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Search: Posts Made By: jnorten
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 5,532
Posted By jnorten
Re: Max wind

For what it's worth, I crew on a late 1990's 37' Hunter. We do our best, but don't take it over seriously. The boat has all the creature comforts below, and we use furling headsail.

The headsail...
Forum: Lake Michigan 05-26-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By jnorten
Re: Michigan Summer Itinerary advise?

We spent a night in Grand Haven a few years ago. Not 20 yards in front of our transient slip (35' slip) was a frozen custard shop. The evening light & water show is NOT all it's advertised to be. ...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-25-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 2,368
Posted By jnorten
Re: Mirage 29? Could this be the ticket?

This link provides a nice overview. Do note the asking price values in this link are likely Canadian Dollars. Right now Canadian dollars and US dollars are close, I think. But, something worth...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,305
Posted By jnorten
Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

Here's what my bareboat sailing instructor taught me more than 10 years ago. It's the method I share to this very day whenever on a boat. It's received well because it works well.

Pee: Dry bowl...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-07-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By jnorten
Re: Where Do Chicago Boaters Haul?

Don't forget---

Folks also haul at Calumet Harbor near the Skyway bridge only about 10 nm south of Chicago.

My first "real voyage" as skipper was to from Monroe Harbor, Chicago (downtown...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 1,925
Posted By jnorten
Re: Stowing drop boards?

Two very seamanlike methods (echoed by others for excellent reasons) that I've personally seen:

1. Just inside the companionway, on any convenient surface, a slim wooden boxlike holder that the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-17-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 2,688
Posted By jnorten
Re: What liquor and wine do you stock on Board

I think all skippers should have their "signature drink". It doesn't matter if if comes in a box, out of a can, out of a bottle, etc.

But, the more unique and creative the drink, the more you can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-21-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,863
Posted By jnorten
Re: Going up the mast

I second the ideas of. . .
--an extra line to send up forgotten stuff
--rigging tape (you'll always find a little bit coming off somewhere)
--camera (for the fun photos but ALSO to document stuff...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 08-21-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,682
Posted By jnorten
Re: S2 9.2C Thoughts

I was just on BOTH a 9.2A and a 9.2C earlier this month--each was for sale.

Their hulls are exactly the same. The rigging might be a little different due to cockpit location, but nothing...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-18-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By jnorten
Re: What size boat for Lake Michigan?

I race weekly on Lake Michigan, on a 37 footer. We race against boats as large as 42 feet or so. All summer long, I have seen a Catalina 22 racing with the fleet--it's been really fun seeing them...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-03-2013
Replies: 68
Views: 11,374
Posted By jnorten
Re: Foulies - anything other than Musto worthwhile?

I've found lots of good sailing equipment at my local farm supply store.

Here's an example of foulies:

Tingley Rubber Men's Icon Rain Jacket (Size: Small) at Blain's Farm & Fleet...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-30-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By jnorten
Re: Main and Jib Trailing Edge Flapping

I second FarCry's idea. This was the first thing that came to mind. Every sail (both main and jib) that I've ever seen on 30+ foot boats have leech lines. These are very easy to miss unless you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-27-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By jnorten
Re: Pearson 303

You asked about any pitfalls. Here are a few things--

Depending on the year of construction, there are a couple of differences:

One model has a slightly shorter quarter birth and a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By jnorten
Re: Pearson 303

I learned to sail large boats on a P303 and have bareboat chartered one multiple times. I'm VERY familiar with the P303.

I've never been on a P30, but have seen many listings and photos of the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-26-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 536
Posted By jnorten
Re: Leaseshare in Chicago - Thoughts?

There are companies in Chicago that fit what you seek. Your idea is sound--commit to one year and see how it goes.

I always have to consciously resist the urge to buy. In my rational moments, I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-07-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 2,408
Posted By jnorten
Re: marina etiquette question

You're right to tip a few bucks. At the fuel / pump-out dock, or even in non-marina settings, when someone is friendly and helpful, a tip is a thoughtful act. When our garbage man at home takes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,990
Posted By jnorten
Re: Gore-Tex "Sailing" bibs from Cabelas

I thought I heard somewhere that the mesh liner is part of the waterproofing system?? Maybe others can comment and/or cite a source of information.

If I accurately recall, the mesh keeps the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-31-2012
Replies: 173
Views: 22,661
Posted By jnorten
Re: Favorite meals while sailing...

I like the ideas that have been shared here.

Following are a few simple ideas that I've found over the years:

Have tortillas on hand (whole wheat if you prefer). Tortillas keep better than...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 07-26-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 5,734
Posted By jnorten
Re: wind conditions and reefing

There is good advice in many of these replies.

Reefing is not an exact science--it depends on crew/skipper experience, sea state, gusts, etc. (as mentioned by others).

I can tell you that I...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-26-2012
Replies: 173
Views: 22,661
Posted By jnorten
Re: Favorite meals while sailing...

Two great tortilla ideas:

Tortillas keep for a long time in a Zip-Loc type bag and do not need refrigeration.

1. Spread peanut butter on a tortilla. Slice a banana on top. Roll up and enjoy....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-08-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3,146
Posted By jnorten
My vote: it is for securing spring lines. The...

My vote: it is for securing spring lines. The skipper for whom I crew uses them for this purpose.

In fact, because of such a cleat, we are able to secure ourselves to the dock with only ONE...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-07-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 8,652
Posted By jnorten
Sailrite has free instructions on their website...

Sailrite has free instructions on their website for building your own jacklines:
Making your own Jackline Instructions (

And of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,207
Posted By jnorten
I've taken kids in past

My son and I usually meet up with my friend and his son.

We make it a day trip since we live just over 1 hour from downtown.

Last winter, my son was 6 1/2 years old. He has a good attention...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-20-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,799
Posted By jnorten
daily grog ceremony

The first evening in port after the race the crew was hanging out in the cockpit. The captain came on deck and said a few words about how hard his crew worked, how well we did, how much fun things...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-20-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,799
Posted By jnorten
"There are good ships and there are wood ships,...

"There are good ships and there are wood ships, and ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships and may they always be."

I wish I could claim credit for it, but I cannot. Here is...
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