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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,233
Posted By paulk
Re: Raising & lowering sails

Another reason to keep tension on halyards all the time is that the masthead's whipping around could make the halyard jump out of the sheave at the top of the mast. Even though you have both ends of...
Forum: Racing 3 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By paulk
Re: VOR "Chinese gybe"

Yup. But Vestas couldn't do one in much more benign conditions to avoid hitting an island. Go figure.
Forum: Racing 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By paulk
Re: High School Sailing

Sounds good! Our local High School team has 30 some students trying out... as soon as it stops snowing. (more expected tonight) They like the that the competition can be statewide against both...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By paulk
Re: high HP engine on a sailboat

Yes! You can put a 300 hp motor or whatever size you want until it sinks the boat. The problem is that unless you can get the boat to plane on top of the water, it will only go so fast, and your...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By paulk
Re: Help or advice on cruise planning

Nolatom (above) hits it pretty squarely on the head. We plan for a 5 knot average cruising speed for our J/36, and aiming at 40 miles can make for an uncomfortably long day. Cruising friends with a...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing clubs in CT / Long Island Sound

Yacht clubs are often eagerly recruiting new members. Many have club-owned one-design fleets that are specifically set up to offer lessons or seminar sessions in order to attract people who want to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By paulk
Re: a cup of water

First question: was the water salt or fresh? That may help direct your investigation, though fresh water might get salty from mixing with salt on surfaces too. Sponge out the water and see if you get...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 501
Posted By paulk
Re: What's Next, Pablum?

We go sailing to get away from radio, TV, cable, phone... They can be useful, but we try to use them, rather than letting them use us. We have friends who delayed their departure on a cruise...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,012
Posted By paulk
Re: Harken Traveler & other questions

I like PiV's idea about a tiller extension for standing up. It might be tricky to attach it to the tiller with the "self-steering" lines rigged the way they are. (I'd be tempted to get rid of them,...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 773
Posted By paulk
Re: Traditional GPS vs App?

I would go first with whatever I was comfortable with. If the results of that were satisfactory, I'd stick with it. If the results were less than satisfactory, I'd see what else there was that...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 2,344
Posted By paulk
Re: behavior on other's boats

Sailing any boat is a question of balance and communication. If you have a new crew aboard who is tweaking sails for you, great. But you need to communicate when the trimming creates too much...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By paulk
Re: Rule 18.3

So P tacked to windward of S to avoid tacking too close: (they would have "likely forced a luff due to speed differences"), and then P headed down to round the mark. THAT is P's mistake. Since S is...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By paulk
Re: Rule 18.3

Thought I had responded to this earlier, but it apparently got swallowed in the Internet. I find the situation difficult to picture based on the OP's description. If P, inside the 3-boatlength...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-18-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,267
Posted By paulk
Re: OOPS! Could have lost the mast today

It can be difficult to spot upcoming problems in standing rigging. I sailed on a boat that had had everything inspected with dye, checking for otherwise invisible faults. All seemed OK. We went...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-16-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 877
Posted By paulk
Re: Howmar 12 day sailor vs catalina expo 12

The two boats are quite different. The Howmar seems a bit more substantial, with higher freeboard and more comfortable seating. The Catalina looks more like a beach toy. Both boats feature a single...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-14-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,450
Posted By paulk
Re: increasing and consolidating standing rigging size

In addition to what Jeff has said, I checked "yacht rigging safety factors" recently and learned that masts are generally designed with a safety factor of 5. To me, that means that they are designed...
Forum: Diesel 02-14-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By paulk
Re: Yanmar YSM8 longevity and value?

Not exactly the same, but we have a 1982 Yanmar 3GM down below on our boat. Ours is raw water cooled, which tends to lead to corrosion issues in salt water. You don't say how yours is cooled, but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-13-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,404
Posted By paulk
Re: What Would You Do?

Thought about this a bit before answering. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Keeping the boat you have, and which you like, is probably the least cost for the most fun option. As others...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-31-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By paulk
Re: Trouble pointing in Alerion 28

I would suspect that you are getting backwind from the jib, rather than actual "luffing" in the main. The original post talks only about the main's luffing, and that apparently is driving the "130ļ"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-28-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,390
Posted By paulk
Re: Hatch installation

If you have to "fill in" the old hatch frame a little because the new hatch is smaller than the old one (the original square hatch is longer and wider than the new one, according to the original...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-12-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,093
Posted By paulk
Re: One Ship Stupid

At the risk of appearing stupid, can you explain why jib lead cars should be mounted with the pins forward? Is it because if they're mounted with the pins aft, the sheet leads over the pin as it goes...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-11-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By paulk
Re: Need info about new sails

Dacron - or whatever your sailmaker calls it this week, since Dupont no longer makes Dacron - should be fine for a long-lasting set of sails for daysailing. They will perform fine for low-key...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-07-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,499
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY eye on wire halyard?

The whole premise of this thread is ridiculous. By the time any "v" shaped sheaves cause a a problem with an all-line halyard, you should be able to replace the whole line for less than the cost of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-01-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 3,660
Posted By paulk
Re: Cockpit and Deck Painting Advice

Prep for mono or bi-part paints is essentially the same. You will need to wipe down with solvent after sanding. That will likely take care of -or at least indicate - any incompatible substrates. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing in Chicago

I had some luck just walking the dock at Chicago Y.C. one weekend. Asked around if anyone needed crew, and got a nice ride. It seems I helped them improve their results enough to get me asked back on...
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