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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,208
Posted By paulk
Re: Max wind

It would be surprising to need to reef in just 15 knots of breeze - especially with only a 100% jib up. If it is a new boat, are the instruments calibrated properly? It could also be that she's quite...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 457
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY Jacklines

We rigged DIY jacklines by re-purposing the wire from our old jib halyards when we went to all-fiber. We ran them them from a padeye at the bow, inside the shrouds, and aft to the car that our...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 1 Week Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 15,423
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: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By paulk
Re: Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!

We found Howth to be much more relaxing than than Dublin (DunLairoughe?) When we asked about anchoring in Rosslaire, the ferry suggested we had better try another spot. They do zip around, those...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By paulk
Re: Tools and spare parts to jury rig major systems

There are plenty of books and web pages that answer this question. The problem is taking all the gear they suggest without towing a barge behind you. Distilling all the suggestions into what is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By paulk
Re: Happy sailstice!!!

It ended up being beautiful here, including a breeze. We set out at about 15h00 Saturday and had a tight reach over to a protected anchorage in Northport, Long Island, getting there about 18h00. We...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By paulk
Re: Happy sailstice!!!

We almost made it to Sailstice last night - trying to cross a finish line in the dark. The Time Limit expired before anyone finished, though we were obviously in first place. The six of us on the...
Forum: Racing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By paulk
Re: New zealand debate rages re ac rules and nz not entering

As was mentioned in another thread, the defender doesn't get to practice in the elimination series, so perhaps needs a sparring partner/backup boat. We saw how long it took them to get up to speed...
Forum: Long Island 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By paulk
Re: Blackrock CT

People should be aware that the Black Rock Yacht Club, which they pass on the way to Captain's Cove, has two guest moorings available for visitors. Their restaurant is excellent, as is the view...
Forum: Long Island 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By paulk
Re: Essex Ct

The Griswold is OK for cocktails, but for food you are likely better off elsewhere. Yacht facilities are all close to town - easy walking distance - Essex Boatworks, Essex Island Marina, are north...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 680
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing Watch

If I need a watch to tell me what the weather is doing, I'm in trouble. It might also go off whenever he takes a plane: not helpful unless he wants to meet more of the nice people at Homeland...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,430
Posted By paulk
Re: How do you fold the headsail underway?

Stuffing is definitely not the route to go if longevity is your goal. The puckers that occur when you stuff a sail into a bag will likely cause weak spots in the sail AND stretch the threads in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,950
Posted By paulk
Re: Inflatable PFD Failures?

Inflatables run counter to the KISS principles in my book. Earlier this spring we had a man rescued from a capsized single scull. A passer-by noticed the overturned hull in the water and called 911,...
Forum: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By paulk
Re: ilc 40 conversion

The fractional spinnaker is obviously hurting your downwind performance compared to some of your competition. An asym might help, but results will depend a lot on the sail (exactly how it is cut) and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By paulk
Re: Old mainsail design: "shelf and zipper"

We went to a loose footed main and have enjoyed improved performance ever since, regardless of wind strength. The sail has a better shape when it isn't restricted by being attached to the boom along...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,262
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: Racing 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By paulk
Re: Ott

Maybe. Maybe not. Guess we'll find out.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,019
Posted By paulk
Re: Bird nests in the boom

We had swallows try to build a nest in the MOB buoy tube in our transom. The sole solution: SAIL THE BOAT MORE! They won't come back.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,343
Posted By paulk
Re: What range of heel angles do you consider optimum?

Every boat is different. A Bristol 31.1 might perform better upwind at about 25º of heel than at 15º. Bristols tend to be narrow boats that do better when they heel more. Heeling might help reduce...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-27-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 1,607
Posted By paulk
Re: Stand-on? Give way?

It sounds like a fairly tight space, though there appears to be no speed restriction. It also sounds like the powerboats don't care. You could try trailing some lines. Maybe some long, floating...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-26-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By paulk
Re: Off-shore delivery contracts

From what I've gathered about Mexican (and possibly US) authorities, it might be a good idea for your delivery captain to have an official document showing that he has been designated to skipper your...
Forum: Racing 05-26-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By paulk
Re: Stamford Block Island race

Heard from friends that it was a beat out and a beat back. Saw some of them returning on Saturday evening, lucky for them they had an incoming tide at that point; breezes were light and flukey. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-24-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,421
Posted By paulk
Re: Flag staff length?

It also needs to be in proportion to the situation. An angled flagstaff might need to be longer, to keep the flag out of the water for example, than a more upright one. An eight foot flagstaff would...
Forum: Racing 05-23-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By paulk
Re: Stamford Block Island race

Hope you get some breeze. Doesn't seem like much right now. Those Frers often give us trouble until the waves get a chance to build.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-22-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By paulk
Re: refurbishing wooden oars

Even better deal is to go to the lumberyard and pick up an 8' Douglas Fir 2x8 for about $10. Find one with few/no knots. Trace out a pair of oars on it (Woodenboat#127, NOV/DEC 1995) and go wild...
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