now speaking of tension, may I...
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: tacking angles

Yes, I don't think there is any current to speak of in either of the lakes pictured. And leeway is something I understand, of course, but I have no way of knowing how much progress it is costing me....
Forum: Learning to Sail 06-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By dixiedawg
tacking angles

I always thought that, since I can sail approximately 45 degrees off the wind, that I should be able to tack 90 degrees. But in practice, I'm not getting anywhere near that. My angles look closer to...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-12-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,236
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Three Years From Cruising

Man. That's what I've been saying a lot lately. Better late than never, but if I'd been a young(er) guy, this would have been my LIFE.
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-27-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By dixiedawg
measuring a headsail

I have a jib which came with my boat that "should" fit, but doesn't. It's too long in the luff. I think I must be measuring things wrong.

Is a headsail's luff measured from head grommet to tack...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-24-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Wind and Sails

I think what the book might be is referring to is "sailing by the lee", which can cause an accidental gybe.

It's when, on a run, the wind is on the same side of the boat as the boom/mainsail. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-24-2014
Replies: 1,053
Views: 246,051
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Lets get some good sunrise/sunset pictures....

Sunset at Dog Island, FL:

http://i61.tinypic.com/5aqaub.jpg
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-06-2014
Replies: 590
Views: 39,090
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The reportage here sounds just like when it's a firearm story: minimum BS content of 75%. Clueless reporters spewing sensational, headline-grabbing soundbites for the clueless audience to be thrilled...
Forum: Learning to Sail 03-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 672
Posted By dixiedawg
"Class jib", "working jib"

Which one refers to a "100%" jib? Or are these terms synonymous?

And while I'm at it, I often see the term "125 jib" thrown around. Isn't this a misnomer? Shouldn't that be "125 Genoa"?

Thanks...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,388
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Bingo. This is a big attraction for me as well, jumping out at the boat ramp or wherever, onto sharp or slippery things.

For those of you who have them (glad to hear some of you do!) do you know...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,388
Posted By dixiedawg
Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Anyone use these for sailing??

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/watersport_mens.htm
Forum: News Feeds 03-07-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By dixiedawg
Re: Sailboat off Marco Island tries to ride out Thursday's storm - Wink News

I don't get it. Sea Tow came and got them "after the boat ran out of gas" ... while they were at anchor?

I'm very new to sailing. People use an engine while at anchor??
Forum: Learning to Sail 02-13-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,586
Posted By dixiedawg
stopping on a dime

In our sailing class last year, the instructor briefly touched on the subject of bringing the boat to a stop in the shortest possible time. But neither my wife nor I can remember what he said the...
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