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Forum: Introduce Yourself   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,729
Posted By mstern
Re: how to convert the naive and the unwilling?

Asking about the best seasickness strategy is like asking about the best way to cure a cold: everybody has a different opinion. The most effective medication seems to be the scopaline patch, but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-12-2015
Replies: 317
Views: 14,343
Posted By mstern
Re: Real Cruisers verse Internet Arguers

This is simply untrue. There is a wealth of information on this subject in the book "Heart of Glass":

As far back as 1946, the US Navy had built several test fiberglass boats and determined that...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-22-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 1,864
Posted By mstern
Re: Mast on or Mast off in winter

My old marina would unstep and store my mast (covered) on a rack, then restep it in the spring, all for $250. My new marina charges $12 per foot to unstep, tie and store the mast. I think it's the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-20-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 937
Posted By mstern
Re: Newport RI Boat Show Discussion

We went yesterday. The weather was just perfect. The past five years or so, I've parked in the lot at First Beach ($15) and taken the free shuttle to the show. I've done the "find a spot somewhere...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-26-2015
Replies: 260
Views: 14,382
Posted By mstern
Re: Refurbishing CCA boats

If you want to know what types of upgrades/improvements can or should be made to a classic plastic, I highly recommend that you review Tim Lackey's work. Tim's business is all about restoring...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   10-24-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 994
Posted By mstern
Re: Need help to I.D. a small sailboat.

It should have a hull identification number in the upper right corner of the transom. Here are the basics:

Hull ID Numbers - (

Forum: Apps & Authors   03-07-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,615
Posted By mstern
Re: Yacht Question From Author

Boatpoker, I think that is the modern, popular definition, but I know a few old-timers who insist that the number of headstays or foresails is only incidental; in their minds, a sloop can have two...
Forum: Apps & Authors   03-06-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,615
Posted By mstern
Re: Yacht Question From Author

Cutter refers to the type of rig; the term "cruiser" (at least in this context) refers to the use made of the boat. Cutters are single-masted sailboats with the mast being located fairly far aft...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   10-01-2013
Replies: 3,188
Views: 415,461
Posted By mstern
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Smacktastic. Both the write up and the plan. You go boy(s).
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   08-20-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 4,504
Posted By mstern
Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

I must confess that I absolutely love the look of the old Bristol and Pearson boats; makes my heart go pitter patter. But I didn't buy one for two big reasons: they don't move very well in light...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-07-2013
Replies: 1,052
Views: 193,272
Posted By mstern
Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

I have way too much work to do today, but this needs a whole lot more research before I am convinced that the laws of mutiny (as quoted before) are applicable. The statutes quoted above apply to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   07-24-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 11,228
Posted By mstern
Re: Catalina 22 - How well do they sail?

They sail pretty good. The fin keel version sails better than the swing keel version, except for dead downwind. The fin will point higher and make less leeway. Not nearly as easy to trailer, but...
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