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Search: Posts Made By: paulk
Forum: Racing 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By paulk
Re: Traditional GPS vs App?

I would go first with whatever I was comfortable with. If the results of that were satisfactory, I'd stick with it. If the results were less than satisfactory, I'd see what else there was that...
Forum: Racing 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,184
Posted By paulk
Re: behavior on other's boats

Sailing any boat is a question of balance and communication. If you have a new crew aboard who is tweaking sails for you, great. But you need to communicate when the trimming creates too much...
Forum: Racing 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By paulk
Re: Rule 18.3

So P tacked to windward of S to avoid tacking too close: (they would have "likely forced a luff due to speed differences"), and then P headed down to round the mark. THAT is P's mistake. Since S is...
Forum: Racing 6 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By paulk
Re: Rule 18.3

Thought I had responded to this earlier, but it apparently got swallowed in the Internet. I find the situation difficult to picture based on the OP's description. If P, inside the 3-boatlength...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,237
Posted By paulk
Re: OOPS! Could have lost the mast today

It can be difficult to spot upcoming problems in standing rigging. I sailed on a boat that had had everything inspected with dye, checking for otherwise invisible faults. All seemed OK. We went...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By paulk
Re: Howmar 12 day sailor vs catalina expo 12

The two boats are quite different. The Howmar seems a bit more substantial, with higher freeboard and more comfortable seating. The Catalina looks more like a beach toy. Both boats feature a single...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,389
Posted By paulk
Re: increasing and consolidating standing rigging size

In addition to what Jeff has said, I checked "yacht rigging safety factors" recently and learned that masts are generally designed with a safety factor of 5. To me, that means that they are designed...
Forum: Diesel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By paulk
Re: Yanmar YSM8 longevity and value?

Not exactly the same, but we have a 1982 Yanmar 3GM down below on our boat. Ours is raw water cooled, which tends to lead to corrosion issues in salt water. You don't say how yours is cooled, but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Posted By paulk
Re: What Would You Do?

Thought about this a bit before answering. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Keeping the boat you have, and which you like, is probably the least cost for the most fun option. As others...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By paulk
Re: Trouble pointing in Alerion 28

I would suspect that you are getting backwind from the jib, rather than actual "luffing" in the main. The original post talks only about the main's luffing, and that apparently is driving the "130ļ"...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,357
Posted By paulk
Re: Hatch installation

If you have to "fill in" the old hatch frame a little because the new hatch is smaller than the old one (the original square hatch is longer and wider than the new one, according to the original...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-13-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 6,005
Posted By paulk
Re: One Ship Stupid

At the risk of appearing stupid, can you explain why jib lead cars should be mounted with the pins forward? Is it because if they're mounted with the pins aft, the sheet leads over the pin as it goes...
Forum: Learning to Sail 01-11-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By paulk
Re: Need info about new sails

Dacron - or whatever your sailmaker calls it this week, since Dupont no longer makes Dacron - should be fine for a long-lasting set of sails for daysailing. They will perform fine for low-key...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-07-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,399
Posted By paulk
Re: DIY eye on wire halyard?

The whole premise of this thread is ridiculous. By the time any "v" shaped sheaves cause a a problem with an all-line halyard, you should be able to replace the whole line for less than the cost of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-01-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,521
Posted By paulk
Re: Cockpit and Deck Painting Advice

Prep for mono or bi-part paints is essentially the same. You will need to wipe down with solvent after sanding. That will likely take care of -or at least indicate - any incompatible substrates. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailing in Chicago

I had some luck just walking the dock at Chicago Y.C. one weekend. Asked around if anyone needed crew, and got a nice ride. It seems I helped them improve their results enough to get me asked back on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-15-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 849
Posted By paulk
Re: Deck Hatches-- Lewmar vs. Vetus


We have an original Lewmar forward hatch on our 1981 boat. When our equally original Bomar cabintop hatch cracked after getting stepped on a few too many times, we replaced it with...
Forum: Racing 12-14-2014
Replies: 154
Views: 10,538
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

It would seem that professional sailors want us to think they are the best. It's better for their self-images. Since they try to sail full-time they certainly have an advantage over most of us who...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-12-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,225
Posted By paulk
Re: In-mast (un-)furling problems

If it's going to cost you several boat units at the sailmaker's to recut the main, it might be cheaper to simply add some grommets to the sail and some fittings to the boom and go with slab reefing...
Forum: Racing 12-10-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,466
Posted By paulk
Re: Help needed to develop fun sailing events for a small club

Another option is the Rabbit Start, but it might not be less stressful for some.
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-09-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,503
Posted By paulk
Re: Sailboat interior seaworthy design

Moving the galley forward is not going to make it more fun to use underway. There's a reason designers put them in the aftmost corner of the salon. Handholds are a good thing. In a boat that short...
Forum: Racing 12-06-2014
Replies: 154
Views: 10,538
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

According to the Vestas website the reef they hit was high enough to enable them to walk to a dry area(!). Does that make it an island? If they were doing 19 knots, there must have been wind, and...
Forum: Racing 11-29-2014
Replies: 154
Views: 10,538
Posted By paulk
Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Aren't these guys supposed to be professionals? It's one thing to perhaps lose a rig when you get rolled in the Southern Ocean, or in a storm. But to run aground and lose the boat? Even if you...
Forum: Racing 11-26-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 29,829
Posted By paulk
Re: Best 30' PHRF Boats

Gee guys, the OP put it out there in 2009. Think he has a boat yet? Has he been back looking at this thread lately? Please start a new thread instead of dredging up stuff that seems to have been...
Forum: Racing 11-23-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By paulk
Re: Setauket Yacht Club

Your best bet in the off season is probably to give a call to the fleet captain. This may mean doing some research to find out who he is, since the club is likely closed for the winter. (If not, so...
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