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Search: Posts Made By: jcalvinmarks
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-03-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 4,515
Posted By jcalvinmarks
Yachting Monthly...

Yachting Monthly (http://www.yachtingtv.co.uk/dismast.php) did a video trying to dismast their "crash test boat" a few months ago. The one thing I was a little surprised about was how difficult it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-08-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,937
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I'm not an engineer or anything, but the...

I'm not an engineer or anything, but the engineering sounds all wrong here. 16ga steel conduit? Just because you can't bend it with your hands doesn't mean that a 10 ft plastic float being dragged...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-01-2011
Replies: 1,256
Views: 139,696
Posted By jcalvinmarks
The AMVER blog seems to indicate that the boat...

The AMVER blog seems to indicate that the boat was still afloat and was cast adrift, so here's hoping we'll see a S/V Satori/Perfect Storm situation. Maybe it'll wash up on a beach in Newfoundland...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-29-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 3,244
Posted By jcalvinmarks
The snapped-off keel is what really makes it...

The snapped-off keel is what really makes it register with me . Ouch! Makes me cringe.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-25-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,798
Posted By jcalvinmarks
If you aren't already, you might start including...

If you aren't already, you might start including a capsize drill at the very beginning of the class. Capsizing is pretty much an unavoidable part of dinghy sailing, so if the kids are so spooked by a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-23-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 3,879
Posted By jcalvinmarks
My understanding has been that, in a strictly...

My understanding has been that, in a strictly technical sense, a "yacht" is any recreational boat, as opposed to a working boat (fishing boat, patrol boat, lifeboat, etc.).

In a more practical...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-21-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 6,321
Posted By jcalvinmarks
+1 for Mine's Bigger. Even though it's a Maltese...

+1 for Mine's Bigger. Even though it's a Maltese Falcon book, Kaplan goes into a fair bit of detail about Mirabella V and Athena (since this is a Mirabella V thread).

My problem is (as though it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-11-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 5,132
Posted By jcalvinmarks
Oh, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't shed a tear if...

Oh, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't shed a tear if the entire Horn of Africa was turned into a giant plate of molten glass by a latter-day Gen. Ripper and Maj. Kong. The problem is we have too many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-07-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 5,132
Posted By jcalvinmarks
What do you mean, "especially" the US? Or what?...

What do you mean, "especially" the US? Or what? We'll be regarded as bullies? We'll be denigrated and berated in front of the UN? People in other, smaller countries will make snide comments about us?...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-04-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 5,132
Posted By jcalvinmarks
You said a mouthful there. The problem is that it...

You said a mouthful there. The problem is that it isn't governments that are making ransom payments. It's corporations wanting to avoid the hardship and drama of having employees murdered in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 5,365
Posted By jcalvinmarks
Savages. It is disgraceful, by the way, that...

Savages.

It is disgraceful, by the way, that these miscreants that slaughtered the crew of the Quest are still drawing breath. They'd be at the bottom of the Indian Ocean with cinder blocks...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-23-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 6,672
Posted By jcalvinmarks
*snigger* There is an article I came across...

*snigger*

There is an article I came across here (http://www.fortitudine.com/~brushfire/articles/outboard/) that explains the process of doing it from scratch. It seems simple enough in principle,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-08-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I made spreaders for my old O'Day Daysailer. I...

I made spreaders for my old O'Day Daysailer. I made them out of solid white oak, either 1/2" thick, probably 2" wide at the mast, tapered out to 3/4" at the tip. Holes for shrouds in the ends, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 2,903
Posted By jcalvinmarks
It must be a deep-seated fundamental difference...

It must be a deep-seated fundamental difference of understanding. The point is that it isn't your place to decide. If you don't think 16-year-olds should be at sea alone, don't let your 16-year-old...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 2,903
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I still cannot understand where this blind,...

I still cannot understand where this blind, seething, vitriolic loathing of anyone under the age of 18 operating a sailboat came from. It's just mind-boggling to me.

I understand the concerns of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-14-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,707
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I had never named a boat before. But there was...

I had never named a boat before. But there was only one name I could think of. The most beautiful name in the whole wide world ...
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-14-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,707
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I think the only thing more dangerous that naming...

I think the only thing more dangerous that naming it after a sunken ship would be naming it after a ghost ship. So Carroll A. Deering, Mary Celeste, Baychimo, Kaz II, these would all be names to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-13-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,762
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I have a cunningham cringle in the mainsail, and...

I have a cunningham cringle in the mainsail, and sometimes there is enough slack in the hoist that the cringle goes flat against the boom. When there is enough hoist for it to work, 1:1 works fine,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-12-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,762
Posted By jcalvinmarks
Main halyard tackle in lieu of winch

My Hunter 18.5 came with one small winch mounted on the mast. I have since led the halyards aft through a deck organizer to horn cleats at the aft edge of the cabin top.
...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-12-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,396
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I couldn't resist it ... I have too much time on...

I couldn't resist it ... I have too much time on my hands ...

This is me sailing a dog to the Bahamas.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-06-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 5,332
Posted By jcalvinmarks
My little Hunter 18.5 (1991) doesn't have a...

My little Hunter 18.5 (1991) doesn't have a traveler, just a fiddle block on the cockpit sole that runs up to a fiddle near the end of the boom. It makes for a longer mainsheet than might otherwise...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,874
Posted By jcalvinmarks
My understanding is that US-flagged vessels are...

My understanding is that US-flagged vessels are under US jurisdiction where ever in the world they are. So at least aboard a US vessel, the answer is "the United States."

But someone correct me if...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-09-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 3,162
Posted By jcalvinmarks
"Terrorist" doesn't necessarily imply a political...

"Terrorist" doesn't necessarily imply a political or ideological motive. It means someone who uses fear and the threat of violence (or terror, if you will) to accomplish some goal. Not all terrorists...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-09-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 3,162
Posted By jcalvinmarks
This would be a much more encouraging story if I...

This would be a much more encouraging story if I wasn't absolutely sure that they'll be released shortly. Germany won't want them because some technicality or another will prevent an effective...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-08-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,000
Posted By jcalvinmarks
I had a Daysailer - larger than your Javelin -...

I had a Daysailer - larger than your Javelin - and I certainly would not have wanted to raise the mast without the tabernacle. D&R Marine should have it for $75 or so.

I'm not sure I understand...
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