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Search: Posts Made By: sparrowe
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-18-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,626
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Taking my ASA101 and 103 at once

Congratulations on a fine start in sailing!

I completed ASA 101 (J-24), 103 & 104 (Catalina 42) in a bunch over eight days at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, learned a ton and had a blast. The...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-16-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,520
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Downsizing & looking for some ideas

Along the lines of the Typhoon and the Ensign is the McVay Bluenose:

http://i525.photobucket.com/albums/cc338/sailaway21/4b7fcd27.jpg

Prettier than either the Ensign or Typhoon, IMHO. But they...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 07-07-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,597
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Advice For Good Boat To Learn On

Nancy, that Bene 285 is in a different league than the Ensign or J-22 - even more so than the 25' Hunters that Sal Paradise says involve more expenses, logistics and risks. Will you learn a lot if...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-28-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 785
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Yet another first boat thread

Last summer, we bought a small, 'trailerable' Beneteau 210 thinking we would park it rigged in a marina lot, and move it to a different lake every season. Rigging the boat the first time and then...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-20-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Sources for used trailer sailers

Try:
Merit 22 sailboat (http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/boa/4525852469.html)
1984 Merit 22' Sailboat (http://cleveland.craigslist.org/boa/4473624639.html)

Or, for a Merit 25:
day sailer-...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-23-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Increasing Outboard Prop Depth?

Alex, your picture is most helpful - it looks to me that the S/S channel is hardly and eyesore because it is largely hidden behind the motor and bracket. Hellosailor, I'm going to keep your ideas for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-22-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Increasing Outboard Prop Depth?

Hi Faster,

Moving the outboard motor bracket lower is another option; my reluctance to go that way is based on two considerations. First - and this may be what you are asking in your question...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-22-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By sparrowe
Increasing Outboard Prop Depth?

So here's the question as we get ready for the 2014 sailing season (assuming that this lousy cold weather will break before too long!): How to increase the depth of our outboard propellor? We sail a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-09-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By sparrowe
Aww, Jeez, the Red Witch is on the Market

So, I'm browsing sailboatlistings.com and see this:

1983 John Alden Schooner 49 Passenger COI sailboat for sale in Michigan (http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/40468)

It's the Red Witch...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 01-02-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,502
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Morgan 33T

The 33T draws 5 - 1/2 feet (according to Sailboatdata.com). Before buying, I'd get my hands on NOAA charts for the Keys - especially the Bay side - and see where I could and couldn't sail with that...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-04-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,345
Posted By sparrowe
Re: seeking 50% partnership on new 35' sailboat in Annapolis, MD

I'm with svHyLyte - and would recommend Pinnacle Yachts. They offer a 'lease share' rather than fractional ownership. We had a 40' Jeanneau with them in Chicago in 2011. Excellent setup - great...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,045
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Muscling the Motor onto the Outboard Bracket

Thanks for the many helpful suggestions! I'll see what kind of simple system I can rig up!:)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-31-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,045
Posted By sparrowe
Muscling the Motor onto the Outboard Bracket

The Lehr 5 HP propane outboard that I bought back in June comes out of the shop this weekend. (Its reliability is another thread entirely.) I'm looking for your thoughts about the ways I might get it...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-28-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 6,689
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Trailer sailer

Sailing across the Strait of Georgia in a trailerable sailboat? I'm going to second the recommendation of gts1544 that "you're going to need a bigger boat!" My recommendation is based not just on...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-25-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Charleston, SC - Help, please

It sounds like you will need to launch and retrieve your boat every time you go sailing. If it takes an hour (or more!) to step the mast, set the rigging, and get the boat in the water, and another...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-23-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 26,373
Posted By sparrowe
Re: New Lehr propane outboard

Thanks, Hopcar, for risking another scolding from Dave at Lehr. Interestingly, the procedure is described in some detail in a Lehr video here: LEHR Service (http://vimeopro.com/derema/lehr-service)
...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 09-22-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,049
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Day sailer choices - Need input

The Bluenose is simply gorgeous. Earlier this year I was sorely tempted by one for sale in Nova Scotia. It was thousands if miles away. Recently saw one for sale in Toronto, another in the PNW.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 26,373
Posted By sparrowe
Re: New Lehr propane outboard

Hopcar, you refer to reducing the idle speed by changing the mixture (if re-setting the idle speed doesn't do the trick). I see how this can be done on one of the Lehr service videos by twisting the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-02-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 26,373
Posted By sparrowe
Re: New Lehr propane outboard

Hi Hopcar,

Thank you for your suggestion that I contact Lehr. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of confidence in Lehr Corporate to address the issues that I and other have encountered with my...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-02-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 26,373
Posted By sparrowe
Re: New Lehr propane outboard

I've posted several times about our experiences with a Lehr 5 HP that we bought in June - not sure in which of the several threads that are going, but the comments from Mon Amie (quoted above) are a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-05-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,077
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Beat the Heat - Cooling Vest Experience?

Yesterday was the first opportunity we had to try the Glacier Tek vests. It wasn't unbearably hot - mid 80s with 50% humidity, but I am very impressed so far! The cooling effect is pleasant, the vest...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-02-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Looking to sail in keys

Since this thread started several months back I imagine the OP already has returned home from the Keys. But in case someone else is contemplating a trip, I suggest "Caribbean Soul Charters" on Conch...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-29-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Catalina 22

If the upgrades done by the present owner are what you would have done yourself, then this boat is a good deal. (Think about the cost of a new headsail, bimini, battery, lines, cushions,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-22-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 2,740
Posted By sparrowe
Re: asa school vs buying own 20-30ft and teach self?

As someone who took up sailing by enrolling in an 8-day ASA series (101, 103 & 104) in Santa Barbara (mostly on a Catalina 42), followed that with a summer timeshare on Lake Michigan (Jeanneau 42),...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-22-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 4,602
Posted By sparrowe
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

The 5 HP we put on our Beneteau 210 in early June keeps chugging away just fine - maybe a half-dozen trips in and out of the marina so far (15-20 minutes each way). We just started on the third...
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