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Search: Posts Made By: scratchee
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 716
Posted By scratchee
Re: Islander 32

Not sure about your budget and plans, but for a couple of new sailors I would recommend a boat in the 27-29 foot range with an inboard motor. You should be able to find plenty of them for less than...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,823
Posted By scratchee
Re: Diamond in the rough?

Funny boat, sad situation. I'll pass on the jokes, maybe call my aging parents instead. I hope that lady wasn't really counting on that money.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 991
Posted By scratchee
Re: What is your favorite sailing Novel?

I re-watched the Youtube version just last week. I can't find a streaming version anywhere (Netflix, etc.) but there is a DVD. I should check out the book, but I can also recommend the movie.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 4,272
Posted By scratchee
Re: I Paid a Dude. And I Liked It.

Not true in my case, but this had to be done:

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g442/scratchee/Risky_zpsdrmc5bfp.png
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,876
Posted By scratchee
Re: Do customs officials mind being filmed?

I appreciate the sentiment, but do not agree with you in this case. I have never had an unpleasant encounter with a uniformed official, and definitely do not believe in being difficult just to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By scratchee
Re: Moving to MD

I forgot to mention "Blake's Bar Harbor", on Rock Creek between White Rocks and Oak Harbor/PYY. Also a nice group of people. They have limited haulout capability for a 31 foot sailboat.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By scratchee
Re: Moving to MD

Directly across the creek from Oak Harbor is Pasadena Yacht Yard. These two marinas are about a 15 minute motor to the mouth of the Patapsco (which is also right where it meets the bay). I have...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,876
Posted By scratchee
Re: Do customs officials mind being filmed?

I'm happy to say that in the U.S., uniformed authorities are just now, finally, beginning to wake up to the realization that citizens/civilians have a right to record them doing their duties. As a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-03-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,513
Posted By scratchee
Re: Renaming Boat

You may wish to consider renaming the boat without any ceremony or special procedures. Thereafter, any misfortune can be blamed on the renaming rather than your own misconduct or buffoonery.
Forum: Living Aboard 12-12-2014
Replies: 254
Views: 14,731
Posted By scratchee
Re: How poor is the average liveaboard cruiser?

Both of those guys were probably thinking what a nice dinghy your boat would make hanging off the back of one of their motor yachts.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-08-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,150
Posted By scratchee
Re: What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

Thanks everyone, much appreciated as usual.

To clarify just a wee bit, I was looking for the things I might do related to the stuffing box, or facilitated by its dismantling. The rubber hose and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-08-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,150
Posted By scratchee
Re: What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

Last year when I launched I had a real gusher. I don't want to have the same thing happen this spring, or the next, and not have any more adjustment left. I suppose I could try to examine it on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-07-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,150
Posted By scratchee
What can/should I do while repacking my stuffing box?

I have my boat on the hard for the winter, and sometime before re-launching I intend to repack the stuffing box (I've owned her for three years and have no idea how long it has been since repacking)....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-06-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,459
Posted By scratchee
Re: TV antennas

What exactly is that company selling? Their webpage looks suspiciously like an effort to "sell" broadcast, over-the-air television disguised as a special service. I believe they are simply selling...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-04-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,363
Posted By scratchee
Re: Cockpit Draining - Below waterline?

Judging from my own transom, I'm going to concur with an earlier poster that the underwater drains are to keep unsightly streaks and stains from developing.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-01-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,459
Posted By scratchee
Re: TV antennas

If you do buy a tv antenna, make sure you don't spend extra for a "digital" or "HD" antenna. Nothing special is required to get a digital broadcast. Any cheapy will do as long as it meets your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-08-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

I'm having fun trying to figure this out. Do you mean they are fewer because our skills increase, or fewer because we have more sense not to go out?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-08-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

I'm not sure what size my genoa is, I'd estimate maybe 130. But in light air the boat handles very nicely under genny alone, and I occasionally do just that, which is why I didn't think much about...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

Jon, I have one on each side of the cockpit and one on the coach top. The ones in the cockpit are for the jib sheets; the one on the coach top doesn't really have a dedicated purpose. Oh, and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

Excellent, that's new information to me. Many thanks.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

TakeFive, yes, you've described exactly what happened to my furler. I could see it jammed up in there. I normally do control the line as the genoa lets out, but on this trip things went downhill...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

So are you saying never tie them tight? If not, then I don't understand the difference between doing it at the dock and doing it underway.

I have understood that the luff and the foot should be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

Also AZguy, thanks for the advice about reefing at the dock (as I think somebody else had mentioned also). I'll definitely give that a try next time. One reason I never got the main up is that it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

AZguy, you are very kind to be concerned for my safety! In my area, the greatest danger I faced was getting stuck in the mud with a frown on my face.

Another factor relating to my decisions...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,706
Posted By scratchee
Re: My crappy sail today

Zed, for me the normal procedure is to come into the wind, raise the main, then unfurl the jib. Occasionally I will sail under jib alone if I'm just doing a quick leisurely sail. This works fine in...
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