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Search: Posts Made By: RickWestlake
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-29-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

Paulo, yes, I have a Raya; what I have is a Raya Tempest 800, a two-piece anchor with a demountable shank. The shank pulls up through a sturdy collar built onto the top of the fluke, and it's held in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-28-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

When I got my first "scoop-type" anchor, I was sailing a MacGregor 26X and I wanted something that would store flat in the anchor locker up in the bow. It was here that I found the Raya Tempest, and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-01-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

Thank you, Alex W, 4arch - I never dug into the settings that deep; I just let the A/P go through its Auto Learn process. The response level setting helped quite a bit, but it wasn't quite enough....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

It's worth my examining, to be sure! (And if I'm 'merely looking for exogenous validation' I'd better examine THAT even more closely. As in, kick myself in the nuts over it.)

When I'm bashing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By RickWestlake
Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

I have a Bristol 29.9 which I sail single-handed on the Chesapeake Bay; she's a great boat for what I'm doing now, but I have dreams of "sailing beyond the sunset" and I don't feel that she's big...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-08-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

Not with the Boss, directly - but the high-looping shank reminds me of the Raya Tempest I got years ago for my old Mac 26X. (That shank was intended to make the Raya right itself, and I'm sure the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-03-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 2,954
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Self Tailing Winches

Asdf38, I'd like to know, too.

My Bristol 29.9 came with Lewmar 30 non-self-tailers, chromed bronze winches with a good bit of the chrome worn off. I added Winchers and they do a pretty good job,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 3,020
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Making Your Boat Unsinkable

I have one hugely-unpopular thing to say about this:

MacGregor 26.

Roger MacGregor built foam flotation into his boats, so they're 'unsinkable' ... it can be holed and full of water, but the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 589
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

I've steered clear of wire halyards ... partially, because I think NOT.

From what I've seen, wire-halyard sheaves have a different line profile. Just looked in the WM catalog, to confirm-or-deny...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 05-21-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 3,262
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Bristol 35.5 Offshore and Liveaboard?

I have its little brother, a Bristol 29.9, also a keel/centerboard design. I have never noticed centerboard slap at anchor (and I am familiar with it, having had a MacGregor 26X previous to this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-19-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,439
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Sat Phone - Rent or Buy and which one

The Leopard 46 I helped to deliver from Roatan 'toward' the Turks & Caicos, last November - the delivery that went to hell - had an Inmarsat phone installed. When we started taking on water (I'm not...
Forum: Living Aboard 05-17-2013
Replies: 412
Views: 95,234
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Living aboard - and sex

This is WAY off topic, here. But the one time I tried a Cat, it never got back ...

S/V Palenque (http://perkperkins.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/rescue-completed-all-home-safely/)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-17-2013
Replies: 846
Views: 91,203
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Full or fin keel?

I described my Mac 26X, Bossa Nova, as a 26-foot, sleep-aboard sailing dinghy, that can also serve as a funny-shaped travel trailer. It's a very good first boat, for someone who hasn't decided...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-15-2013
Replies: 846
Views: 91,203
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Full or fin keel?

And for those of us with MacGregor motorsailers, like my old 26X? :rolleyes:

The best of both worlds ... and the worst.:laugher
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-09-2012
Replies: 48
Views: 3,351
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Alcohol stoves in use?

Halcyon came with a two-burner Origo built into its countertop. It may not be as hot as propane or natural gas, but it boils up a quart of water quick enough to make my morning coffee and my evening...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 21,317
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Ohhh-kayyy! I have commissioned my wheel pilot and I am ready to buy it a diamond ring. It works very well and it's better-modulated than the one I have on my old boat.

Spent the day out sailing....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-28-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 21,317
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

I've got mine installed - but due to family matters, I haven't been able to take it out and commission the SmartPilot system yet.

The newer system comes with a "SeaTalk ng" network, which is more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-05-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

I think the Spade (and the Raya, while it was being built) have that wide curve in the shank to make their anchors too unstable to stay upside-down if they land that way.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-05-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

Very nice. MedSailor, your photos (and your bolt-strength chart) do a lot to convince me. The bolts don't look like a 'weak link' any more! I'm likely to come shopping for an oversized Mantus when...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2012
Replies: 50
Views: 21,317
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Thank you all, to the folks who resurrected this thread.

I put a Raymarine X-5 Smart Pilot on my MacGregor 26X, Bossa Nova, a few years ago. It did a pretty good job, when I used it; but I did...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-03-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 37,315
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

Greg,

Thank you for 'coming on board' to discuss this anchor with us! It looks interesting to me as a 'backup' or 'big backup / storm' anchor, even though I do have my reservations about the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-29-2012
Replies: 846
Views: 91,203
Posted By RickWestlake
Re: Full or fin keel?

Yahhh ... but Hinckley makes a gorgeous boat. And you didn't buy Ibis to back her up, now, did you? ;)

2011 was my first year with a proper keelboat, a Bristol 29.9 - and as much as I learned...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-08-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 11,586
Posted By RickWestlake
Thank you, everybody - though this wasn't my...

Thank you, everybody - though this wasn't my question.

My malady was four times worse, as it was four-foot-itis ... from a very light, water-ballasted MacGregor 26X that lives on its trailer...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-28-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,537
Posted By RickWestlake
Another manufacturer is EBuyMarine.com - their...

Another manufacturer is EBuyMarine.com - their "Port-Vents" are perhaps a little deeper (come down a little lower on ports), and they're made in smoke-tinted polycarbonate. They also make Port-Vents...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-30-2010
Replies: 260
Views: 65,067
Posted By RickWestlake
Annapolis north, western Chesapeake Bay

I keep Bossa Nova on the Middle River, in the eastern suburbs of Baltimore. I'd be glad to help out, say, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, from Annapolis to Havre de Grace.
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