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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   2 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 467
Posted By sailingfool
Re: cost to add bow thruster, AC, generator etc.

I also question the utility of a bow thruster on a 40 footer. On the one occasion I have used one, I found it just a distraction, and quickly resorted to the regular engine/wheel controls.

Realize...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,765
Posted By sailingfool
Re: how to convert the naive and the unwilling?

If you are not throughly experienced with the size and type of boat and the likely sailing conditions and are committed to a positive result I suggest you consider chartering a boat with a captain....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 2,804
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reefing a Catalina 42

The Isomat boom endcaps provide sheaves for up to three reefing lines. We presently have two reefing lines installed, both work fine. Here is the link to the Isomat setup: Isomat AutoReef System...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 2,804
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reefing a Catalina 42

My Pearson 31-2 manual shows pretty much the same single single line reefing system diagram. Some PO along the way re-ran the forward section of the reefing line, as shown in red in the altered...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 815
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Visit to Massachusetts

The best ocean views in the Boston area are from Spectacle Island in the Harbor Island Facts: Spectacle Island - Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 815
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Visit to Massachusetts

Boston has largely abandoned and lost all elements of its maritime history except the USS Constitution (presently in drydock) but with its own museum still a must-see.

If you want to stay near...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-30-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 292
Posted By sailingfool
Re: rust spots on keel

IMHO the key to a long term fix for a steel keel is 4-5 coats of straight epoxy, applied to metal that has been burnished white. A primer or Interprotect wont do the job, you need a thickness of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-29-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 539
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reefing Points

Sail makers normally place grommets in the foot directly below the reef points for this purpose.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-29-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 539
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reefing Points

Don't tie the reef pennants around the boom, just the foot of the sail.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   12-26-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 3,306
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Could someone point me in the right direction...

The OP should get a copy of the book "Breaking Seas: an overweight middle-aged computer nerd buys his first sailboat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure."

Hopefully this real life story...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 897
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Harken MK I furler. Should I use it? Too old? Furlers vs hank on ? Your thoughts?

The key to a good, safe furl is to keep some tension on the sheet whele furling, so the jib is furled tightly. If you just furl the sail with slack sheets, you end with a lose furl. Come 40 knots of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 897
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Harken MK I furler. Should I use it? Too old? Furlers vs hank on ? Your thoughts?

A furling system is wonderful for daysailing and coastal uses. I'd use one blue water too, personally.

To me the big issue gaining 20 minutes of more sailing time every day from not having to rig...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-16-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,114
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reasonable offer for a used boat?

You should not rely on a broker for price advice, as his job is to sell you the boat, even if he/she has never seen it.

If you have developed a good, trusted working relationship with a broker,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-12-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,187
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Boat insurance suggestion

I've had auto insurance, home, and liability policies with Liberty Mutual for over 40 years...its interesting to hear they offer yacht insurance. Their liability policy covers of course the home,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   12-11-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,114
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reasonable offer for a used boat?

A reasonable offer price for a used boat is a little less than the boat is worth. You can allow the seller to counter you up to the value of the boat, otherwise you should pass on the boat, rather...
Forum: Chartering   12-11-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Chartering an Ericson 35 Mk II

Assuming you intend to skipper the charters, you would need to obtain a OUPV license, a so-called 6pack. As you would be operating your boat as an "un-inpected" vessel, chartering creates no...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-26-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 600
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Reefing line options

Faster has good advice here, the one change I'd consider is using a messenger line in place of the third reef - a piece of small stuff run from the third reef boom block up through the reefing...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-23-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,795
Posted By sailingfool
Re: How would you enter this slip?

Even better, step foreward, in front of the wheel before turning to face aft. That way you are facing both the wheel and the engine control. Operating the wheel and engine behind your back seems an...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-21-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 906
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Best book for self surveying?

If you can't afford a survey, you most likely can't afford to own a sailboat. Quit while you are ahead?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-11-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 573
Posted By sailingfool
Re: C&C 30 MK1 Hankon Conversion to roller furling system

Assuming you are not in a low wind area, the 135% should be your primary use sail. If the current ssil is in good condition, then $500-600 to update it for the furler - add luff tape, strop for a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-08-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,795
Posted By sailingfool
Re: How would you enter this slip?

Using this slip location should not be a cause for concern.

You just need to consider the wind and plan accordingly. If the wind is light, or blowing from any direction except from the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-07-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,795
Posted By sailingfool
Re: How would you enter this slip?

If the wind is blowing you off the dock, you will find it very difficult to back into that spot. As you slow the boat in the slip if you dont immediately secure both the bow and stern lines, one...
Forum: Maintenance/How-to Videos   11-03-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,092
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Replacement Buttons for Cushions

In case anyonelse has this need, I came across a supplier of buttons which appear to be identical to the original buttons used by Pearson in 1987:
Nylon Super Hooks With Rust Resistant Caps, Button...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-03-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 868
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Adding a Topping Lift

I have to say dont see any of these problems with a topping lift. I set mine once, so it is just slack when trimmed closehauled, and forget about it for the season. With a short piece of shock cord...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-20-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 2,647
Posted By sailingfool
Re: Bottom paint how bad is it?

If the boat doesn't have blisters yet, its not likley to get blisters now, especially in Canada. If you were to move the boat to the South and keep it in the water all year, then the risk of blisters...
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