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Search: Posts Made By: rgscpat
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 4,613
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Smallest sailboat to use in blue water safely

Very Close! An on-line and retail chandlery from Annapolis that caters to racing sailors sells a racing Laser for $6,065, or about $500 more for one with upgraded hardware. That's not counting...
Forum: Learning to Sail 4 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Sailboat that can be beached???

It might be that some folks are not obviously clear enough on the difference between rigging (rudder attached in up position, sail bent on, center board maybe poised to go down with something holding...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 4,613
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Smallest sailboat to use in blue water safely

The smallest boat that we could do a serious blue water passage in would probably be in the low- 40-foot range --
because my wife might try to kill me if I tried to make a passage with her in...
Forum: Learning to Sail 6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Sailboat that can be beached???

Would conditions have allowed you to set out with the sails down and paddle out?
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 1 Week Ago
Replies: 118
Views: 8,034
Posted By rgscpat
Re: I'm Done

One door closes, another opens?

Navigation 101:
Wherever you go, there you are.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Which type of boat is best?

Time on the water will give you wisdom and give you what it takes to make sailing part of you. Owning a boat and taking formal lessons are two options, but not the only options for getting time on...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By rgscpat
Re: 30 ft boat capsized near San Diego

That would be about as successful as sailing up the Los Angeles river.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By rgscpat
Re: 30 ft boat capsized near San Diego

The follow-up is that it was a power boat (maybe about 28'-ish loa?) that drifted onto the beach in Tiajuana and all nine aboard were rescued. Seems to have been a ho-hum yawner as it turned out.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,240
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Miami to Bimini

Seems like the thing to do would be do have a backup plan to sail around Miami, the Keys, or sw Florida or maybe dry Tortugas. Then, if the weather window to cross the stream and back doesn't...
Forum: News Feeds 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Coast Guard rescues 4 after sailboat capsizes - WOODTV.com

A surfing website says the water temp in this area of Lake Michigan is 46 degrees F. That might account for a simple Hobie capsize turning into a distress situation.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 11,802
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?

Just opinion:
It's probably fair and not overly critical, to tell people who are completely new to sailing or voyaging that there are important things that they not only don't know, but aren't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,950
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

Yep, but the evil thing about cold water is that the hypothermia is only it's third chance to kill you. First there's the gasp reflex upon initial, especially sudden and accidental, immersion and the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,950
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

Isn't there one day of the year when there are mass inflations of PFDs by various folks who work with water safety? I think all the water safety rangers participate in it in our state?

Don't know...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By rgscpat
Re: New boat, new opportunity

It seems you might need quite a few of the solar yard lights so you can get them shining 360 degrees around with the required brightness. If I remember the little bitty one-dollar Wal-Mart lights are...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,448
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Sailing lessons

Thoughts, for what they might be worth: It's possible that taking classes with you will give your fiance more "buy in" and commitment so that sailing becomes more of a shared dream and she feels a...
Forum: Learning to Sail 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,448
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Sailing lessons

Note that if you were born on or after 1 January 1988 and plan to operate a boat that has a motor of 10 hp or more (such as a sailboat with an inboard auxiliary), Florida does have a boating safety...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 709
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Handheld VHF range

The most common situation that comes to mind is smaller vessels where both operators are working at a height of 5 to 8 feet or so.

Two special situations:
* person in water with (immersible)...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,950
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

Sigh. Hellosailer, I had a friend whose body spent three weeks on the bottom of a lake. So it wasn't there for the memorial service and his widow and friends were alternating between hope and despair...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,950
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

I think people near cold water should watch the Cold Water Boot Camp videos and similar material, and realize that someone in frigid water without floatation is likely to suffer either water...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By rgscpat
Re: don't give the Coast Guard any ideas

I think the Onion writer has an outdated idea of what the US Coast Guard does and doesn't do, and that the reality is closer to the Onion story than the writer realizes. The USCG isn't in the...
Forum: Chartering 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 2,327
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Charter fleet ownership

How much lower does the usage rate tend to be for boats that are not in popular, beaten-path destinations such as the BVIs, but instead are with charter companies in closer-to-home areas (Annapolis,...
Forum: Racing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Four venues vie to host 35th Americas Cup

And then there were three. A bit of a disappointment and I don't see how Bermuda could work. Someone told me there was a New York court descision from a while back that ruled that Lake Michigan was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,204
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Anyone tow or hire a truck?

You might want to rule out the Explorer for a long tow at or possibly over your tow rating, especially if you aren't 100% sure about its specific tow set-up. As a general rule, you can get away with...
Forum: Chartering 05-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 2,327
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Charter fleet ownership

Maybe while we have some experts looking at this thread, it might be good to turn the question around and ask,
What factors make someone a good candidate for charter ownership/who will get the most...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-13-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 3,349
Posted By rgscpat
Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

Well, duh, the old salt isn't that good a sailor since he's obviously not sailing the boat to her maximum speed potential and one day the excess leeway may put him in a bad place.
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