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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,389
Posted By paulk
Re: increasing and consolidating standing rigging size

In addition to what Jeff has said, I checked "yacht rigging safety factors" recently and learned that masts are generally designed with a safety factor of 5. To me, that means that they are designed...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-15-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 849
Posted By paulk
Re: Deck Hatches-- Lewmar vs. Vetus


We have an original Lewmar forward hatch on our 1981 boat. When our equally original Bomar cabintop hatch cracked after getting stepped on a few too many times, we replaced it with...
Forum: Racing 11-14-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,466
Posted By paulk
Re: Help needed to develop fun sailing events for a small club

We have an annual race - The Rat Race - in the fall. It starts in a pursuit format (based on PHRF handicaps) that ends at a port about 16 miles away. Boats used to have to start from anchor, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By paulk
Re: deck paint peeling

We find Brightside does not last well and needs repeated re-coating to continue looking respectable. 2-part polyurethanes last a LOT longer (ten years in our case) and since prep for either kind of...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-28-2014
Replies: 226
Views: 21,917
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailnet Suggestion Box

It's starting again. Too many subfora, subgroups, sub-discussions. Billyruffian just had an interesting post about a close quarters encounter with a ferry. Many people can identify with that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,663
Posted By paulk
Re: Mooring Line

The heaviest line that will fit on your mooring cleat is what I'd use. Tensile strength? You can get 1/8" line that will lift six tons and which would break the links in your chain if you were able...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By paulk
Re: Gasket?

I would check with the manufacturer to see who they used for it. If they're no longer around, head to a glazier outfit or car windshield place to see what they can tell you. They may be able to...
Forum: Racing 05-11-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 971
Posted By paulk
Re: Poll re New safety rules and reducing race enteries woldwide races.

Many major races around here use the IRC, in which I see no point. It is expensive, difficult to administer, unresponsive to owners and no more accurate than PHRF, despite doling out ratings to the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-24-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,052
Posted By paulk
Re: Advice on redesigning cabin layout

First thing to do is to get up to Brooklyn and get a book or two on joinery and boat interiors at the Woodenboat store. If you have a chance, get down to Tennant's Harbor & check out the boat they've...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-01-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 4,164
Posted By paulk
Re: Alternative to Solar

What if it was possible to move the box? You could hoist it up the mast when at anchor, so that even in a quiet harbor it got the most movement. Under way it could go on a bunk up forward, or in the...
Forum: Racing 02-27-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By paulk
Re: Starting a Sailing team: Comments, tips, advice, appreciated.

In the vein of cooperating with W&M, you could point to the USCG Academy in New London. I believe Connecticut College uses their facilities, and the Academy also hosts High School regattas. ...
Forum: Racing 02-26-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By paulk
Re: Starting a Sailing team: Comments, tips, advice, appreciated.

Our daughter helped start a sailing team at her High School. The ISSA site is very helpful. We also found that local Yacht Clubs were looking to build community support (as well as to develop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,368
Posted By paulk
Re: Adding a auxiliary outboard.

Losing power may be the No 1 cause of rescue for the RNLI because they rescue a lot of powerboats. Is there a separate count of how many sailboats they rescue because they lose power? Fouling the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-13-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,380
Posted By paulk
Re: learning about waves...

Anything more than 30' high would probably be more than you'd want to handle. The tops of such waves would be well above your spreaders with you straight up & down in the trough. Four to six foot...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,585
Posted By paulk
Re: Considerations in Choosing a Marina

Besides location, a lot depends upon what YOU are looking for. You probably don't need a laundry or showers, since you can do that at home. Are you planning to spend time on the boat in the slip, or...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-15-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By paulk
Re: Flush Mount Ventilators

I'd start by going with the solar fan. They work, even when there's no breeze, so that going below can be tolerable on even the hottest days. We've had ours for 12 years, and have had to replace the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-02-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,319
Posted By paulk
Re: Removing Mast on Rhodes 19 keel boat

Caleb has the right idea. Lowering the mast needs to be done with the boat well stabilized in a cradle, trailer, or on poppets, so it doesn't move under you. Putting a sacrificial board down on the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-06-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,187
Posted By paulk
Re: Honda EU1000i Generator Being Discontinued (?)

Does this mean quieter anchorages are in our future? Yes?? Great!!
Forum: Racing 10-24-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 989
Posted By paulk

We watched the races on TV at our club, but had added expert commentary from Dave Dellenbaugh and Dave Perry. What an event!
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-26-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,051
Posted By paulk
Re: Lightnings vs Scots vs Snark vs Sunfish

Putting up a Lightning mast singlehanded can be done, but you'll want to try it with some helpers around the first few times. Missing the partners with the butt of the mast could be an expensive...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-13-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 7,696
Posted By paulk
Re: Don't "drive" your boat like it's a car!

Skippers like the one you describe above are invaluable to the sailing community. They get tired of the repair bills and sell their scratched-up boats at a huge discount shortly after they run...
Forum: Racing 05-31-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By paulk
Re: which side of the course to take

Didn't Stuart Walker write a book about that? I must have it around here somewhere...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-28-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,067
Posted By paulk
Re: stays and shrouds too loose?

The general idea is that you don't want your mast moving around a lot when you tack, and you want the mast to be evenly centered on the boat: straight up, as far as port/starboard goes. If the...
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