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Search: Posts Made By: SailingJackson
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

There are a lot of factors to consider and the manufactures cannot properly explain the engineering, so they simplify the solution to just specify the weight of the boat. If you look into details,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 814
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Which sails to use

The answer to your question is within yourself. I've quoted the important points you've made. The question speaks to the core of the dilemma between cruising versus racing.

If you want to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 691
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: forestay max diameter?

The winds you may see are only half of the equation. The rigging does not need to hold up against the wind. The rigging only needs to provide counter torque against the righting moment of the boat....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 961
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Concern about lightning strikes

If you want to feel safer just pound a piece of rebar into the ground and then use jumper cables from the mast to the rebar.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-07-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 10,140
Posted By SailingJackson
Sail to work

For years I lived on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin and kept my boat at a mooring field on the western short of Lake Mendota. I worked downtown Madison, just 3 blocks from the pier and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,213
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Topping lift loads?

I recall times when I or someone else happened to be up on the cabin while flaking the main while the mainsheet was eased, just when some power boat wake comes by and rolls the boat. Loosing balance...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-05-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Radar reflector questions

Practical Sailor did some testing. My recollection is that most of the radar reflectors were sort of OK, even the cheap ones, but almost all of them showed dramatic reductions in the effectiveness...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-01-2014
Replies: 0
Views: 158
Posted By SailingJackson
Les Voiles de St. Tropez

I've always heard about the annual gathering of classic yachts, but this year I find I'll be in the area about that time. Can anyone suggest where I can find out more? Everything I can find is in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-30-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,562
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Anchoring/leaving under sail

I think it depends on a detail. My feeling is that it's irresponsible to do so strictly under sail since something can go wrong, BUT, there's nothing wrong with entering or leaving under sail with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-28-2014
Replies: 74
Views: 3,813
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Why don't boats have headlights?

I'm with you. I think the concept is clueless.

I remember one beautiful night, rowing to shore from the mooring. It was a great summer night with a full moon. You could read a newspaper it was...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-25-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,289
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Cruising and career

Depends where you want to work and how much you want to make. In Chicago or New York you're expected to be career focused. If you're not career focused, then get out. Go to Hawaii, Boulder...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Looking for boat; limited by bridge clearance

I knew a sailor in Oxnard who had a 35' boat with bridge limitations. He had a deck stepped mast and rigged a system toggles and guys to bring the mast down to about 45 degree angle every time they...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,003
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: ATN Tacker experiences???

I'm on the side of the positive reviews here. I had one on my 25' boat and now use one on my 36' boat. It was nice sometimes on the 25', it's essential on the 36' boat. The bigger the boat is, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-17-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Bow Thruster by eXturn.

$6k installed seems high for that sort of unit. There are a couple of traveling companies that will install a conventional for $7.5K. Florida Bow Thrusters quoted about that to drive from Florida...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-17-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

You have plenty of anchor for a 2500 lb boat. Just get some nylon rode. The poly line will float and the Bahamian mooring as pictured in an earlier note will guarantee fouling the lines with the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

One more thing to consider. It seems like those poly lines came with the boat and also appears that you are still learning about boating/sailing. Please note the consistency of the responses here,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

Your 30' of heavy chain should be about 53 lbs. Your 53' of light chain is probably 38 lbs. URL reference is here: New Page 1...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Main anchor question.

The heavy chain is a poor match to the anchors, but as long as you have it you might as well use it. If you want a more secure hold, heavier chain is better.

You don't have an anchor rode. That...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,114
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I usually throw out old junk. Potential replacements are stored shoreside except for critical things like replacement Vbelts or impellers. I like keeping sailing simple and too much junk on board...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-16-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 2,784
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Liferafts and other survival equipment

I sail a Catalina 36 on Lake Michigan. The smallest raft that seemed to have any sort of reputation is Winslow. I got their 4 place ultra light offshore, which is really coastal I think. Sailing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,594
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Deck core - what on earth am i doing wrong....

Sounds like you're starting at the deck. When I've seen this done they were coming up from below. I think most boats have a good deal of glass and resin on the outside, built right up to the gel...
Forum: Crew Wanted/Available 04-08-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 4,279
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: Take me with you on your next sailing adventure! Short notice OK!


This is not a good way to start. You only want to be on a safe boat with a careful skipper. A careful skipper will be circumspect about taking you on board with no experience and now...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By SailingJackson
bottom feeding, democracy, and economics

It's been a popular discussion here recently. The focus is on cost of new boats and where one sits in the social hierarchy; from expensive new down to used beater boats.

I'd like to say that I'm...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-02-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By SailingJackson
Navionics web charts and SonarCharts

Navionics has charts online at WebaApp | Navionics (
They offer the standard charts, plus their new SonarCharts. SonarCharts are turned on when in the web...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By SailingJackson
Re: towing vehicle choices

Be sure you know what is in the "factory tow package". I know someone who burned out the transmission on his new Suburban and was not covered under warranty. The dealership told him that his...
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