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Search: Posts Made By: TomMaine
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 2 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 689
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Lifespan of Fiberglass Boats

As others have said, the age of a reasonably well built fiberglass boat isn't really a known factor, yet. My boats glass hull and decks are 53 years old and show no signs of diminishing structural...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 732
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Increasing displacement with bilge freshwater storage?

Another fun source is SailCalc. Compare your Seafarer to other similar boats you know. I think you'll find it's stability(according to this tool) is not something to worry much about.

Boats like...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 732
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Increasing displacement with bilge freshwater storage?

Our 1961 Alden Challenger was designed with built in fuel tankage well below the sole and around the centerboard trunk(like what you're planning).

The 80 gallon tank is built into the fiberglass...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,410
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

Good question. I don't think it was sailing magazines content that changed when I stopped reading them, I think it was me that changed, as a reader.

Sailing has been a life long process-pastime...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
Posted By TomMaine
Re: New computer selection help??

We have two newly adult children so I can relate to your comment, "future family entertainment". I'll throw in some new pluses on the ipad.

It's getting easier to put together slide shows and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,168
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Where do you mount your chart plotter?

I'm with you, don't blow any new holes in your boat. The gizmo will be soon gone, the hole is forever(note the ancient speedo some bonehead thought should go in our cabin)

I'm rarely behind the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 1,113
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Winter sailing in Northeast

What about ice, Down? I just walked up from Rockport Harbor. It's got a layer of ice, maybe an inch or so, all the way out to the outer harbor.

I've seen it iced over a few times this season. All...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 2,089
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Percentage self-taught sailors?

I learned to sail a home built Salfish at a very early age(not even sure how old-7 or 8 maybe?).

I certainly kept learning from that point(experience, reading and a short sail trim course I...
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls 12-21-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 5,963
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Generator Etiquette

These generator threads make me realize how lucky some of us are on the coast of Maine. It sounds similar in other more remote coastal sailing grounds like the Pacific Northwest.

The poll tells...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,248
Posted By TomMaine
Re: To Sail or to Sit

From my perspective(typical)- a coastal sailor that owns an average sized coastal cruiser, has sailed the east coast, I could categorize sailing grounds into 3 groups:

One dimensional; The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,334
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Any passionate sailors willing to help answer a few questions?

That's a very interesting subject. I could see sails incorporating art forms. Especially in sailing schools and community programs.

The flower pattern on the cruising boat didn't seem right but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-17-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,248
Posted By TomMaine
Re: To Sail or to Sit

Very interesting thread. Having sailed out of Champlain for years, kept a boat down south for a couple seasons, I understand what you're saying. :)

And you've done this before-in part, but what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By TomMaine
Re: International Marine publishing is going away

That is sad news. They're right here in town, or were. IM closed their brick and mortar office years ago but I knew there were one or two local folks still putting out the books from their own...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children 12-17-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Starting them out

Great boat, the P30. Congrats!

Don't set your sights too high on how much your family will get involved in sailing.

I hate to say that but it comes from decades of watching families come...
Forum: Electronics 12-17-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By TomMaine
Re: iPad 4 as a GPS ?

I've been using an Ipad with Garmin app for a couple seasons, and I love it! It's my main screen now but I don't trust it alone, so I back it up with my older onboard CP and an iphone(often more in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,882
Posted By TomMaine
Re: sailing as exercise?

We do a lot of sailing and combat the lack of exercise with rowing and walking/hiking on trails(a reason to visit a destination for us).

Either of those efforts can supply from moderate exercise...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 12-13-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 2,928
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Help me teach my wife navigation

My thought is, if she enjoys sailing with you, don't try to make her do what she doesn't feel like doing on the boat. It's not worth the risk.

My wife loves to be sailing and but she is not that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,126
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Mixing teak and mahogany: how ugly?

Mark is right about through bolting, but I broke that rule.

The last rails did some damage to the wood cabin as they invariably start to leak. Hand rails are high maintenance so I choose to screw...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-09-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 9,766
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Good stuff here, especially the AP. I like to just sail when I'm solo. No time pressure or destination. It's also an opportunity to sail in and out of harbors, anchorages, onto moorings(with safe...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-09-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,126
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Mixing teak and mahogany: how ugly?

Bleaching them a bit in the sun would be a good idea.

Here's the rails as I shaped them. You can just see the glue line and the bevel ripped in the stock. A 1/2" router bit cut the perfect 1"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-08-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,126
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Mixing teak and mahogany: how ugly?

I built replacement handrails for my boat a couple years ago. I didn't consider teak for the cost. My boat has a mixture of African mahogany(like the entire cabin) and original teak like the hatches,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 12-08-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,300
Posted By TomMaine
Re: How do I keep bow from falling off the wind anchoring?

I don't think so. I have a yawl and usually have the mizzen up anchoring under sail. Once you're anchored, it will help keep your bow to windward.

I like to furl my genoa before anchoring and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 2,463
Posted By TomMaine
Re: What is the life span of a chart plotter???

I have a 14 year old Garmin b&w plotter that still works great. I had to replace the antennae a few seasons back.

I'm very glad it has held up because I've seen CP's evolve quickly, go down in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,858
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Light-light air!!! Exciting stuff?

An old Block Island 40 ketch in light air in the lee of the shore.

This really displays a design anachronism; CCA long overhangs-50's light air go-fast tool. :)

I wonder why the mainsail is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,858
Posted By TomMaine
Re: Light-light air!!! Exciting stuff?

I really get what you're saying(some may chuckle). This series of shots I took years ago in light-light air, brings me back to the sounds and feel of generating sail. The slight bow wave forming...
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