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Search: Posts Made By: arknoah
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,510
Posted By arknoah
Re: ASA Course test

I recall that the test for 101 is pretty easy, and in my course, everyone got at least 95% according to the instructor. While I wouldn't condone the group test approach as described in the original...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 8,898
Posted By arknoah
Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

There is something to be said for this approach. Not long ago, I was at the marina, and noticed that lots of really nicely appointed and respected boats weren't getting out as often as I was in a...
Forum: Learning to Sail 08-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,091
Posted By arknoah
Re: First Boat???

I think that's the nub -- trailerable without being hard to launch yet also big enough for even overnight camping seems like a pretty big gap to bridge. As suggested for a great starter boat, the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-02-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,082
Posted By arknoah
Re: My wife, the reluctant sailor

Wow. I just saw this as a really neat story about how he had a great cruise and his wife shared it with him -- her way. Seemed like a pretty good time to me....:)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-17-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 4,495
Posted By arknoah
Re: What is the worst sailing or marine invention ever?

Boy, that does seem like overkill, doesn't it?:)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-16-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 3,427
Posted By arknoah
Re: Is sailing intuitive?

Oh yeah, the learn to sail on a dinghy thing. You've got a great boat, and I can tell you that if I had started on a dinghy, it wouldn't have taken me long after a few capsizes to say the hell with...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-16-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 3,427
Posted By arknoah
Re: Is sailing intuitive?

Basically, yes. I took my ASA 101 and 103 courses in 2010 (at age 53), and lots of things just didn't seem to make sense to me for awhile. Over time, though, some things will become second nature...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-28-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 4,093
Posted By arknoah
Re: What did you learn to sail on?

I took a combined ASA 101/103 course in 2010 on a 29 foot C&C. Then, I purchased a 17 foot Whit sailboat, manufactured by SailMFG. When it became clear that the Whip was too small for us, we bought...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-04-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,962
Posted By arknoah
Re: New to using a slip

Yep. What he said. My theory is to have all the lines pre-measured so that all I have to do for some lines is to place the loop around my boat cleat, and to mark the bow lines and spring lines so I...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-02-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,397
Posted By arknoah
Re: Physics of Sailing

And I, like many other sailors, have never forgotten that. It must be valuable, huh?:)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,502
Posted By arknoah
Re: Boat naming conventions

We didn't quite do that, but Ilya, the manatee for whom we named our boat is male, so I refer to the boat as "it," or "the boat." It just seems weird to call a boat named for a male "she."
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,785
Posted By arknoah
Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

My recommendation is not for specific gear, but to keep your core warm first so that your extremities can then be warm. I have Raynaud's disease and I can get painfully cold in my finger tips in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,895
Posted By arknoah
Re: Do I have to know swimming to sail?

Gee, I hope you don't have to swim well to sail, or else I've chosen the wrong hobby!

There's a great young adult book series by L.A. Meyer with the main character a young woman named Jackie...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,496
Posted By arknoah
Re: Considerations in Choosing a Marina

Amen to that. My wife was wondering if we should change from our current marina, which is on our local naval air station (clean, inexpensive, basic amenities) to the marina across the river where we...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 214
Views: 13,458
Posted By arknoah
Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Nope, I don't. Then again, I'm reasonably sure that my bathroom at home has little chance of sinking in the ocean while I'm in the shower.

When on board and out of the slip, we wear pfds --...
Forum: herSailNet 12-04-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 7,098
Posted By arknoah
Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

Now that's my kind of do it yourself!:)
Forum: herSailNet 12-04-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 7,098
Posted By arknoah
Re: Wrapping a Steering Wheel

I agree, though I didn't see anything offensive in DR Ferron's remarks. I saw it simply as a commentary and not a complaint: witness the smiley face she placed in the post.

There have been...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-15-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By arknoah
Re: Underwater Drone

My daughter participated in a summer science camp called "Sea Perch," which essentially built a drone like the one in the video. All they were doing was manuevering it underwater through some hoops,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-13-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 1,611
Posted By arknoah
Re: Finally Own A Boat

Actually, I rigged up a little self steering device from this guide,

Singlehanded Tips Book (

and found it works pretty well; I just had to find...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2013
Replies: 82
Views: 9,808
Posted By arknoah
Re: Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?

That's my bottom line, too. While I have tiller steering and no binnacle (alright, and no other cool electronic stuff, either) I know that just the visual of the compass or me is incredibly helpful,...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-12-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 6,587
Posted By arknoah
Re: Near disasterous first sail

The printed checklist was amazingly helpful with my first sailboat, a 17 foot Whip (bySailMFG), and it's good for when you sail with people, since they may not know what to do intuitively, so even...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-11-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 6,587
Posted By arknoah
Re: Near disasterous first sail

I think I had more bonehead days in the beginning than successes, which is why I still go out alone most of the time. So long as you learned something and no one got hurt you won! And yes, 5-10...
Forum: Learning to Sail 11-04-2013
Replies: 65
Views: 5,010
Posted By arknoah
Re: Learning to dock shorthanded

Truer words were "never spoke."

My guess is that some of the stress is trying to get into a slip or dock single handed when it isn't your slip, is that right? I ask because I singlehand almost...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2013
Replies: 134
Views: 7,012
Posted By arknoah
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

And how many of us have slept in our boats on the way to a messabout or during a long trip? If so, we've definitely experienced the "boat as RV.":rolleyes:
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 1,135
Posted By arknoah
Re: sailing on work nights

As much as I would enjoy it, I tend not to sail after work this time of the year because of the early sunsets. I also tend to sail singlehanded most of the time, and what with the time to get to the...
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