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Search: Posts Made By: skippertips
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,270
Posted By skippertips
Re: Your favorite IPhone apps for sailing?

thanks, JD. I couldn't remember the name. Nice Cape Dory. Way back, I started out on the Ty, then the 25, and finally the 27. Great boats and sound sailors.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,270
Posted By skippertips
Your favorite IPhone apps for sailing?

On a recent cruise, one of the crew had his IPhone out pointed at the sky. He had loaded a stars and planets display. Point it at a celestial body and it told you the name, altitude, declination for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-29-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 417
Posted By skippertips
Sailing and Anchoring aboard a Cruising Cat

What are the pros and cons of sailing and anchoring a catamaran compared to a monohull?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-10-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,662
Posted By skippertips
Re: Furling Gear for Asymmetrical Spinakers / Gennakers

Thanks to everyone for the great information! - J
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,662
Posted By skippertips
Furling Gear for Asymmetrical Spinakers / Gennakers

Any recommendations for furling units for asymmetrical spinnakers or gennakers? Specifically for a Jeanneau SO33i. Also, interested in the rollgen gear. Will this gear handle winds up to 15 knots?...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-29-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 5,139
Posted By skippertips
Many folks don't seem to realize the danger of...

Many folks don't seem to realize the danger of the rescuer. If you are going to sea, you need to be prepared. Before you hit the Mayday or EPIRB button, realize that you will be placing a lot of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-15-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,338
Posted By skippertips
For the most part--I've seen appalling laziness...

For the most part--I've seen appalling laziness by captains, both pro and recreational when it comes to backing up the black-box navigation devices. Having crewed on three offshore deliveries this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-06-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,445
Posted By skippertips
Nice pics and story

Great read and pics. Thanks for sharing!
J
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-24-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,813
Posted By skippertips
Sailormon, great points. One thing that I passed...

Sailormon, great points. One thing that I passed on to folks was the art of "feathering the rudder" to turn a boat under bare poles--or with bare steerageway--90 degrees or more into the slip....
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-23-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,395
Posted By skippertips
Can you remove the exit blocks from their...

Can you remove the exit blocks from their mountings at the base of the mast? It might allow a large enough opening to gently fish the line out.
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-23-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,813
Posted By skippertips
Sailormon, That's very close to the procedure...

Sailormon,
That's very close to the procedure we used. The mainsail gives much more control. We lowered the main a bit at a time as the boat entered the canal. This de-powered the sail, but still...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-22-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,813
Posted By skippertips
You refer to International Rule 9 and Rule 10 of...

You refer to International Rule 9 and Rule 10 of the Navigation Rules:

RULE 9
Narrow Channels

(b) A vessel of less than 20 meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-22-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,813
Posted By skippertips
Ahhhhh. How refreshing to hear. That's why they...

Ahhhhh. How refreshing to hear. That's why they call them "sail" boats! I went onto a popular sailing forum recently (not Sailnet) and typed "engine" into the search window and ran that for the...
Forum: Living Aboard 05-22-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 6,355
Posted By skippertips
Great comments. As was mentioned, look for the...

Great comments. As was mentioned, look for the absolute smallest boat that will give you the most comfort. I loved living on my Cape Dory 27 back in the '80s. It didn't have full standing headroom....
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-22-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 3,160
Posted By skippertips
Soft hand sailcloth, like that used on cruising...

Soft hand sailcloth, like that used on cruising sails tends to be much more forgiving that heavily resin impregnated hands. Even so, the advice here is great.

It makes me cringe to see how many...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-10-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 3,467
Posted By skippertips
Hi, Just got off the phone with Bellingham...

Hi,
Just got off the phone with Bellingham (800-643-3900). Wonderful people, by the way. US charts are in the public domain, so copies are legal everywhere. England (British Admiralty charts) and...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-10-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 3,467
Posted By skippertips
As a former pro maritime instructor and 23 year...

As a former pro maritime instructor and 23 year Coast Guard vet, I can assure you that road maps are dangerous and should not be used for surface navigation.

And, I totally agree about carrying...
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-04-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 4,813
Posted By skippertips
Once you do get out and about under auxiliary, I...

Once you do get out and about under auxiliary, I suggest that you practice maneuvering under sail. Start slowly and work your way up. So many are quick on the engine button these days.

With...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-29-2010
Replies: 140
Views: 31,444
Posted By skippertips
I totally agree with the absolute difficulty of...

I totally agree with the absolute difficulty of trying to pull yourself back aboard. Even if you are able to get alongside, then you must negotiate 2 feet or more of freeboard. You are already...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-28-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,206
Posted By skippertips
It's a good idea to ventilate--either with...

It's a good idea to ventilate--either with natural ventilation or blowers--4 to 5 minutes before or after running any engine, and before and after using a propane stove. Just the habit alone can save...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-28-2010
Replies: 140
Views: 31,444
Posted By skippertips
Most are much shorter than commercial lifelines....

Most are much shorter than commercial lifelines. Two feet or so at the most. I'm retired Coast Guard and we saw these dinky things all the time. So, I know what you are talking about as far as the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-28-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By skippertips
Hi, I was volunteer crew aboard a Catalina 27 a...

Hi,
I was volunteer crew aboard a Catalina 27 a while back. We were anchored in a mooring field near a seawall. Overnight, the wind shifted, a full gale came up with gusts up to 50 knots.

We...
Forum: Learning to Sail 04-28-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,206
Posted By skippertips
Hi, Totally agree that a friend or coach will...

Hi,
Totally agree that a friend or coach will help you learn the ropes faster than a structured course. I''ve taught sailing as an ASA instructor and one-on-one. There's nothing quite like...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-27-2010
Replies: 140
Views: 31,444
Posted By skippertips
Good points Boasun. Plus the fact that most...

Good points Boasun. Plus the fact that most production lifelines catch the crease behind your knee if you fall back against them. That helps propel you over the side. Scary indeed!

The Pardeys...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 04-27-2010
Replies: 140
Views: 31,444
Posted By skippertips
Three More Tips to Consider

Hi, here are a few other tips to consider...

* Many offshore vets recommend chest-high lifelines. After all, most production lifelines are way too low. Run a line from both ends of the boat to a...
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