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Search: Posts Made By: paul323
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,633
Posted By paul323
Re: I may try for a solo trip in Sept.


But file a float plan, and keep a handheld VHF on you at all times.

And jacklines and a harness are also very reassuring if it gets a bit bouncy - and sometimes even when it isn't!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,218
Posted By paul323
Re: First Accident What Did I Do Wrong?

christian.hess put things very nicely, and brought out a point no others did - and a critical one from a safety perspective - never, never leave the tiller unattended. If you leave the tiller, make...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 614
Posted By paul323
Re: Stainless Fabricator Recommendations for Bent Anchor Roller?

You could always call Garhauer. They are on the West Coast, but are awesome.

(usual disclaimers apply)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,814
Posted By paul323
Re: MedSailor's New Ride! (maybe I am a power-boater after all...)

Awesome boat - are you sure it is big enough?? :-)

It is tru that Nauticats tend to be on the motor side of motor sailor - you probably won't win any Beer Can Races with her - but they are well...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By paul323
Re: How to run my jibsheets?

Okay, not an expert so don't flame me folks :) but in larger boats two jib sheets, with bowline or similar, is common. In smaller boats I have seen a single, long sheet used with a cowhitch or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-02-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By paul323
Re: 1982 Seafarer 37' (S37) left to me...needs TLC...fix or sell?

This is a "how long is a piece of string" question.

Boats are expensive and very time consuming. You will have heard that boat is an acronym for "Bring Out Another Thousand"!

From the pictures...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,684
Posted By paul323
Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

I use mineral spirits. Kerosene and diesel work well, but my local hardware store just had mineral spirits. An old toothbrush is useful, as is a wooden popsicle stick for getting in to the gears. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 477
Posted By paul323
Re: depth sounder install wax cleanup??

Seaduction - educate me (us?). I thought Acetone was a powerful dewaxing agent. Is toilet wax an annimal/fat-based wax, as opposed to a plant wax? Canuba wax I know is a plant-based wax...I'd be...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-24-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,573
Posted By paul323
Re: 4 lost as 40.7 sinks off Azores 15/May/14

Wow - the keel has gone. Sorry to speculate, but the keel area was damaged/bolts loosened. They started taking on water, alerted coast guard. Bam! Keel tears off, boat flips with liferaft still...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-24-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,547
Posted By paul323
Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

FWIW, this year I am trying Prism Polish and it's partner sealant, Mirage. My hull is off-white gelcoat, 30 years old...chalky/oxidised gelcoat is my main problem. I was hesitant at first - I used...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,161
Posted By paul323
Re: How much rust is too much?

I went synthetic a couple of years ago, still happy with it. Some club members claimed it wouldn't last a year..still looking like new. I used WR2, because I liked the idea of a UV/chafe resistant...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-19-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 2,738
Posted By paul323
Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

Late to the party here - but I cut (gasp) slits in my mains'l cover for my lazy jacks following advice/vid from Sailrite:

Similar to the velcro...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,161
Posted By paul323
Re: How much rust is too much?

Look most carefully at the end fittings (normally swaged). Rust causes swelling, and can cause the fittings to crack - and therefore be on the verge of failure. A magnifying glass may help; some...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-29-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,487
Posted By paul323
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

My advice would be to look at the equipment. They are both great boats, and the layout to you seems like not too big a deal to you - so think of the boats as a collection of parts. What are the...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-17-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,524
Posted By paul323
Re: 1 Dead, 1 injured in Beer Can Race on SF Bay

As a member of the club, and knowing the skipper, George B hit it pretty well spot-on AFAIK. The exact details are not yet available, and I can't give much more detail (my boat is awaiting a new...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-14-2014
Replies: 129
Views: 7,776
Posted By paul323
Re: 2014 Catalina 445 vs 1998 Oyster 45

Pretty well all that is worth saying has been said. I suggest you are realistic about how you intend to use the boat. If it is for local coastal cruising, the Catalina is an excellent boat - as you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By paul323
Re: Edson cockpit table

Can you not save the veneer?
- Chemical stripping to remove the varnish
- Scraper (flat metal blade) to get it smooth/even. Wire wool is also good, with a suitable solvent.
- Bleach/repair...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-21-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,462
Posted By paul323
Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I bought some from an RV store - not so good. Seals well, but in summer viscosity reduced and it ran. Buy from Maine Sail. Great product.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,354
Posted By paul323
Re: An indelicate question

Standing sea water can smell if left for a few days. I have a gallon of fresh water next to the head, which I use for the final flush - seems to help. Smartest thing I saw - delightfully decadent -...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-09-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
Posted By paul323
Re: What Size Dock Lines do I Need ?

Personally I don't use double braid - not enough stretch. I'd use 3-strand.

Given the fact your ropes parted, I think that is a clue that 1/2" was not sufficient, so 5/8 or 3/4. If in doubt, why...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-09-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,805
Posted By paul323
Re: Sunbrella: What color is used on your boat?

Second the comment on the Westsail!

Also, agreed it is counter-intuitive, but correct that lighter colors fare less well. In fact I am switching to black thread for much of my sewing, as the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-04-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By paul323
Re: New to using a slip

Personally I take the bow and stern lines with me, I leave the springer lines on shore.

How you rig the mooring lines depends on whether you tie up to a single side, or both sides. I tie up on...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 01-03-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 5,398
Posted By paul323
Re: Was the freighter messing with me, or did I mess up?

I agree with others, the boat was unlikely to be messing with you. Not worth the time/effort/risk.

I guess I would take out different lessons, at least in a general situation.

A) those giant...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-01-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By paul323
Re: Next Step ?

It all depends on your preferences - and those of your wife. I race, but to improve my sailing skills. i think that having 2 boats has to be a pain timewise and financially, so as others have said,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-01-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By paul323
Re: Symmetric Rudder damage and surprise hardware!

Just a thought - why cover the bolts? Yes, it may effect the flow of water over the rudder, but the stainless would be happier exposed (as opposed to being in an anoxic environment) and you would not...
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