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Search: Posts Made By: skygazer
Forum: Islander 03-10-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,269
Posted By skygazer
Re: Excalibur 26 - Resto on a budget

When we put our boat into Sebago Lake last summer we thought the much shorter drive would make for more sailing.

But we found that getting the time to go sailing was the limiting factor, not the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-07-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,849
Posted By skygazer
Re: Any seaworthy swing keel, row-able boats, with cabin.

I'm not sure I would call it sea worthy, but theory aside, I own a Victoria 18 sailboat that I row. It has a lead keel, boat weighs maybe 1200lbs. The rudder is attached to the keel, and cannot come...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-06-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,462
Posted By skygazer
Re: Trailer Sailer centerboard !!&%$^$@%$^???

I understood that the boat is ON the trailer on the hard. All my trailer centerboarders had something on the trailer like a tray or cross member to support the centerboard in the up position.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-26-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,091
Posted By skygazer
Re: Mast steps

Logger's boots have an inset steel arch to support the foot when on climbing spikes and spread the load more comfortably, as well as a deep heel to prevent slipping off. Be a bit strange to carry on...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-26-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,137
Posted By skygazer
Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

Thank you, I also love the quiet and starry nights of remote places. Now I know why back when I sailed around northern Nova Scotia I never noticed (or even thought about) lobster pots.

Beautiful...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,137
Posted By skygazer
Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

Jon, If you are still reading...

I'm still thinking about your trip, sounds fascinating and is impressive to me. Did you write about it elsewhere?? What type of heat did you have?

What inspired...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-23-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,137
Posted By skygazer
Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

You went quite far north, that must have literally been very COOL :cool:
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 12-22-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,137
Posted By skygazer
Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

Off the top of my head, in 1859 (Sept?) northern lights were visible as far south as Tahiti and Cuba. At the same time in New England they could read newspapers at night by the light of the northern...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-19-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 12,320
Posted By skygazer
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

OK, I didn't know this posted when half done on the previous page, but I'll leave the full post here.

Wow, old fashioned as I am, I've never even heard of "never leave the cockpit".

When I was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-19-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 12,320
Posted By skygazer
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Wow, old fashioned as I am, I've never even heard of "never leave the cockpit".

When I was a young teenager I had a favorite spot on my parent's boat. I'd walk out the bowsprit (which had no...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 12,320
Posted By skygazer
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

I'd like to mention that while great to have, an autopilot is not absolutely necessary either. I used to use two bungee cords which held the tiller, and allowed me to make a sudden adjustment because...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-14-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By skygazer
Re: What would you do with the Trailer?

There is always a demand for sailboat trailers, selling it would be no problem. To be very desirable it would need brakes. There should at least be a square plate just behind the wheel where brakes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By skygazer
Re: Active Meteor Shower Starts Tonight

We are forecast to have partly cloudy skies. That's good, we've been so cloudy and stormy that seeing the sun today was a shock. :eek:

Go out to look late in the evening, super bundle up so you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 12,320
Posted By skygazer
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Single handing even on Sebago Lake with warm water and a hot sunny day I harness myself in before using the auto pilot. On the ocean with frigid water it's even more important. If you ever should...
Forum: Islander 11-18-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3,269
Posted By skygazer
Re: Excalibur 26 - Resto on a budget

Airplane wings stick out steeply also, and they are only interested in lift. Unless sailing at jet speed, swept back wings probably are not the best, but they do help lines to slide on by.
...
Forum: Islander 11-17-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3,269
Posted By skygazer
Re: Excalibur 26 - Resto on a budget

I enjoyed your thread. I came very close to buying an Excalibur 26 about two years ago. The hull looks like a terrific sailor. I admit I lusted after it.

What stopped me was the profusion of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 4,855
Posted By skygazer
Re: How do these seacocks look?

Great link, thank you for posting that. Maine Sail as always does a superb review.


Nylon?? I hate the stuff, at least the white stuff.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-12-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 4,855
Posted By skygazer
Re: How do these seacocks look?

I have replaced a ton of nylon plumbing fittings that cracked, I won't use them for anything. Junk!

I just happened to have recently searched for info on marelon. It is called a carbon fiber...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,190
Posted By skygazer
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

I'm pretty sure I could get one of these for less than a couple of grand! :)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-26-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,190
Posted By skygazer
Re: Bilge pump cutoff delay? Narrow bilge

I'm interested in the same concept as Skywalker. I see difficulties in the pump running long enough to lift the water to the pump impeller. Perhaps the auto pump would work.

I have had a auto-on...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-25-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 53,121
Posted By skygazer
Re: Micro cruisers

Is that one of the expen$ive modern high tech super light fabric sails?
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-22-2014
Replies: 175
Views: 53,121
Posted By skygazer
Re: Micro cruisers

Now that is interesting and different, food for thought! I like that it has a lead keel. Big displacement for such a small boat.
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-27-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,595
Posted By skygazer
Re: 25lb anchor on 22' boat?

I agree with the quoted posts. I anchor most nights when sailing. I also like to anchor any old time, don't want to make a big deal out of it. Lunch, stop for a painting or swim or just a good look...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 08-19-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,231
Posted By skygazer
Re: Hunter 23

Hi Clark, sorry I didn't see your post earlier. Yes, there are several internal lines in the boom, quite hard to figure out. I'll try to remember to look next time I go to my boat, perhaps I can help...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-28-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 4,350
Posted By skygazer
Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

I would like to emphasize the distinction between actually playing music on an actual acoustic instrument and the misnamed "playing" music as in "playing" the radio.

Flipping a switch on a sound...
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