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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-12-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,664
Posted By Sail444
Re: USCG 6 Pack License

You can try this site for practicing the type of test questions you might get on the exams.
BoatSafe.com (http://www.boatsafe.com/uscgboat/index.htm)

I took a one week course to help get the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   02-06-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 263
Posted By Sail444
Experienced Crew Looking To Documentary of Puddle Jump 2015

I am an experienced sailor (sailing since 1978), captains license (50 ton, sailing/towing endorsement, inactive), videographer.

Would like to do video documentary of Puddle Jump 2015. Have...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   02-06-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,980
Posted By Sail444
Re: Worst funding idea EVER

I am familiar with crowd funding and doing for obtaining cruising funds will not work, in my view. Even ideas with possible investment return require lots of marketing and social networking to get...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-06-2014
Replies: 100
Views: 6,204
Posted By Sail444
Re: A survey is not poetry

Also be aware, that surveyors always have a disclaimer that they are not responsible for anything and, in most cases, cannot be held liable for any error or omission. The only time they can...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-06-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By Sail444
Re: CT 54, open ended question...

I have owned a CT equivalent vessel in the past. They are brute heavy displacement boats built in Taiwan. Usually, very teaky below, lots of teak above. Must like varnishing. For mainly...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-06-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,245
Posted By Sail444
Re: Suggestions for coastal cruiser

My favorite for that coastal cruising category in the price range you suggested is the Catalina MK 42.

Fair Winds,
Steve Szirom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 20,418
Posted By Sail444
Re: Best sailing blogs of 2014

I have links to Mexico oriented blogs on my site and also feature a documentary of the 2009 Baja Ha-Ha rally. Google "Gales, Whales and the Baja Ha-Ha."

Fair Winds,
Steve Szirom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 3,315
Posted By Sail444
Re: Sleeping preference?

In almost all cases in cruising boats, the preferred location for sleeping is toward the aft. The V-bert is OK for the marina or calm anchorage but in cruising mode, the bow moves up and down more...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,330
Posted By Sail444
Re: Another towing dingie newb question

The dinghy is the "automobile" for cruisers and is one of the most important considerations for happy cruising and getting to and from land.

Generally, get the biggest/best dinghy and motor which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 122
Views: 10,389
Posted By Sail444
Re: Sailing "big boats"

I have sailed boats from 24 feet (J24) throught 62 feet (Beneteau CNB) since 1978.

In my view, the ideal size of cruising vessel for a couple is between 36 feet to 44 feet, more or less.

Here...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 145
Views: 13,560
Posted By Sail444
Re: Low vs. high freeboard - benefits and drawbacks

I would recommend low freeboard, for offshore cruising. Less windage, and presents a smaller footprint for beam seas.

Fair Winds,
Steve Szirom
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-06-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,092
Posted By Sail444
Check out video documentary

You might want to view a documentary, "Whales, Gales and the Baja Ha-Ha" , which follows the 2009 event and includes tips.

Just Google it on YouTube to get the link.

Fair Winds,
Steve...
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